NYC School Safety Agent Exam Preparation

What Is the School Safety Agent Exam?

To become a School Safety Agent, you need to take the NYPD School Safety Agent exam. Some of the duties assigned to a School Safety Agent are patrolling school surroundings, scanning for unlawful items, providing routine information to visitors, giving visitors directions to 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.

What Are the Challenges to Passing?

The School Safety Agent exam contains nine sections. The questions are in the multiple-choice format, and you need 70% to pass. Becoming familiar with the different sections found on the test can help prepare you for the exam.

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 section 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.


School Safety Agent Exam Sections

There are nine sections on the test: 

  • Written Comprehension – These questions assess your ability to understand written sentences and paragraphs.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning – You are tested on your ability to apply general rules to specific problems and to come up with a logical answer.
  • 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.
  • Spatial Orientation – You are tested on your spatial orientation aptitude, meaning the spatial relativity between an object and yourself.
  • 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, meet certain medical and psychological requirements, reside in one of the five boroughs of New York City, and be a United States citizen. In addition, you are required to 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 a 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 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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