All I can say is they have practice civil service tests at the local library. Perhaps check a book out and "practice the test ". Not sure why the tests were considered racist. I remember going to Manhattan after my husband took the test, (to get the scores) there was a black man who scored the same as my husband "very high" and he was over the moon about it. Was the test discriminatory against him? I don't get it . If you want something bad enough you work hard "study hard" to get there. Not sure when reading comprehension became a race issue.