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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 questions test for the ability to apply written rules in given situations similar to those typically experienced by police officers. 5. WILDERNESS MANAGEMENT AND OUTDOOR RECREATION, TREE AND PLANT IDENTIFICATION, MAP INTERPRETATION AND SURVEYING: These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices of outdoor recreation on forest lands and management for public recreational use and other purposes; identification and characteristics of trees and other plants found in New York State forests; and understanding and interpreting maps and surveying fundamentals. 6. NATURAL RESOURCES ECOLOGY INCLUDING CONSERVATION OF SOIL, WATER, AIR, AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES: These questions test for basic practical knowledge of fish, wildlife, and other natural resources; outdoor recreation; forestry; and environmental awareness. For each subject area listed above, this test guide provides an explanation of the TEST TASK, a SAMPLE QUESTION, and a discussion of the SOLUTION for the sample question. You should study each sample question and solution to understand which choice is the correct answer. 1
SUBJECT AREA 1
MEMORY FOR FACTS AND INFORMATION: These questions test for the ability to remember facts and information presented in written form after you have been given a period to read and study the information. TEST TASK: You will be given a Memory Booklet containing a story. The story will be considerably longer than the one presented here. You will have 5 minutes to read and study the information in the Memory Booklet. You will NOT be allowed to take notes. At the end of the study period, the monitor will collect the Memory Booklets containing the story and then will hand out the test booklets containing the test questions. The first group of questions in this test booklet will ask you to recall the facts and information presented in the Memory Booklet. SAMPLE MEMORY STORY: Officer Gary Hanson of the Burke Police Department was questioning Mathew Meyers, the owner of...