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    Track Worker Exam No. 3600


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    #1 TheBigLD

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    Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:56 PM

    Hello all, Today was the last day (8/8) to submit an application for the track workers test in april. Ive submitted my application online and I guess I wait until i get a letter in the mail to get the exact date of the test. Now being unemployed and ''Uneducated'' according to a piece of paper known as a diploma I am very anxious for this. Id like to know a few things: what does the exam consist of? Is it general knowledge or stuff youd have to learn from a manual and if so what kind of manual is it and wheres the best place to begin studying. I also would like to know if the waiting period is very long once you take the test will you be running through hoops for a few weeks months or years even? I am very hopeful and would love to hear your guys input. Thank you and be safe out there LD
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    #2 Tricknologist

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    Posted 08 August 2012 - 07:33 PM

    I took the previous Track Worker test back in '06 or so and if it's anything like the one that I took, it's basically a reading comprehension multiple choice test. I remember it also asked several questions about tools(they'll show you a picture and you have to choose the correct one). No book will help you for this exam. They don't expect you to know the stuff beforehand, so there's no need to study for it(maybe brush up on your tools, but that's about it).

    If you've never taken a civil service exam, it's all about patience. It takes years to be called after taking the exam, assuming you did well enough to be called and the hiring needs for the position. I waited almost 6 years before I got a letter to start the hiring process for Track Worker. It took 6 years becuase there was a hiring freeze. In that time, I took another MTA exam, scored much better on the test and now I'm working in a different job title. Even that one took about 3 or so years from taking the exam to being sworn in and on the job. I'm pretty sure that if there was no hiring freeze during that period, I would've been working as a Track Worker.

    So in the mean time, try to find another line of work. Always have a back up plan. Once it's time to take the exam, relax and don't stress it.

    Edited by Tricknologist, 08 August 2012 - 07:41 PM.

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    #3 TheBigLD

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    Posted 08 August 2012 - 07:46 PM

    I took the previous Track Worker test back in '06 or so and if it's anything like the one that I took, it's basically a reading comprehension multiple choice test. I remember it also asked several questions about tools(they'll show you a picture and you have to choose the correct one). No book will help you for this exam. They don't expect you to know the stuff beforehand, so there's no need to study for it(maybe brush up on your tools, but that's about it).

    If you've never taken a civil service exam, it's all about patience. It takes years to be called after taking the exam, assuming you did well enough to be called and the hiring needs for the position. I waited almost 6 years before I got a letter to start the hiring process for Track Worker. It took 6 years becuase there was a hiring freeze. In that time, I took another MTA exam, scored much better on the test and now I'm working in a different job title. Even that one took about 3 or so years from taking the exam to being sworn in and on the job. I'm pretty sure that if there was no hiring freeze during that period, I would've been working as a Track Worker.

    So in the mean time, try to find another line of work. Always have a back up plan. Once it's time to take the exam, relax and don't stress it.




    Thank you very much for your reply, I've worked construction off the books for about a year. Its hard to keep a steady job. Im hoping this will turn into a career with room for advancement.
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    #4 theice9

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    Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:10 PM

    Trackworker
    Exam No. 3600
    REVISED EXAM DATE – March 23, 2012
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    #5 Locomotion69

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    Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:56 PM

    Are you sure about that? The track worker promo exam is on March 23rd, 2013. Besides March 23, 2012 is in the past.
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    #6 theice9

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    Posted 15 October 2012 - 07:02 PM

    please check on http://www.mta.info/...oyment_news.pdf
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    #7 Locomotion69

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    Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:40 AM

    They obviously made a mistake, either way if the exam is on March 23rd or on April 6th of next year
    we will be notified 10 days in advance. I never heard of a promo and open competitive exam being held
    on the same day.
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    #8 INDman

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    Posted 16 October 2012 - 01:15 PM

    Keep in mind that the TA is doing the testing now, not DCAS so things may have changed.
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    #9 theice9

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    Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:30 PM

    The exam officially changed to March 23, 2013
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    #10 theice9

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    Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:09 AM

    After I take the exam when do I get hire?
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