December 17, 2008

Tips to Pass the 2010 Census Test

The following are tips to passing the 2010 Census Exam:
  1. Call your local Census Bureau office to schedule your test.
  2. Download the census practice test - this is a must as you only have 30 minutes for 28 questions and they are not easy questions.
  3. Set aside a minimum of 2 hours on the day of the test to fill out the paperwork, take the test and to receive your score.
  4. Bring your ID and social security card, or just your passport.
To pass the census test you must answer at least 10 questions correct but the higher your score the faster you will be hired. You are allowed to retake the exam if you do not pass or you would like to try for a higher score.

*2010 Update - newer comments can be seen here.


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Babs said...

I took the census test and was told 70 is passing. How can 10 out of 28 be a passing grade? I plan to retake the test 1/8

LaShon James-Major said...

Who knows but that's what I was told.

Anonymous said...

The closer to 28 you score the greater chance that you will be called for a job. ie They will call all the 28s first, then the 27,26 and so on. Take it as many time as you can to get the best possible score

Anonymous said...

yeah I didn't think it was too bad but I'm used to standardized tests and stuff. I couldn't get the practice test to work before I went in but I still did well.

I felt bad for the older people (half the people testing were 50+ when I went), they were so lost.

Anonymous said...

Yes, anonymous, I am one of those "older" persons taking the test. I wasn't lost just shocked no calculators and only 30 min. Did take it a second time and feel I did much better.

LaShon James-Major said...

My biggest problem with the test is the amount of time they give you compared with the complexity of the questions.

You barely have 1 per question, which includes reading the instructions and answering the question.

It seems they want to weed out people but then you can retake it as much as possible. Doesn't seem to make sense.

Jennifer Rivard said...

I have to say thank you for the practice test link. It is the only place I have been able to find one so far. I have also been able to find more answers in the comments too. Specifically the no calculators issue. I'm new to the whole thing and I will be taking my first crack at the test on Sat 1/17 over here in New England.

LaShon James-Major said...

Jennifer, I'm glad I could help. I wish you the best with your test.

Anonymous said...

The practice test is a farce. More than one question has the wrong answer on the answer key. When I questioned the local office, I was told the practice test was no longer available through the online. Although I was able to download it. The US Census spent lots of our tax money and wound up with a test that thankfully is only a practice test. I hope the real test is test with right and wong answers.

Heather said...

I am responding to Anonymous saying there was incorrect answers on the practice test; I noticed that too.
Also, I the took the test today. The very last question was incorrect in its meaning. I answered according to what I thought they believed was the right answer. If I had an English professor or teacher, I am sure they would have agreed.

Anonymous said...

I am taking the test on 1-16 in CA. I took the practice test and boy! it is not easy. I am over 50 and have not been in school for a long time. You can find the practice test in google, just type census practice test. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Is there any way to know if staff will fill certain positions by a persons score. Ex. Low scorers will be enumerators. How do they place apersons position?

Anonymous said...

i take the test in the morning at11:30!! i found the practice test sort of easy but it took me an hour to complete

Anonymous said...

I took the test in New Mexico on 1/15. It was very difficult, but I only missed one questions. Still think I should have contested it as well. I SO recommend taking the practice test first as I would not have done as well without it.

You just have to be sure to read every question VERY carefully. The math was very, very simple. It appears some of the questions are designed to weed out people as well.

Anonymous said...

yeah i took the practice test an timed myself but i didnt finished all the question sort of looking for other practice/replica of the census test. would some know were? ( it sort of sounds like im asking for a copy of a test >.< thats not it im just looking to prepare for the test)

LaShon James-Major said...

I don't know of any other test that is available. I would suggest trying to the practice test as much as possible.

Anonymous said...

I just took the practice test. I marked myself off for the last question even though I got it right because the 30 min timer went off 30 sec before I marked the answer. Besides that I missed Q 12 and when I reread it found my mistake. I saw no errors in the answer key provided. Oh, by the way, I'm one of those 50+ people another poster said he was feeling sorry for. Not bad for a old gummer!! ;)

weldon of oregon said...

PRACTICE QUESTION NUMBER 18 IS FLAWED ..UNLIKE JEOPADY {THE GAME SHOW"] THERE IS NO QUESTION ASKED
SURE!!!! YOU CAN MAKE ONE UP WHEN YOU SEE THE CORRECT ANSWER DAH??
ALSO WHATS WITH 10 CORRECT ANS BEING PASSING ?? DO THE MATH 10 OUT OF 28 IS 35.7% THATS NOT .
>70% WHICH IS PASSING.... MAN!! THIS TEST IS HARD !

Anonymous said...

I just took the test in Texas. Ah, the Federal Government at its finest!! When i called the local office I told her I wanted to take the "supervisor" test. So the genius scheduled me for the regular test (which I didn't know until I got to the testing site). The Recruiting Assistant (RA) running the test had no information about the supervisor test and told me to call the local office. That's how I ended up in the wrong place to begin with! I decided to stay and take the standard test. There were about nine people there to test. We all arrived around 8:45 a.m. as instructed, to begin the session at 9:00 a.m. A few minutes after 9 the RA casually mentioned that there was some sort of miscommunication and some people had been told not to arrive at the testing site until 9:30, and that that we could not begin until these 5 or 6 people arrived. Are you kidding me?! So, at 9:35, after NONE of those people showed up, we finally started. I and several others had brought completed applications and other documents that we printed off the census website (as we were instructed to do when scheduling with the local office). However, several people had not done that, didn't know what we were talking about, didn't know there was a website (?) and so we spent over half an hour listening to the RA instruct them on how to fill out the application, line by line. It was crazy! And the whole time he kept talking about a certain fast food place and complained that he wouldn't be able to get breakfast from this place since we wouldn't be finished in time. There was also this weird thing about the pens and pencils provided for our use. We had to give them back when were finished. That's fine, but I think a good five minutes was spent on talking about not stealing the pens and pencils. Strange. Before we began the test he said he would give us a warning at 15, 5 and 1 minutes. He gave us the 15 and 5 minute warnings, but forgot the 1 minute warning. I think that threw some people off. He had copies of the practice test and we had lots of time to work on that while we waited for the imaginary applicants. All of the questions on the real test were very similar to the practice ones and the test format was similar as well. I think there three versions of the test (A,B,C). Same questions, different order. It looked like most people finished in the allotted time. It only took him a few minutes to grade the exams and we received our scores as we exited. He announced that the lowest score in our group was 17 (out of a possible 28) and said that "wasn't bad". He said there was more testing scheduled for tomorrow if someone wanted to retake it. After that whole strange testing experience I'm not sure if I want to pursue this any further, but I know other people are interested and anxious and I didn't care for the vagueness about when or if or for what kind of job they may or may not contact you. The whole thing is odd. One final note: I suck at basic math. Seriously, I remember sometimes being a grade level behind in math. I was totally worried about that, but even I got all the math part right (there wasn't much) and scored a 28. Don't be nervous just do the practice test! Oh, and on the application say that can work 40 hours a week (even if you can't) b/c that combined with a good score will up your chances of getting a call.

Anonymous said...

Took Test B. Having done the practice test, I was surprised at the last two questions which seemed to ask for subjective answers regarding supervisory behavior. I was surprised that people who said they had taken the practice test did not realize they only had 30 minutes to complete the test.

Anonymous said...

I took the test only missed 1 question. I never did understand the question. It was something about a teneant next door. It had something like H with double lines under it. Can anyone explain this question to me?

Anonymous said...

I just took the test today and scored 27. My advice is to not ponder on one question if you can't figure out the answer move to the next!

Anonymous said...

I'm also in TX, taking the test tomorrow morning. I'm glad I found this blog because of all the feedback. Positive or not, it all helps. I found a typo in my practice test and thought it was part of the test (being tested for attention to details) so I got a wrong answer. I hope they don't have any more on the real test. Thanks for all the advice, especially to my fellow Texan for all the detailed comments.

jamjdw said...

So what is passing 10 right or 70 percent???

Anonymous said...

I took the 2010 "A" test today and got a 28 out of 28. I am a college grad who is now homeschooling my own children and although I wouldn't say this test was hard, it wouldn't describe it as easy either. I found many of the questions to be very vague. In regard to the math section, only a 6th grade education is needed so don't fret. Review multiplying and adding decimals and you will be fine. To be honest, I was quite surprised by the number of low scores in my testing group. However, it was validation of why I homeschool.

Anonymous said...

I have been in charge of hiring for a large Census office and can tell you how the hiring is done. Your test score is very important but remember that veterens get either a 5 point or a 10 point preference added to their scores so they may have a score of 110 if they get all the questions correct and even a 100 if they miss some questions. Another factor is the type of job you are willing to take. Office jobs will only be located in specific cities so if that is the only type of work you want to do and you don't live in that city you won't be called to work. Enumerators will be hired to work in the neighborhoods they live in, that is why you were asked to fill in the intersection closest to your home. Lists of applicants are pulled by locale first and then names are listed by test scores, highest to lowest. So, you may have a fairly high score but not be called to work if there isn't much work to be had in your area. Another factor is your ability to work at the times needed, which is mostly evenings and weekends. That is because enumeration is done when most of the population is at home, not during the daytime hours. If you speak a foreign language fluently, (yes, fluently!) then you may be called upon to work in areas beyond your own neighborhood to help those whose first language is not English complete their forms. If your only ability to speak another language is "where is the bathroom?", please don't mark another language. It is very important that Census workers know how to read maps so if you have problems there you will be very frustrated and find you won't be called back for new assingments. Just because you work for the Census on one part of the Census is no guarantee that you will continue to work on future assingments so you should do good work, be available when needed, and you will probably get repeat assingments. I wish you all well.

Anonymous said...

Obviously I don't know how to spell assignment without thinking about it, sorry for the prior mistakes. I also forgot to mention that you will need to provide your own transportation if public transport is not available if you are an enumerator. The Census Bureau reimburses you for car expenses but does not provide you with a vehicle so if you don't have transportation you may not get work. Enumerators also do a fair amount of walking and must be able to negotiate stairs, hilly terrain, etc. all the while carrying the needed paperwork. And confidentiality is VIP. If you tell you are in big trouble.

