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Grade: 09
* 1.GS-09: Choose the one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position. Before answering this question, see the qualifications section on this announcement.
  1. I have a master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B or J.D. (if related), from an accredited college or university. This education demonstrates my knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position to be filled.
  2. I have at least 1 one full year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service.
  3. I have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.Under what situations have you revised your writing or had your writing revised?
  1. Self-revision after proofreading.
  2. Revision at the recommendation of peers.
  3. Revision at the recommendation of supervisors.
  4. Revision to correct factual inaccuracies.
  5. Revision to change the emphasis as directed by others.
  6. Revision to correct grammar, spelling, and style.
  7. Revision based on new information / developments.
  8. Revision based on audience feedback.
  9. Revision to target a specific audience.
  10. None of the above.


* 3.In which of the following settings have you worked or had experience as a writer?
  1. Daily Newsroom
  2. Weekly publication
  3. Monthly publication
  4. Wire service
  5. Public affairs / media relations
  6. School newspaper
  7. Corporate communications
  8. U.S. Embassies
  9. Government agencies
  10. None of the above


* 4.Which of the following BEST reflects your highest level of experience drawing conclusions based on an analysis of information?
  1. I have identified the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems under close supervision.
  2. I have participated on a team that was responsible for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  3. I have independently identified the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  4. I have led others charged with identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  5. I have no experience identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.


* 5.Indicate your knowledge of Associated Press style:
  1. Have heard of it.
  2. Have referred to the book.
  3. Have written in this style monthly.
  4. Have written in this style weekly.
  5. Have written in this style daily.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.What tools have you relied upon when writing or editing?
  1. Online dictionary
  2. Word processing spell check
  3. Dictionary
  4. Thesaurus
  5. Style guide
  6. News writing guide
  7. Journalism textbooks
  8. Online search engine
  9. Encyclopedia
  10. Atlas
  11. Newspapers
  12. A grammar book
  13. Interviews with experts
  14. None of the above


* 7.In writing a paper, report or article, have you used any of the following for source material?
  1. Transcripts of a speech
  2. Data presented in an excel spread sheet
  3. Data in government databases
  4. Articles in academic journals
  5. Emails
  6. Maps
  7. Books (fiction, nonfiction or poetry)
  8. Your own notes from an interview
  9. Notes taken by another interviewer
  10. Translations of foreign newspapers
  11. Material from organizations` web sites
  12. None of the above


* 8.Which of the following best describes your experience in setting priorities to meet your professional responsibilities?
  1. I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are generally completed independently and within the assigned deadlines and milestones.
  2. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I adjust my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I normally resolve the conflicts independently.
  3. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I adjust my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. In resolving conflicts, I involve the team leader or supervisor.
  4. I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are generally completed within the assigned deadlines and milestones. When priorities conflict, I consult with the team leader or supervisor.
  5. None of the above


* 9.From the following list of computer and electronic tasks, choose all that you have performed:
  1. Operated word-processing software to write, edit and revise.
  2. Operated spreadsheet or database software to analyze information.
  3. Used E-mail to coordinate multiple projects with persons or organizations.
  4. Used E-mail to coordinate work and maintain contact with supervisors while traveling on business or working off-site.
  5. Used the Internet to research factual, accurate and relevant information from a variety of government and non-government sources.
  6. Recorded interviews, speeches, news conferences or lectures.
  7. Used a laptop computer to transmit written material from a remote location.
  8. Used a camera as part of an information-gathering or documentation process.
  9. Updated or maintained a Web site.
  10. None of the above


* 10.With which of the following types of media technologies do you have education, training or experience?
  1. Intranet
  2. Internet
  3. Web Chats
  4. Video conferencing
  5. Blogs
  6. Really Simple Syndication (RSS)
  7. Listservs
  8. Streaming media
  9. Electronic slideshow
  10. None of the above


* 11.I have taken notes or used information from the following types of verbal exchanges:
  1. Conferences
  2. Meetings
  3. One-on-One discussions
  4. Telephone inquiries or interviews
  5. Training
  6. Debates
  7. News conferences
  8. In-person Interviews
  9. Briefings
  10. None of the above


* 12.From the following list, please identify all of the types of situations you have performed:
  1. Managed multiple tasks.
  2. Set milestones and deadlines for assignments.
  3. Briefed staff and management on status of assignments.
  4. Provided guidance, direction, or instruction to individuals.
  5. Reacted effectively to unforeseen events or delays.
  6. Rearranged priorities and work assignments based on the actions of others.
  7. Assisted my team or staff in determining how best to use their time and reprioritize their work as situations warrant.
  8. None of the above.


* 13.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied:
  1. Facilitated the amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation was needed to meet an objective.
  2. Interacted effectively in situations where frequent change, delay, or unexpected events arose that caused major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  3. Provided direction, guidance, or instruction to staff.
  4. Persuaded and/or inspired others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques to improve operations.
  5. Diffused confrontational situations with people who were difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  6. Developed productive working relationships with subordinates, colleagues, and supervisors to achieve goals.
  7. Worked cooperatively with others as a team to achieve a goal.
  8. None of the above.


* 14.Which of the following best reflects your multi-tasking experience?
  1. I normally work on projects or assignments that are of high priority. My work assignments are generally completed on time.
  2. I am proficient at managing multiple tasks within a defined time frame. I am skilled at adjusting the use of my time, meeting changes in priorities, and meet requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict I am capable of resolving the conflict independently.
  3. I am proficient at negotiating schedules, deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with management. I direct staff in determining best use of their time and how to prioritize their work and deadlines when the situation warrants.
  4. None of the above


* 15.How frequently have you written headlines?
  1. Never
  2. Yearly
  3. Monthly
  4. Weekly
  5. Daily


* 16.How frequently have you written photo captions?
  1. Never
  2. Yearly
  3. Monthly
  4. Weekly
  5. Daily


* 17.Which of the following have you written?
  1. Headlines
  2. Photo Captions
  3. Bios
  4. Teasers
  5. None of the above


* 18.Which of the following best describes your background in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources?
  1. I do not have education, training or experience in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources.
  2. I have education or training in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  3. I have education or training in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources, and have applied it on the job, and usually with review by supervisor or senior employees.
  4. I have routinely and independently analyzed and evaluated information derived from a variety of sources as a regular part of my job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  5. I am highly skilled at independently analyzing and evaluating information derived from a variety of sources having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.


* 19.From the following list, please identify which sources you have used in preparing analyses/assessments.
  1. Policy documents
  2. Diplomatic communications
  3. Foreign Government documents
  4. U.S. Government documents
  5. Academic papers
  6. Conferences/symposia
  7. Interviews
  8. Press/public media
  9. Investigative reports
  10. Intelligence reports
  11. Books and journal articles
  12. Unpublished correspondence
  13. Internet
  14. None of the above


* 20.Which of the following indicates your highest level of education or training handling and storing classified and sensitive information?
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in the proper handling and storage of classified and sensitive information.
  2. I have education or training in the proper handling and storage of classified and sensitive information, but have NOT yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have properly handled and stored classified and sensitive information on the job under close supervision
  4. I have properly handled and stored classified and sensitive information as a regular part of the job and usually without supervision.
  5. I am highly skilled at properly handling and storing classified and sensitive information on the job and have trained others to perform this task.