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Assessments and Sample Questions

When applying for this position, you will be asked to complete several of the assessments listed below. A summary of each assessment is provided as is a sample question. The specific assessments you will be asked to take will differ depending on the job to which you are applying. None of the answers you select below will actually be submitted. This page is only provided as an example of the look and feel of the actual assessments.

 

Occupational Math Assessment

In this assessment, you will be presented with multiple-choice questions that measure your arithmetic and mathematical reasoning skills. You will be asked to solve word problems and perform numerical calculations. You will also be asked to work with percentages, fractions, decimals, proportions, basic algebra, basic geometry, and basic probability.

All of the information you need to answer the questions is provided in the question text. Knowledge of Federal rules, regulations, or policies is NOT required to answer the questions.

You MAY use a calculator and scratch paper to answer the questions.

Read the questions carefully and choose the best answer for each question. Once you have selected your response, click on the RECORD ANSWER button. You will not be able to review/change your answers once you have submitted them.

This assessment contains several questions. For each question, you will have 5 minutes to select your answer.

A sample question is shown below.

Occupational Math Example
Question Solve for x.
  3x - 3 = 6
 
 

Occupational Judgment Assessment

In this assessment, you will be presented with a series of videos that are scenarios Federal employees could encounter on the job. For each scenario, you will be presented with four possible courses of action for responding to the scenario presented in the video. You will be asked to choose the response that is the MOST effective course of action and the response that is the LEAST effective course of action for that particular scenario.


When you begin each scenario, the upper left half of the screen contains important information for you to review prior to watching the video. Below this information you will find the question. This question tells you from which perspective you should respond to the scenario. The video appears in the upper right. The bottom half of the screen contains the four courses of action for responding to the scenario.

The video can be viewed in closed captioning by clicking on the CLOSED CAPTIONING button located to the left of the VOLUME button.

After watching the video and reading through the four courses of action, click on the button under Most Effective to choose the course of action you consider the best for that situation. Do the same for the course of action you consider the worst by clicking on the button under Least Effective.

This assessment contains several scenarios. For each scenario, you will have 5 minutes to select both the MOST and LEAST effective courses of action.

A sample question is shown below. To view the sample video, click the PLAY button in the lower corner of the video box. To view the video in closed captioning, click on the CLOSED CAPTIONING button located to the left of the VOLUME button.

Occupational Judgment Example
Progress:
Watch the following video. Choose the most AND least effective course of action from the options below.

Step 1. Scenario

Barbara and Derek are coworkers. Barbara has just been provided with a new assignment. The assignment requires the use of a specific computer program. Derek walks over to Barbara's cubicle to speak to her.

If you were in Barbara's position, what would be the most and least effective course of action to take from the choices below?

Step 2. Courses of Action
Most Effective
Least Effective
Try to find other coworkers who can explain how to use the new program.
Tell your supervisor that you don't know how to use the program and ask him to assign someone who does.
Use the program reference materials, tutorial program, and the help menu to learn how to use the new program on your own.
Explain the situation to your supervisor and ask him what to do.

 

 

Occupational Interaction Assessment

In this assessment, you will be presented with questions that ask about your interests and work preferences. Read each question carefully, decide which of the five possible responses most accurately describes you, and then click on that response. Once you have clicked on that response, click on the RECORD ANSWER button.

The possible responses vary from question to question. The responses will assess:

1) How much you agree with a statement;

2) How often you do, think, or feel things; or

3) How much or how often you do, think, or feel things compared to others.

This assessment is not timed.

A sample question is shown below.

Occupational Interaction Example
Progress:
If I forget to fill out a form with information that others need, I make sure to follow up.

 
  

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Occupational Reasoning Assessment

In this assessment, you will be presented with multiple-choice questions that measure your reasoning skills. You will be asked to draw logical conclusions based on the information provided, analyze scenarios, and evaluate arguments.


All of the information you need to answer the questions is provided in the question text. Knowledge of Federal rules, regulations, or policies is NOT required to answer the questions.


Read the questions carefully and choose the best answer for each question. Once you have selected your response, click on the RECORD ANSWER button.


This assessment contains several questions. For each question, you will have 5 minutes to select your answer.


A sample question is shown below.

Occupational Reasoning Example
Question All documents that contain sensitive information are considered to be classified. Mary has drafted a report that contains sensitive information.

Based on the above statements, is the following conclusion true, false, or is there insufficient information to determine?
  The report drafted by Mary is considered to be classified.
 

Occupational Reading Assessment

In this assessment, you will be presented with multiple-choice questions that measure your reading comprehension skills. You will be asked to read a passage or table and to answer questions based on the information provided in the passage or table.


All of the information you need to answer the questions is provided in the question text. Knowledge of Federal rules, regulations, or policies is NOT required to answer the questions.


Read the questions carefully and choose the best answer for each question. Once you have selected your response, click on the RECORD ANSWER button.


This assessment contains several questions. For each question, you will have 5 minutes to select your answer.


A sample question is shown below.

Occupational Reading Example
Question The job grade definitions establish distinct lines of demarcation among the different levels of work within an occupation. The definitions do not try to describe every work assignment of each position level in the occupation. Rather, based on fact finding and study of selected work situations, the definitions identify and describe those key characteristics of occupations which are significant for distinguishing different levels of work.

In the context of the passage, which one of the following could best be substituted for distinct lines of demarcation without significantly changing the author's meaning?
 
 

Accessing the Assessments

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