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Do you normally have to pay a fee to take a Civil Service exam?

Our city has an opening for Clerk and I know I could do the job. Problem is, they want a $20 non-refundable fee turned in when we turn in the application. Is this normal?

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Asked by PSMother at 9:45 AM on Apr. 28, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • They normally go for $15(I'm in NY, so every state can be different!). Study guides go for $50 - $100. Some sites I found with info: and ones for sample test). Hope this was helpful and good luck!!!

    Answer by ladyd6280 at 10:29 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • If it is through the City it's OK, not through any other company.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:34 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • When did the government start to charge for taking their exams?

    Answer by rkoloms at 3:13 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • It's normal. I've paid $35 for an exam, and I work for the State of NY.

    You might be able to take it as a job search expense if you itemize on your taxes though...

    Answer by halfpint_ny at 7:03 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

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