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Christina in East Rockaway, New York

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 months ago

I received number 8.

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John in Bronx, New York

30 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

30 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

30 months ago

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

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Penny Dow in New York, New York

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 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

30 months ago

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

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BKFinest in Brooklyn, New York

30 months ago

Do we guys gonna get paid while in Academy ??

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

30 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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BKFinest in Brooklyn, New York

30 months ago

Thank You Ms. A for swift reply i should be getting my list number this week or the next week deff...i scored pretty good, so i assume from forums i read before i should get an application within 2 month(keeping my fingers crossed)

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

30 months ago

Curious, has anyone received their interview date today?

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MIMI in Brooklyn, New York

30 months ago

Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York said: Curious, has anyone received their interview date today?

MS.A I HAVE MY INTERVIEW ON JAN 13 2011 AT 8AM!

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

30 months ago

MIMI in Brooklyn, New York said: MS.A I HAVE MY INTERVIEW ON JAN 13 2011 AT 8AM!

@Mimi Congrats...!!! Curious when did you take the exam? What was your list number? I know someone on the board is #8 and is scheduled to interview on Friday as well.....I haven't received my date....I'm further on down the list(#45). Just trying to figure out how things are being done. Thanks....

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Mimi in Brooklyn, New York

30 months ago

Ms. A I took the exam sept 2010 and I got my list number after a year! Exam 1326 and I'm in the 300s of the list. Hope this helps u!

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

30 months ago

Mimi in Brooklyn, New York said: Ms. A I took the exam sept 2010 and I got my list number after a year! Exam 1326 and I'm in the 300s of the list. Hope this helps u!

@Mimi September 2010....wow that's interesting!
It seemed as if they were beginning to call folks who took the exam in April 2011. I suppose they are in desperate need of people....hopefully I'll be there on Friday as well! Thanks for sharing.
Best of luck to you!

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BKFinest in Brooklyn, New York

30 months ago

Mimi thanks for sharing with all of us but if u gonna sec after ur interview please share ur experience and maybe some questions from the interview...thanx a lot

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

30 months ago

Anyone get there interview date in the mail today? I'm still waiting.....

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

30 months ago

Correction: *their*

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Mimi in Brooklyn, New York

30 months ago

@bk finest! yes i will share my experince with u guys after the interview! wish me luck guys!

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BKFinest in Huntington Station, New York

30 months ago

Mimi in Brooklyn, New York said: @bk finest! yes i will share my experince with u guys after the interview! wish me luck guys!

Break a leg, wish u the best and DONT be late ;)

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

30 months ago

Thank you all so much for utilizing this forum, asking great questions and answering them to the best of your abilities. Reading this forum was a huge help to me. Yesterday I took the CPS exam and got an 86. I'm just so disappointed right now because it seems as though I'm really going to be waiting for a good 6 - 9 months at the minimal. Goodness I read one of these posting that stated they didn't get hired by CPS until 2 years later. I really wish I took the advice of others and took this exam before I graduated from college. Now I don't know where to look for a job.

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

30 months ago

Mimi in Brooklyn, New York said: @bk finest! yes i will share my experince with u guys after the interview! wish me luck guys!

Best of luck Mimi....I am sure you'll be just fine!

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mr.c in Yonkers, New York

30 months ago

Hello All,

I took the exam in April '11 and got a 95. January 5th I got the results and I was list number 10 and I will be dodging work to interview on January 13th. Here are some pointers I have been able to gather.

The Exam: There is no real way to study for it. Its all logic, reading comprehension, and gramar. There is no math, and it is computerized. The exam seems to teach you a lot about the agencies practices and procedures as well.

The Interview: I know some CPS workers and they tell me the interview is basically a lot of scenario based questions. I was told you interview with two managers. You are told on the spot if they want you, and if they do, you are sent downstairs to take a drug screening.

I wish everyone a lot of luck on Friday! I am thrilled to see so many people who want to make a difference in the city we love.

