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stephanie d in Yonkers, New York

42 months ago

planning to go take the test next week in NYC ... my question is are there a lot of deductive and inductive reasoning questions on the exam ..... i have a BS in criminal justice and been dying to get this job.

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margo in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

42 months ago

hello, i have some questions for social workers, i am interested in the field. i would really appreciate some answers.

1.How long have you been in practice?
2.What training/requirements did you have to go through to become a social worker?
3.How many hours a week do you work?
4.What are the bad things about your job?
5.What are the good things about your job?
6.Do you ever regret being a social worker,and if so, what made you regret it?
7.Have you always known you wanted to be a social worker?
8.What is the most rewarding thing about your job?
9.An average day in your life as a social worker is...
10.What do you see happening in the future for the social work field?

tia

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Christina in Long Beach, New York

42 months ago

I took the test 2 weeks ago. I got a 91.25. It's mostly situational questions concerning child safety. For example, they give you certain scenarios concerning a child's welfare/living conditions and ask you what you should do and in what order. There are also questions relating to grammar and reading comprehension. It's 80 questions multiple choice. They give you plenty of time. I recommend taking your time and reading through the questions thoroughly before answering. Good luck! :)

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Suzanna in Brooklyn, New York

42 months ago

I bought the Child Protective Specialist booklet recently so that I can be better prepared for the test and the questions are out of this world. The questions alone on the practice booklet seems discouraging. My question to anyone who's taken the test and used the practice booklet is, are the questions on the practice book similar to the actual questions that are on the test?

Also, I know that the waiting list is 6 months; however, is there anyone out there who took the test within the last 3 months and was interviewed recently?

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Josh in New York, New York

42 months ago

Hey Teresa,

I know this question has been posed to you before, but I'm not sure if you saw it. Did you score a 96 on the exam, or in the 96th percentile?

I took the exam yesterday and scored a 93.75, was kind of disappointed in myself but the examiner said it was a great score off of what she had been seeing lately.

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stephanie in Yonkers, New York

42 months ago

hey Josh,
i'm trying find out did u fill out an application before hand or can u do it the day of the exam? tried calling the testing center but could not get anyone on the phone .

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Josh in New York, New York

42 months ago

Stephanie,

You can only do it on the day of the exam. It's a first come first serve type situation on the day of the exam.

I went a week ago for the Wednesday 1:30 test, and was locked out.

I showed up yesterday at 4:30, 90 minutes before the test, and I was the second to last one admitted (there's only 72 spots at CTC).

Bad news for you though, the test won't be offered again until October from what I was told yesterday.

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Teresa in Brooklyn, New York

42 months ago

Gloria in New York, New York said: Congratulations, Teresa! I still am curious to know if you scored a 96 or the exam or scored in the 96th percentile. I just want to get an idea about the scoring.

96.5 it gives you the score when you take the test on that print out.

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Teresa in Brooklyn, New York

42 months ago

Suzanna in Brooklyn, New York said: Hi Lop
What's your take on the training and job functions so far? Any ideas as to why so many people are quitting?

It's not a 9-5 job and you will see things that you can never prepare yourself for, its not an easy job. Take the test if they call you at least you already know what it intales.

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Teresa in Brooklyn, New York

42 months ago

Josh in New York, New York said: Hey Teresa,

I know this question has been posed to you before, but I'm not sure if you saw it. Did you score a 96 on the exam, or in the 96th percentile?

I took the exam yesterday and scored a 93.75, was kind of disappointed in myself but the examiner said it was a great score off of what she had been seeing lately.

You will be put on a list according to what you scored and that is how they will call you thats a good score.

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pnr in Brooklyn, New York

42 months ago

i could not pass the exam because i could not pay my attention to the exam.i got bored of reading the passages .can i take this exam again ? my exam score was 66.25.what are you suggesting for the exam.?

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AM

42 months ago

Lop in Brooklyn, New York said: I am currently training now my class is the 6th class this year,there are some people that drop out and quit during the 1st year of the job so thats why there is a demand for them.as far as study guides im not aware of any I did not use anything and did fine, my background is elementary education so I dont know if that helped.

How is the training? Is it very difficult? Did they place you at in Queens or Manhattan? I am from Brooklyn too.

