INTRODUCTION The New York State Department of Civil Service has developed this test guide to familiarize you with the multiple-choice test for Legal Assistant 1 & 2. This test guide provides a general description of the subject areas that will be tested and the different types of questions you may see on the test. The Examination Announcement will specify the exact subject areas to be included on the particular examination you will be taking. The test questions will cover the following four subject areas: 1.LEGAL TERMINOLOGY, DOCUMENTS AND FORMS -These questions test for the ability to recognize definitions of specific common legal terms or the term which fits a certain description.The questions are presented in various forms such as simple definitions, examples of terminology, and the use of this terminology within documents and forms related to the legal field. 2.INTERVIEWING -These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in obtaining information from individuals through structured conversations.These questions require you to apply the principles, practices, and techniques of effective interviewing to hypothetical interviewing situations.Included are questions that present a problem arising from an interviewing situation, and you must choose the most appropriate course of action to take. 3.EVALUATING CONCLUSIONS IN LIGHT OF KNOWN FACTS- These questions will consist of a set of facts and a conclusion. You must decide if the conclusion is proved by the facts, disproved by the facts or if the facts are not sufficient to prove or disprove the conclusion. The questions will not be specific to a particular field. 4.PREPARING WRITTEN MATERIAL -These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information.You must then choose the best version.For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences. The remainder of this test guide explains how you will be tested in each of the subject areas listed earlier. ATEST TASKis provided for each subject area. This is an explanation of how the question will be presented and how to correctly answer it. Read each explanation carefully. This test guide also provides at least oneSAMPLE QUESTIONfor each subject area. The sample question is similar to the type of questions that will be presented on the actual test. This test guide provides theSOLUTIONand correct answer to each sample question. You should study each sample question and solution in order to understand how the correct answer was determined. NOTE:When you take your examination, you will be given Candidate Directions, which you should read very carefully so that you correctly identify the blocks of questions you need to answer for the examination you are taking.
SUBJECT AREA 1 LEGAL TERMINOLOGY, DOCUMENTS AND FORMS -These questions test for the ability to recognize definitions of specific common legal terms or the term which fits a certain description.The questions are presented in various forms such as simple definitions, examples of terminology, and the use of this terminology within documents and forms related to the legal field. TEST TASK:You will be presented with questions that give you a common legal term and require you to recognize the correct definition. Other questions will give you four definitons and require you to recognize the correct legal term. SAMPLE QUESTION: Which one of the following best defines the termdeposition? A.the assertion, declaration or statement of a defendant made in response to a complaint B.the sworn written testimony of a witness taken before judicial proceedings begin C.the stenographic record of a trial. D.a written document prepared by a lawyer or party on each side of a dispute and filed with the court in support of their arguments. The correct answer to this sample question is B. SOLUTION: Choice A is not correct.Choice A best defines the term answer. Choice Bis the correct answer.This description best defines the term deposition. Choice C is not correct.Choice C best defines the term transcript. Choice D is not correct.Choice D best defines the term brief.