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

30 months ago

Thanks Mr C in Yonkers for your insight, and tips. Good look on your interview. With a high score like a 95 I'm sure you'll have a great interview.

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Ms. A in New York, New York

30 months ago

mr.c in Yonkers, New York said: Hello All,

I took the exam in April '11 and got a 95. January 5th I got the results and I was list number 10 and I will be dodging work to interview on January 13th. Here are some pointers I have been able to gather.

The Exam: There is no real way to study for it. Its all logic, reading comprehension, and gramar. There is no math, and it is computerized. The exam seems to teach you a lot about the agencies practices and procedures as well.

The Interview: I know some CPS workers and they tell me the interview is basically a lot of scenario based questions. I was told you interview with two managers. You are told on the spot if they want you, and if they do, you are sent downstairs to take a drug screening.

I wish everyone a lot of luck on Friday! I am thrilled to see so many people who want to make a difference in the city we love.

Thanks for the feedback Mr.C. Please come back to the forum on Friday and give us the scoop! Best of luck to you!!!!

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

30 months ago

If you have a 9-5 job and the training for CPS is also 9-5 then what do you do? Is this training paid, and is the job guaranteed after training or do you have to take another exam after training?

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Ms. A in Brooklyn, New York

30 months ago

Snowball25 in Bronx, New York said: If you have a 9-5 job and the training for CPS is also 9-5 then what do you do? Is this training paid, and is the job guaranteed after training or do you have to take another exam after training?

@Snowball25 I believe the training is paid....the "Notice of Examination" states that salary at Assignment Level I is $42,797....upon completion of six months of training and experience at Level I you are assigned to Level II at the salary of $46,479. After eighteen months...salary is $49,561. According to someone on this forum there is a exam at the end of training....you must pass.

Hope this helps....

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Snowball25 in Bronx, New York

30 months ago

@ Ms. A in Brooklyn... goodness now imagine failing the test after training and giving up your job to go through training. Good Lord I hope that won't be my story. That's our lives riding on this training. I really pray that they train us well.

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Ms. A in New York, New York

30 months ago

Snowball25 in Bronx, New York said: @ Ms. A in Brooklyn... goodness now imagine failing the test after training and giving up your job to go through training. Good Lord I hope that won't be my story. That's our lives riding on this training. I really pray that they train us well.

@Snowball25 I'm sure we will be just fine. It can't be anymore difficult than the CPS exam....the exam tested a lot of casework/social work practice. Most of us took it and scored very well without studying any material beforehand so we should all be fine.

Don't worry to much....the most important part is that you are called to interview sooner than later. Hang tight!!!

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3030 in Bayside, New York

30 months ago

I imagine that they are calling people in for interviews based on language proficiency. I think they probably especially need people proficient in Spanish and certain other specific languages?

Can the people who have already gotten interview dates confirm this?

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Ms. A in New York, New York

30 months ago

3030 in Bayside, New York said: I imagine that they are calling people in for interviews based on language proficiency. I think they probably especially need people proficient in Spanish and certain other specific languages?

Can the people who have already gotten interview dates confirm this?

@3030 I don't think so....from what I have been able to gather from the responses on this forum, folks are being called by test date/ test ranking. An exam was held during Sept. 2010....they are still hiring from the end of that list(#300+). Someone on this forum is # 300+ and is interviewing tomorrow. The exam wasn't given again until April 2011...both numbers 9 & 10 are also interviewing tomorrow. So it seems they are done with the Sept 2010 and they are moving on to the beginning of the April 2011 exam....no one else has responded with their April 2011 exam ranking and interview date so I'm just putting the pieces together with the info I have. I'm #45/April 2011 exam. I think I should be in the next interview group but who knows....what exam date/number are you?

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john in Bronx, New York

30 months ago

I did the exam in July 2011. I received a score of 85%. I can see from this forum that everyone who did the exam up until April 2011 has received a response rearding place on panel. Does anyone have any idea when I will discover where I am on a panel and when I can expect to interview.

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