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A Guide to the Written Test
Forest Ranger 1 Series
Andrew M. Cuomo
The New York State Department of Civil Service has developed this test guide to familiarize you with the Forest Ranger 1 written test. This test guide provides a general description of the subject areas to be tested and an explanation of the different types of questions that will be presented. The examination announcement will list the subject areas that will be included on the test you will be taking. The Forest Ranger 1 written test has an overall time allowance of 5 hours, plus 5 minutes to read and study the information in the Memory Booklet. The test will cover the following subject areas: 1. MEMORY FOR FACTS AND INFORMATION: These questions test for the ability to remember facts and information presented in written form. You will be given 5 minutes to read and study the information in the Memory Booklet. After the 5-minute period, the Memory Booklet will be taken away. You will then be required to answer questions about the material that was presented in the Memory Booklet. 2. PREPARING WRITTEN MATERIAL IN A POLICE SETTING: These questions test for the ability to prepare the types of reports that police officers write. You will be presented with a page of notes followed by several questions. Each question will consist of four restatements of the information given in the notes. From each set of four, you must choose the version that presents the information most clearly and accurately. 3. READING, UNDERSTANDING, AND INTERPRETING WRITTEN INFORMATION: These questions test for the ability to read, understand, and interpret the kinds of written information that police officers are required to read during their formal training period and on the job. 4. APPLYING WRITTEN INFORMATION (RULES, REGULATIONS, POLICIES, PROCEDURES, DIRECTIVES, ETC.) IN POLICE SITUATIONS: These...