Anonymous said...

I took the online practice test and found that the answers to several questions were wrong; one a simple math question that required simple subtraction. Has anyone doule checked the answers to the real test for werrors?

Anonymous said...

I recently took the test and passed with a 28. There were no errors in the exam I took. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I took the test and found it to be VERY similar to the practice test. If you do the practice test and time yourself you'll have a good idea of how you will do on the exam. I finished in under 25 minutes and had a score of 27. The test administrator wouldn't tell me which one I missed (I guess that makes sense). There was a lot of time spent before the exam explaining the application form to people who did not have a prepared form (45 minutes).

Anonymous said...

I took the non-supervisory test today (in NE IL). There were nearly 40 people in the room. I finished about 2 minutes before time was called, and I noticed that quite a few people didn't finish at all. I, at 50, was one of the youngest in the room. I'd say that 95% or better were over 65. We were NOT given our scores. They told us that if we passed their requirements, we would be called, and that could be any time from next month up until early next year.

Anonymous said...

I just took the test and scored a 28/28 (yay!). My advice is to scan through all the questions first, there are definitely some very easy ones that you can eliminate first, then you'll be able to spend more time on the harder ones.

Anonymous said...

I took the test 1/24/2009. They called me this morning, I got a respectable 83, considering the time, the questions and answer keys. Good luck to everyone and go take the test.

Anonymous said...

Will they hire someone who had defaulted student loans? I was honest about it. I have taken the enumerator and supervisor test and passted with great scores.

TestEval2008 said...

I would like to find information about the census supervisor test. Can anyone give some guidance as to the type of questions asked. Is there any possible advance preparation?

Anonymous said...

I took the test this last Saturday in Omaha and it did take over 2 hours in all. About a dozen people where there mostly age 40 and up. I was one of the younger ones (I'm 26)

My test was set up for 12:00 and we didn't start taking the test until about 1:10. So many people came late, had to fill out the application form, etc etc.

They said calling would start in about 2 weeks and your score along with how many other people applied from your census block would determine if you got called for a job along with how many hours you were available to work. I scored a 26 which they said was a 97% They prefer to place you in the immediate area in which you live and might have you go to other places in your city if there are not many workers available.

Also there is 40 hours of paid training you have to undergo.

I did not see any errors in the test (I had test C) but I did notice an error on the practice test.

S said...

How long does it take to get the results?

I took the test on Jan 30th.

Anonymous said...

As to the question about defaulted student loans, no - you will not be hired. Sorry. It is a tool to get people to pay their student loans.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been hired yet?

Anonymous said...

Took the test today. 27. TIP: Watch out for the one that tells you to follow instructions within parentheses. There are no instructions within parentheses. Follow the instructions NOT in parentheses and you will get the "correct" answer. I didn't, and got it wrong. I asked about this later and was told the same thing by the test giver and someone else in the office. Yes, they had had many complaints about this question. No, it was not misleading or confusing and nothing would be done about it. Good luck.

That, the misspelling of my state's abbreviation on the website, causing the cities on the map to be listed under the wrong state, the temporarily unavailable practice test (were they fixing those errors but not any on the real test?), and the totally unreadable (due to printing error) pamphlet titled "What Will Happen Next" given out after the test, were all apparently "close enough for government work." If this is any indication of the accuracy of the census, why bother? I don't think I want any part in this huge waste of time and taxes.

Anonymous said...

A,B,C,D versions of the test all have the same questions, just in different order.

Anonymous said...

Yep Some of us did get hired. I did!

Anonymous said...

It didn't occur to me until I was at the testing site and we were going throught the application for everyone who didn't already have it filled out (don't get me started on that fiasco!) that there was no way to indicate what specific job you are interested in. I really want a recruiting assistant gig, but there was no way to communicate that. I took the test about 2 and a half weeks ago and got a perfect score. I wonder if they'll call? If they call with a job I don't want (say,enumerator) and I say no thanks, is that it? Can I tell them what I want (assuming they call, of course)?

Anonymous said...

i took the test this morning.
the others at my table didn't finish.
if the 'parenthesis instruction thing' listed above is correct, no 28 for me.
there was a question, can't remember specifics...
imagine you are supervising....
of the four numbered answers, at least two or more should be implemented, which ones and in which order.
there were multiple choice answers, of course, any comments?

i figure that the testing, and the hand-holding through the application process was the first interview.

what if you owe a bit of tax?
if you have a non-violent record?

Anonymous said...

Do I have to take enumerator test in addition to the supervisor test, if I only want to be a supervisor and NOT an enumerator?

Anonymous said...

I took the test today. It was pretty easy. May have missed a couple because of vagueness but no big. A lot of time was wasted toward the folks who didn't have their forms already filled out, setting us all back about 1 1/2 hours. There were about 60 people of assorted ages. Take the practice test as warm-up and don't sweat it. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I missed and they said that = 93, how do they calculate the grade?

Anonymous said...

You don't have to take the enumerator test to take the supervisor test. Also, I was told that people who score really well on the basic test are told they should take the supervisor. I got a perfect score but no one mentioned the supervisor test to me.

Anonymous said...

I took the test and made an 85. Since I took it I have not heard a word from them. Would you think I should try and take it again.

Anonymous said...

I plan to take the test this week, completed the practice test yesterday. Am wondering if anyone can explain Question #28 on the practice test. Both my husband and I are college grads but have no clue how they came up w/ the answer. Pls help!

Anonymous said...

Look at the coding sheet first and you will see the serial number code is A6. If you look at the address label section above that, you see the serial number is 172. Thus the correct answer is D-0172, including the zero in front of the number. I hope that makes sense.

I have a master's degree and it took me a while to figure that out. There is a similar question on the actual test. Good luck!

Regina said...

I am retaking the test today. To be honest, I really anticipated Acing the test but instead, I had a really low score. I didn't finish in the time alloted. I HAD taken the practice test but I didn't really use a timer when I did it prior to actually going for the test. YOU BETTER BELIEVE, I used the timer when I came home and redid the practice test. I only redid it once because too much information had then embeded itself in my brain to continue retaking it for a real practice run. With my new knowledge of how quickly the 30 minutes go by, I managed to disciplne better how to use my time and finished in time alloted.
I am ALSO one of the "older" test takers referred to by another post. However, I'M NOT SENILE,HA HA!!! I STILL HAVE A WORKING BRAIN. Anyway, just want to say that so many people posted whining type of comments and I would like to mention, to them, these jobs are for (given preference to) AMERICAN CITIZENS, thank God.
It's also amusing that some are saying that the practice test has some wrong answers??? Maybe there WAS a previous test with that situation but the test on the government website being now used DOES NOT HAVE WRONG ANSWERS. Maybe you might want to rethink your answer. For example the question about the year of birth for the 78 or 79 year old lady. Remember, SHE HAS NOT YET HAD A BIRTHDAY in 2010 so you need to use 2009 to determine your answer and etc.
Anyway, one lady was asking about the question with the "H'S" and the underlines. I saw that question when I took the test and tried to quickly absorb what was given as information. I immediately realized I did not have enough time to take it in. If anyone is out there listening now and can shed some light on that question, please send a comment now. I had nightmares about that question, he he. I retake the test in a couple of hours today. Thanks

Anonymous said...

What a waste of time and completely misleading! The person who gave our test was talking all about how they're hiring RIGHT NOW. "Oh, you're interested in the job I'm doing? Yes, they're hiring for that. Oh, you're interested in such and such job? Oh yes, they'll be hiring lots of people in the next few weeks!" The whole thing took way too long. Why did I have to wait for others to fill out THEIR paperwork when I showed up with mine completed? Why not test FIRST, then have the others fill out the stuff they have filled out before they got there? So now a month has passed since I took the test (perfect score), I haven't heard a word and I wasted half a day of my life.

Anonymous said...

Thanks much to anonymous for helping me to understand Question #28 on the practice test. I get it!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why there are 8 houses listed as the answer for question 20? My husband and I both counted 12.

judith said...

you and your husband must be counting both sides of shepherd street, the area to be counted is inside the squiggly line (check the map key)

Anonymous said...

On question 20, it sounds like you're counting the houses on both sides of the boundary (wavy) line. If you only count the houses on the one side, there are eight. Of course, the school doesn't count. Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for pointing out the boundary line--yes, we were counting on both sides. That helps immensely! Thanks again!

Jeffrey Blake said...

In San Jose you must score 100 to have a chance of being hired right now according to my friend who is in charge of the test.

Anonymous said...

I took the practice test found here: http://www.deosileys.net/2010censusjobs/documents/Practice_Test.pdf

All of the answers in the answer key are correct.

Anonymous said...

If you can retake the test to try for a better score, won't you be at a great advantage because you already know what the questions will be? What is the test really supposed to measure then?

Anonymous said...

When you take the census test for a second time, is it the same test?

Anonymous said...

I took the test today, earned a27/28.

I actually took the practice test, timed, twice this week.

Like others have already stated, the Census staff was surprised that so many people showed up to take the test. It took about 30 minutes before we actually took the test.

The class was set-up for 18 people, and 40 people showed up. Another obvious sign of the deteriorating economic conditions in the United States.

We were told we would receive a call in 2-3 weeks if they are interested.

Adam said...

I take the test tom am and am not sure what to expect I am in Socal and anticipate quite a few people showing up. The person i set up myinterview with told me to expect 2-3 hours for a 30 min test.

I have done the practice test and it seems as though, even timed, this test really focuses on instructions and basic math. We'll see I'll let everyone know how it goes!

Anonymous said...

I took the test yesterday and received a 28 out of 28. Early in the morning I took the practice test and got 7 wrong. After reviewing my wrong answers, it was lack of familiarity with the forms that caused my wrong answers. When I got to similar questions on the test, I recalled the error and made sure to be extra careful. Had I not, I would have gotten several wrong. Take the practice test, if only to familiarize yourself with the map and some of the paperwork formats.

Anonymous said...

I took it last Friday in Atlanta. They only tell you if you pass or not at the spot. How do you guys know your score?

Anonymous said...

