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Anonymous in Milford, Connecticut

40 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

40 months ago

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

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cj in Lakeland, Florida

40 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

39 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

39 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

39 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

39 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

39 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

39 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

39 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

39 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

39 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

39 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

39 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

39 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

39 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

39 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

38 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

38 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

38 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

38 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

38 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

38 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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Christina in East Rockaway, New York

38 months ago

I took the test in mid-July. My score was 91.25. They said the list would be generated in 6 months, which would be January. I was hoping to get a notice for an interview by late February, but after reading everyone's stories on this forum, I'm getting worried. I hope they are still hiring! I'm thinking maybe they recruit for an annual 8-week academy class. I know last year's academy began June 20th. I hope I don't have to wait till June to start training!

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M in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

I took the test Sept 2010 got called May 17, 2011 started academy June 20, 2011. No one can explain what the job entales nor can words describe it! It's a 9-? job don't forget that, thats all I will say

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cute in Richmond Hill, New York

38 months ago

Hey Dennis...i used to live in east elmhurst..im in the bx now. Anyway my friend said it two years before they called her. She said it can be very stressful at times and the hours are insane. hope that we get called..

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cute in Richmond Hill, New York

38 months ago

Hi Christina
Thanx for the info. I guess we are all praying we get called. I can't wait bc it's time for change.. get off my comfort zone.

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cute in Richmond Hill, New York

38 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.

hi john
thx for the info but living in ny and working in the bx will be to much. also thats two taxes to pay ny/nj.. the traffic..to much...i will wait for dcas to call.

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

I thought I'd let everyone know that I received my list number today.
I took the NYC Child Protective Specialist Exam on April 25, 2011. I am very high on the list....so perhaps I will be called to interview sooner than later. Has anyone else received their list number?

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Penny Dow in New York, New York

38 months ago

I received number 8.

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John in Bronx, New York

38 months ago

Congrats on receiving your number..I did the exam in late June 2011 and I really hope I receive my number this week! do you mind me asking what type of score you got to get high on the list..i got a score of 89%..

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

@Penny....congrats! What was your score?
@I got a 94.5....list #45. In June 2010 the graduating class was 300+.....so I would think list #80 and above are really great scores to ensure an interview. Hopefully you get yours soon.

My only concern: Will folks be called in? So much going on with the fiscal constraints in the city....just not sure they are really hiring. What do you guys think?

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

My second comment was for @John.....

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Penny Dow in New York, New York

38 months ago

Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York said: My second comment was for @John.....

Hi Ms. A,
I took the exam in April and got a 95. I also speak French, and put that on my paper work. They gave me an interview date for January 13th. I am going to call and ask if I can postpone my interview because I am in an MSW program full time. The only reason you are further down on the list is because you took the test later in the year.
Penny

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

@Penny Dow....oh wow you got an interview date already! Did they send the list number and interview date at the same time? If not how long did you wait for the date after you received the list number?
I apologize for all the questions....I just want to get a feel for the process. Thanks a bunch.

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Penny Dow in New York, New York

38 months ago

Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York said: @Penny Dow....oh wow you got an interview date already! Did they send the list number and interview date at the same time? If not how long did you wait for the date after you received the list number?
I apologize for all the questions....I just want to get a feel for the process. Thanks a bunch.

Actually, I got the interview date i think two days ago, and i got the list number today. Go figure.

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

@Penny Dow Crazy.....that's NYC for you! Thanks for sharing. At least it seems that they are definitely hiring....that is a great start to 2012! Best of luck with getting an alternate interview date....

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RXP in Bayside, New York

38 months ago

This is a bit of an embarrassing question, but is the drug screen they give you a urine test or a hair sample test?

Had a youthful indiscretion over the holidays, and I just received my list number today.

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RXP in Bayside, New York

38 months ago

This is a bit of an embarrassing question, but is the drug screen they give you a urine test or a hair sample test?

Had a youthful indiscretion over the holidays, and I just received my list number today.

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

RXP in Bayside, New York said: This is a bit of an embarrassing question, but is the drug screen they give you a urine test or a hair sample test?

Had a youthful indiscretion over the holidays, and I just received my list number today.

I believe it is a urine test! When did take the test? What number are you on the test?

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

RXP in Bayside, New York said: This is a bit of an embarrassing question, but is the drug screen they give you a urine test or a hair sample test?

Had a youthful indiscretion over the holidays, and I just received my list number today.

Correction: I believe it is a urine test! When did take the test? What number are you on the list?

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BKFinest in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

how long is the academy and if you get paid while you in academy ?thank u in advance

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

BKFinest in Brooklyn, New York said: how long is the academy and if you get paid while you in academy ?thank u in advance

6-8 weeks I believe. Have you received your list number? What is your number? When did you take the exam?
I apologize for all the questions....I just want to figure out how people are being called. Thanks.

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pya in New York, New York

38 months ago

Christina in East Rockaway, New York said: I took the test in mid-July. My score was 91.25. They said the list would be generated in 6 months, which would be January. I was hoping to get a notice for an interview by late February, but after reading everyone's stories on this forum, I'm getting worried. I hope they are still hiring! I'm thinking maybe they recruit for an annual 8-week academy class. I know last year's academy began June 20th. I hope I don't have to wait till June to start training!

It seems to take longer than 6 months, because I took my exam in April of 2011 and I got my list number today.

My list number is 71 and I got 91.25%. I hope I get called in.

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

pya in New York, New York said: It seems to take longer than 6 months, because I took my exam in April of 2011 and I got my list number today.

My list number is 71 and I got 91.25%. I hope I get called in.

I'm sure you will....the graduating classes seem to be huge, anywhere from 200-300+ each.

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carly in Bronx, New York

38 months ago

I did the exam on July 6th..got a score of 85...i have not received any notification as of yet..I am hoping that I will get one this week also..does anyone know if I did the exam too late to get listed on this round of recruitment

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

carly in Bronx, New York said: I did the exam on July 6th..got a score of 85...i have not received any notification as of yet..I am hoping that I will get one this week also..does anyone know if I did the exam too late to get listed on this round of recruitment

I'm not sure....but I've been chatting for a few hours on this board and it seems that those of us that have received list #'s are in the April 2011 test group. Hopefully you get notice soon....

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BKFinest in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

Guys do we get paid while attending Academy ???Thank u

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BKFinest in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

Do we guys gonna get paid while in Academy ??

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

BKFinest in Brooklyn, New York said: Do we guys gonna get paid while in Academy ??

Yes we get paid...Did you get your list number?

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