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Lop in Brooklyn, New York

42 months ago

training is good...a lot of work to much material for 8 weeks....i am training in manhattan and if all goes well tuesday and i pass the test i will be in the staten island office

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Anonymous in Teaneck, New Jersey

42 months ago

Lop in Brooklyn, New York said: training is good...a lot of work to much material for 8 weeks....i am training in manhattan and if all goes well tuesday and i pass the test i will be in the staten island office

Hello . What is the criteria when it comes to job placement. Do they tend to put people in offices close to their home?
Thank you and hood luck on the test

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AM

42 months ago

Lop in Brooklyn, New York said: training is good...a lot of work to much material for 8 weeks....i am training in manhattan and if all goes well tuesday and i pass the test i will be in the staten island office

Thanks. i start training in 2 wks. not sure where. good luck on the test. let me know how it goes.

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anonymous in Brooklyn, New York

41 months ago

Josh in New York, New York said: When did you take the exam and what did you score if you don't mind me asking AM? I took the test two weeks ago and scored a 93.75, but don't expect to hear from ACS for at least 6 months.

Thanks.

Hi Josh

Your score is pretty good. You just have to wait for ACS to establish a list after 6 months. Your number will be pretty high on the list. They should call you within a month from when the list is established ( guessing). Good luck

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Ms. Patiently Waiting in Newark, New Jersey

41 months ago

lepina in Brooklyn, New York said: They will establish a list after 6 months. You number is a little low. However, you will be on the list. I was placed on the list 1 month ago. I just received the notice for my interview. My score was 81.75. I speak different languages too. I don't know if this helped

Hi Lepina
I scored an 83.75%. Do you think I have a chance? Honestly, I thought that I was going to perform much better than what I did. I was extremely nervous and didn't eat prior to taking the test. I am praying that they call me because I'm working a part time job and live on a strict budget. I didn't qualify for the waiver because I am technically working. It may not seem like a lot but that fee really did a number on my wallet. I speak a different language as well so I hope that helps. Did you go on your interview yet? Also, have you started training?

How long after you took the test did:
(1) they placed you on the list?
(2) called you for an interview?
(3) it take for you to start training?

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shak3602 in Roslyn Heights, New York

41 months ago

what's going on? i'm taking the test next wednesday august 31st. i see that it takes 6 months for a list to be established. my question is what is the hiring process? the announcement doesn't say much about a driver license requirement? i'm familar with the law enforcement hiring process and I wanted to know if it's the same or similar to ACS? I really want to work in this field and for this agency, you're able to get your MSW and can also move up in the agency if you choose to. thanks a lot in advance!

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anonymous in Brooklyn, New York

41 months ago

Ms. Patiently Waiting in Newark, New Jersey said: Hi Lepina
I scored an 83.75%. Do you think I have a chance? Honestly, I thought that I was going to perform much better than what I did. I was extremely nervous and didn't eat prior to taking the test. I am praying that they call me because I'm working a part time job and live on a strict budget. I didn't qualify for the waiver because I am technically working. It may not seem like a lot but that fee really did a number on my wallet. I speak a different language as well so I hope that helps. Did you go on your interview yet? Also, have you started training?

How long after you took the test did:
(1) they placed you on the list?
(2) called you for an interview?
(3) it take for you to start training?

Hello,
I think you will be just fine.
They establish the list after 6 months. You'll get a notice in the mail with your list number.
About 1 month after I was sent an envelope with an interview date and some paperwork required for the day.
Interview was about 2 weeks from that day. Be prepared to stay about 9 hours there for the day of the interview. Eat and bring smth to drink. Its draining.
The same day if you do well on the interview they make you a job offer and training starts about 3 weeks after

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Anonymous in Baldwin, New York

41 months ago

Thank you for the info. It was very helpful. Question: How do they assign locations? Are you able to choose your location for training and/or job placement?

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MrsJimenez210 in New York, New York

41 months ago

patrick matope in Windhoek, Namibia said: Find infor mation on this website. search on the website CHILD PROTECTION WORKER SELECTION TEST AND WISH U ALL THE BEST.
www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/quizshow.php?title=selection-test-child-protection-worker-barclay-child-protection-agency&quesnum=9&showNextQ=yes

Hi Patrick:

I took the exam at the link you provided! Oh my goodness, how exhilarating it was to read and get 93.33%. As I was reading the scenarios and other statements, I realized that we see this every day of our life and we hear about the many things done wrong by CPS. Someone mentioned that an agency will call you if the result is "Yes", who will call?

