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What to study:
Subjects of Examination
Resources by topic:
· Logical reasoning using flowcharts
· Understanding and interpreting a manual
· Preparing written material
· Systems analysis
· Understanding and interpreting tabular material
· Project Management (includes Supervising a project, Project management fundamentals, and Project Management)
· Supervision (includes Supervision, Administration, and Administrative Supervision)
· Preparing reports and official documents
· Strategic planning, fiscal analysis, management of budgets and contracts
Description from Civil Service Subject of Examination:
These questions test for the ability to organize and develop long range information technology plans that align the IT organization with the agency mission and the strategic goals and initiatives of key program management leaders of an agency. Knowledge of the agency’s budget process, managing the fiscal and vendor relationship aspects of contracts and state procurement guidelines are key knowledge areas. Questions will cover such things as assigning relative priorities to budget items; determining the consequences of funding at lower levels than requested; writing budget proposals and justifications; controlling expenditures and managing contracts and vendors. Also included are: negotiating work plans and budgets; monitoring and tracking contract completion; reviewing and approving contract payments; managing grants; preparing RFPs (Request for Proposal) and RFIs (Request for Information); and evaluating proposals and applications.
The management classes listed on the Supervison post are probably also helpful resources for strategic planning.
NYS Budget Information
NYS Budget Process: https://www.budget.ny.gov/citizen/process/index.html
Budget Glossary: https://www.budget.ny.gov/citizen/financial/glossary-all.html
ITS Procurement: https://its.ny.gov/sites/default/files/documents/procurement.pdf
OGS Procurement Landing Page: https://ogs.ny.gov/procurement/procurement-state-agencies
NYS Procurement Guidelines: https://ogs.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2018/08/psnys-procurement-guidelines.pdf
Business Service Center summary: https://bsc.ogs.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/10/purchasingrequirements_10-18-21.pdf
2022 NY GovBuy Classes
Purchasing in NYS 101 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnUSq0IrjLU
All classes: https://ogs.ny.gov/2022-ny-govbuy-classes
Description from Civil Service Subject of Examination:
Preparing reports and official documents – These questions test for the ability to prepare reports and other official documents for use within and among governmental agencies, in legal or regulatory settings, or for dissemination to the public. Some questions test for a knowledge of grammar, usage, punctuation, and sentence structure. Others test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, to use the proper tone, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly.
Preparing Written Material
The previous resources on Preparing Written Material should be helpful for practice in presenting information clearly and accurately and organizing paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. Here’s a link to the livestream from earlier this year.
- Slides: 1 per page or 2 per page
- Previous preparing written material study resources:
- 2017-09-18 video: https://vimeo.com/234594697
- 2017-09-18 handout: https://nysits.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/NYSITS_TRAINING_2017.pdf
The following CSEA Booklets may be useful:
- Booklet 5 – Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation
- Booklet 17 – Preparing Written Material
Free Courses about Management Communication
These free courses may also be helpful:
MIT – Management Communication for Undergraduates
Here are the materials for the 2022-11-12 livestream about project management and supervision.Continue reading “2022 materials for PM and Supervision livestream”
If you would like to request a specific topic or if you would like materials e-mailed to you after the livestreams, please RSVP here: [RSVP closed]. RSVP is not required to attend.
To attend a livestream, just click the link below and you will be taken to the right page on YouTube. Alternatively, you can just subscribe to the Toner Tutoring YouTube channel and visit that channel at the correct time to find the livestream.
- Sat 11/05 2-4 PM Understanding and interpreting tabular material (ITS4, Mgr ITS 1&2 only)
- Sat 11/12 2-4 PM Project management and Supervision (All Upper Level titles)
- Sat 11/19 2-4 PM Review of all previous topics (updated link)
Read on for Livestream FAQs…Continue reading “Livestream links for 2022-12-10 exams”
Here is a summary of the subjects of examination for the 2022 holding of the ITS exams. I have compared the latest announcements against 2020’s announcements and verified that nothing appears to be different, so please use the 2020 document that I’ve re-linked below.
THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT FROM CIVIL SERVICE.
THE ANNOUNCEMENTS AT CS.NY.GOV ARE THE ONLY OFFICIAL SOURCE OF INFORMATION.
Congratulations! You’ve made it through the long wait for ITS 3 exam scores. Below are direct links to results, but if you sign into your Civil Service account you can get the score notice details that are helpful to me for future exam prep. Sign in at https://www.cs.ny.gov/elmspublic/secure/score_notices.cfm and then please fill out the brief survey at https://forms.gle/hSWSvpsraNmBhiWCA to help out.
- ITS3 – https://www.cs.ny.gov/elmspublic/all/list.cfm?Exam=38709
- ITS3 (Data Comm) – https://www.cs.ny.gov/elmspublic/all/list.cfm?Exam=38710
- ITS3 (Database) – https://www.cs.ny.gov/elmspublic/all/list.cfm?Exam=38711
- ITS3 (Programming) – https://www.cs.ny.gov/elmspublic/all/list.cfm?Exam=38712
- ITS3 (Sys Programming) – https://www.cs.ny.gov/elmspublic/all/list.cfm?Exam=38713
If you’re looking for more information about how lists work, please check out my previous post-test livestream recording: https://youtu.be/bidIy40h71g
P.S. Some of you are my Facebook or work friends and know that I have left OSC to start a PhD program. Despite this change, I fully intend to keep this site running and keep doing IT exam prep even though I’m no longer in the NYS ITS career path. If you want to connect with me, please feel free to reach out!