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Training and Experience Rating
(Unassembled Examination)

The examination for many state jobs consists of a rating of applicant training and experience. This type of examination is often referred to as "unassembled" since applicants are not required to "assemble" or gather together for a written test. Sometimes applicants are required to answer online supplemental application questions. These are shown in the announcement and are used to obtain more specific information about the applicant's skill and job expertise.

For detailed information about the application process and currently announced jobs refer to the Job Opportunities page.

What is a Training and Experience Rating?

In a Training and Experience rating (T&E), or "unassembled examination", an applicant's score and referral order are based on the education, special training, work experience, and related competencies described in the application documents. No written test is required. Since an applicant's score is based entirely on the information described on the application and accompanying documents, it is very important that the employment history, job dates, and duties be very complete and accurate.

Training and Experience scoring procedures are most often used for jobs requiring specific professional training, or experience.

Applicants must first meet the minimum training and experience requirements for a job class before their application can be scored. These "minimums" are shown in the announcement. Very often, alternative combinations of training and experience are acceptable.

Any applicant meeting the minimum training and experience requirements receives a passing score, usually 70 points. In most cases a category rating procedure is used to assign qualified applicants to 2 or 3 qualifications groups or categories. All applicants assigned to a group receive the same numeric score and have equal opportunity for referral to a hiring agency for possible interview. The actual numeric score assigned to each group may vary but is typically 70 (Qualified) 80 (Highly Qualified) and 90 (Best Qualified). In cases with very few highly qualified applicants, only 2 groups may be identified. In these cases, applicants may only be designated as "Selected" for possible agency consideration, or "Not Selected". Veterans preference points are added to the group score so that veterans receive first considerations within that group or the next higher group. Group assignment may depend on the amount of additional training and experience, the similarity of the experience to the announced job, the recency of the experience, special accomplishments, and job related skills and achievements indicated in the application materials. All application evaluations are based on the same evaluation standards.

There may be a re-application waiting period for each job announcement. For continuously announced titles this is usually 90 days. Jobs which are announced for 15 days usually allow re-application after 24 hours to enable applicants to correct errors or add information left out of the original application. In all cases, a new rating automatically replaces any previous rating. Multiple application will not increase an applicant's chance for employment consideration.

Some T & E Rating procedures require applicants to complete online supplemental application questions. Applicants must carefully follow all instructions given in the announcement. The overall objective of the Training and Experience Rating procedures is to enable all applicants with similar job related qualifications an equal opportunity to be referred for agency hiring consideration and possible interview.

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