About Massachusetts Civil Service

The Massachusetts Civil Service Exam is used to hire those interested in Mass state and local government positions in order to allow candidates an equal employment opportunity based on merit.

The Mass Civil Service Unit within the Human Resources Division is responsible for scheduling and administering the exams throughout the Commonwealth. MA Civil Service Exams are generally the same or very similar whether taken for a Massachusetts state job or one a Boston civil service position.


About Mass Civil Service Tests

On average, the MA Civil Service test takes approximately three to four hours to complete. The test questions are usually in multiple-choice format and have a time limit.

The exam content depends on the position or profession for which you are being tested: for example, the Massachusetts Firefighter Exam will specifically include questions about situational judgment, mechanical comprehension, and mathematics. We also offer a Massachusetts Law Enforcement Exam preparation for exam.


How to Apply

The official MA Civil Service website features upcoming civil service test announcements for both state and local jobs, requirements, and application instructions.

Certain positions, like labor services, no longer accept mailed paper applications and must be applied to through the automated online civil service system. To find out more information about local tests like Boston Civil Service Exam, visit the municipality's website.


Massachusetts Civil Service Exam Scores

Massachusetts civil service exam scores are available approximately 90 days after taking the exam. Only those candidates who pass successfully are then placed onto the eligible list for further continuation in the employment and hiring process.


Practice for Massachusetts Exams

JobTestPrep is here to help you get the time-management skills you need to complete civil service test questions within the time limits and the right amount of preparation to give you confidence, thoroughness, and familiarity with the test itself. We are now offering civil service practice tests, complete with answers, detailed explanations, and score reports. 


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