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GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Examination bulletins may include the following:

1)Types of Examinations

a) Open Examinations--Open to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications.

b) Promotional Examinations--These examinations are limited to state employees with permanent status, and include classes up to designated supervisory positions. Additionally, some examinations are administered for a single department. In those cases, the examination may be limited to employees who have permanent civil service appointments with a specific agency, which is named in the bulletin.

c) Open Non-Promotional---Open to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications. State employees who are successful in the exam get 3 career credit points.

d) Continuous Testing -- Competition is open to all interested applicants. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.

2) Final File Date. Applications must be received or postmarked no later than the Final File Date. Applications postmarked, personally delivered or received via interoffice mail after the final file date will not be accepted. Application will not be accepted prior to the bulletin release date.

3) Minimum Qualifications. Minimum Qualifications are a part of that legal document. Similar to prerequisites in course work, the Minimum Qualifications outline the minimum amount of specific education and/or experience that a candidate must possess to be admitted to the examination.

4) Examination Information. The Examination Information section of the bulletin describes the type of test to be used. In some cases, two or more types of tests will be combined to determine the final score (for example, it is very common to combine a written test with an interview panel, in which case, the bulletin will show the weighting of each part of the exam. The most common types are:

a) Written. This consists of multiple choice questions; but may also include essay questions.

b) Interview Panel. This is a scored interview conducted by a panel including a Chairperson representing the State Personnel Board who assures State requirements are maintained during the interview, and subject matter experts who evaluate the answers provided by the candidate.

c) Performance Test. This test requires the candidate to replicate certain duties actually performed on the job. For example, Caltrans Equipment Operators are required to use heavy equipment to perform certain standard tasks in a controlled setting, including maximum time allowed for the specific event.

d) Education and Experience Evaluation. This compares the candidates' applications as reflected on the application against a pre-set rating standard. No other test is required.

5) The Position. This describes typical duties performed by the class for which the examination is being given.

6) Scope. The class specification also includes the Knowledge's, Skills and Abilities required for success in the class. The Scope identifies which of the Knowledge's, Skills and Abilities will be examined in the test. This is most important, as it will give you areas of questioning for which you can develop your own study plan to help you prepare for the test.

7) Eligible List Information. This section includes information how long the list is expected to be used (generally from 1 to 4 years).

8) General Information. This includes a variety of information that applies to all examinations such as , where to call if you have questions or don't receive a response your application, where to find applications, general qualifications, etc. It is to your benefit to read and understand this general information, as well as the majority of the bulletin which is tailored to the specific class.

If you have additional questions regarding terms and conditions of exams described in the bulletins you find on our website, you may contact the Exam Unit on (916) 227-7856