NYC School Safety Agent Exam: Practice Questions & Guide 2023


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What Is the School Safety Agent Exam?

The School Safety Agent exam is designed to assess all the skills required for an effective NYC School Safety Agent. The test includes 80-100 questions, divided into 9 sections, and mainly focuses on assessing your cognitive abilities. The passing threshold is 70%.

The primary duties assigned to a School Safety Agent are patrolling school surroundings, scanning for unlawful items, providing routine information to visitors, giving directions to visitors and staff members, and removing any unauthorized persons from the premises.

DCAS School Safety Agent Notice of Examination 2023

According to the official NYC Notice of Examination, the most recent test date in 2023 will be 05/03/23. The application will take place on 01/04/23 - 02/28/23:

What Are the School Safety Agent Exam Test Sections?

Written comprehension

This section measures your ability to comprehend written passages. You'll get a short paragraph of text, followed by multiple-choice questions that you must answer. The test is designed to evaluate your proficiency in understanding and utilizing appropriate language in written communication, which is a crucial skill for school safety officers when drafting incident reports.

Written Expression

The written expression section evaluates your capability to use appropriate language to document situations clearly. This section contains multiple-choice questions in which the candidate is presented with a sentence that needs to be completed. You'll need to use your language understanding to select the most appropriate option to complete the sentence.


This section measures your ability to memorize information, such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. Note that these pieces of information can be memorized by themselves or with other pieces of information.

Problem Sensitivity

This section measures your ability to tell when something is wrong or likely to go wrong. It includes being able to identify the whole problem as well as elements of the problem. The questions are in the form of scenario-based questions relevant to situations that a school safety agent may encounter on the job. You'll be required to evaluate the situation and select the most appropriate solution from the multiple-choice options.

Deductive Reasoning

This section assesses your capability to utilize general rules to solve specific problems and arrive at logical solutions. The questions in this section evaluate your ability to use given information and make logical conclusions. By using your understanding of the information you provided, you will need to select the most logical conclusion statement.

Inductive Reasoning

This section assesses your ability to combine separate pieces of information, or specific answers to problems, to form general rules or conclusions. It involves the ability to think of possible reasons why things go together. Questions are provided in various formats and include missing pieces of information. Using the given information, you'll be asked to draw a conclusion or generalization and use this to select which of the answers is the most appropriate.

Information Ordering

This section measures your ability to organize information in the correct order by following a given rule or set of rules. The things or actions that need to be ordered can include numbers, letters, words, pictures, procedures, sentences, and mathematical or logical operations, and the rule or set of rules used must be provided.

Spatial Orientation

This section measures your ability to determine where you are in relation to the location of some object or where the object is in relation to you. questions may be given as maps or objects, and you'll be required to use your spatial awareness to determine which of the multiple-choice answers given is correct.


This section measures your ability to forming of mental images of how patterns or objects would look after certain changes, such as unfolding or rotation. In this type of question, you'll be asked to predict how an object, set of objects, or pattern will appear after the changes have been carried out. 

 School Safety Agent Practice Test

Our experts at JobTestPrep have made a dedicated short free sample test. Although you won't find here a sample of all the different test sections, this free practice test will give a sense of what the School Safety Agent test looks like. If you want to practice more, you can check out our DCAS free practice test

Spatial Orientation Sample Question

The map below is a scheme of subway lines in the city. Each line is marked by a different color and is associated with a different letter. Stations are numbered by their location on the line(s). The numbering of the stations progresses from the beginning of the line to its end. Lines always begin at the northernmost station, except for lines G and M which begin at the westernmost station. Codes associated with some of the stations have been written below them. A station can have more than one code associated with it, as some stations have more than one line passing through them.

Spatial Orientation Example Question

Question: Ms. Sol Aroches needs to commute from station M3 to station O3. Which of the following routes would be the least efficient (passes through the most stations)?

A. M3 - M2 - B8 - C3 - O3.
B. M3 - C4 - O4 - O3
C. M3 - M5 - O3
D. M3 - B10 - B5 - O3.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

Let’s count the stations traversed on each route.

M3 → M2: 1 station.
M2 → B8: Note that M2 = B10, so this is actually B10 → B8. 2 stations.
B8 → C3: Note that B8 = R3 and C3 = R5, so this is actually R3 → R5. 2 stations.
C3 → O3: Note that O3 = C2, so this is actually C3 → C2. 1 station.
A total of 1+2+2+1 = 6 stations.
M3 → C4: Note that C4 = M5, so this is actually M3 → M5. 2 stations.
C4 → O4: Note that O4 = M6, so this is actually M5 → M6. 1 station.
O4 → O3: 1 station.
A total of 2+1+1 = 4 stations.
M3 → M5: 2 stations.
M5 → O3: Notice that M5 = C4 and O3 = C2, so this is actually C4 → C2. 2 station.
A total of 2+2 = 4 stations.
M3 → B10: Note that B10 = M2, so this is actually M3 → M2. 1 station.
B10 → B5: 5 stations.
B5 → O3: Note that B5 = C1 and O3 = C2, so this is actually C1 → C2. 1 station.
A total of 1+5+1 = 7 stations.

Deductive Reasoning Sample Question

Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final statement true?

 - A coin is tossed to decide which of the two teams, the boys or the girls, will begin the match.
 - Alex chose “tails,” and Jean’s team began the match.
 - The coin showed “heads.”

A. Yes
B. No
C. Uncertain
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The first statement defines a few rules:
1. One team includes only boys
2. One group includes only girls
3. A coin toss will determine which team will begin.

The second statement: Alex and Jean are both names that can b

Since we have no way of knowing whether Alex is a boy or a girl, or that Alex and Jean are not on the same team, we cannot be certain which team won the coin toss- the boys' team or the girls' team.

Reading Comprehension Sample Question

Please read the following paragraph and determine if the statement below is true or false.

Moisture control is the key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occur indoors, a prompt response (within 24-48 hours) and thorough clean-up will prevent or limit mold growth. Mold prevention tips include repairing plumbing leaks in the building and maintaining indoor humidity below 70%.

Statement: Plumbing leaks are a cause of mold growth.

A. True
B. False
C. Not Possible to say
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

Since one of the mold preventive tips in the passage is: ’repair plumbing leaks in the building’, we have sufficient information to conclude that plumbing leaks cause mold growth.


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