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A performance test is designed to measure a candidate’s ability to perform tasks essential to the major functions of the job. It usually involves 4 to 6 exercises (stations), each one testing a different skill. It is usually following a written exam or as part of the hiring interview process.

How to Prepare for a Performance Examination

  • Performance exams measure your ability to perform a major function of the job. To prepare, familiarize yourself with the requirements of the position as outlined by the job bulletin and practice your skills in these areas before the day of the examination.

During the Performance Examination

  • Each of the stations is timed and candidates are given the same amount of time to complete the exercise.
  • Most exercises are weighted equally.
  • You will perform the exercises in rotation. Once you’ve finished one exercise, a Personnel representative will direct you to your next exercise.
  • A subject matter expert will be rating each station. The raters will be observing your ability to follow instructions and the steps/process you used in completing the exercise.

After the Performance Examination

  • After you leave the exam station, the rater begins the rating process. The rater will assess your performance on each of the critical dimensions being rated.
  • Your performance in each exercise is rated independently.
  • At the end of the examination, the raters will discuss the over-all result.
  • Human Resources will notify you of your examination results within ten working days. Your notice will usually include your final grade and placement on the eligible list.
  • Passing the performance examination does not mean you will be offered a position. It determines what rank you are on the eligible list. Depending on your placement on the eligible list, your name may be sent to the department(s) with vacancy and be considered/interviewed for the position.