Service Exam Civil service jobs are typically filled by
agency administers a different examination for each
job. An examination may consist of one or more civil
service tests. Different kinds of examinations are given for different types of
jobs. An examination may consist of more than one test. The types of civil service tests include written tests, in-basket exercise,
essay test, in-basket exercise, assessment center, performance tests,
physical abilities, psychological,
Service Exam Scheduling
The test date and location are either provided on the Job Bulletin or the
agency will notify you within a short period of time
after you have your application has been submitted.
Service Exam Scoring
Eligible or employment lists are established by
ranking candidates based on their overall scores in the examination.
Candidates must be successful on each test of the examination. Lists are effective
for a given period as determined by each agency. When the period expires, the list
is said to "expire" and a new examination is given. If you are not hired
during the life of the list, you must take the examination again to qualify for a job.
Vacancies are usually filled through a selection from among
the top ranking scores on the eligible or employment list. The selection
from the list typically involves an interview. Review our Civil
Service Exam and Test resources for test guides, sample questions
and tips. For more info on each type of exam, go to our Civil
Service Exam review.
You must not only do well on the
examination, but you must also do well on all subsequent interviews to
receive a job offer.
Not all candidates on an eligible or employment list are
considered for a job vacancy. The number of candidates evaluated for a job vacancy
vary with the agency. For example, one agency may evaluate the five top scoring
candidates, while another agency will evaluate all candidates in the top three whole
scores. Candidates who are not selected usually remain on the
employment list and will be evaluated for other vacancies as they occur.
Depending on the position, agencies may also require
a medical examination, drug screening, or licenses. Probation is
part of the examination process.
Probationary periods are usually six to twelve months.