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    MTA NYC Transit Bus Operator FAQ

    Correct. You don't need to go through DCAS for that. Depending on your schedule/availability, you can either call their Employment Operations (347-643-8229/30/31/32), call Ms. Rivera if you get the "runaround," which they are known for (trust me), or visit them and see what happens.
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    MTA NYC Transit Bus Operator FAQ

    There probably is - mind I ask is this for TA, OA or BC? (NYC Transit, MaBSTOA or MTA Bus Company?) If it's for OA or BC, I would advise to go to Livingston Street and see what they have to say. If it's for TA, you will have to restore your name to the list through DCAS - click here for information on how to do so.
  3. From my experience, they will until you have the 3 years of experience like was mentioned in post #3. If unsure, you can always call them - 347-643-8229/30/31/32 and ask.
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    Bus Operator (TA) Exam #9604

    You're welcome!!
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    Bus Operator (TA) Exam #9604

    My apologies for being late, however I just got this book out of the library. From looking at it in depth, I like three of the chapters in that book - Test Prep Strategies, Reading and Interpreting a Schedule and Following Rules and Regulations. None of the terms mentioned in the glossary were on the exam, and the second Appendix which contains information about the BOSS exam doesn't include an answer key to those practice questions. Therefore, like I said earlier, if you can get it out of the library to save yourself some $$, then, in my opinion, it's worth it. Interesting...apparently it must be different for each test date.
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    Bus Operator (TA) Exam #9604

    It depends on how many questions there are to begin with...for this particular exam, with 20 incorrect answers, you did not pass, since you need a 70% or higher to pass. 20 wrong means that you got 40 correct questions, and 40 divided by 60 comes out to a score of 66.67%. Sorry... You can e-mail them at the information posted on this page for your specific answer.
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    MaBSTOA #4105 Hiring Process

    Earlier today, I was on the 5th Floor of 180 Livingston Street attending the pre-employment for this exam (My list number is in between 4,100 and 4,200). From overhearing one of the personnel, it seems as if they are only seeing MaBSTOA candidates this week, especially those who missed their prior appointment date for whatever reason. With that said, I have a feeling that the next class, whenever it takes place, will be a MaBSTOA class only. I'll keep you folks posted...
  8. If I had to take an educated guess, it is. From taking this exam on the 4th Floor of Livingston Street so many times, they also used the same books over and over again.
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    Bus Operator (TA) Exam #9604

    IMHO, it all depends on the needs of the Department of Buses. In some years you can have a lot of people retiring and a lot of people being promoted, while in other years there aren't that many people. Residency points? The Notice of Examination (NOE) did not mention anything about that. If anything, on the bottom of the second page it says that "New York City residency is not required for this position." When the list is established and we get our results in the mail. For the previous TA exam (7612), I originally scored a 75% with 20 wrong. I went to the Protest session, submitted protests for 10 wrong answers, hoping that my score would jump to 87.5%. Instead, it only went up to 77.5%. First, the Protest session is on Wednesday, January 23rd. Make sure you have your Yellow "Candidate's Record of Answers" sheet or else they will not let you in (trust me). As far as the MTA posting a final answer key, click here. DCAS doesn't post one either. Instead, they invite you to a "reading" and that's it.
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    Transit Management Analyst Trainee - Exam #7606

    From my experience with the DCAS automated system (212-669-1357, Option #2, enter Social Security #, follow prompts, etc.) for all of the civil service lists that I'm on, they update the system the first Sunday evening of every month. Ever since I found the NYC Open Data Civil Service List Certification webpage, I have found that to be more reliable since they update that site a few days after they certify either part of a list, the whole list, multiple lists and/or what's remaining of a list.
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    Bus Operator (TA) Exam #9604