They do the score-informing differently in different areas. If your recruiter didn't tell you your score on-site immediately after you took the test, you ought to be able to get it by calling 1-866-861-2010 to reach your local census office a couple weeks after you took the test.

But in other areas, the recruiters are supposed to tell people their scores immediately if they wait on-site, and that's the only way to get it, the local office refuses to tell you afterward.

Daniel said...

I just took the practice test and messed up on a few because I didnt read the directions thoroughly but I noticed that question 26. and 10. are not able to be answered correctly because the correct answer is not there and the answer key is wrong. Anyone else wanna check this out at the US census job website to confirm. I sure hope this doesnt carry over to the real test that im going to take tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Don't trust what everyone is saying about the census test. My wife and I are both college graduates and her and I scored 25 and 26, respectively, out of 28. We both thought the exam was wordy and full of confusing diagrams which made the test extremely difficult to complete in the 30 minutes allowed. About half of the 18 people taking the test ran out of time with an average age of around 50. Don't believe braggards saying they easily got 28 out of 28because they probably didn't.

Anonymous said...

Just took the test in Irvine CA today. Very well orgazined and didn't waste much of our time. We started at 1:30 and I was driving out of the parking lot at 3 pm. I took the practice test and went over the answers that I missed until I had a good understanding of why. That helped a great deal. The math questions were simple if you took a look at any decibles to start with. Didn't even have to do any math for two of them. I scored 26 out of 28 and finished with a few minutes to spare. A few people that didn't do well didn't even look at the practice test, but were planning to and retest. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Daniel, the answers to both questions (10 and 26) are correct in the answer key. It clearly says college dormitories are always group quarters so A is correct even if there are only six students living there. On # 26, read the description of the units carefully. The blocks are assigned to the Assignment Areas (AA) so it's county, tract, AA and blocks. I hope that makes sense.

Tomas said...

I'd like get an idea about the questions on the "supervisor"'s test. They seemed too involved to match up with the answers given. Good ole "government speak" got the best of me one this one. Hope to hear specfic thoughts on the questions.. no2tv@hotmail.com

S said...

I got a call today and scored only a 22 out of 28, I thought that was bad, but the person on the phone mumbled how it was actually and said something about 90%???

I don't know what the hell she meant but just said "thank you" and hung up. Hopefully I get a call in my area.

utah said...

I totally agree w/ anonymous regading the bragging going on here and I also do NOT believe all these people scored 28. I scored 24 last week (did not have time to finish 2 of the questions) and was obviously one of the highest out of a total of 20 people taking the test. I felt very sorry for young and old alike who inquired about taking it over. It was very professionally done and we were out of there knowing our scores in less than 1.5 hrs.

Daniel said...

I took it and I felt like I may have missed 2 at the most. They did not give me my grade. Only said I could call a number to see if i passed of failed and wouldnt give me the score. It was very much like the practice test infact one or 2 of the questions were exactly the same. They asked me about taking the supervisory test this coming tuesday at 2 and I think im going to. Does anyone have any comments about the supervisory test and how hard it is?

Anonymous said...

Why is it so difficult to believe that some people scored a 28/28?

I scored a 27/28 and knew exactly which question I got wrong. It does not matter if you are a college graduate or not. Some people are better at taking tests under pressure than others. I congratulate those that scored a perfect score. I wish I had scored a perfect score.

I would be proud to score perfect on a test too. I don't think it is bragging at all to say you got a 24/28. So how is it bragging to say you earned a 28/28?

Sour grapes me thinks?

Good luck to all test takers. If you prepare properly you will do fine.

Anonymous said...

How close is the practice test to the actual test?

Is the real test any harder?

Cape said...

I took the general test about 3 1/2 weeks ago. I thought the wording was confusing on some of the questions. I had to read several of them two or three times. I didn't think that I would be able to finish in the allotted time which caused me to move through the test too quickly. If you pay attention to detail and can get by with reading each question no more than twice you should do okay. My first score was a 17 but I got a 25 the second time around.

Regina,
That question with the H underlined, UGH!!!! I stayed after everyone left so I could ask the SUPERVISOR, who administered the test, to explain the question to me. I told him that I wasn't looking for the answer. I just wanted to understand what was being asked. It was actually the last two questions on test C. They were related somehow. He read them several times and said " I'm sorry, I can't help you with those two questions, I don't understand them."!!

I was told that the questions on all four tests, A,B,C, and D are all the same, just in different order. You take the same test no matter how many times you take the test. The way the questions are worded you can't possibly remember them all. Retaking the test gives you a slight edge but not because you remember the questions.

Anonymous said...

I took the test in January, made a perfect score, and never got a call. I finally got ahold of someone at the local office who told me that there was a problem with my name. He said maybe it doesn't match my social security number. Of course it matches! I've never changed my name or gone by an alias. I verified that they have my correct name and social security number. My background check is still pending! What can be done about it? Nothing apparently. He couldn't tell exactly what the problem is and said there was nothing he could do about it since all background stuff is done in D.C. Just keep calling and see if I ever clear the background check. Since two months have already passed that seems HIGHLY unlikely. Of course now all the jobs I was interested in have been filled. I wasted half a day on that process for nothing!! Jeez, I hope I'm not on a terrorist watch list or something, now I'm paranoid.

mystic_phoenix72 said...

When did they stop hiring due to defaulted student loans??? I worked the 2000 census as an enumerator and was asked to take the test for a permanent FT position in Washington....all with defaulted student loans.

Anonymous said...

Re: March 4, 2009 9:18 AM

It's possible that someone made a typo entering your info from the application form, or a typo could exist in the records they're trying to check against.

Anonymous said...

Mystic Phoenix, I think they are willing to consider on a case-by-case basis, as they give you a chance to explain on the application form. (And notice that it isn't just student loans as most articles have said; they are actually concerned about any federal debt problems, including student loans, taxes, and gov-backed mortgages.)

From census employment form BC-170D:

"Are you delinquent on any Federal debt? (Include delinquencies arising from Federal taxes, loans, overpayment of benefits, and other debts to the U.S. Government plus defaults on Federally guaranteed or insured loans such as student and home mortgage loans.) If "YES," use Item 32 to provide the type, length, and amount of the delinquency or default, and steps that you are taking to correct the error or repay the debt."

tim said...

my wife and I took the test yesterday and she got a 28- no surprise, she's a straight A brainiac! . I got a 23 but I thought I took my time and was confidantthat I got all correct. After reading some of the postings here regarding "wrong" answers, I reread the questions and found some tricky language that led us astray. The keys are correct, re- read the question. AA's are made up of blocks so they are larger. (26) When I asked how a 23 stacked up against others I was told it was a decent grade and it was high enough for supervisory consideration. I'm a common sense smart kind of guy- not so much test taker smart, but I thought I hadd all correct.My advice: read and re-read the practice test and make sure you understand the "tricks" in wording. The same "tricks" are on the test. I'm waiting for an appointment for retest. Someone pls comment on supervisor's test- has anyone taken it yet? PS our RA was a DOOF, don't take their word as gospel on anything.

Utah said...

Mobile Notary,
Thank you for this blog and the help it has given myself as well as many others. I appreciate the time and effort you have spent.

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Anonymous said...

working now.

those of you who have trouble with the wordiness or governmental language, keep in mind that the questions and directions on the test mimic what the forms and documents and manuals will actually be like if you are hired for a position. In a sense this is an underlying test - to see if you can grasp the convoluted government-speak of the federally paid technical writers.

Also, many people who have tested through our office have been getting 28/28 (even non-veterans). So many people are out of working or looking for another job that the applicant pool has gone way up and now offers us our pick of the cream of the crop.

The process can take months. You may take the test now and not be called until 3 months later since there are different operations and phases of hiring. You just have to be patient. Also, as frustrating as your situation might become, try your hardest not to be rude to an employee on the phone. Remember, you may be rude now in the heat of the moment, but egg will be on your face if you get called a month later to work in the office with that person.

If you do not have computer skills (and I mean more than surfing the internet or typing in Word) the enumerator, Crew Leader and CL assistant position may be hard for you. This year we are using hand-held computers and from what I hear they are not super intuitive or easy to use.

All the question on the last page of the application are looked at on a case-by-case basis. I have some unpaid taxes and loans and was still offered a position.

There is no practice test for the supervisor exam. If you find one online I would be wary as to if it is authentic. They do not provide it, they expect you to have the smarts to pass the supervisor exam on your own.

hope some of this helps.

Anonymous said...

I got a call on Saturday to start training for address verification on April 3rd. They said I scored a 98 on the test. I am in the Sacramento Ca area.

Utah said...

Called our local office today (Provo, UT) to inquire if they had completed the hiring process for our area. I was informed they "hope" to do so by March 23 and, now the interesting comment, the gentlemen told me if they call and there is no answer, they will NOT lv a msg, they simply go to the next applicant.

Anonymous said...

I took the test in IL on 2/26. I filled out the application before I got there and had taken the practice test. I felt well prepared. From what I recall the question that people didn't understand with the H and the underline, per the scenario, you would skip to another question if that was applicable. The other situation would involve going through each question one after another. I was told to call in a few weeks to check my score. I called on 3/9 and was told to check back on 3/12 or 3/13 because the background check takes a few weeks usually. I got a voicemail message with a reference number and to call within 48 hours if I was interested in the job. I called back have been offered a position. There will be an adminstration day consisting of 5 hours in which you should bring checking account information for payroll. Then there is going to be a 1 week training class in April. I was told I would then be sent out the next week to work and it would be at least 8 weeks, at least 30 hrs per week. I was also told that if you accept the assignment and do well, you are on the top of the list for future assignments since you are already trained. I am unemployed so this couldn't have come at a better time.

Anonymous said...

I am also in Utah and was disheartened to hear your comments. I scored 28/28 on Feb 23rd. I have not heard anything back. I was told that they hired those with a perfect score and who put they are willing to work 40 hours first. I did both, but here we are, more than three weeks later and nothing. Do you think that means I am out of the running? Or that they called and I missed it? Is there any way to call and check on your own personal position?

I was really hoping that this would pan out, but I am becoming discouraged that so much time has passed without hearing.

