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Do you guys that score in the 90s study? Or are you good test takers? Trying to see what the best strategy is.
 

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To be honest, I’m not really sure how you can study. In fairness to everyone taking the test, I’m not going to discuss the questions with anyone, but I will say that I took an prep class in 2019, didn’t in 2021 and did better this time than last. A lot of it is common sense.
 

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I studied consistently for months I got a 75, never was a good test taker so not sure what the best approach is honestly
 

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Just another reason the Civil Service is an outdated hiring system. There’s no rhyme or reason to the scoring system. You look at any states outside of New England and their hiring system is completely different. But Massachusetts will always worry about Nepotism..

Two of my good friends just probably had to come to the realization they were going to age out yesterday with their scores.. and they’re two very bright people, one with a degree and the other with a degree and military experience. Of course my friend with the military experience will get preference in his town but he was only interested in MSP.

You just never really know at the end of the day with CS, it’s not a stretch to say luck plays a huge part.
 

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Many years ago in a promotional exam prep class the instructor told us something to the effect of:

"Civil Service doesn't care about whether or not the test predicts how well you can do the job. They just want a range of scores so they can pick people in some order."

Looks like they haven't changed all that much.
 

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I have trouble believing that everyone who scored above 90 was 100% truthful in their work/personality questions. I painted a picture of someone real, not some perfect unflawed citizen. I have no time to blow smoke up anyone’s ass and bullshit my way to the top. Walked away with a 71, and sure I wish my score was significantly higher, but at least I retain my dignity in knowing I was truthful in my responses. For better or worse.
 

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I have trouble believing that everyone who scored above 90 was 100% truthful in their work/personality questions. I painted a picture of someone real, not some perfect unflawed citizen. I have no time to blow smoke up anyone’s ass and bullshit my way to the top. Walked away with a 71, and sure I wish my score was significantly higher, but at least I retain my dignity in knowing I was truthful in my responses. For better or worse.
This is why I’ve told people close to me, just wait for the list. You never really know until that comes out. Again, there could have been a lot of failures which would have dragged the averages down for everyone.
 

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This is why I’ve told people close to me, just wait for the list. You never really know until that comes out. Again, there could have been a lot of failures which would have dragged the averages down for everyone.
I appreciate that. I’m definitely waiting for the list before I consider myself out of the running entirely. Few more weeks to go.
 

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I have trouble believing that everyone who scored above 90 was 100% truthful in their work/personality questions. I painted a picture of someone real, not some perfect unflawed citizen. I have no time to blow smoke up anyone’s ass and bullshit my way to the top. Walked away with a 71, and sure I wish my score was significantly higher, but at least I retain my dignity in knowing I was truthful in my responses. For better or worse.
Actually if you were truthful no matter what you answered would’ve got you a correct answer. If you noticed many questions are the same/similar. They’re just looking for people who are consistent with their answers. So it’s either you weren’t consistent with your personality questions or you didn’t do well in the multiple choice. You don’t have to say that people with over 90 weren’t truthful due to the “work/personality questions” when all it requires is consistency. There is no right or wrong answer.
 

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Actually if you were truthful no matter what you answered would’ve got you a correct answer. If you noticed many questions are the same/similar. They’re just looking for people who are consistent with their answers. So it’s either you weren’t consistent with your personality questions or you didn’t do well in the multiple choice. You don’t have to say that people with over 90 weren’t truthful due to the “work/personality questions” when all it requires is consistency. There is no right or wrong answer.
I was 100% consistent and I know I aced the written part, so I completely disagree. My friend bullshitted on who he actually was and scored significantly higher. & he got more wrong on the multiple choice than I did.

Also note, I specified not “everyone”… that doesn’t mean that if you scored over 90 you lied. Not at all what I implied.
 

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I was 100% consistent and I know I aced the written part, so I completely disagree. My friend bullshitted on who he actually was and scored significantly higher. & he got more wrong on the multiple choice than I did.

Also note, I specified not “everyone”… that doesn’t mean that if you scored over 90 you lied. Not at all what I implied.
Well I am telling you that’s how the personality part works. There is no right or wrong answer.
 

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Yup example might be

1. I don’t take criticism well (strongly disagree)

28. I am not receptive to people’s critiques of me (strongly agree)


And there ya go now you’ve flip flopped. In 2017 i thought i nailed the multiple choice but Felt i did a lot of that on the work style questioner. This time I nailed the multiple choice again but stuck to a personality profile and went through them fast so i didn’t forget how I had answered the prior questions. and in 2017 when i took the prep class the guy teaching said no one really knows how much the work history and personality questions make up on the test but said they believed something like 98% of the test was the multiple choice. 0% was your history and 2% MAYBE was your personality and work styles


Actually if you were truthful no matter what you answered would’ve got you a correct answer. If you noticed many questions are the same/similar. They’re just looking for people who are consistent with their answers. So it’s either you weren’t consistent with your personality questions or you didn’t do well in the multiple choice. You don’t have to say that people with over 90 weren’t truthful due to the “work/personality questions” when all it requires is consistency. There is no right or wrong answer.
 

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Yup example might be

1. I don’t take criticism well (strongly disagree)

28. I am not receptive to people’s critiques of me (strongly agree)


And there ya go now you’ve flip flopped. In 2017 i thought i nailed the multiple choice but Felt i did a lot of that on the work style questioner. This time I nailed the multiple choice again but stuck to a personality profile and went through them fast so i didn’t forget how I had answered the prior questions. and in 2017 when i took the prep class the guy teaching said no one really knows how much the work history and personality questions make up on the test but said they believed something like 98% of the test was the multiple choice. 0% was your history and 2% MAYBE was your personality and work styles
Exactly a lot of people think that the personality/work have a correct answer and that’s not true. Good example.
 

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Actually if you were truthful no matter what you answered would’ve got you a correct answer. If you noticed many questions are the same/similar. They’re just looking for people who are consistent with their answers. So it’s either you weren’t consistent with your personality questions or you didn’t do well in the multiple choice. You don’t have to say that people with over 90 weren’t truthful due to the “work/personality questions” when all it requires is consistency. There is no right or wrong answer.
He said he got a 71, even if he was incredibly all over the place on the work/personality section it wouldn’t have that huge of an impact on the exam. I forget how big of a percentage it is, but the majority of the exam is the logic based reasoning.
 
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