I am considering taking two exams as a Child Protective Specialist and Caseworker. I do hope that I can score high because I love helping children and families. I have been doing home visits and the parents are receptive to the aid and help they cannot easily grasp. We are like angels to them. I have had two difficult families who were very aggressive in attitude and I just lent a little ear and a little love and that was all. One parent tried to accuse me of taking her off the list and wanted to pass the buck. I simply took her back down merry lane of her demands and preferences and she realized that it was actually her wrong. However, I was eager to take her into my caseload and develop a relationship with her...to me it is not about who was right or wrong, but helping the parent learn accountability. I also wanted her to know that I was there for her and her family.

Home visiting is awesome and I am ready to move forward. My degree is in Psychology/Education. My long term goal is to own a day care center where families can reach out and know that they will be guided in the right direction. I am going to continue my education and take Business Administration; thereafter, Human Services.

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Minnie in Brooklyn, New York

40 months ago

I am reading to qulify you have to reside in NYC for 90 days. Is there a wavier if you do not live in nyc or do they tell you that you are not qualified

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Minnie in Brooklyn, New York

40 months ago

Ms. Patiently Waiting in Newark, New Jersey said: Hi Lepina
I scored an 83.75%. Do you think I have a chance? Honestly, I thought that I was going to perform much better than what I did. I was extremely nervous and didn't eat prior to taking the test. I am praying that they call me because I'm working a part time job and live on a strict budget. I didn't qualify for the waiver because I am technically working. It may not seem like a lot but that fee really did a number on my wallet. I speak a different language as well so I hope that helps. Did you go on your interview yet? Also, have you started training?

How long after you took the test did:
(1) they placed you on the list?
(2) called you for an interview?
(3) it take for you to start training?

Hello,
my question is do they not qualify you from taking the exam bc you dont live in NY.

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Anonymous in New York, New York

40 months ago

Hello,
I am sorry to tell you, but as passionate as you might be for this job, there are certain things that you Must know. You are required to do the job of at least 10 people . You have to investigate, you have to meet the entire family, doctors , teachers, etc etc . You have to write reports about each meeting. You have to consult supervisors. You have to take and file cases in court etc etc. Do I need to say more? This job is for young people with no children and families. Good luck and all the best. Ad far ad the residence, you can call DCAS and ask

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jeri26y in Bethesda, Maryland

39 months ago

no one has mentioned this, but a caseworker also has to be very wise. Remember that you are investigating real human beings, especially if you yourself are young and do not yet have children of your own, to know what it is like to be a parent. And sometimes false reports are made. Always treat everyone with dignity and respect, and conduct fair and thorough investigations. See truth and be careful not to let bias blind you. It is easy to fall into the trap of being "against" the "bad parents" while you are protecting the child. Yes, "bad parents" do exist. But very often, supportive interventions can help keep families together and make them stronger. Investigations are very stressful on families, and inexperienced caseworkers can be misled into assuming normal defensiveness on the part of stressed parents who have been accused, is evidence of guilt. when, it might simply be stress of the investigation! Especially in the case of false accusations, which happen more often than you might think. Be wise. Be cautious in your investigations. Do not play God. Try always to support and strengthen families, which is the other part of the two-fold mission of child welfare services. Not just take the children away. Be very, very certain you know what you are doing. Be very certain of your conclusions. Mistakes by caseworkers traumatize and destroy families.

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johnjoe in Little Falls, New Jersey

39 months ago

Any update..did you get called..i did the exam in July 2011..got 85..I worked in Ireland as a Child Protection Social Worker..have an MSW and I really hope I get called..what sort of time frame am i looking at?

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questions in Bronx, New York

39 months ago

Is the cps exam easy....i have a major in child development and sociology and i am interested in becoming a cps...i have been looking over internet for info and only found some materials. I also went the library and all of the cps study books are out for another three weeks should i jus go take or wait....i jus want to know if it's difficult

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Anonymous in Milford, Connecticut

39 months ago

It's not difficult. You should just go and take it. Take your time on the exam and you'll do fine. If you wait, you might regret it. It's not an exam that you can study for. It's more of an aptitude test.

