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fahmed824 in Astoria, New York

25 months ago

Bill in Corona, New York said: Hi Fahmed,
The website you are checking is for New York State exams, not New York City Exams. That's why your name is not showing up.

Thanks a lot Bill that helps a bunch...Haha I've been checking that website every now and then to see if it had been updated! For everybody else....My father works for DCAS and although he encourages me to take any test I qualify for he has warned me that there is speculation that the tests are being administered mainly as a means of making profit for the city...He also told me that DCAS employees who apply for these jobs within the system get priority over us test takers.....He's very optimistic about my score but he warns me that it may take up to 2 years before they even reach that list....Good luck everybody I hope DCAS reaches out to us soon!

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fahmed824 in Astoria, New York

25 months ago

I forgot to mention....I took an exam for Job Opportunity Specialist in June of 2012....that list has still not been established....I took this test in September and received my list number in December...I like to think they only create lists for positions that need filling :)

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gdumble

25 months ago

That makes sense, they are only up to april 2011

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Bill in Flushing, New York

25 months ago

fahmed824 in Astoria, New York said: Thanks a lot Bill that helps a bunch...Haha I've been checking that website every now and then to see if it had been updated! For everybody else....My father works for DCAS and although he encourages me to take any test I qualify for he has warned me that there is speculation that the tests are being administered mainly as a means of making profit for the city...He also told me that DCAS employees who apply for these jobs within the system get priority over us test takers.....He's very optimistic about my score but he warns me that it may take up to 2 years before they even reach that list....Good luck everybody I hope DCAS reaches out to us soon!

2 years sounds about right. I took the test a year and a half ago. I did get my list number but it doesn't seem that they are even close to calling from my list for interviews. I imagine it will be at least another 6 months before they get to it.

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

25 months ago

I'm in college right now doing my Masters in Social Work, so I really hope I don't get offered the job until May 2014. I took the exam in January 2012. I got my list number a year later in January 2013, but I haven't heard anything since, and it seems like DCAS is a long way from my call month.

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

25 months ago

fahmed824 in Astoria, New York said: I forgot to mention....I took an exam for Job Opportunity Specialist in June of 2012....that list has still not been established....I took this test in September and received my list number in December...I like to think they only create lists for positions that need filling :)

I don't believe there is much turnover rate for that job position. Its relatively a traditional 9-5 work schedule. But there is lots of turnover for the CPS position because you have to work a non traditional work schedule (on call) and get a high volume of cases.

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Rachael in Levittown, New York

24 months ago

I took exam #3341 back in December (2012), about a week before that exam was closing. Just received my list number--308. Low number, but I'm surprised I got it this soon considering how long it's taken other people from the past.

I took the Job Opportunity specialist exam, too. Haven't gotten that list number yet. I remember the test said you can be put in special offices if you have a degree in Education, which I do, so I'm hoping I might be called sooner for that reason? Anyone know about this test and if you get called sooner than CPS? I scored an 87 on that one.

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mobteach1@yahoo.com in Jackson Heights, New York

24 months ago

87 on which test ?

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mobteach1@yahoo.com in Jackson Heights, New York

24 months ago

87 on which test ?

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Rachael in Levittown, New York

24 months ago

Job Opportunity Specialist. For CPS I only got a 75 (list #308).

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Jdebbie26 in Richmond, New York

24 months ago

I called DCAS today 4/22/2013 and they told me that the current list number that its being called its exam number 1329. I also asked if they can give me an estimate to by when are they going to start calling exam #3340 and they said that its going to take another year.

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mobteach1@yahoo.com in Jamaica, New York

24 months ago

Thanks for sharing. Could you tell me the phone # you called and their name perhaps. If they are like the NYCDOE, you call 4 times, you'll get four different answers ! :)

I took #3341

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Jdebbie26 in Richmond, New York

24 months ago

mobteach1@yahoo.com in Jamaica, New York said: Thanks for sharing. Could you tell me the phone # you called and their name perhaps. If they are like the NYCDOE, you call 4 times, you'll get four different answers ! :)

I took #3341

The number that I called is (two one two six six nine one three five seven) sorry for not putting numbers but the forum does not allow me to enter phone numbers. as soon as you hear the automated system press zero and then you would be transfer to a representative and they are going to ask you for the test that you are calling about then they would transfer you to the certification department and they would tell you the current list number. Good luck and keep me posted please !

