NYC School Safety Agent Exam: Free Practice Questions & Guide

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What Is the School Safety Agent Exam?

The School Safety Agent exam is a test designed to assess all of the skills required to be an effective NYC worker. Tests like these typically include multiple-choice sections that measure specific skills.

The main 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.

What Do Those Who Score High Receive?

Receiving a high score on the School Safety Agent test increases your chances of becoming an agent.

The NYPD School Safety Division is part of one of the largest law enforcement agencies in New York City and the United States as a whole. There are about 5,000 School Safety Agents.

The starting salary for a School Safety Agent is $31,259, and it increases to $35,323 after two years. Other benefits of the job include paid vacation and sick leave, medical and dental plans, and a 401K.

Is it hard to pass the School Safety Agent exam?

It’s not easy but doable. The School Safety Agent exam contains nine sections. The questions are in the multiple-choice format, and you need to answer at least 70% to pass.

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NYC School Safety Agent Exam Sample Questions

Spatial Orientation Sample Question

In the Spatial Orientation section, you are tested on your spatial orientation aptitude, meaning the spatial relativity between an object and yourself.

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

In this section, you are tested on your ability to apply general rules to specific problems and to come up with a logical answer.

If 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 be used for either boys or girls.

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


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%.

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.

What Do You Get with Your School Safety Agent Practice Pack?

Our PrepPack™ provides you full access to the most comprehensive practice resources for the different test sections found on the exam. We offer 58 practice tests and drills for all sections of the test. The pack also includes two study guides that elaborate on the different methods and tips to help with memory and thinking skills.

Other School Safety Agent Exam Sections

There are seven more sections that could show up on the test:

  • Written Expression – These questions assess your ability to convey a clear written message in English. 
  • Memory Questions – These questions measure your ability to memorize information displayed in words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
  • Problem Sensitivity – These questions assess how well you identify a problem and its elements, as well as if you can detect an error.
  • Inductive Reasoning – Questions assess your ability to combine together separate pieces of information or specific answers to problems, thus forming a general rule or conclusion.
  • Information Ordering – These questions assess your ability to comply with a rule or a set of rules and to arrange things or actions in a certain order. For example, to perform mathematical or logical operations and to arrange numbers, letters, words, pictures, procedures, sentences, etc.
  • Visualization – These questions measure your visual prediction abilities. To answer them correctly, you must be able to form mental images of rearrangement and the moving around of objects or patterns.

The School Safety Agent Hiring Process

To become a School Safety Agent, you must be:

  • At least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Pass a character and background investigation.
  • Pass a drug screening, and meet certain medical and psychological requirements.
  • Reside in one of the five boroughs of New York City.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Pay a $75.00 fee for fingerprinting as part of the investigation process.

Finally, you must be eligible to obtain NYC School Safety Agent status upon appointment and become certified as an NYC School Safety Agent within three months of appointment. This certification must be maintained for the duration of employment in this title.

The Benefits of Being Ready

Practicing for the exam is the best way to ensure you are selected to join New York's finest as a School Safety Agent. Our PrepPack™ can definitely help. By preparing for the exam with our practice tests, you will become comfortable with the style of the questions and the format of the test.

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