Anonymous said...

You can call 1-866-861-2010 to be connected to your local census office. Some areas' offices are more forthcoming than others, but that's the only way to potentially find out how the hiring process is going. Different areas seem to be on slightly different timetables.

Utah said...

Census office called yesterday and left msg on cell asking if all my questions had been answered and, if not, left a # for me to call. However, she said if you have taken the Census test disregard this call. Oh darn! I was excited in hopes of getting a job since I took test on Feb. 19 but have not heard yet. Not giving up since they don't expect to finish calls until Feb. 23. Was nice of them to call but I am still a bit puzzled they would take time to do such a thing.

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Anonymous said...

Moderator, I would like to suggest removing the post dated "March 19, 2009 4:30 PM", because:

1. It is a copy-and-paste of a copyrighted news article from NewsMax.

2. It is focused on partisan politics and drumming up controversy. People wanting census temp jobs just want to make ends meet, and shouldn't have to wade through political debates.

3. It is filling up 2-3 screenfulls of scrolling without being relevant to the direction of this discussion.

People came here to see people's personal comments about the process of applying for these jobs, not to see stolen content trying to stir up controversy (if they wanted to see that, they could read it on the site that owns the article).

Anonymous said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to change your amount of available hours after the test?

Anonymous said...

Re: "Is it possible to change your amount of available hours after the test?"

It might be... Call 1-866-861-2010 to reach your local census office and ask if they're willing to do that.

If you want to reduce your available hours, you might want to just wait and tell them that if/when they call you with a job offer.

But if you want to increase your available hours, you should call and try to do that ASAP, since having more availability improves your chances of getting an offer.

Anonymous said...

We were not told our score, just if we passed. How do you get your score?

Anonymous said...

This is crazy. When I was called, I was given my scores. I took the test in NJ.

PS I would not count on the Census Bureau. I scored an 87 and a 94 and have not heard a thing.

brapp714 said...

I was given my socres. I tested in NJ
I would not count on the Census for employment. I scored an 87 and 94 and have not heard a thing!

Anonymous said...

me and my friend took the supervisory test around Jan this year at the same date. she got a call few weeks after and asking for interview. she went there but she's not selected after she went through it. but the staff told my friend, this test is for other positions also, i believe they r refering to crew leader / assistant, takers position too. so let's see if they have other position opened for her. I got a call from Census last week, and they conducted a phone interview with me. and funny thing is they said i m selected. but i m not sure what i m selected for. all i know is my pay. and they ask me to go local office.. today. i guess to be trained or orientation? i m totally confused.

the practice test on census website is pretty easy. took me less 10 mins to get it done. but the supervisory test is not easy. long passages and all managerial questions. there's no right or wrong answer, just the best answer for it.and many of them has a choice of "fire an employee". but don't choose that, it always not the best answer. LOL. i only score 75.

Anonymous said...

Don't give up hope! I took the enumerator test and passed in Jan '09 but didn't get called until the last week in March '09. Went to training last week (paid training) and then started working right away. We were told we will be working 40 hours/week. Located in VA. Just depends on where you are and when they are starting I think.

Anonymous said...

Regarding:
Anonymous, on April 6, 2009 2:23 AM

Could you PLEASE give a little more insight on the Supervisor test? I am scheduled to take it this Friday in San Jose. I Took the regular test in Feb. haven't heard anything regarding jobs. Scored 93, wanted to retake to get 100, but was told no more standard tests are being scheduled, as they have enough applicants.

T

Anonymous said...

Anyone who did work as an enumerator, how long did the position last?

Anonymous said...

I started April 3rd- expect to work until early June according to supervisor.

Anonymous said...

Some people trained for work as an enumerator but never worked due to a shortage of hand held computers.

Anonymous said...

regarding census application, if it says have you been imprisoned ..... does that mean "in prison" or can it also mean "in jail"? I was put in jail once and then released but was not charged, convicted, any record at all or nothing but was fingerprinted. Does that count?

EcoJen said...

I was hired as a Lister and started on April 20th, today will most likely be my last day. Apparently they grossly underestimated how efficient the new handhelds would be and the rate of attrition. It has been a huge disappointment to only have 2 weeks worth of work. I knew it was temporary, just not this temporary. It seems this is happening nationwide.

Anonymous said...

I started in early April anticipating working till early June. We just finished this week. They kept adding on people after we started even though we were ahead of schedule. Makes me wonder if I want to come back again for the next project. I put another temp job on hold because this paid more. Now it looks as though I will break even. This has been a disappointment. I will definitely warn others of the possibility of reduced work.

The New York Urban Night Life/Special Events Group said...

I'm based in NYC. I took the Census exam in February '09 and received a call in March with my test score (94). They told I would receive a call for job openings between April and May but I have not heard back yet. Very dissappointing

decaf said...

I take the test this Friday in Jax Fla. I was told to only bring two forms of ID. What is this I hear about the process being held up by people who had not filled out paperwork or applications? Do I need to bring anything else?

Anonymous said...

I took the test in early April in Chicago, scored 28 questions right. We were told to bring 6 references not the usual 3. It took about 1 hour 20 min. for everyone to fill out the paper work. Test took 30 min. and they wanted everyone to stay after to learn their scores. So it took about 3 hours, not the promised 2.
I still have not heard anything. The regional office does not give out any info either.
I think they probably have all the people they need and just wanted to have extras just in case.
It's all rather vague and disorganized .... oh, well.

Anonymous said...

I took the field test and had 29 questions to work with in 45 minutes. With the supervisory test, there are also 29 questions and you have to pass with 15 correct. I guess it depends with your state huh?

Anonymous said...

Took the managers test and failed it miserably. Like others have said, you need 15 correct to pass & it is indeed 29 multiple choice questions to be done in 30 minutes. So technically, you have less than 1 minute for each question. If you're not analytically inclined, don't waste your time. The exam is almost entirely math based word problems that require a lot of reading. Some of the problems will take you at least a minute to read and decipher the facts, then add more time to calculate an answer without a calculator. Other questions, that are not the majority, include "what should you do in this situation" scenarios - all multiple choice. The correct answers are what would be the right thing to do in the world of the Census, which isn't always the most sensible answer for you or I. I've managed people for eight years and excelled at it, so I don't hold much towards this test measuring my abilities. I found this exam very challenging and borderline unfair for the amount of time you're given to finish. When scheduling the test, the girl told me I'd have 2.5 hours to complete the exam. WRONG & misleading!! All the paperwork originally faxed to the Census Bureau, had to be duplicated at the test site via handwriting all the forms all over again. What a waste of time! I was told all I'd need is my license & Social Security card and info for three references. Wrong! I'd suggest to bring copies of EVERYTHING you originally submitted online / via fax. It'll save you a lot of time. Practice test, in my opinion, won't give you much preparation for the "supervisors / manager exam".

Anonymous said...

I did the test thingie and got 1 right. Feel like a dumb retard. It just all felt so wrong to be there in the end anyway. I'm old. And i just felt judged and violated when someone told me to give the pencil back. Like, yeah, whatever, i'm going to steal it because i'm a dumb spastic. Who do they think they are?! Oprah should hear about this. Anyway, i know what my neighbours say at bingo and they wouldn't lie. I'd be *excellent* at census stuff. I have no problems counting how many sausages i put on each plate at dinner for my hungry litter of 7children each night for example. Everyone can just go and stuff this test up their unspeakables as far as i'm concerned. I might as well make my pensioner years useful (that's what my youngest, Larry, always says, now that he's gotten over his accident and doesn't need my help anymore with the nappy changing after he was run over by a bus during a freak farming accident involving a runaway tractor and our labrador kelpie cross, Celine) and go to work at McDonalds. At least i only need to count up to 6, 9 or 12 when serving the nuggets :-) Disappointed.

Anonymous said...

I just took the exam on 10-14-09 and i got a 26 out of 28. It's not too difficult, you just really got to focus on the practice test and see what it's about. Know your reading and math and you are good. I am still waiting to be called.

Anonymous said...

Just got called back for my 3rd assignment,have enjoyed working.Lot of bad information out there. Practice,practice and go take the test. You only need to bring ID's. One of the biggest criteria is where you live,how many people tested in your area and your score. Good luck

Denny said...

Just took the test today. 9 people scheduled, only 3 showed up. Raw score 21; the "recruiters" were brand new and this was their first test. I am applying for a Administrative Assistant job but they had no idea how to handle the paperwork for jobs other then for the "census".
Denny in Houston

Anonymous said...

Just took the test in MA. Holy cow was it challenging. I got a 27 but wow I felt bad for most trying to take it. Definitely take the practice test shortly before going in, day of. It helps you understand some of the very confusing ways they set questions up, as well as gives you some confidence. Also, I had only one minute to spare. Wow. We were able to stay after to see if we pass/failed. I was told my score ("secretly")but not which one I missed. I was also told that he rarely sees a 27 or 28 and would be bringing it right to his admin, so there does appear to be some sense of hierarchy/expedition. There was no mention of a supervisor test.

Anonymous said...

6 errors = 78%
7 errors = 75%
8 errors = 71%

I will take a test today at 3:00 p.m. so wish me a luck! I will keep it update post after I get a result. I am glad to find this site to refreshing my mental prepare. :)

Anonymous said...

Is there a dress code like going in for an interview. What should I wear, casual, jeans and a shirt or business?

LaShon James-Major said...

There's no dress code but I always believe in looking my best so business casual should work.

Kris said...

Hi
I am over 50 took the test did well, it was not that hard, but sheesh give me a break, the english on some was confusing! I am looking for a practise supervisors test, I know there is not an officail one, just looking for help!

Anonymous said...

Took the test, scored 23 out of 28--and I work for the Census Bureau!
The testing supervisor congratulated me on my score and I believe there was only one in 20 who scored 28. I think with my 5-point vet bonus I'm at the top of the food chain.

Although I work for the Census Bureau, I still took the practice test about three times. It is not supposed to be easy and is loaded with little tricks and traps. The key I think is quickly learning to think like a bureaucrat, to think in that certain way that allows you to figure out government numerology and terminology.