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mary.streb@yahoo.com in Spencerport, New York

24 months ago

I worked for CPS for 10 years in upstate NY. Don't be discouraged if you didn't score huge on the test as they take the top 3 scores for interviewes. For example, the first round of interviewes will be taken from everyone who scored from 100-95, 95-90, and 90-85. There may be only a couple of people, ore none who scored 100-95 so they open it up to the next teer at 85-80. they can then choose from that entire pool.
Good luck to all of you and find a good therapist.

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Mocha11 in New Jersey

24 months ago

I have read the prior post in this forum and it appears to have stopped with the communication regarding the CPS exam in NYC list in April 2011. Is there anyone with information on the status of the list they are currently calling (interviewing) from?
I took the exam 2332 in January 2012, received my list number December 2012 (almost a year later) and still waiting (#300).

I wonder how the people from earlier post are doing on the job; how they feel about the position.

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gdumble in Brooklyn, New York

24 months ago

I went to 1 Center st DCAS downtown and the clerk informed me that they will be exausting the old list at the end of the year, then they will begin calling from a new list and they may decide to combine the list 2332 and 3340 at the beginning of 2014. It didn't make complete since but it is exactly what the clerk said. Just thought I would pass on the information.

If you are ever in lower Manhattan, you can stop by and get list information on the 14th floor, certifications department at 1 Center St.

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Fancynancy in Brooklyn, New York

24 months ago

I took exam 1329 in 2011, my list number is 368, everytime I call they give me dif info. I called today and they told me that the list is up to 178, a cpl of weeks aha 278, before that, that it was up to soné other Number, I believe they don't give the accurate info. I guess we just seat tight and wait

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

23 months ago

Mocha11 in New Jersey said: I have read the prior post in this forum and it appears to have stopped with the communication regarding the CPS exam in NYC list in April 2011. Is there anyone with information on the status of the list they are currently calling (interviewing) from?
I took the exam 2332 in January 2012, received my list number December 2012 (almost a year later) and still waiting (#300).

I wonder how the people from earlier post are doing on the job; how they feel about the position.

I also took exam #2332 in January 2012. WHat was your score?

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

23 months ago

gdumble in Brooklyn, New York said: I went to 1 Center st DCAS downtown and the clerk informed me that they will be exausting the old list at the end of the year, then they will begin calling from a new list and they may decide to combine the list 2332 and 3340 at the beginning of 2014. It didn't make complete since but it is exactly what the clerk said. Just thought I would pass on the information.

If you are ever in lower Manhattan, you can stop by and get list information on the 14th floor, certifications department at 1 Center St.

Thank you so much for the info gdumble

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gdumble in Brooklyn, New York

23 months ago

Snowball25 in Bronx, New York said: Thank you so much for the info gdumble

Sure thing.... If you get a chance, stop by and see what you can find out. I'm curious to see if they would confirm the same information that they told me or if they have a completely different response.

Again, the address is 1 Center st 14th floor certifications.

All the best to you, and let's hope they do start calling from our list at the beginning of the year.

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LindyBell9958 in Seattle, Washington

22 months ago

klott86 in Gaffney, South Carolina said: You want to take some classes or major in one of the social sciences....I majored in Social Work, a lot of people now are majoring in Social Work or psychology if they want to work in CPS.
How hard it is depends on where you want to work, I had no problem finding my first job out of college , it all depends on the need and the location of the agency.....hope this helps a little....

That's annoying that you "had no problem finding your first job." Congratulations, but it still sucks that some of us are doing everything we can to get that first job, even for me 2 years later. It doesn't exactly work like that for most of us.

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Mert in Johnstown, Pennsylvania

22 months ago

I believe that I am a seasoned social worker with over 25 years of clinical experience, primarily in health/mental health settings. I am currently studying to take the LCSW exam. I have been studying the ASWB study guide. I am getting the impression that the key to passing the test is more "knowing" how to answer the questions according to the ASWB. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I live in a rural area , so attending a study group, boot camp , ect. is really not an option. Thanks for any input

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Fancynancy in Brooklyn, New York

21 months ago

Hello everyone, I just received the letter for the interview. Exam 1329 list # 368, any suggestions for the interview?

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waiting in Brooklyn, New York

20 months ago

Fancynancy in Brooklyn, New York said: Hello everyone, I just received the letter for the interview. Exam 1329 list # 368, any suggestions for the interview?

