A civil service examination in our System may consist of a written examination,
oral test, physical test, aptitude test, or other appropriate tests and/or a
rating of experience and training or a combination of any of these examination
aspects. The civil service examinations are used to determine the rank of all applicants
seeking a civil service position.
All State Universities Civil Service System employers use civil service examinations to help determine
if applicants possess the basic knowledge, skills and ability to perform the functions of the position.
Written (Knowledge and Understanding and Following Directions)
and oral tests (Oral Boards) present questions and problems that test candidates
for the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in the position. Training and Experience
(or Credential Assessments) examinations are used to evaluate the candidate's work experience
and education background for determining requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities
to perform in a position. Performance tests (Physical Fitness,
Typing, Transcription) measure candidates' ability to perform job-related tasks, such as
being physically fit for police work, typing or entering computer data.
Examinations provide a system that is fair and objective for all applicants.
For a particular examination, applicants answer similar questions or are asked
to submit information. Applicants receive a score or scores based on the same
examination components. This gives all candidates an equal opportunity to be
placed on an employment register, the possibility for an interview and the potential
to be selected.
After you have completed an examination, you will receive a score. Veteran's Preference points
for those who qualify may be added to your final score. (For more information on
Veteran's Preference, visit our website link
Examination Procedures Manual Section 3, Veterans Preference).
Finally upon examination, a "Register" is composed of one or more names of candidates who can potentially be
referred for a job interview. Each employer (university/agency) uses a register for their
specific employment location to certify (refer) candidates for position interviews.
Scores are ranked on the register in numerical order.
So a rank of "1" is better than "40". The employer shall certify the
three names of the candidates standing (ranked) highest on the register(s) at the time a
vacancy is declared. Please note all applicants receiving the same score will be given
the same ranking. From these Employment registers you may be referred for an interview.
** Prior to being admitted to a civil service examination, an applicant must meet the
Minimum Acceptable Qualifications for the classification. For further information on
our class titles and the Minimum Acceptable Qualifications, you should visit the Class
Specifications link (http://www.sucss.state.il.us/classspecs/admin.asp).