Become a PMF
The application process also includes an assessment process. All
applicants must complete an on-line assessment. Based on
eligibility, application, and on-line assessment scores,
Semi-Finalists will be selected. Semi-Finalists are then invited to
participate in the in-person assessment. Based on the in-person
assessment scores, Finalists are identified.
Please review the Assessment Preparation Guide for more
Applicants take an un-timed and un-proctored
on-line assessment during the application process.
The on-line assessment consists of three parts: Situational
Judgment Test, Questionnaire, and Essay Questions. The on-line
assessment provides a screening process on job-related criteria and
allows OPM to identify Semi-Finalists to participate in the
As part of the application certification process, applicants
will attest they have worked independently and all statements made
Please note applicants must follow the system and browser
requirements identified. The on-line assessment provides a
verification tool to validate system settings. Other browsers may
not be fully compatible and some features (such as the videos) may
not function. If applicants have questions about the computer
requirements or encounter technical difficulties during the on-line
assessment, a Help link is provided during the application.
Additional information about system and browser requirements can
be found in the Assessment Preparation Guide below.
Those selected as Semi-Finalists will be invited to participate
in the in-person assessment process at their expense. The PMF
Program Office does not subsidize travel or offer alternate means
(e.g., video conferencing) for the in-person assessment. All
Semi-Finalists must physically and fully participate in the
in-person assessment, as scheduled, for further consideration.
Reschedules will only be considered in case of emergencies.
Semi-Finalists will be able to reschedule only once if there is
availability. Please note any "no shows" will be immediately
withdrawn from further consideration.
Semi-Finalists will receive an email containing a unique link to
schedule their individual in-person assessment. Semi-Finalists
should not share their invitational email with anyone. All
Semi-Finalists must follow the instructions provided in their
invitational email, including any deadlines identified.
Semi-Finalists should use current contact information (cell number
and email address) when registering for their in-person
assessments. Information about inclement weather or emergencies
impacting the in-person assessment center location will be posted
to the PMF website's News & Events section. The
Program Office will attempt to contact participants as soon as
The location and dates for the in-person assessments can be
found under the application webpage. Please note dates and
locations are subject to change. The entire in-person assessments
must be completed during the scheduled timeframe in order to select
Finalists in a timely manner.
Semi-Finalists should allow ample time for arrival and travel.
No assessments are conducted on Federal holidays or weekends.
Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable
accommodations for either the on-line or in-person assessment
during the application process. The PMF Program Office will review
each request and contact the applicant directly to adjudicate their
request. Please keep in mind that the on-line assessment is not
timed and un-proctored. Please refer to the Assessment
Preparation Guide to review what accommodations have already
been included in the on-line assessment and review the list of
criteria each applicant must meet when requesting a reasonable
accommodation. Those applicants requesting a reasonable
accommodation for the on-line assessment will be instructed to NOT
proceed with the on-line assessment until contacted by the PMF
Program Office. Applicants can proceed with the rest of their
application but should NOT submit the application until they have
completed the on-line assessment.
Please see additional information under the Become A PMF\Eligibility\Equal
Opportunity Employment section.
To prepare for the assessment process, applicants should
thoroughly review the Assessment Preparation Guide. The Guide is
subject to change and applicants are encouraged to check frequently
for any updates. The Guide will only be available during the
application and assessment cycle.
Now that the overview, application process, and assessment
process have been covered, interested applicants should review the
next section for class year specific application instructions.
The Assessment Preparation Guide will be posted here during the
next application and assessment process cycle.