Wednesday, July 17, 2013

At least one part of an examination for a position in the competitive class must be competitive

At least one part of an examination for a position in the competitive class must be competitive
Informal Opinions of the Attorney General, January 8, l980

A selection procedure for employment in the competitive class consisting of a qualifying written test and a ranked (competitive) physical agility test complies with the constitutional and statutory requirements for a competitive examination of merit and fitness for the position “where practicable.”

Further the Civil Service Commission has the discretion to determine the appropriate selection devices. 

When it has been determined that a competitive examination is practicable, that test may be a written tests, an oral test or a performance test, or any combination thereof, so long as some part of the test can be scored and the candidates ranked on the basis of their scores.

The Opinion also observed that “All that is necessary is that the test selected be objective in nature and the scoring procedures reviewable.


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