    From a mathematical perspective, they can have a maximum of 26 classes in a year (52 weeks in a year, each class being two weeks long). As far as how fast or slow they move, it all depends on the needs of the Department of Buses. What? Who said that after you pass the BOSS, then you take the civil service exam? Somebody from the MTA? My apologies if it seems like I'm going hard on you, however you have to learn and realize that Exam 9303 for Part-Time Bus Operator, which has it's own topic/thread which can be viewed here, is not civil service. This is why only the BOSS was given and not a civil service examination. In addition, if you compare the Notice of Examinations for 9604 and 9303, on the bottom of the first page of both documents, you'll see that there are no benefits for the part-timers, while there are numerous benefits for those going for the full-time positions. Got it? If not, let me know.
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    Bus Operator (TA) Exam #9604

    The size varies, depending on the needs of the Dept. of Buses. If I recall correctly, it's about 60 people. The training is two weeks. Click here for more information. They might establish this list sooner since the prior list has less than 3,000 names. The purpose of administering the BOSS and the Civil Service exam at the same time is to avoid having us go somewhere (probably 180 Livingston Street) to take the BOSS for this exam, in addition to avoiding all of the re-scheduling issues that go along with it. As far as the BOSS, it's a Pass/Fail. Therefore, if you pass, you're on the list. If you fail, you're not on the list. Simple. The raw score for four incorrect answers is 93.33% (56 divided by 60).
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    Bus Operator (TA) Exam #9604

    First, in the event you folks are wondering how I did, from taking the PM exam on Sunday, December 16th I got eight [8] questions incorrect for a raw score of 86.67%. Since I was hoping that I was not going to get as many incorrect, I definitely plan on going to the Protest session on the 23rd of January (next Wednesday). As far as getting a 75 on this exam, there are several factors involved. The first one is that you initially passed the exam with the proposed answer key which means that, once the protested questions and answers are looked over, adjusted, thrown out, etc., your score might go higher depending upon what happens. The next major factor will be where you are located on the eligible list which the Human Resources (HR) Office uses to hire Bus Operators. In the event you're unsure what a list looks like, I would encourage you to click here and here. In addition, as a summary of the current Bus Operator lists for NYC Transit: -B/O Exam 4600 has 8,221 candidates. Although the HR Department has finished calling people from this list, folks from this list who missed their appointment date still have the right to restore their name to this list before it expires in January of 2020. -B/O Exam 7612 has 2,847 candidates. This list was established in October of 2018 and it expires in October of 2022. If you look at the last couple of pages of the 7612 thread, they have processed some candidates for a January 7th class, however the topic has been quiet ever since that update. Time will tell, especially since this list is about 1/3 of how big the 4600 list is. After B/O Exam 7612, this exam is next followed by B/O Exam 9618, in which, according to this page, people can apply for 9618 starting next month. Third, as @TwentyFive said, it also depends on how many exams they are hiring from. Usually the HR Department hires from one list at a time, however what's nice with these exams is that you can restore your name to the list. Therefore, if there are a bunch of people in the HR Office being processed from Exam 7612 and a few people are being processed from Exam 4600, those from Exam 4600 will have first priority, respectively. If I have to take an educated guess, chances are that it's going to take them at least 9 months to a year to establish this list (maybe sooner depending on how fast they go through the 7612 list). When the time comes, the list for B/O Exam 4600 will either expire shortly or have already expired. Hope this helps.
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    Bus Operator (TA) Exam #9604

    E-mail examsunit@nyct.com and take it from there. After receiving a letter in the mail to take the BOSS for the Part-time Bus Operator position this Sunday, I emailed them and they said that I do NOT have to take it again, especially since I took the same exam twice within the last two months. When emailing them, just make sure you include your information (name, last four of social, applicant ID #, etc.) so they know who you are so they can make a note on their end to cross-reference your BOSS results from one exam to the other. Good luck and thanks for the invaluable information that the proposed answer key has been uploaded! I'm currently at work, however I'll post my results as soon as I can.
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    Bus Operator (TA) Exam 7612

    According to the NYC Open Data Civil Service List Certification Page (type "07612" in the search box on the top right), things have been quiet, especially since the last time they requested the names of candidates from DCAS was back in November.


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