The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 12, 2008
Could you pass the written test to work in a California prison?


While cruising the Web the at home last night (the State Worker needs a life), we ran across this sample test published online by the Department of Corrections Office of Officer Selection. The 15 questions test reading comprehension, math and writing skills.

Of course, state corrections officers also have to pass psychological and physical tests, a background check (no convicted felons allowed) and complete academy training before they start work.

If yo're a state worker, how do these questions compare with the civil service test that you took for your job? We've looked around and haven't found other sample tests online. Feel free to send us a link via e-mail or post a site address to one in the comments below.

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About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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