The New York State Department of Civil Service has announced the IT Series examination for Information Technology Specialist 3. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by February 16, 2022. NOTE: If you previously applied for the April 25, 2020 exam which was postponed you do NOT need to reapply. Per Civil Service, additional information will be sent to previous applicants via email.
When filing your online application, be aware there is no technical assistance on weekends, or after 5 PM on weekdays.
Also, please note that as of December 1, 2021, there is a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination/testing policy for in-person examinations. You can read more about that policy on the Civil Service website.
A summary of some of the announcement information follows, but remember to check the Civil Service website for official announcements and information. A direct link to the announcement is here, but it will be archived at some point and that link will stop working.
|Exam Number – Exam Title||Open to Employees of||Salary||Salary Grade||Non−Refundable |
Processing Fee (Waivers available)
|38-709 Information Technology Specialist 3|
38-710 ITS3 (Data Comm)
38-711 ITS3 (Database)
38-712 ITS3 (Programming)
38-713 ITS3 (Systems Prog)
|Multiple Agencies|| $77,770 (PEF)|
Subject of Examination
There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:
- Logical reasoning using flowcharts – These questions test for ability to reason logically by solving problems involving given variables expressed in flowcharts and accompanying information. All information needed to answer the questions is included within the flowcharts and the accompanying information. Prior knowledge of flowchart conventions is necessary to answer these questions.
- Preparing written material – These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
- Systems analysis – These questions test for techniques and concepts of computer systems analysis. They cover such subjects as feasibility and applications studies, systems development tools and software, the systems life cycle, types of systems (e.g., client/server, Web-based), controls, and systems documentation, testing, and implementation.
- Understanding and interpreting a manual – These questions test for the ability to comprehend a set of directions and apply them. Candidates will be provided with a procedural manual excerpt to read. This information will be used to answer questions about procedures and the way operations should be carried out. All of the information needed to answer the questions is provided in the set of directions. Candidates will not be required to have any special knowledge about the content area covered.