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Our Civil Service Practice Tests & Exam Prep includes:
  • 3 practice tests, all fully aligned with the updated Civil Service exams.
  • Practice tests prepare you to master the following content areas: verbal, clerical, and arithmetic ability, and general aptitude questions necessary for the civil service job you want.
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  • Learn where you want, when you want. Dynamic delivery means you can practice at your own pace for the Civil Service exams on your mobile device, tablet, or computer.

Subscribe to Peterson's to get this and all of our test prep including:

  • Case Worker Exams Practice Tests
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  • And over 150 other tests!
3 full-length Civil Service practice tests
Complete answer explanations let you learn from your mistakes
Use what you learn to target your study time


What is the Civil Service exam?

Civil service exams are eligibility tests that job applicants for certain jobs must take—and pass—to gain employment in specific government agencies. The exams are a method of appointing government employees on the basis of a merit system supported by competitive examinations. Test takers must demonstrate the skills that are necessary for the job, and the tests are generally minimal qualifications that help weed out unqualified applicants.

Who takes the Civil Service exam?

A wide variety of positions require the civil service exam. Postal workers, police officers, and air traffic controllers and clerical workers are examples of positions that may require the exam. Many government entities are expanding who takes the exam. The ability to apply for government positions online has led to many government agencies using the civil service test to help discover the qualified candidates among the hundreds of resumes they receive. Test dates vary by state.

What is on the Civil Service exam?

The civil service exam will vary slightly depending on which government or state agency is administering the test and the position for which you are applying. Some civil service agencies are run by United States federal government, and others are run by state or local governments. All the exams, however, are a general assessment of the applicants problem solving skills and will typically contain a section on critical thinking, clerical skills, and math skills.

How is the Civil Service exam scored?

The method of rating on all civil service exams is on a scale of 100, with 70 as the usual passing mark. On most exams, you get one point for each correct answer. You get no credit for a wrong answer or for a question that you did not answer. You do not lose any credit for a wrong answer.  
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