Peterson's Civil Service Test Prep:

Master the™ Civil Service Exams

Everything you need to know to understand the tests, master the problems, and improve your scores.

Master the™ Civil Service Exams

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What is 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.

What is on the exam?

The civil service exam will vary slightly depending on which government agency is administering the test and the position for which you are applying. It will typically contain a section on critical thinking, clerical skills, and math skills.

How do I register for the Civil Service exam?

Registration can be completed on your state government’s website.

Why Petersons?

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Why Peterson’s? Peterson’s is the world’s leading educational services company dedicated to furthering education after high school and beyond. From culinary school to medical school—and everything in-between–Peterson’s helps you discover, prepare for, and fund your education.

Every year over 500,000 students use Peterson’s books, practice tests, and learning tools to ace their exams. We are also exceptionally proud to be the official test prep provider of the DSST which provides college credit by exam for our men and women in uniform across the globe.


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"I bought this book as a gift for my son. He improved his scores on the exam by 15 points with a week of studying."


"I bought the book because I failed a civil service test several years ago. This book has the same format of questions so I’m looking forward to seeing how it helps me. So far, it has proven to be extremely helpful and I am confident with more practice tests it will take away some test anxiety."


"Super helpful for the civil service test! I went into the test knowing exactly what to expect."


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