Congrats. Did you do the interview yet?, if yes how was it?..

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findjob in North Carolina

20 months ago

I have been applying for CPS jobs like crazy. However, I never even get called for an interview. Do they tend to hire new grads in these positions? I have social work experience: case mgmt., referrals, assessments, homevisits, and group work. I live in NC. What kind of test do you have to take? I believe every state is different. I would love to work in CPS. Any thoughts??

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waiting in Brooklyn, New York

20 months ago

You must take the CPS exam here in nyc. If you pass you will be placed on a list which will be mailed to you and then it's a waiting game to be called. So must kept yourself busy while waiting .

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

20 months ago

Snowball25 in Bronx, New York said: I also took exam #2332 in January 2012. WHat was your score?

Yeah I did take the exam at the same time as this person... From what I gather we should be getting interviews in May 2014.

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waiting in Middle Village, New York

20 months ago

Hi snowball..
I took exam 1329 in 2011 and nothing yet. So I don't think you will be called next year when there are some of us who took the exam in 2011 and haven't heard anything about interviewing. Remember they must go through the whole list b4 going to another. There are many people like me who is waiting from test 1329.

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waiting in Middle Village, New York

20 months ago

What number are they on now. .looks like since 368 from test 1329 was called for an interview she doesn't interact on here anymore. .smh

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waiting in Middle Village, New York

20 months ago

Snowball you took two exams?.. 1329 and 2332?

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moved on in Bogota, New Jersey

20 months ago

waiting in Middle Village, New York said: Hi snowball..
I took exam 1329 in 2011 and nothing yet. So I don't think you will be called next year when there are some of us who took the exam in 2011 and haven't heard anything about interviewing. Remember they must go through the whole list b4 going to another. There are many people like me who is waiting from test 1329.

As many others on this thread have noted, they do NOT have to interview the entire list before they kill it.

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waiting in Middle Village, New York

20 months ago

Oh really.. not according to the people from DCas. I'm going to call once more just to clarify bc that wouldn't be fair at all

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waiting in Middle Village, New York

20 months ago

@ snowball...Smh.. I've been waiting for someone to pick up but machine keeps coming up. In any event if at all they discard a list with all these people including myself who are waiting and go to another, I think it's ridiculous b/c we paid just like everyone else. Don't you think so?

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Fancynancy in Brooklyn, New York

20 months ago

@waiting
What's your list number? The reason why I ask is because that's my exam number.

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

20 months ago

findjob in North Carolina said: I have been applying for CPS jobs like crazy. However, I never even get called for an interview. Do they tend to hire new grads in these positions? I have social work experience: case mgmt., referrals, assessments, homevisits, and group work. I live in NC. What kind of test do you have to take? I believe every state is different. I would love to work in CPS. Any thoughts??

It takes a few years to get called for interviews and if you take the same exam your call date will be based on when you took the last exam, so I hope you haven't been taking the same exam numerous times. It is common to get a list number a year or more after you take an exam.

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

20 months ago

waiting in Middle Village, New York said: Hi snowball..
I took exam 1329 in 2011 and nothing yet. So I don't think you will be called next year when there are some of us who took the exam in 2011 and haven't heard anything about interviewing. Remember they must go through the whole list b4 going to another. There are many people like me who is waiting from test 1329.

Did you receive a list number? This is what gdumble said: I went to 1 Center st DCAS downtown and the clerk informed me that they will be exausting the old list at the end of the year, then they will begin calling from a new list and they may decide to combine the list 2332 and 3340 at the beginning of 2014. It didn't make complete since but it is exactly what the clerk said. Just thought I would pass on the information.

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

20 months ago

waiting in Middle Village, New York said: Snowball you took two exams?.. 1329 and 2332?

No, I only took exam 2332

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

20 months ago

moved on in Bogota, New Jersey said: As many others on this thread have noted, they do NOT have to interview the entire list before they kill it.

Yeah unfortunately I've read this a few times.

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

20 months ago

waiting in Middle Village, New York said: What number are they on now. .looks like since 368 from test 1329 was called for an interview she doesn't interact on here anymore. .smh

what is your list number and what did you score on the exam?

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

20 months ago

waiting in Middle Village, New York said: @ snowball...Smh.. I've been waiting for someone to pick up but machine keeps coming up. In any event if at all they discard a list with all these people including myself who are waiting and go to another, I think it's ridiculous b/c we paid just like everyone else. Don't you think so?

