Third Step of the Hiring Process 

Preparing for the Civil Service Clerical Exam

The Civil Service Clerical Exam


Passing the Civil Service Clerical Exam is a requirement before being considered for employment at any Federal, State, Local agency. Doing well on the exam is important due to they will only invite the top 3 scores of each class to the interview. A passing score is 70, but to receive an invitation you will need to score in the 80’s and 90’s. 

The clerical exam typically consists of two main parts, verbal and clerical abilities. The available Civil Service careers are: Typist, Stenographer, Clerk, Military Pay Clerk, Payroll Clerk, Personnel Field, General Supply, Stock Control, Store-keeping, Statistical Assistant & Office Machine Operator.

1. Verbal Abilities
This part of the test includes questions measuring your language skills and knowledge of relationships between sentences, words, and ability to spell:

Vocabulary, Analogies, Grammar, Spelling, Reading, Punctuation

 2. Clerical Abilities

This test includes questions measuring typing speed and task accuracy and will test your ability to:

Name & Number Checking, Alphabetizing, Math, Name & Number Comparison, Number Sequencing, Chart Reading, Use a directory, Filing & Customer Service skills

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Step Four: Prepare for the Interview

The final step of the hiring process is the interview. Only the top 3 scores from each testing class receive an invitation for a face to face interview. This section will give you an idea on what to expect at the interview.

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