The practice test is different than the actual test but serves as a guideline on how to think in terms of forms and Census questions. Taking the practice test at least several times will be a great asset in completing the actual test in under 30 minutes. I finished with about three minutes to spare.

Good luck to everyone.

Anonymous said...

Clearing up some bad info: non-supervisory jobs do not involve an interview;selection is computer based;recruiters do not care about your dress;have seen slackers make a 28 and suits make a 12. Don't lie about convictions or federal debts,if it's minor or old it wont keep you from getting selected. Lying will. Find a test taking tip site to save time. People waste time by rewriting a problem on scratch sheet then solving. DONT leave any answers blank! Take a guess! Saw a girl finish in 21 minutes and didn't recheck,left blanks and made a 16. Dumb.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the test, it has been 20 years since taking any standardized test. I did well(100%) because I reread the tricky questions and I eliminated answers in the subjective part by the inclusion of the sure choices. Also, the math was basic and could be figured out without even doing the whole problem(because the choices were so far apart). As for getting called, I agree it is mainly based on location.

Anonymous said...

Took the field test today in NE. Am one of those old codgers over 60. Scored 27 without taking practice test, but didn't think it was so easy. Would recommend practice test. Am scheduled for supervisor test in 10 days and was told it is 1 hour test. Worried if it's actually only 30 minutes. Disorganized or not, it's paying honest work, badly needed by some. Staffed by everyday folks who are not perfect. You could become one of them. Don't be discouraged. Good
luck!

Grace T. said...

I took the test on Dec 4, 2009, it was tricky for me and I didn't pass it.There were only 5 people taking the exam, I thought I would see more applicants. I will retake it next week, but this time in Spanish. What's the probability to get hire if I do well in Spanish?

Anonymous said...

its easy just common sense i took the practice test did good on it just drank a lot of redbull peace

Anonymous said...

I definitely encourage everyone to take the practice test, and then re-take it right before you take the real test. The real test is actually easier and a little less vague than the practice test. Thank goodness the same question about summarizing and making the paragraph more clear is on the practice test - that was such a silly question and the only way I knew how to answer was because of practice.
I took the test on Nov 17 and called for my score and they told me they had a bunch of people out sick and grading 3 weeks behind. So I have to call next week to find out my score, hopefully.
In areas that receive a lot of applicants, you must get a perfect score to be called, so retake the test if you have to. I worked for the 2000 Census and wish they had a previous work experience preference. I got a perfect score; my friend who missed one question was never called. I had a great time back then; just graduated high school making $18.75/hr with COLA (hourly rates now for AK are $25/hr, wow!). I worked on two assignments: special places (soup kitchens and shelters), and Non-Response Follow Up (for folks who didn't turn in their forms). Very interesting job lasted off and on from April 2000 to June 2000.

annettaramsey said...

Hi all, I am going to take the test tomorrow. Please do not get discourage if you do not get called right away or even for months. I was an address canvasser the first of the year March thru May 09 and I had applied and taken the test in November of 08. I too got discourage when I did not hear from the Census Bureau in Dec and by Jan, I just chalked it up that I was not going to get called, but I did and I worked and I am going to apply to work again, but I did see a schedule of events and I can tell you that they probably will not be calling anyone before Apr or May of next year because. Apr 1 is Census Day, the forms get mailed in March 2010 and respondents have until Jun 30th to send the forms in and after that is when they send out Census worker to go door to do to collect information on people that did not mail their forms back in. So they probably won't be doing the training until midddle of next year, so do not get discouraged you may or will get called.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know when the enumerator job will start in nj.

vermillian said...

Why are all the testing sites in the most possibly run-down churches? (at least in columbus OH)

Anonymous said...

I took the enumerator exam on 12/5 and scored 28/28. I then took the supervisor test on 12/10 and scored 25/29, which I was told is a 91% and a good score. I was told my score on the enumerator exam at the test site, but I had to call the local census office to learn my score on the supervisor test.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if there is a sample/practice test available for the supervisor test?

Anonymous said...

I would love anything anyone could do to help me with the census test. I made 88 - noone would tell me what I missed so I will probably miss the same ones again. 30 minutes is not enough time. HELP HELP HELP

Anonymous said...

No sample supervisor test that I could find. I did take the test and it was one of the strangest tests I have ever taken.

Anonymous said...

Assuming I am still looking for permanent full-time work, would I still be eligible to receive TX Unemployment Insurance payments after my census tour of duty? Not sure I trust the system to treat me fairly.

Anonymous said...

I just took a practice test and am over 50, got 20/28 or 71% and did it in 29 minutes. What is passing? Look at the answers given and just use those to get to an answer faster.Also am concerned if this will affect unemployment, if offered a job and refuse it or don't pass test. Type in 2010 census and you will get practice tests.

RiverviewDude said...

Took the Enumerator job a couple of months ago and got a 25 or 26 out of 28. Nobody mentioned the Supervisor exam at all and heard about well after the fact. I am taking the Supervisor exam on 12/28. I don't expect much out of it even if I do well (which is highly likely). I am not a veteran nor do I speak Spanish. The Enumerator test seemed like a confusion challenge. How to word things as awkwardly as possible. I imagine the Supervisor exam is more of the same. Looking forward to killing more time at a Census office near me.

Anonymous said...

You have to take the practice test to have any chance of passing the real one. I thought it would be easy and got nine wrong on the practice but scored 27/28 on the real test. Read the questions carefully. Do not spend too much time on one question. Skip it and go back if you have time. Thirty minutes goes by fast. Took the test 12-17 and am waiting for a call back. I am one of those old codgers over fifty (actually 63) and finished the test in plenty of time (ten seconds to spare). Good luck.

Anonymous said...

i just took the test today. i got a 27/28. took the practice a week ago. the actual test is not difficult if you speak english and have high school level (i.e. 12th grade) math and reading skills. you need to know how to add and multiply decimals for sure. also, if you can follow basic instructions then you should do fine. if you don't read english well or don't have math skills, then forget about it. if you read my last sentence and are questioning your ability, then you probably will not do well. hate to be rude, but that is the truth. took the test today with 8 people total and of the 8 of us, 4 were clear morons.

sqft said...

I took the test yeterday. I was in front of the room next to the proctors. I was continuously distracted by their talking and rustling of papers, pencils, and stuff. We had a full house (40 people). As was mentioned before, many people were late (1:30pm test) and the proctor took forever to explain every line of the instructions to fill out the applications. Of the 40 there, I and 20 others had their printed out online forms already filled out.

So many questions from one older guy that had a defective hearing aid! He sat next to me. The whole test was him mumbling or reading outloud. My ADHD was going full speed!

I failed the test miserably and will go and re-take the test next month. I aggree most of the questions are simple and have plain answers. I was surprised at the attitudes of some people. One guy insisted he was there to take the supervisors test and had absolutely No Interest in the enumerator test. He was told it was a required test to move on to the next test at a later date. He aggreed and stayed. About 15 of us stayed afterwards to get our test results.

Most got 28/28, I did not. No problem, I test miserably on timed tests. I will test again.

The are four different tests, A,B, C, and D. Obviously so we don't peek at others nearby. I took test C. I hope I get a different one next time. I noticed the elder next to me had more math questions and I had more Reading questions. I am notta tu gooda on the latter.

All said and done:
130-230pm, explained and filled in applictions.
230-3pm, ongoing arguements and explainations to the needs for proper ID's and why you have to return with them.
3-330pm testing.
330-4pm closing remarks and Q&A.
4-445pm waiting for test results.

Two tips:
Take practices test twice.
Take a lunch with you.

Anonymous said...

has anyone gotten hired on the spot?

Anonymous said...

FYI Military Veterans (180 days active military service), and I believe their spouses, children, parents, widows, and widowers; get a five percent to ten percent bonus added to their scores. You must fill out the required form to get the bonus and need to be able to document it, usually by a DD214 form or SF15, a discharge document itself is not enough to get the bonus percentage points added.

Make sure to take the practice test and include timing it. The practice test will familiarize you with the type of questions asked on the test, especially the map reading (understand the map key and boundaries, that is the squiggly lines) and specific jargon like coding and following directions EXACTLY as they are written/defined so it won't confuse you the first time you see it. Practice test D-222.1 has a correct answer key. If you miss a question re-read it until you understand what they want for the correct answer.

Like any standardized test there are usually two answers that are obviously wrong and two that are close if you don't know. If you can quickly eliminate the wrong answers your educated guess helps you narrow down the right answer or create a 50/50 scenario like a true/false test which increases the odds of getting the right answer if you are unsure. One thing you know with this multiple choice test: you are already given the "correct" answer among the four choices, your task is to find it as quickly as possible. Don't waste time on difficult or unclear questions but don't forget to go back and at least make some kind of guess (educated or otherwise) as guessing doesn't hurt your score. As others have stated you can re-take the test if you are unhappy with your score, higher scores usually lead to being offered a position. Good luck to all those taking the test.

Anonymous said...

I am just took the test today( Lexington, KY). While I didn't find it difficult, I didn't find it easy either. I was told I scored a 90. Since this is a weighted score, does anyone know how many items I missed? Should I retake it? Let me know.

Anonymous said...

Took field rep test in Atlanta on 12/15/09. Passed test and given two interviews, one was a mock interview, like I'm administering the Census. The second interview was a series of questions with a recruiter...At the end of interview I was told I did great on everything and to listen out for a phone call...Problem is I have a default student loan. I indicated on the application that I need employment to cure the default, hopefully that will suffice...I didn't think I would hear anything over the holidays..Should I call them for my score ? Should I make payment arrangements for the student loan then retake the test ? I don't have any money to make arrangements !! HELP !!

Anonymous said...

