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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Become a PMF

Assessment Process

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 information.

On-line Assessment

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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 in-person assessment.

As part of the application certification process, applicants will attest they have worked independently and all statements made are true.

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.

In-person Assessment

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 Please note any "no shows" will be immediately withdrawn from further consideration.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 possible.

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.

Reasonable Accommodations

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.

Assessment Preparation Guide

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.

UPDATED: 02-21-2014