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Q. How do I apply for an examination?
Effective October 1, 2015, an Online Application Process is available on this website. The advantages of filing electronically include the storage of submitted applications in your personal user account and application processing fee payment by credit/debit card. Additionally, our Examination Announcements webpage includes a link entitled Job Descriptions and Job Interest Cards, which offers the opportunity to view class specifications and fill out a form so that you may receive an email notification when an open competitive examination for a particular title is announced in the future.
If you are unable to apply online, HARD COPY APPLICATIONS are available in our office at 40 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Hempstead, NY during the hours of 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM, Monday thru Friday. To receive a hard copy application by mail, forward to us a stamped (70¢), self-addressed 4” x 9” envelope, which we must receive at least five days before the filing deadline (write Exam No, and title on the back flap).
Q. When will I receive my admittance notice?
The notice of admittance is mailed to approved candidates one week prior to the examination informing the candidate of the location and time of the examination. If the notice is not received by the Wednesday before the examination you should call 572-2713 for information.
Q. How do I request special arrangements for an examination?
A written request for special arrangements must be made to this office at the time of applying for the examination. You must clearly state the type of special arrangement that is needed, as well as provide official documentation as to why the special arrangements are necessary.
Q. What happens after I take the examination?
In approximately six months, you will receive a notice of rating in the mail.
Q. Are there study guides available for the examinations?
If study guides are available from the Civil Service Commission, it will be stated on the examination announcement. Otherwise, it is the responsibility of the candidate to find his/her own study material. The subjects of the examinations are stated on the announcement.
Q. Do I have to be a Nassau County resident to apply for the exam?
With few exceptions, to fulfill the standard residency requirement, each candidate for the open competitive examination must have been a bonafide resident and dweller of Nassau County for at least one year immediately preceding the advertised date of examination and maintain that residency until appointed from the eligible list established as a result of the examination. If the examination is open to residents outside of Nassau County, it will be stated on the front of the announcement.
Q. Is there a fee to apply for the examinations?
Yes, although a fee waiver may be requested under certain circumstances. Refer to the examaintion anouncement for further details regarding fee amount, payment methods, and acceptable waiver criteria.