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Section 8 Examinations


8.01 Character of Examination

Examinations will be developed so as to be job-relevant and to measure the relative capacity and fitness of the persons examined to discharge the duties of the positions to which they seek to be appointed.


8.02 Scheduling of Examination

The time, place, and type of an examination shall be determined by the Commission. The Commission may cancel, or postpone an examination because of inadequate number of applicants, a change in requirements, or for other sufficient cause. Cancellations or postponements shall be posted on the Commission’s website and each applicant shall be notified via electronic email.


8.03 Contents of Examination

Examinations may include an evaluation of such factors as education, training, capacity, knowledge, manual dexterity, and physical or psychological fitness. Tests may be written, oral, physical, demonstration of skill or an evaluation of training and experiences and shall be designed to fairly test the relative capacity of the persons examined to discharge the particular duties of the position for which appointment is sought. Tests may include: structured interviews; assessment centers; work simulations; examinations of knowledge, skills and abilities; and any other acceptable testing method.

No question on the examination shall relate to the race, ethnic background, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, political affiliation or opinion, or religious belief or age of any applicant unless otherwise lawfully required.

A Commission-approved EEO applicant information form shall be furnished to all applicants for employment or examination. The completion of the EEO form shall be wholly voluntary, and no applicant shall be adversely affected in any way for having refused to complete such form. If completed by an applicant, the EEO form shall be physically separated from the application.


8.04 Identity of Examinee Concealed

The identity of all persons taking competitive examinations shall be concealed by the use of an identification number, which shall be used on all examination papers. This number shall be used from the beginning of the examination until after the papers are rated. Any papers bearing the applicant’s name or any other identification mark shall be rejected and the candidate so notified.


8.05 Equal Employment Opportunity

Fraud in examinations is prohibited and shall result in automatic disqualification. No person shall:

(1) Falsely mark, grade, estimate or report upon the examination or proper standing of any person examined, registered or certified pursuant to the provisions of the civil service law, or aid in so doing;

(2) Make any false representations concerning the results of such examination or concerning any person examined;

(3) Furnish to another person special or secret information for the purpose of either improving or injuring the prospects or chances of another person so examined, registered or certified, or to be appointed, employed or promoted;

(4) Impersonate another person, or permit or aid in any manner another person to impersonate an applicant, in connection with any examination, registration or appointment or application or request to be examined, registered or appointed;

(5) Furnish false information about himself/herself, or other person, in connection with any examination, registration, or appointment or application or request to be examined, registered or appointed;

(6) Make known or assist in making known to any applicant for examination any question to be asked on such examination;

(7) Acquire, through fraudulent means, any exam content or question(s) to be asked on the examination prior to the examination; or

(8) Personally solicit a favor from any appointing officer, or have any person on his/her behalf solicit a favor pertaining to the testing procedures of the PRC.

Any person or persons attempting to deceive any of the examiners in any manner whatsoever by impersonation or by assisting or receiving assistance shall be prohibited from taking any examination for employment with the County for a period of two (2) years. If the person is already in the County service, such conduct shall be grounds for disciplinary action.

[Reference Section 303.03(D) of the County Code]


8.06 Method of Grading

The method of grading - including the setting of minimum passing scores, weighting of multiple test components, rank ordering, banding, protests, or any other consideration in determining an applicant’s score on an employment test - shall be determined by the Commission on a test-by-test basis.

[Reference Section 303.03(E) of the County Code]


8.07 Credit for Military (Uniformed) Service

Any person who has completed service in the uniformed services and who has been honorably discharged from the uniformed services or transferred to the reserve with evidence of satisfactory service may file with the Commission proof of military service, and, upon verification, the person shall receive an additional credit of five (5) numerical points or 5% of his or her score, whichever is greater, provided the applicant has received a passing grade in all phases of the examination before addition of the military service credit.

As proof of military service, the applicant shall file Form DD214, member copy 4. Credit for military service will not be given if the request for such credit is received by the Commission after the closing date for applications.

As used in these Rules, "service in the uniformed services" and "uniformed services" have the same meaning as the "Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994,..." 38 U.S.C.A. 4303" which meaning shall be:

The Armed Forces, the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard when engaged in active duty for training, inactive duty training, or a full-time National Guard duty, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, and any other category of persons designated by the President in the time of war or national emergency.

[Reference Section 303.03(F) of the County Code]


8.08 Examination Records

All selection devices and examination papers are the property of the Commission and shall be treated as confidential records to the maximum extent possible under law.


8.09 Notice of Results

After the grading of the examination has been completed, all applicants shall be notified via electronic mail of their final grade and relative position on the eligibility list established from the examination.


8.10 Noncompetitive Examinations

The Commission may suspend competition for positions which require exceptional qualifications of a scientific, managerial, professional or educational nature as provided in Rule 6.02.

For positions designated as noncompetitive, the applicants shall file an application for employment together with such proof of education, training, experience, ability and character, as shall be set forth in the examination announcement.

The Commission shall evaluate the applications to determine if the applicants meet the minimum requirements of the class specifications for the class being examined. Following this review, an eligibility list shall be prepared including the names of all applicants who met the minimum requirements. Applicants will appear in alphabetical order.

[Reference Section 303.03(G) of the County Code]