Hello,

I'm new to this site, but i'm finding some helpful feedback on it. Can anyone explain the grading system on the 2010 census exam? I've taken it twice. My first score was an 88. My second score was a 92. I was pleased about my second score until my local census office called and told me that I only got 21 out of the 28 questions right. That translates to 75%, right? When I asked the census worker what the 92 meant, she said she had no idea what I was talking about and that its not normal to receive scores right after a test. At this point, i'm not sure whether I should retake the test or inquire about a possible hick-up in the scoring. If you understand how this works, i'd be grateful to hear from you.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting that so many of the people making comments here were able to obtain their score results. I just took the test in Port Orange Florida and waited for my results. To my surprise the only results the examiners were allowed to give were relative results, as in you did; "well, very well, or not so well". My wife took the exam in a different city in Florida and was given a numerical score. I wonder why the policies for Federal employment vary within the same state. I am not worried about my score as I was told that I would definetly be recieving a call, but I am very curious as to why I am not entitled to my results and she was.

Robert said...

does anyone know how to find out which questions you missed? i didnt think i missed any but turns out i did miss three.

Anonymous said...

I took the Census exam today, Jan 5th, 2010. I was the only white person of 6 Mexicans. This was expected because I do live in Oxnard California. The test was fairly easy and I got a 26/28 on it. I am going to retest tomorrow and hope I get the same test as before, test D. I don't know which questions I missed exactly but my instructor( who struggled to read/proctor the exam) pointed to the answers I missed on my answer sheet. Take the practice test and pay attention to detail. Hope that you interpret the questions right... I wish I would have known about US Census employment a year ago!

The great wall said...

Greenville, SC - We were told that minimum passing score is 10. This test is bit tricky and I was almost out of time. My score was 24/28 and recruiter says that you can always come back if you want to improve your score. She informed each test taker their score within few minutes.

Anonymous said...

I've seen a few comments about delinquent student loans. I was paying my loan until I got hurt at work and couldn't return. I am looking for employment -- census for now. Will I be disqualified because of my student loan even though I made 28/28 on the test? I could use an answer ASAP.

Anonymous said...

Arlington, Tn 01/07/2010.
I took the test yesterday, and didn't do as well as I thought I would. It took me back to my high school days when we had test days. I was always a wreck, and the same old feelings returned, nervousness, flushing, hard to breath, and scared of the 30 minute time clock. I will go back and take it again. I wish one could go over the missed questions, and given time to figure out exactly what was wanted, or talk through them as a group. I hope working the sample test on line will help me get a better score next time.

Anonymous said...

I took the test today 01/08/10,Lot of similar spelling in names such as Anna,Ana, Schmidt,Schmit, Rodrigez,Rodriguez etc.Be careful. Take the practice test. And if you don't score well the first time, take it again. does not cost anything to do so. They jus keep your best score,and you might get the same test,so you can get through it quickly, then go over the questions you are not sure of. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I took the test in knox, TN 4 days ago and got a 23/28. My proctor wrote our grade on a post-it and even let us review the questions missed. One confusing thing, proctor said I got a 92 but I missed 5 questions which is actually an 82.
Whats up with the scoring? Test can be confusing. Skip the hard ones and go back later. Saved me 2 missed /confusing questions.

Anonymous said...

I took the pre-screening today (January 8, 2010) and will take the test on Monday, (January 11, 2010) at the Patterson Park Library here in Baltimore, MD. What do I need to know??

John and Karen said...

My husband and I took the Supervisor test today and scored OK but would like to improve..does anyone know if a supervisor practice test is available anywhere? we were only told score range and not knowing what we missed makes it hard to know what answers to make next time.field practice test is not anything like supervisor test.

Anonymous said...

I just took the test and did look over the practice test the day before. I did not finish. I went to slow and spent to much time triple checking my answers. I would suggest a quick pace through the easy ones and go back to the tricky ones. I am not the best at math and that is what slowed me down. The ones I did answer I did get right...anyhoo..I need to speed it up.

Joyce said...

I am scheduled for the supervisor test this week, does anyone know where I can locate a sample test, or would someone be willing to provide the type of questions on the actual test. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I printed out a practice test and have taken it several times. I can finish it in less than 30 mins.

I will be taking the real test tomorrow. If it is anything like the practice test then I should have no problem with it.

MissGruntled said...

It's been really helpful reading the comments here. Thanks to everyone who took the time to post. I worked on a Quality Control team last year, but either wasn't called back to work again or else they called and I wasn't here to answer the phone -- it's true what some commenters said, if you don't answer the phone when they call, they cross you off the list and call somebody else. It's rather ruthless :(

Ah well. Last year, before I was hired, I received three phone calls from three different Census offices or three different Census departments! I didn't want to work as an enumerator, because I had heard the work was dangerous. When the next Census person called, he offered me a job on the QC team, and I eagerly accepted.

The one week training was my first real introduction to the wonderful world of government bureaucracy! What a mess. Disorganized instructors, disorganized field office supervisors, etc. etc. etc. Several times a day we were told of incoming directives from the main office in the state capitol -- directives which MUST be followed "by the book!" -- directives which, a few minutes or hours later, or perhaps a day or two later, were replaced by NEW directives which MUST be followed "by the book" and which were often exactly the opposite of what we'd been told previously.

Ridiculous. I'm a patriotic person, I love my country, but even at that early stage we were wondering if maybe we were actually the unwitting bit players in some sort of "candid camera"-type reality show. It was, quite honestly, to the point several times where we (the trainees) murmured among ourselves as to the possibility that the whole thing were some sort of prank.

MissGruntled said...

(continued from my previous comment)

On the first "field test" (we the trainees were sent out in two teams to see if we could do what the enumerators were being trained to do, which was to use the handheld machine, follow instructions, locate residences, verify, place map spot, etc.

The area we were sent to was remote rural "boondocks" of this southern state. One actual assignment which appeared on the handheld machine was to verify that a residence which had no house number did not exist on a road which had no name.

Let me say that again -- we were instructed to drive around for miles and miles of backwoods roads, almost none of which had "street signs" or names, and which were not on the gps nor on the maps, and somewhere along one of those roads, we were supposed to make sure that a house, which didn't have any house number or address, didn't exist.

If that makes sense to you, then you're going to excel at census work! :) The job was interesting, but unbelievably frustrating (mostly because of the lack of organization) but still, I was glad to have any sort of paycheck coming in to be able to help my children and grandchildren.

Our QC team members went on to train other trainees, and we were fortunate enough to continue working through the first week in June. Our crew leader was astoundingly disorganized, careless, dishonest, unscrupulous and, needless to say, unprofessional, and had no idea how to read a map!

Yet this person was making quite a bit more money per hour than any of us, and furthermore had been working steadily for the census bureau for more than two years in high paying positions. Go figure.

All that aside, when it comes to the test, YES, take the practice test which is online at the census bureau website.

Time yourself, and take the practice test several times. If you get any questions wrong, each time read the answers and make sure you understand the "correct" answers.

Each test proctor is going to be different -- some will tell you things are a certain way and will give you certain information, while a different test proctor is going to tell you something completely different.

As I said, it's incredibly disorganized and (in my opinion) unfair but that's just how it is. Some test proctors will be organized, most won't.

Expect the whole test-taking ordeal to take a ridiculous amount of time and be ridiculously muddled.

The first time I took the enumerator test, I printed out all the online forms ahead of time. No one else who showed up for the test did that, so my effort was wasted. If you print your forms out ahead of time, YOUR effort will be wasted too, because almost everyone else who takes the test when you do will wait until they get to the testing center to fill out their forms.

The whole form-filling-out thing adds to the aforementioned ridiculous amount of time -- as several commentors here have mentioned, the test proctor will spend at least thirty minutes, and in some cases an hour or more, telling people how to fill out their forms.

MissGruntled said...

None of us were called back, which was very disappointing. We all had to test again and currently are waiting and hoping to be called.

The enumerator test this time was exactly the same as the previous.

We weren't told anything about applying for any other positions, in fact no other positions were mentioned.

But one of my relatives in Texas told me she had found out that she could take the supervisor test.

So I decided to call the Kansas City office and ask to take the supervisor test. The recruiter told me when and where the supervisor test would be administered. I showed up as scheduled, and the test proctor didn't have any copies of the supervisor test. So mine was rescheduled. I showed up again, as scheduled, but the test proctor was nowhere to be found. About a dozen other people were scheduled to take their enumerator test at the same time and place. We all waiting for over an hour then people started leaving.

I called the recruiting office and was told there had been a mix-up in the test schedule. So, again, a new test date was set up and this time I had to drive over an hour to get to the test site.

The test proctor was as disorganized as ever, but at least did have a copy of the supervisor test this time. Only two people had filled out their forms ahead of time, and as you probably guessed the process of instructing as to how to fill out the forms delayed the actual test by over an hour.

MissGruntled said...

Now, as to the supervisor test -- we were give 1 hour to answer the questions. I think there were 27 questions.

I wish I could remember all of them and post them here to help you all, but I don't have that ability. Most of the questions were very similar (or seemed similar) to the questions on the enumerator test.

The additional complexity was in the sentence structure. I think it's true, that the questions are worded in "bureacracy-speak" to make them as convoluted and confusing as possible. This, I suppose, is an attempt to weed out people who can think clearly :)

The test proctor said we couldn't be told our scores, and that we would have to wait about a week and call the district office to find out how we did on the test.

I called about a week later and was told that I had gotten 20 correct out of 27, and that that score was "an eighty per cent".

So this afternoon I'm going to try and improve my score by retaking the test.

Someone from the recruiter's office called to make sure whether I was going to take the test, but they had me on the list to take the ENUMERATOR test. I explained that no, I was going to take the supervisor test. (Just one more example of the disorganization!)

The recruiter's office caller did have some "words of wisdom" for me -- and I'm hoping this will help those of you who are planning to take the supervisor test also.

He said here's some things that are very important to remember when taking the supervisor test:

1. no more Mr. Nice Guy -- you need to answer the questions as if you were a ruthless "take no prisoners" sort of administrator

2. don't take anybody's word for anything -- there are some test questions in which you, from the supervisor's point of view, are supposed to interact with your employees in solving various situations. You need to select the test answer which reflects the fact that you're not going to take the employee's word or anybody else's word for anything. You have to have a cut-throat, cold-hearted, ruthless, supervisory attitude while answering the test questions.

