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Grade: 01
GS-1 No experience is required to apply at the GS-1 level.

Grade: 02
* 1.GS-2 Choose the answer that best describes your education and/or experience.
  1. I have at least 3 months of general experience which is progressively responsible clerical or office work.
  2. I have successfully completed high school.
  3. I possess a combination of high school education and general experience, as described above, that meets 100% of the qualification requirements.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.Which of the following describe your experience providing customer support in person, over the telephone, or through electronic mail regarding a work process?
  1. I served as a customer support representative where I routinely provided customer support in person, over the telephone or through electronic mail.
  2. I kept customers informed of the status of their request for assistance.
  3. I responded to complaints about a work process.
  4. I answered questions from customers during work in retail.
  5. I routinely greet and refer visitors and callers.
  6. I routinely contact customers to obtain information so that I can complete assignments.
  7. I routinely contact and respond to customers to provide non-technical information.
  8. I routinely contact and respond to customers to provide technical information on agency or organizational programs.
  9. I do not have this type of experience.


Grade: 03
* 1.GS-3 Choose the answer that best describes your education and/or experience.
  1. I possess at least 6 months of general experience which is progressively responsible clerical or office work.
  2. I have successfully completed 1 year of education above the high school level.
  3. I possess a combination of post-high school education and general experience, as described above, that meets 100% of the qualification requirements.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.Indicate your knowledge of filing and document organization techniques to maintain and retrieve files.
  1. I have filed documents in an established filing system and quickly retrieved documents when requested.
  2. I have created a filing system for documents and re-organized material for easy retrieval.
  3. I have safeguarded classified material and documents for an office.
  4. I have created a general office filing system and supervised its maintenance.
  5. I used an automated database or word processing index to manage file content and cross-reference filing information.
  6. I archived files in accordance with established document retirement and disposition schedules.
  7. I converted paper files into indexed electronic files.
  8. I do not have this type of experience.


* 3.Which of the following describe your experience providing customer support in person, over the telephone, or through electronic mail regarding a work process?
  1. I served as a customer support representative where I routinely provided customer support in person, over the telephone or through electronic mail.
  2. I kept customers informed of the status of their request for assistance.
  3. I responded to complaints about a work process.
  4. I answered questions from customers during work in retail.
  5. I routinely greet and refer visitors and callers.
  6. I routinely contact customers to obtain information so that I can complete assignments.
  7. I routinely contact and respond to customers to provide non-technical information.
  8. I routinely contact and respond to customers to provide technical information on agency or organizational programs.
  9. I do not have this type of experience.


* 4.I have extensively used the following software packages:
  1. Microsoft Word
  2. Microsoft Excel
  3. Microsoft PowerPoint
  4. Microsoft Access
  5. Microsoft Project
  6. None of the above.


Grade: 04
* 1.GS-4 Choose the answer that best describes your education and/or experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of general experience which is progressively responsible clerical or office work.
  2. I have successfully completed two years of education above the high school level.
  3. I possess a combination of post-high school education and general experience, as described above, that meets 100% of the qualification requirements.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.Indicate your knowledge of filing and document organization techniques to maintain and retrieve files.
  1. I have filed documents in an established filing system and quickly retrieved documents when requested.
  2. I have created a filing system for documents and re-organized material for easy retrieval.
  3. I have safeguarded classified material and documents for an office.
  4. I have created a general office filing system and supervised its maintenance.
  5. I used an automated database or word processing index to manage file content and cross-reference filing information.
  6. I archived files in accordance with established document retirement and disposition schedules.
  7. I converted paper files into indexed electronic files.
  8. I do not have this type of experience.


* 3.Which of the following describe your experience providing customer support in person, over the telephone, or through electronic mail regarding a work process?
  1. I served as a customer support representative where I routinely provided customer support in person, over the telephone or through electronic mail.
  2. I kept customers informed of the status of their request for assistance.
  3. I responded to complaints about a work process.
  4. I answered questions from customers during work in retail.
  5. I routinely greet and refer visitors and callers.
  6. I routinely contact customers to obtain information so that I can complete assignments.
  7. I routinely contact and respond to customers to provide non-technical information.
  8. I routinely contact and respond to customers to provide technical information on agency or organizational programs.
  9. I do not have this type of experience.


