Studying for a city job test

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  1. K85 Octane

    K85 Octane Tacklin' Fuel Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Sorry, I don’t know what the correct name for the test is called.

    I applied for a job with my local school district years ago but completely blew at this test all applicants took. It was filled with math questions like finding volume for concrete job, shapes, fractions, tools, etc. I don’t remember that stuff. At work I just make sure there’s enough and I return the rest of the bags. (Because I don’t deal with large amounts where a truck is needed) Honestly 1% of my day job deals with math. The rest is organizing, ordering, and delegating jobs.

    Basically I was surprised by the test. All I wanted was a basic maintenance job lol.

    Now I want to reapply for something higher up but still maintenance. I’m good at my current job and dealing with all the duties it has, but these tests make me out to be a moron that nobody wants to hire :(

    Anyone have a name for this test? Maybe a good book source for studying?
     
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    Civil Service Exam ?...

    My neighbor had to take & pass one to get a job at the post office..
     
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    If it's mathematics you failed, that is what you need to work on.
    It's mostly geometry and a little logic, the numbers part I am sure you, it's getting the numbers I think you have trouble with.
    You need to go back to geometry, and that's mostly 7th 8th grade math
     
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    If it's for a specific trade, I bet there places online or in your state that do preparation classes...

    I know here in Texas, if you go for a Class A or B refrigeration license, there are a ton of places that offer prep classes...
    hell, even the test is open book...and the prep places sell all the books to take with you to the test...
     
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    It’s like an SAT test. Little of everything. Comprehension, word problems, geometry, tool functions, etc.

    I’d love a book to read that just explains how to solve the questions. When I look on Amazon, I get prep books but I think they are for easier tests, stuff I don’t have a problems with.
     
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    I'd post in a local forum or chat group and find out what test? Going to be hard to study until you know the true focus. I'd suggest posting to a reddit sub that applies to the city.
     
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    Good luck Brent, hope that works out for you.
     
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    I'm not sure how they do theirs. But if Math is the one your worried about, it may be simpler than you think.

    I was told by my HR guy after I got this job that what they look for is the number you got right..... So in order to do good you skip any problem that seems too hard and do all the ones you can do easy first.
    Then start going through the harder ones. That way your total number right is higher than if you fumble through a bunch of hard ones and miss the easy stuff.

    I know there's a name for the test, like "work keys" or something.
     
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    The test I took to get my job with the city was all job related, all auto/truck repair related questions. There was no test for my current gig with the county.
     
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    I would contact the agency you are applying with and ask them about the test.
     
  11. K85 Octane

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    Last time I took the test, it was with 15 other people.
    And there were other test taking appointment times besides mine.

    I got a call from the school district a few weeks after the test taking was finished.
    Nobody passed the test and they were re-opening the signup.
    I never resubmitted because I was too busy with other things to sit down and try to study. I was making better money than the open position, but with less of a future.
    It's now future...
     
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    That's true. To pass those tests, you have to be a master of 7th and 8th grade math. College math is bullshit.
     
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    1 + 1 = 2. Did I pass the test? Lol! :haha: :saweet:
     

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