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questions in Bronx, New York

39 months ago

ok thanx....im gonna go take it asap :)

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cj in Lakeland, Florida

39 months ago

I applied for a CPI in Florida. Any advice or can anyone tell me the real deal on being a CPI. The good, the bad and the ugly?

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Leelee in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

I recently took this exam...and got an 82.5....does that mean my name is on a list? and if so how long do I have to wait for an interview?

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johnjoe in Bronx, New York

38 months ago

Leelee..I also took the eaxam back in July and I scored around 87%..I have heard you wait 6 months then they put you on a ranked list..however once you are on the list you get "called up" pretty short after that...I am hopeful that I will get a call up in Jan 2012. I already have an MSW from Ireland and really want to get into the ACS...If anyone has any other information regarding recruitment I would really appreciate this..

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Leelee in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

johnjoe in Bronx, New York said: Leelee..I also took the eaxam back in July and I scored around 87%..I have heard you wait 6 months then they put you on a ranked list..however once you are on the list you get "called up" pretty short after that...I am hopeful that I will get a call up in Jan 2012. I already have an MSW from Ireland and really want to get into the ACS...If anyone has any other information regarding recruitment I would really appreciate this..

Very good....hope u get it. What u been doing while u wait?

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DadMike in Maryland

38 months ago

Maryland is ALWAYS hiring for State jobs! As is DC!! got an MSW? Or a BA in human serivces? Check out the Maryland Dept. of Budget and Mgmt. website (DBAM)...or check out DC (DC is CORRUPT-- but pays good! though not much cheaper than NY living wise..)
But-- lots of Jersey and New York folks end up here in Maryland! It's only a 3-hour drive (2 if you speed like the devil!)

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DadMike in Maryland

38 months ago

Johnjoe in Bronx, New York said: DADMIKE..I have an MSW from Ireland. I have 3 years direct Social Work experience also. I would be very interested in State jobs in Maryland and DC. Do you know of any current vacancies?

ALWAYS are vacancies, esp. in Child Welfare! My agency alone employes several hundred social workers, and that's just one local jurisidiction.
Jobs can be stressful- but for those that adapt, State work can be a long-term rewarding career! Check out the DBAM website to apply-- and I'd write/e-mail/call local jurisidiction (on Maryland DHR website) to see if they are hiring, too-- the way the system works is that DBAM collects the applications (MS100s) centrally, and forwards them to the hiring counties. You HAVE to do the DBAM part- calling a local agency will put them on the alert for your resume, and they may have you send paperwork directly to them as well.

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biggie3 in Hollywood, Florida

38 months ago

jam911 in Hollywood, Florida said: i have an interview this week for Child Protective Investigtor. The salary seems really low. its from 28,999- 79,999. I am sure they will start off with the least amount, here in Miami..

Is this job really stressful?

Did you go for the job?

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Christina in East Rockaway, New York

38 months ago

Does anyone know if CPS employees receive tuition reimbursement? I have a Masters in Criminal Justice, but if I get this position, I would be interested in getting my MSW. Also...what are the transfer opportunities for CPS workers? Thanks in advance!

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DadMike in Maryland

38 months ago

Christina in East Rockaway, New York said: Does anyone know if CPS employees receive tuition reimbursement? I have a Masters in Criminal Justice, but if I get this position, I would be interested in getting my MSW. Also...what are the transfer opportunities for CPS workers? Thanks in advance!

Title IV-E funds pay for social workers that agree to work for local governments in child welfare- which means CPS! as well as foster care and other child-welfare jobs.
Social work programs should have info on that program- it's nation-wide.

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anonymous in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

Christina in East Rockaway, New York said: Does anyone know if CPS employees receive tuition reimbursement? I have a Masters in Criminal Justice, but if I get this position, I would be interested in getting my MSW. Also...what are the transfer opportunities for CPS workers? Thanks in advance!