From what I remember of the supervisor test from last week, this means if any of the test answers give you a choice to fire somebody, fire somebody! :(

I read elsewhere online that the census bureau is trying to hire as many people as possible, then they FIRE as many people as possible so they can then turn around and hire more -- the goal (supposedly) is to make the employment figures look "better". But I don't know, this is just something I read and it's rather dismaying if it's true :( If it is true, that might help explain the recruiter's office's "words of wisdom" about reflecting a cold-hearted, cut-throat attitude when answering the questions on the supervisor test.

MissGruntled said...

One last thing, and then I've got to go or I'll be late for the test. I felt really conflicted last year, working for the census, in light of all the obvious disorganization and less than accurate data, and I feel conflicted again this time even taking the test. But for me the bottom line is, my children and grandchildren -- I want this job so I can have some money to help them. Maybe that's a cop-out, but it's the way it is. Anyway, I wish all of is the very best of luck in landing a job.

Rob said...

One thing I was suprised about was they showed us a map with small blocks on it before the exam .We had to pick out the block where we lived and were told that is the only area that we will be considered for employment.I'm not sure if thats a good thing or not. It cuts down on the compitition, but limits the oppertunities. I took the exam today..got 25 out of 28 correct, which is 95% by their math. I did the practice test twice and it really helped.I couldn't do the practice test in the 30 minutes, but had a few minutes to spare for the real one.

angela said...

LoLoLoL to all the people who said the test key was wrong! are you serious?? is there some other practice test out there.. because the one i took the key was not incorrect at all. hmmmm.. and as far as the posts asking about the 10 of 28 being 70% (passing).. come one now.. if u cant figure out that this is incorrect then u are gonna need to study for this test! so good luck :)
I am taking the actual test tomorrow and downloaded the practice test just to see what they would be testing for (just for an idea), seems pretty basic.. i would just say not to spend too much time on any one question because of the 1 minute per q average. if one seems like its gonna take some thinking skip it and come back if u finish the rest in time. and as far as 70 being passing.... i would be more likely to assume they are looking for people who test out the best on these tests. so simply trying to "PASS" is probably not going to help you much. its the people who just get a few or none wrong who they will most likely hire.. just sayin :) good luck everyone.

and also the comment about the people 50 and over.. WHEN did that become an age that u will be lost with a multiple choice test?! my mom is 51 and she would be blue in the face if she read that. and even being upset about that comment would still ace this little test!! come on now.

Anonymous said...

My test was at 4pm at at High School. They had us set up in the theater lobby. There was no heat and the lighting was very poor.

The band room was right next door and they had drum practice going on.

The person in charge was very organized. She had everyone do the application as soon as they arrived. There was only 2 of us that had the application finished when we arrived.

There was 16 people there to test and the ones to show up late were the younger ones. I was told to be there 15 mins early. Also there were a few that did not even bring their ID.

I did not think the test was hard. (I'm 59) There was no scores given. Anyone that wanted their score put their name and phone numb on piece of paper and we were told that we would be called in a few days with the score.

Jonah said...

I did enumeration last summer. I dont remember my score. It was in the high-70s or low 80s. But I retook it yesterday and got a 93. Im not an overachiever by any means, but I want to retake it again.

However, it does scare me if I miss the callback and the opportunity to do more work. I have a BA but ive only done retail-sadly-and the Census paid more than Ive ever made at one job, so I took it very seriously and LOVED it, and thought it would provide me with some experience or a door to go somewhere else.

I hope Im called back again.

Ill retake the test later this week.

Im not sure which questions I missed (I was given a raw score, not told how many I got right) but because Im neurotic as hell, one thing that concerns me is on one of the questions, I filled in the answer, erased it, thinking it was something else, then realized I was right the first time, so I filled it back in. I erased the 2nd choice pretty well, but I hope they didnt think I had 2 answers and marked that one wrong.

I suck in math, so I may have gotten that one wrong.

Anonymous said...

I just got a voicemail from census with my test info. I scored an 88% Anyone know how many points ea ques was worth?

Anonymous said...

I think the questions are 3.5 points each so that would be maybe 25 correct. That is good-Is this your first time taking this test?

Anonymous said...

I got 95% but not sure if that's a good score to get the job.
Will the test be the same if I re-take it?

Anonymous said...

Yes We were told that if we retook the test that we would be given the same one as previously

MssGruntled said...

To Rob, who mentioned the "map with small blocks on it" and was told "that is the only area that we will be considered for employment."

Rob, I can tell you from my experience on the QC team last year, that's not true. Regardless of which census block any of us lived in, we were all sent out to work in a five-county area of the state. A huge area!

As I said, the disorganization and confusion filtering down from on high was quite something to experience :( I live in let's say, County A. Most of my field work was done in the county to the south of County A, let's call it County B, and another county to the southeast, which we'll call County C.

At the same time, one of the team members, who lived directly to the east, in county D, was sent over here to work in county A, and at various times way the heck down to County Z, which is located south of county B!

Team members in County Z, meanwhile, were sent up to county F, the westernmost county of our range, while team members who lived in that county were shuffled around and worked in both county F and a county to the north of that, which we'll called county G.

The phrase "wild goose chase" came frequently to mind!

It's maybe been pointed out already, that these Quality Control jobs pay a bit more than the Enumerator jobs. The Enumerator jobs are many, while QC jobs are fewer.

As I said, this is all just based on my own experience in working last year and what I've encountered so far these past few weeks taking the enumerator test and the supervisor test.

MissGruntled said...

How to improve your chances of being selected for a census job other than enumerator?

1. Take the test over and over again until you get 100%.

2. Keep calling the regional census office and talk to the recruiter -- remind him or her you made 100% on the test, you want to know whether there are any Quality Control lister jobs available, any crew leader jobs available, etc. Anything except enumerator jobs, because those pay less and the work is much more stressful and laborious (the enumerators are real troopers, and they do the door-to-door slogging work, bless them!)

3. Call your LCO (Local Census Office), which is the main office in your district), talk to the recruiter or the administrator, and tell them you want to take the SUPERVISOR test! Remember, if you take the supervisor test and do well, you'll be considered for the higher paying jobs including recruiter, recruiting assistant, etc.

4. Take the supervisor test over and over again until you get 100%.

5. Keep calling your LCO, reminding them you got 100% on the regular test AND 100% on the supervisor test, and that you want to be considered for a position as a crew leader, recruiter, recruting assistant, etc. (Unless you live in the same city as the office, you don't want a CLERK position -- remember those pay even less than enumerator, and you won't get paid mileage either.)

6. Regardless of whether you're taking the regular test or the supervisor test, and regardless of whether you're showing up in person for a test or training, or speaking on the phone with anyone from the census bureau, always (always!) be professional and polite.

Last but not least -- when speaking to any prospective employer including any census bureau person who might possibly have some part in hiring you or with whom you might eventually work alongside of -- never, ever lie, not even a little bit. Never whine. Never complain. Never make excuses. Never bad-mouth anybody, especially "behind their back." Never talk about your personal life, your personal problems, car trouble, or anything else. As an instructor in a college coarse used to say, "try to appear normal" :) Take a shower, wear clean clothes, use proper hygiene (hair, nails and especially teeth). Use deodorant, and do not wear perfume or cologne.

These are things that will help you in applying for ANY job, not just census jobs.

Anonymous said...

Is there any deadline for applying?
How long will I wait for sure I am not hired?

MissGruntled said...

Supervisor test!

This afternoon was the third time I took it, and although I still don't know which ones I got wrong the previous two times, I think I did figure out a couple which I probably missed before.

Taking the test the first time, I used the entire hour. The second time, I used 30 minutes. This last time I used 40 minutes, taking the time to really really scrutinize all the ones that previously had seemed confusing or difficult.

The question about the office layout -- you can immediately discount two of the selections, because you can see from the diagrams that the office which is supposed to occupy the largest amount of floor space, is smaller in those two selections. That leaves you with of course the remaining two selections. Only one of them meets the requirements -- one of the offices AND the supply room are both near doorways.

MissGruntled said...

Another question on the supervisor test:

The section about the four different census blocks -- one block (labled, "D," if I recall correctly) is a Chinese neighborhood, one (block B) is a Hispanic neighborhood, and two (blocks A and C) are mostly white neighborhoods.

There are three questions in this section -- one question is to select the best worker for the Chinese neighborhood, another question is for the Hispanic neighborhood, and the remaining question is for the mostly white neighborhood.

The Chinese and Hispanic neighborhoods are easy if you look carefully at the list of applicants. Which applicant scored the highest on their test AND can speak the local language? Using the scrap paper we're given, I scribbled some quick lists and crossed off as I re-read the applicants' info.

But the question about the "mostly white neighborhood" is rather tricky, and I'm not sure whether my answer was correct.

There are only 2 applicants who live in the mostly white neighborhood labeled block C, and if you'll look closely at their info in the applicants list, you'll see that both must be disqualified -- one because he's only 17 years old and has only an eleventh grade education (remember the qualifications at the top of the page specify that applicants under the age of 18 must have completed high school or have a qualifying work history).

The second applicant who lives in block C must be disqualified because he's got a criminal record (burglary or something serious like that).

Those are the only two applicants who live in census block C. So, what do you do? I took a chance and selected an applicant from the adjoining mostly white census block A.

Her test score was ok, she was over eighteeen years of age and had some college degree or at least appeared to have graduated from high school, and she didn't have a criminal record.

But, I don't know if I did the right thing, because reading over the info at the top of the page, I saw that we were supposed to choose applicants who actually live IN the census block (applicants to be considered for work in block B must live in block B, to be considered for work in block D they must live in block D, etc.).

So this was a confusing section for me, and I really don't know what the correct answer is. When I call to get my score in a few days I'll ask if they'll tell me which ones I got wrong and which ones I got right, and if they tell me that info I'll post about it.

Others here who have taken the supervisor test probably found it much easier, but for me most of it was difficult and confusing, but certainly do-able in the alloted 1 hour test time (though just barely!) Taking it the second time was, as I said, easier, or at least it seemed easier -- but as I've no idea what my score was, maybe I totally failed that second time.

MissGruntled said...

Other question on the supervisor test:

One question asked, which is the "LAST" thing you would tell an apartment owner or landlord, or some sort of building superintendent, who refused to let the census workers come into the building (or something like that). I think I answered this incorrectly. I chose the last option, which was to tell him/her that the information would never be found out by anyone either public or private (or something like that).

