// Set each value as appropriate for this exam announcement Exam = "34872"; Date = "20051116"; Title = "Correction Sergeant"; Part = "1"; Correction Sergeant

Department of Civil Service Announces
Promotion Examination Open to All Qualified Employees of the New York State Department of Correctional Services

Written Test To Be Held

November 16, 2005
Applications MUST Be
Postmarked No Later Than

July 5, 2005

Examination Number and Title
34-872 Correction Sergeant

Minimum QualificationsSubject of ExaminationHow to Apply

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: On or before November 16, 2005, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Correctional Services and have had two years of permanent competitive service as a Correction Officer, Correction Officer (Spanish Language), or as a Community Correctional Center Assistant. This two years of service is IN ADDITION TO time spent as a Correction Officer Trainee. Service as a Correction Officer Trainee or Correction Officer Trainee (Spanish Language) does NOT meet the requirements for taking the test or appointment from the list.

If you were permanently appointed to a qualifying title on or before December 15, 2003, and have served continuously in this title since that date, you are eligible to file for this examination.

QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE FOR APPOINTMENT FROM THE ELIGIBLE LIST: After three years of the service described in the Minimum Qualifications, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.

SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION: The Written Multiple-Choice Component tests knowledge of such documents as: Employee Manual; Security Unit Services Agreement (NYSCOPBA Contract); Inmate Rule Book; current legal mandates; directives pertaining to administrative management, personnel, minority relations, support operations, facility management, health services, security services, and inmate programs.

The Written Job Simulation Exercise Component will test your ability in such areas as: reasoning and decision-making, judgment, leadership, supervision, conducting investigations, identifying potential security problems, and defusing potential emergency situations.

If you pass, your seniority credit(s), if any, will be included in the computation of your final score. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' credits to your final passing score. If you wish to use war-time veterans' credits, you must request the credits when you apply for the exam.

CREDIT FOR SENIORITY: Seniority is credited at the rate of one credit for each five-year period (or fraction thereof) excluding the first year of service.

LOCATION OF WRITTEN TEST: The written test will be held at various correctional facilities throughout the State. You will be assigned to a test site based on the facility where you work at the time of filing the application. If you are reassigned to another facility after applying for the test, your test site will be changed. THERE IS NO NEED TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL SERVICE ABOUT CHANGING YOUR TEST SITE. ALL REASSIGNMENTS WILL BE MONITORED TO ENSURE THAT EACH CANDIDATE WILL BE TESTED NEAR HIS/HER FACILITY.

Study Guide: All eligible candidates will receive a Study Guide approximately 60 days in advance of the test date which will provide additional detail concerning the various formats of this examination (Multiple Choice and Written Job Simulation Exercises), specific directives for study, as well as suggestions for examination preparation. The Study Guide is being developed by the New York State Department of Civil Service and will be made available to all candidates at the facility where they are employed at the time of distribution.

The NYS Department of Civil Service reserves the right to reject for lateness or to accept applications filed after the advertised filing period. All statements you make on your application are subject to investigation.


ELIGIBILITY FOR EXAMINATION: To be eligible to compete in this examination, you must be employed in the specified department or agency on a permanent or contingent permanent basis in the competitive class, or in the non-competitive class or labor class if specifically noted on this announcement (or be on an appropriate preferred list), and have the specified time in the specified title or salary grade. You may not compete in a test for a title if you are permanently employed in that title (unless you are still on probation) or in a higher direct line of promotion.

ADMISSION TO EXAMINATION: Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call (518) 457 5483 if taking the test in Albany; (518) 457-6556 for New York City Test Center; (518) 457 7022 for all other Test Centers.

NEW YORK STATE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION: Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under "Religious Accommodation." We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS IN TESTING: In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at (518) 457-3416 or TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) (518) 457-8480.

MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS SCHEDULED FOR THE SAME DAY: With the exception of written tests announced by New York City, if you have applied to take a written test announced by a local jurisdiction (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must call (518) 457-7022 no later than two weeks before the test date to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the State examination center.

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