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What Is the NYC Deputy Sheriff Exam?

DCAS designed the Deputy Sheriff Exam to assess all the skills required for an effective NYC Deputy Sheriff. The test includes 7 different types of questions, and mainly focuses on assessing your cognitive abilities. The passing threshold is 70%.

As a deputy sheriff, you will be responsible for enforcing local and state laws that impact the safety and welfare of the public. When faced with a dangerous scenario, you must use your independent judgment in handling the situation, as safety and crime prevention have become the priorities. Some deputy sheriff's duties include patrolling an area, investigating accidents and criminal activity, writing reports, interviewing witnesses and victims, gathering evidence, making arrests, serving warrants, and maintaining prudent use of your firearm.


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.

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.

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 agents 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.

 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

Inductive Reasoning Sample Question


Question: In 2015, a new task force was assigned to the city’s police department. Based on the information above, where will this task force would be most effective?

A. District 1
B. District 2
C. District 3
D. Equally divided between all the districts.
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer
The correct answer is B.

Since 2010 there has been an upward trend in the crime rate in District 2, and in 2014 it had the highest crime rate of all three districts. It would therefore be most effective to assign an extra task force to this district to try and prevent any further escalation in crime. 

Although the crime rate was highest in District 1 from 2010 – 2013, it has been decreasing every year since 2012. 

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.


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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