The NJ Civil Service exams are administered by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission (CSC) for a variety of state, local, and municipal positions in various departments. As a result, exams for the same profession or job title are generally the same throughout New Jersey whether for a state or local job. All vacancy announcements within New Jersey, job descriptions and requirements, and online application instructions for the exams are featured on the NJ CSC’s official webpage.
All New Jersey State tests are designed to measure your knowledge and skills that are required to effectively perform the duties of the particular title you are applying for. Most exams are job-specific- see civil service exams by profession- or role specific, such as the Supervisory Test Battery and the Management Test Battery
The NJ civil service tests are generally computer-administered and formatted in multiple-choice questions. There are no penalties for wrong answers, so it is at the candidate’s advantage to eliminate unlikely choices and make an educated guess. Every exam has a time limit, requiring candidates to choose as many correct answers as possible in the allotted time.
Main Function: Assess supervisory skills and leadership attributes.
Time Allotted: 3 hours and 15 minutes for 89 multiple-choice questions.
Exam Contents: There are over 200 titles in New Jersey (state and local governments) that require the STB Test (Supervisory Test Battery). The test is a computer-administered work simulation. Background information is given about a fictitious company or organization, along with several items (such as memos, phone calls), and 30 minutes of review time.
These supervisor questions deal with real life, scenario-based situations, problems, and work-related decisions. Because there can be various correct ways in dealing with issues, answer options are weighted (ranging from 0.0 to 0.8) based on their effectiveness and for some questions it is possible to choose more than one answer.
Candidates receive their test results instantly after the completion of the Supervisor Test Battery.
See details on the Supervisor Test questions here.
Main Function: Assess ability to handle management-level situations.
Time Allotted: 2 hours and 30 minutes for 80 multiple-choice questions.
Exam Contents: This management assessment is a computer-administered work simulation similar to the Supervisor Test (see above) that is required for hundreds of New Jersey state and local managerial role titles.
Candidates are required to assume the role of a manager in a fictitious company or organization and are given background information and items (such as memos, phone calls) to review for 30 minutes. There is no one correct answer to scenario-based questions, but some answers are more effective than others; therefore, options are weighted (ranging from 0.2 to 1.0) with the more effective responses receiving a higher weight.
The highest possible score for the Management Battery Test is 80; candidates receive their score immediately at the completion of the assessment.
The New Jersey Civil Service system allows candidates to be employed based on merit and hard work- and all that begins here with JobTestPrep. Our civil service PrepPacks™ consists of various practice tests for the New Jersey Civil Service Exam along with detailed answer explanations to help you understand and improve your score.
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