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What You Need to Know About the NYS Court Officer Test

Becoming a New York State court officer will offer you with a respectable job that doesn’t require prior training. Since this NYS civil service test is conducted once every few years, it is crucial that you start practicing for the upcoming assessment dates. The registration process for the April-June 2020 NYS Court Officer-Trainee exam begins on January 22, 2020, and ends on February 26, 2020. The test is conducted at PSI Test Centers from April 15, 2020, to June 10, 2020.

The NYS COT exam is computer-based and consists of multiple-choice questions. You will be given 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete the entire exam. 


5 NYS Court Officer Test Sections

Remembering Facts and Information – This test section measures how well you can determine and recall specific information from the provided passages.

On this exam, you will be presented with a written passage describing a story, which they will be given five minutes to read and process. Afterward, the passage will be removed and there will be a ten-minute wait until you are shown questions relevant to the information described in the story. 

Reading, Understanding, and Interpreting Written Material - This test section assesses your aptitude at comprehending and analyzing written information. This exam includes two sections which are used to evaluate reading skills:

  • Format A – In this test section format, you will be shown passages followed by questions regarding the information they provide. You will not need to have any prior knowledge about the topics covered in these passages when answering test questions.
  • Format B – In this test section format, you will need to complete sentences by filling in the omitted words within these given paragraphs. Choosing the words that best complete the provided passages should be done based on their meaning, spelling, grammar, and English usage.

Applying Facts and Information to Given Situations – This test section is used to evaluate how well you can determine the best way to apply given NYS Court Officer regulations, policies, or procedures to realistic scenarios you may face on the job.

Clerical Checking - This test section evaluates how well you can differentiate between various letters, numbers, names, and codes which are similar. On this test, you will be provided with three sets of information, which you will need to compare to determine whether they differ from each other.

Court Record-Keeping - This exam section assesses how well you can read, analyze, synthesize, and implement written information. On this test, you will be shown several types of tables containing numbers, names, codes, and letters. You will be asked to integrate and rearrange the data to answer the reorganize questions.   

When aiming to pass the NYS Court Officer test, you will need to receive a score in the top 10 percentile to move on to the next step. In order to get there, you must study hard, and in the right way. The instructions on the day of the test are not enough. You must come prepared.

All of the practice material you will find inside the New York State Court Exams PrepPack™ is designed to help you succeed. 


How Does Using JobTestPrep Help You Get the Job?

When you practice with JobTestPrep you know you are in the right hands. Our practice tests are written after extensive research, and our test system was developed by our R&D team to give you the best learning experience. Every test is timed like the real test and at the end of every practice, you get a score report to help you learn from your mistakes. Also know that our tests are updated daily according to customer feedback, in order to give you the most accurate, quality practice.

The way to achieve high scores in the NYS COT exam is to practice, learn from your mistakes, practice some more, and be ready for test day. Practicing questions similar to the ones you'll meet on the real test will help you be ready, mentally, emotionally, and cognitively.

Here are some more tips from our test experts:

Tips to Help You Prepare for the NYS Court Officer Exam

  1. Read and follow the test’s directions, questions, and answer options thoroughly to truly understand what the correct conclusion could be.
  2. Answer questions at a steady pace while budgeting your time wisely.
  3. Try to answer every question, even if it means taking a guess now and then since you won’t be penalized for wrong answers.
  4. Search for the following common keywords in each question to help you find the right answer choice: First, last, never, always, any, not, except, false, and true, many, most, least, less, more, good, best, advantage, disadvantage.
  5. If you aren’t sure what the right answer is, use the process of elimination to rule out the obviously wrong answers.

Avoid Making These Mistakes When Answering Test Questions

  • Don’t choose an answer choice just because it ‘sounds right’. Even if the answer includes technical terminology that sounds accurate, check your answer to make sure that it ‘is right’.
  • Don’t make unwarranted assumptions. Make sure to base your answer solely on the information given in the question alone.

Even if your test is tomorrow, you can still improve your scores now!


Preparing for the NYS Courts Pre-Employment Test

As is true for all exams, if you take the time and make the effort to prepare for the NYS court officer civil service exam, you can significantly improve your test scores. The COT exam preparation includes practice tests, study guides, and helpful test strategies. Check out our easily accessible and user-friendly preparation packs at JobTestPrep with our NYS court practice packs.

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