Christina,

With a Masters degree you can move up within ACS as a SUP I first and then as a SUP II after you finish the 18 month probationary period. This depends how tolerant you are to the 9-? hours of the job. You never get out at 5. You wont need another masters to move up.
As far as moving up with ACS, Good luck. People get a position and most likely they retire there. Thats why ACS has a high turnover rate. Long hours, practically no opportunities to move up.
Additionally, they say that after 2 years they will pay for your Masters. TRUTH: my friend has been with them for 5 years and due to budget cuts , she still is unable to do it. Imagine a new hire.
I worked with them for a while. I wanted to make ASC a place where I could grow. I loved the job. However, when it started working I found out the truth. I wish you the best and if you get chosen you will be able to see it with your own eyes. Hopefully the new commissioner will make some changes.
There are a lot of kids who need help. I wish it could have been different. Best of luck

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Leelee in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

Does anyone know any interview questions that ACS might ask for the CPS job?

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anonymous in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

Interview has nothing to do with your experience related to the job.

it is all a behavioral type interview., meaning for each question you have to talk about a situation, how did you handle it, what was the result. good luck

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Leelee in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

anonymous in Brooklyn, New York said: Interview has nothing to do with your experience related to the job.

it is all a behavioral type interview., meaning for each question you have to talk about a situation, how did you handle it, what was the result. good luck

Could u please give an sample of a question?

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anonymous in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

Well, they might ask you:

Tell me why people trust you. You have to answer with a situation, what happened, how did you solve it.

Tell me about a time when you were faced with 2 important decisions in your life. What were they? which one did you pick, and why. What was the outcome.

THings like that.
Questions are different but this kind.

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questions in Bronx, New York

38 months ago

lepina in Brooklyn, New York said: They will establish a list after 6 months. You number is a little low. However, you will be on the list. I was placed on the list 1 month ago. I just received the notice for my interview. My score was 81.75. I speak different languages too. I don't know if this helped

hi lepina...are working for acs now

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Leelee in Brooklyn, New York

37 months ago

I have a Criminal Justice degree from John Jay....but my credits don't add up to 12 credits in this disciplines.....any suggestions?

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cute in Syosset, New York

37 months ago

I took the test in April '11. I've yet to hear anything from ACS. My score was in the 70s..not high as others who got that extra points for being in the army..speak different languages..etc. Will I be on the list and how long is the wait to hear from them. Also I have a masters degree in education and special education. Thx

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Dennis in Elmhurst, New York

37 months ago

Leelee in Brooklyn, New York said: I have a Criminal Justice degree from John Jay....but my credits don't add up to 12 credits in this disciplines.....any suggestions?

Leelee,

I also have a Criminal Justice degree from John Jay, and I know that our core courses requirement are more than 12 credits (=4 courses). So you should have more than 12 credits to fulfill the criminal justice field.

Dennis

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Leelee in Brooklyn, New York

37 months ago

Dennis in Elmhurst, New York said: Leelee,

I also have a Criminal Justice degree from John Jay, and I know that our core courses requirement are more than 12 credits (=4 courses). So you should have more than 12 credits to fulfill the criminal justice field.

Dennis

I understand....I am going call and fine out....cuz I don't want to get called and not get it

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John in Bronx, New York

37 months ago

cute in Syosset, New York said: I took the test in April '11. I've yet to hear anything from ACS. My score was in the 70s..not high as others who got that extra points for being in the army..speak different languages..etc. Will I be on the list and how long is the wait to hear from them. Also I have a masters degree in education and special education. Thx

Cute

I am in a very similar situation as you. I did the exam in June 11. I got a score in around 87. I am still waiting for a call. I really want to get called for a CPS position. I was a child protection Social Worker in Ireland for 3 years and have a masters in Social Work. Did you apply for New Jersey. I got a letter stating they were starting to interview soon.

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Dennis in Elmhurst, New York

37 months ago

John in Bronx, New York said: Cute

I am in a very similar situation as you. I did the exam in June 11. I got a score in around 87. I am still waiting for a call. I really want to get called for a CPS position. I was a child protection Social Worker in Ireland for 3 years and have a masters in Social Work. Did you apply for New Jersey. I got a letter stating they were starting to interview soon.

I took mine on the last day of August, and I assume that the list should be generated by or around early February. The PDF on CPS said the education requirement should met before January 31st, so I am hoping to hear a response from them. I remember someone post earlier saying they mail the interview schedule to you rather than a phone call. I scored a 86 on the exam.

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