I agree, it should be considered unlawful at the very least.

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Gdumble in East Hampton, New York

20 months ago

Bmcc is offering free emt training and job placement for unemployed. If you don't have a job, then you qualify. You will need sign up for the open house soon before it closes. Wane Carey at bmcc picks up his phone during office hours and will explain more. search free job trining for emergency medical technicians ny. just thought I would throw that info out there as this acs exam is not very promising, unless you are the city of ny trying to raise revenue off of people who are looking for work!!

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Fancynancy in Bethpage, New York

20 months ago

Call this number and find out The list number they are up to.‪212‑669‑2431‬

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

20 months ago

Gdumble in East Hampton, New York said: Bmcc is offering free emt training and job placement for unemployed. If you don't have a job, then you qualify. You will need sign up for the open house soon before it closes. Wane Carey at bmcc picks up his phone during office hours and will explain more. search free job trining for emergency medical technicians ny. just thought I would throw that info out there as this acs exam is not very promising, unless you are the city of ny trying to raise revenue off of people who are looking for work!!

wow! Amazing! I'm telling some friends

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Diana in Brooklyn, New York

18 months ago

Has anyone taken/ or heard anything about the 2308 Exam (September 2011)? Any idea what list they are up to now?

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Herschel K in Bronx, New York

18 months ago

Diana in Brooklyn, New York said: Has anyone taken/ or heard anything about the 2308 Exam (September 2011)? Any idea what list they are up to now?

This is only a partial answer to your question. But I think folks will be interested.

I visited the Certifications Dept. at DCAS downtown, 1 Centre St., Room 2150, last week. I asked how long till List 2348 (May-June 2012) was likely to be called. The guy behind the Plexiglas checked his computer then walked back holding up ten fingers. “Ten months?” I asked “Ten years,” he said. He explained that they’re still on List 1329, and then there are three or four lists ahead of 2348. He said they’ll draw upon a single list for up to four years; if its not exhausted by then, it expires.

I asked why they keep offering tests if the waiting time is SOOO long? He didn't know.

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BigApple in New York, New York

18 months ago

"I asked why they keep offering tests if the waiting time is SOOO long? He didn't know." That's an easy one. Like everything else, it's about revenue. Those tests are almost always full and a fee is paid for every test taken.

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Charisma in Brooklyn, New York

18 months ago

Hello all! I used to work for ACS and then I left to Perdue a different career working with children. I took the ACS test in July-august 2011. So I'm just waiting. What I will say to everyone is that the academy testing is way different that the city CPs test. If u do not pass the test in the academy, u no longer work for the city. There is no redo!!!! But the trainers were so good they make sure u pass. Plus u have big books and plenty of info to learn all there is to know. So pay attention and u will be fine.

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

18 months ago

Herschel K in Bronx, New York said: This is only a partial answer to your question. But I think folks will be interested.

I visited the Certifications Dept. at DCAS downtown, 1 Centre St., Room 2150, last week. I asked how long till List 2348 (May-June 2012) was likely to be called. The guy behind the Plexiglas checked his computer then walked back holding up ten fingers. “Ten months?” I asked “Ten years,” he said. He explained that they’re still on List 1329, and then there are three or four lists ahead of 2348. He said they’ll draw upon a single list for up to four years; if its not exhausted by then, it expires.

I asked why they keep offering tests if the waiting time is SOOO long? He didn't know.

It can't be 10 years! the turn over rate for CPS workers are too high. He meant 10 months

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Herschel K in Bronx, New York

18 months ago

Snowball25 in Bronx, New York said: It can't be 10 years! the turn over rate for CPS workers are too high. He meant 10 months

I wish I thought you were right. But you only have to look back in this forum to see that they've been on List 1329 for months and months--I believe since January 2012. And they're still on it. Some of the lists after that are huge. The process moves crazy slow.

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John887 in Sunnyside, New York

18 months ago

Herschel K in Bronx, New York said: I wish I thought you were right. But you only have to look back in this forum to see that they've been on List 1329 for months and months--I believe since January 2012. And they're still on it. Some of the lists after that are huge. The process moves crazy slow.

I been on the waiting list (1329) for the last two years. im 459 ...and nothing. Quick question. How do you know when the city is trying to inform you on a job interview? Do they send a letter to your home? A phone call? An E-mail?

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