Inspector (Housing) Exam #8011 Test Prep Tips and Fast Facts
Review test info before exam date to confirm you have what you need. Official Exam notification can be found on NYC.GOV
You should receive your admission notice in the mail 10 days before test. If you do not have notice at least 4 days before exam, you must go to exam support group at 1 Centre St. New York, NY. 14th floor
Bring admission notice /card/photo I.D to test center.
Bring two #2 pencils in case test is not a computer based exam.
Bring most basic calculator for exam. The four function calculator noted on exam notice is almost impossible to find! Inspectors were allowed to use calculators with more than four functions at the last test, but not many more.
Cell phones, beepers, pagers, cameras, portable media devices are not allowed.
Avoid making plans to be picked up after exam ends to prevent the need to rush through the exam.
Avoid leaving blank answers if permitted. Continuously double check location of answers on test sheet. Up, down, across. If you skip a question, confirm the skip on the answer sheet.
Inspectors making up their own small study groups have been very helpful in the past. Try to research 100 fast facts from Multiple Dwelling Law or Housing Maintenance Code, then exchange with partner or group with their facts.
Neither the union nor anyone else knows exactly what will be on the test. You need to review as much information that you can.
Do not immerse yourself in any one subject, change subject matter.
Eat light meal before test to avoid feeling tired, bananas or blueberries are good choice of fruit to stay alert.
Bring bottle of water with you. Dispose/drink if not permitted.
Bring your glasses if you need them. The last exam had very low quality drawings that were difficult to discern (magnifying eyeglasses can be purchased at dollar store).
Review basic punctuations, differences between similar sounding words. There may be instances of reading comprehension questions.
Know how to do basic square footage and cubic yardage calculations. Practice with your basic calculator.