The reason I chose that answer is because I was thinking how if it comes right down to it, a private investigator could find out any kind of information about anybody, or the FBI could find out anything, etc. But I maybe misunderstood the question, thinking about it later -- maybe they meant that the information which the census bureau obtains won't be(or isn't supposed to be!) DISCLOSED to any public or private individuals or entities.

But I think that the correct answer was actually the one that said something like if you don't let the census workers come in, the federal law can force you to do so. Or something like that (sorry I can't recall the exact phrasing).

The reason I think that's the correct answer is, thinking back over the various things I've read about the census bureau wishing to maintain cordial relations with the public, you know sort of "public relations" or "good will", then threatening them with federal law enforcement might not be such a good idea unless it's absolutely your last resort.

MissGruntled said...

Just a note -- the "regular" test is (in my opinion) MUCH harder than the supervisor test.

That's because the regular test has more math questions, and "nit-picky" questions in which you're required to read and make sense of numbers, alphabetical order, and correct spelling.

The supervisor test, on the other hand, while difficult for me, wasn't as difficult as the regular test -- the questions on the supervisor test were longer, wordier, and more "convoluted", but there weren't nearly as many math problems, and I don't think there were any questions involving numbers or spelling (that I can recall at the moment anyway).

So, to repeat what others here have advised:

1. take the practice test over and over, until you can do it really fast and totally understand why the so-called "correct" answers are "correct" :)

2. Then, show up at the census test site(s) and take the regular test several times to get as close to a 100 per cent as you possibly can.

3. After that, insist on being allowed to take the supervisor test, and I think the supervisor test will be very easy for you compared to the regular test.

I just noticed some questions about whether test scores are a factor in what positions you'll be considered for -- yes, that was what I was told several times by various census staff and what I was told by several people who worked with me in the qc department -- the higher your score, the better job you'll be offered and that means you'll be making more money. (But the people who were given the crew leader positions were people who had worked in management or had business experience, so that seems to be a factor also when it comes to the better paying jobs.)

There's nothing wrong or inferior about being an enumerator, though! Enumerators do the bulk of the hard work, door to door, and that takes courage and stamina. Even in qc we sometimes had to do enumeration out in the field door to door, retracing (so to speak) the steps of some of the enumerators and verify ("quality check") their work by hopefully coming up with the exact same data they did.

MissGruntled said...

To anonymous who asked, "Is there any deadline for applying?
How long will I wait for sure I am not hired?"

I don't know about the deadline, but I'll try and find out.

How long will you wait? I have no idea. Last year I waited close to three months, I think, before I heard back. After we completed our work in early June, none of us heard anything! :( Very discouraging. But it may have been that we were called but just happened to not have been home that day to answer the phone, or whatever. Maybe others reading here have different info and can answer your question better, sorry. I hope we all get great jobs!

MissGruntled said...

To anonymous who commented, "I got 95% but not sure if that's a good score to get the job.
Will the test be the same if I re-take it?"

That's an excellent score! congratulations! They say they only keep your highest score, so if you take the test again and get a lower score, they're supposedly not going to record it (I hope!! because I'm pretty sure I didn't get the exact same score all three times I took the test.)

As far as whether 95 is good enough to get the job, that depends (I think?) on the scores of those who are competing for the same jobs at the same time in the same area. Remember veterans can get a score of 110 (if they score 100 on the test, and they claim veteran's preference, which adds another 10 points to their score), while we nonvets can make only as high as 100. (I've no problem with that -- veterans laid their lives on the line for all of us, and deserve way more than those 10 points! :)

So I was told to take the test several times and try to get 100, which is the highest possible, in order to compete against other high scorers.

Your question, "will the test be the same" -- in my experience, yes! The regular test I took a few weeks ago was, to the best of my recollection, the exact same test I took in January of last year before being hired for the qc job. The questions might be arranged in a slightly different order, but I'm told they are the exact same questions.

I do know that the three times I've taken the supervisor test, not only were the questions exactly the same each time, they were also in the exact same order. That's why each time you take it, it'll be a bit easier (hopefully!)

Anonymous said...

Can someone please tell me how they get the scores. How many points is each question worth?

Some people say they got 97, 88, 87etc...How did thy come up with that score?

MissGruntled said...

More questions from the Supervisor test:

There was a question about some computer keyboard keys that were sticking. Your choices were, computer operator, software, or something like that. The correct answer is of course the one that mentions computer equipment (if I retake the test again I'll try to remember the exact phrasing).

PS regarding the things I've complained about in my previous comments -- seriously, working for the census was a crazy mess BUT it was really interesting work and the pay was wonderful! I was able to help my children and grandchildren, and also take my husband on a nice dinner date a few times, which was really fun. Sorry if my expressing my frustration about the disorganization has caused anybody any qualms! Bottom line was, I was glad to get the job, and I learned a lot about working "in the real world". Met some wonderful people, including some who have become friends, and got to see a lot of the state that I hadn't seen before.

MissGruntled said...

Another question on the Supervisor test:

You're shown a sort of chart that's supposed to reflect an enumerator's time sheet -- hours worked, mileage claimed, whatever. There's an error and the question is, what sort of error is it? The correct answer is (I think) "subtraction".

MissGruntled said...

Here again is the link to download a copy of the REGULAR test:

2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/documents/Practice_Test.pdf

Print it out, and then print out extra copies (or make extra photocopies) of the last page (page 13) which is the answer key. That way you can take the test several times. Be sure to time yourself strictly, and also be sure to use a scrap piece of paper to do your figuring, computations, etc.

You will NOT be allowed to scribble in the actual test booklet during the actual test, so it's a good idea to get used to scribbling on the scrap paper!

At the testing site, when you finish taking the test, you'll be required to turn in your scrap paper / scribbles at the same time you turn in your answer sheet.

MissGruntled said...

To anonymous who posted, "Can someone please tell me how they get the scores. How many points is each question worth?
Some people say they got 97, 88, 87etc...How did thy come up with that score?"

I don't know. The only thing I told was, when I took the regular test, the proctor (the person who administered the test) graded the tests right then and there when everyone had finished, and told us our scores.

But on the Supervisor test, we were told the proctor isn't the one who grades the Supervisor tests -- that's done by somebody in the administration department at the district office. We were told we had to call some days later to get our scores. It wasn't explained to us how many points each question is worth, or how they figure the scores, etc.

But somebody reading here will probably know and can tell you what's going on with that.

(Sorry to be so chatty! I'm so glad to have found this blog, and the comments here helped me a lot when taking the supervisor test the other day!)

MissGruntled said...

oops, LaShon in my comment containing the link to the pdf, I meant to say "Here again is the link to download a copy of the REGULAR practice test" (not a copy of the actual test!)
Sorry.

MissGruntled said...

Also some helpful info about the test and working for the census over at
http://damontucker.com/2008/10/16/census-test-101/

One of the comments is a rundown of the test scores and percentages for those who are interested.

Anonymous said...

About scoring on test
I had 25 correct and scored 88%

If I had 25 correct and they did 3.5 points for each then that would be 87.5%

Maybe different points for different questions because people getting odd and even scores-87,88,95 etc

Anonymous said...

Thanks MissGruntled for your quick reply.
I was the anonymous who got 95%. Today I called the local office to check my status,and the person said I got 25 correct. He said I had a big chance to get a job and he will contact me in the next few weeks.Maybe he said the same thing to anyone.I made appointment to re-take the test.He said that they have four sets of the tests,and he was not sure if I will get the one I took last time.
So I think the test will be the same but the number may change.

CMF said...

I took the test only missed 1 question. I never did understand the question. It was something about a tenant next door. It had something like H with double lines under it. Can anyone explain this question to me?
I also had trouble with this yesterday and will retest for best score.
Also was told that word question about controversial /I thought answer would be debatable and was told it is Political ? Wouldn't the correct answer be word similarity ?

nleamons said...

I got 25/28 correct. From what I read that is supposed to be about a score of 95. That questions with the H double underlined is easy, but you have to read the information carefully. At first, I misread that question, but after going back to said question. I reread it and changed my answer. That question is asking what question H1, H2, etc should be asked after the question just asked. In the information given to you before that question gives you the information needed answer the question.

WannaBeBen said...

One of the questions asked us to pick a word that best described the meaning of the word "controversial" in a sentence somewhat like this: "Enumerators should avoid discussing controversial issues with those whom they interview."

I answered "debatable," and got the question wrong. I think they thought the CORRECT answer was "sensitive."

My argument is that 'controversial' is an adjective describing 'issues.' Although many people misuse the phrase 'sensitive issues,' the fact that a lot of people make the same error doesn't make it right.

Sentient beings can be 'sensitive,' non-living things and ideas/concepts cannot.

Therefore, 'debatable should have been deemed correct.

Anybody know to whom to complain about an actual test question being wrong?

Thanks.

~George

Anonymous said...

What was your score? This is for a fovt job and I do not think it would do any good for u to disagree with an answer.

Anonymous said...

Do not know where all these different percent passed numbers come from??
28/28 = 100%
27/28 = 96.4 or 96%
26/28 = 92.9 or 93%
25/28 = 89.3 or 89%
24/28 = 85.7 or 86%
then add either 5 or 10% for Vet status and get
105,101,98,94,90
110,106,103, 99, 96

Anonymous said...

I like t ask someone who scored a 100 on the exam what he or she chose what the correct answer to "controversial" is. Is there anyone who aced it have the answer. And what about the underlined H question. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I just took the test here in Rochester, MI and got 25/28. I don't really want to take it again because its a pain in the ass. But then again it seems like from reading on here that you won't get hired unless you have a 28/28. The time alloted for each question is kinda ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

I just took the test and scored 26, but I don't know which ones I got wrong. I was instructed to take the supervisors test due to having a high score.

As far as the "controversial" question, the only logical answer was debatable. Since I've read the correct answer was sensitive(?) I had to look up the definition, and sure enough, it's DEBATABLE!

I sure hope someone's doing their homework to make sure all the answers are correct.

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