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How to Protest Questions - The procedure


This is from the DCAS website:

"Candidates who take a written multiple-choice examination will be afforded the opportunity to protest the Proposed Key Answers. On the day of the test you will be provided with a Candidate's Record of Answers on which you are allowed to record, for your own personal use, the responses that you made on your official test paper. The Candidates' Record of Answers also announces when the Proposed Key Answers are to be published, describes the protest procedure, and informs you how to make a request to attend the Protest Review Session.

Proposed Keys for most Promotion Examinations are published on the 5th Monday following the day of the test. Proposed Keys for most Open Competitive Exams are published on the 4th Monday following the test. A Protest Review Session is usually held during the same week that the Proposed Key is published. Candidates are required to submit the request to attend the Protest Review Session. The request is a preprinted part of the Candidates' Record of Answers form. For scheduling reasons, this request must be postmarked no later than one week following the date of the test.

At the review session, you will be allowed to review the Test Booklet and Proposed Key Answers. The purpose of this review is to permit you to submit protests against the Proposed Key Answers. You must appear in person; you may not bring with you or have present any other person at this test review. You may bring any reference materials you wish. You may not bring any handwritten notes or recording devices of any kind. There will be no rescheduling of appointments for the protest session.

If, as a result of your review, you decide to submit a protest to any proposed key answer you will have to substantiate your protest. Protests may be prepared and submitted at the time of the review, or they may be submitted subsequently. However, in no case will you be allowed to remove from our premises any materials relating to the test, or any notes that you may make during the review. Bring your Record of Answers and a pen with black ink and adequate personal identification to your session.

The protest period lasts for 30 days following the date of the Protest Review session. Protests and/or supporting documentation may be submitted by mail at any time during the protest period.

After the protest period is over, a Test Validation Board (TVB) consisting of representatives of the employing agency(ies), bargaining unit (i.e., union) and DCAS, Bureau of Examinations is convened to review all protests. The TVB is empowered by Section 50-A of the New York State Civil Service Law, to change key answers, allow duplicate or multiple answers, or delete items from the test. After all protests are reviewed, the TVB prepares a report detailing its findings. After the eligible list has been established, all candidates who submitted protests will be called in to read the TVB Reports. The determinations made by the TVB are binding. Therefore, no further changes will be entertained."



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Hope everyone mailed in your requests!!!  Today obviously makes a week and the requests can't be postmarked "no more than one week from the test".
Good Luck

-- Edited by bigmama at 16:31, 2008-02-02

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