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Old 02-04-2016, 07:58 PM
 
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I came across the technology related job postings in kern county and have piqued my interest to try and apply though I am not quite sure what to expect on the written examination. I don't know how difficult the screening phases would be (both written and oral) for these types of jobs. The examinations are quite intimidating.
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Old 02-05-2016, 07:49 PM
 
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Not sure, some are easy and general like high school SAT. high job exams are like college GREs.
ive taken over 20 exams
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Old 02-05-2016, 11:50 PM
 
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thanks for this. I was just wondering how hard the exam is 'cause you have to pay for the exam and definitely want to pass.
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Old 02-09-2016, 08:52 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I took several exams for jobs and promotions, and later as a manager I used them for hiring at a public agency in CA.
Yes, you have to pass, but it's also important to be among the highest scoring applicants. What we did (and they still do today) is establish an employment list. Depending on historical turnover and potential retirements, the list will be 10-30 people, and is those with the highest scores on the exam. With 200 taking the exam, the cutoff to pass could be as little as 1-2 errors. For each opening, the top 3 get interviewed, and one is selected, then everyone on the list moves up one. Generally the list was good for one year, even if not exhausted, because the duties in tech jobs would change some so requirements would change.
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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For governments, I don't know, but at a prior employer we gave candidates an analytical test, which was similar to the LSAT. The goal was to get the highest percentage right possible. A lot of people simply don't understand that concept and answer all questions anyway. Between the difficulty of the thing and people not following instructions, it was an effective initial cull.
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:13 AM
 
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Thanks to the both of you for your responses. Maybe I am just scared of failing the exam since there is an examination fee and I really don't know what to expect on these kinds of examinations.
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