CARTOGRAPHER (PLANNING) PR                                                                                                                                                         1,2,3,4,5

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGER OC & PR                                                                                                     3,4,6,7,8,9

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN I OC                                                                                                        1,2,3,4

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN II OC & PR                                                                                            1,2,3,4

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN III OC & PR                                                                                          1,2,3,4,5

MAPPING PRODUCTS DEVELOPER OC                                                                                                                                                3,4,5,6,9


1.      UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETING WRITTEN MATERIAL -These questions test for the ability to understand and interpret written material. You will be presented with brief reading passages and will be asked questions about the passages. You should base your answers to the questions only on what is presented in the passages and not on what you may happen to know about the topic.


2.      UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETING MAPS, AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, SURVEY DATA, AND OTHER SOURCE MATERIAL USED IN MAP CONSTRUCTION - These questions test for the ability to read, analyze, and perform computations based on cartographic drawings, site plans, survey notes, and mapping-related written presentations, and for knowledge of the terminology and principles involved in reading and working with aerial photographs, including scale conversion and focal point computations.


3.      COLLECTION, ANALYSIS, AND PRESENTATION OF DATA, INCLUDING BASIC STATISTICS - These questions test for knowledge of the proper procedures and methods used to gather, evaluate, organize, and present various types of technical data and information, and the fundamental concepts, terminology, and computations involved in statistical analysis for cartographic and land use planning studies.


4.      GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS), INCLUDING DATA CONVERSION, PLOTTING, DATABASE CONSTRUCTION, INTERACTIVE EDITING, AND LABELING - These questions test for knowledge of GIS design features, global positioning systems, and the concepts, terminology, and proper procedures to use when creating, producing, and revising various types of maps and site plans using GIS and computerized mapping software.


5.      SUPERVISION - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline.


6.      PREPARING WRITTEN MATERIAL - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.


7.      ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISION - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in directing the activities of a large subordinate staff, including subordinate supervisors. Questions relate to the personal interactions between an upper level supervisor and his/her subordinate supervisors in the accomplishment of objectives. These questions cover such areas as assigning work to and coordinating the activities of several units, establishing and guiding staff development programs, evaluating the performance of subordinate supervisors, and maintaining relationships with other organizational sections.


8.      ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES - These questions test for a knowledge of management techniques and practices used in directing or assisting in directing a program component or an organizational segment. Questions cover such areas as interpreting policies, making decisions based on the context of the position in the organization, coordinating programs or projects, communicating with employees or the public, planning employee training, and researching and evaluating areas of concern.


9.      PRINCIPLES OF DATA BASES FOR PC'S - These questions test for a basic background in the design and use of data bases on microcomputers. They cover such topics as data base terminology and concepts, analyzing a data base project, planning the data base, organizing the data, designing data entry forms, accessing and manipulating the data, generating reports, and performing backups.


The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication 'General Guide to Written Tests' helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at: https://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/testguides.cfm.