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Friday, October 18, 2019

Become a PMF

Assessment Process

On-line Assessment

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Applicants must complete the on-line assessment during the application process.

The on-line assessment is administered in an un-proctored environment and includes four parts:  Situational Judgment, Life Experience, Problem Solving, and Writing. Each part is timed and must be completed in the order listed.

The on-line assessment is designed to uncover evidence of the following competencies that are critical to success on the job across all PMF occupations and factored into the selection of Finalists:

  • Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
  • Integrity: Contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization; displays high standards of ethical conduct and understands the impact of voilating these standards on an organization, self, and others; is trustworthy.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
  • Public Service Motivation: Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.
  • Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
  • Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

As part of the application certification process, applicants will attest they have completed the on-line assessment independently and all statements made are true.

Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations for the on-line assessment may be provided to applicants with disabilities when appropriate, as qualified under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The PMF Program Office determines assessment accommodations on a case-by-case basis based on claimed disability and documentation provided.

If you are unsure whether or not you need an accommodation for the on-line assessment, please review sample questions for each part of the on-line assessment provided in the Assessment Preparation Guide (see below). The Guide also outlines criteria each applicant must meet when requesting a reasonable accommodation.  The on-line assessment is un-proctored, meaning you do not need to take it at a certain location.  You can complete all components of the on-line assessment using your personal computer, taking advantage of your own assistive technology if applicable.  There are no videos or need for plug-ins (e.g., Adobe Flash).

If an applicant makes a request during the application process, he/she will be prompted to briefly describe the accommodation and submit supporting documentation.

The supporting documentation must be from a qualified professional that includes information about the disability as well as the testing accommodation being requested. A Schedule A Letter is and of itself is not sufficient documentation.

Those applicants requesting a reasonable accommodation will be instructed to not proceed with the on-line assessment until their request is adjudicated by the PMF Program Office. Instructions are provided in the Guide on how an applicant can reverse their request in order to proceed with completing the on-line assessment without an accommodation.

Applicants waiting for a request for a reasonable accommodation for the on-line assessment to be adjudicated may continue with other parts of their application.

Adjudication results will be sent via automated emails from the PMF TMS (Talent Management System); we may also contact you directly, via email or phone number. We recommend that you add the following email addresses to your "safe" or "allowed email list" and email address book:  pmf@opm.gov, pmfapplication@opm.gov, and no-reply@apply.pmf.gov.

NOTE:  Reasonable accommodations may be requested for the on-line assessment only. 

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. 

NOTE:  The link to the Guide below is only active and available before and during the application period and removed shortly after the application closes. The Guide is available as an Adobe (.pdf) file format. Please check file for any revision history.

  • PMF Assessment Preparation Guide Adobe Acrobat Version [KB]

Now that the overview, application process, and assessment process have been covered, interested applicants should review the next section to view information on the class-year specific application webpage.

UPDATED: 10-17-2019