Written & Computerized Examinations

Written and computerized examinations are designed to measure such things as your knowledge, skills, and abilities in areas relevant to job performance in various fields. Your "Notice of Invitation" will include general information regarding the subject matter covered in the examination.

Your test will be scored and the results will be mailed to you within two weeks from the date of the examination. You will be notified of any additional testing requirement(s). If a vacancy exists, the Office of Human Resources will provide a list of names to the department where the vacancy exists for its consideration. Depending on your placement on the eligible list, you may be considered for the opening. If not, your name will remain on the eligible list for a one-year period.

Hiring decisions rest solely with the hiring department and are made within certain guidelines specified by the Merit System and appropriate union contracts.


  • Get a good night's rest and don't eat a heavy meal before the test.
  • If you wear glasses, be sure to bring them with you.
  • Note the time and location of the test and allow enough time to get there.
  • Choose a good seat; check the lighting.
  • Listen to all instructions and ask questions if you don't understand.
  • Read all directions carefully.
  • Read each question carefully. Make sure that you understand each question before you answer - reread if necessary.
  • Get all the help you can from "clue" words.
  • On difficult multiple choice questions, try to eliminate some of the answer choices. If you cannot eliminate one or more, you should guess, but guess intelligently.
  • Think! Avoid hurried answers.
  • Refresh yourself with a few quiet, well-chosen rest pauses during the test.
  • Pace yourself within the amount of time allotted for the entire examination.
  • If you get to the end of the test before time is up, go back (if allowed) and work on any of the questions you skipped.
  • Edit, check, and proofread your answers.
  • Don't get discouraged if you find the test difficult. Your score may still be enough to qualify you.
  • Try to make yourself comfortable and relax!