* 4.I have extensively used the following software packages:
  1. Microsoft Word
  2. Microsoft Excel
  3. Microsoft PowerPoint
  4. Microsoft Access
  5. Microsoft Project
  6. None of the above.


* 5.I have significant experience performing the following administrative duties:
  1. Maintaining a supervisor`s calendar.
  2. Making appointments for a supervisor by coordinating schedules with other meeting participants.
  3. Completing employee time and attendance records.
  4. Making transportation and hotel arrangements for staff members.
  5. Booking conference space and obtaining catering services.
  6. Assuring timely payment of office bills.
  7. Preparing travel expense reports for staff members.
  8. Ordering and purchasing office supplies.
  9. None of the above.


* 6.Indicate how you manage daily assignments by planning and organizing tasks to carry out work functions.
  1. I keep a calendar of appointments for my supervisor.
  2. I have managed daily office or administrative tasks as an office manager or similar position.
  3. I routinely remind my supervisor of upcoming appointments or due dates.
  4. I plan my own work daily using lists to keep tasks organized.
  5. I maintain a personal calendar of upcoming appointments or tasks.
  6. I maintain a calendar for my office unit to keep track of upcoming events, due dates or schedules.
  7. I plan work that must be done for the week including the use of automated ticklers or reminders to keep track of priorities.
  8. I coordinate work functions or tasks with others in the office to ensure they are completed on time.
  9. I have taken training or attended a workshop on time management.
  10. I complete individual tasks timely that are given to me by my supervisor.
  11. I do not have this type of experience.


Grade: 05
* 1.GS-5 Choose the answer that best describes your education and/or experience:
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include the following: using word processing software to prepare correspondence, reports, and other documents; tracking pending actions to ensure timely completion of work assignments; coordinating and making travel arrangements; responding to routine non-technical inquiries; and coordinating and handling logistical support for meetings.
  2. I have successfully completed four years of education above the high school level.
  3. I possess a combination of post-high school education and specialized experience, as described above, that meets 100% of the qualification requirements.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.Indicate your knowledge of filing and document organization techniques to maintain and retrieve files.
  1. I have filed documents in an established filing system and quickly retrieved documents when requested.
  2. I have created a filing system for documents and re-organized material for easy retrieval.
  3. I have safeguarded classified material and documents for an office.
  4. I have created a general office filing system and supervised its maintenance.
  5. I used an automated database or word processing index to manage file content and cross-reference filing information.
  6. I archived files in accordance with established document retirement and disposition schedules.
  7. I converted paper files into indexed electronic files.
  8. I do not have this type of experience.


* 3.Which of the following describe your experience providing customer support in person, over the telephone, or through electronic mail regarding a work process?
  1. I served as a customer support representative where I routinely provided customer support in person, over the telephone or through electronic mail.
  2. I kept customers informed of the status of their request for assistance.
  3. I responded to complaints about a work process.
  4. I answered questions from customers during work in retail.
  5. I routinely greet and refer visitors and callers.
  6. I routinely contact customers to obtain information so that I can complete assignments.
  7. I routinely contact and respond to customers to provide non-technical information.
  8. I routinely contact and respond to customers to provide technical information on agency or organizational programs.
  9. I do not have this type of experience.


* 4.I have extensively used the following software packages:
  1. Microsoft Word
  2. Microsoft Excel
  3. Microsoft PowerPoint
  4. Microsoft Access
  5. Microsoft Project
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Indicate how you manage daily assignments by planning and organizing tasks to carry out work functions.
  1. I keep a calendar of appointments for my supervisor.
  2. I have managed daily office or administrative tasks as an office manager or similar position.
  3. I routinely remind my supervisor of upcoming appointments or due dates.
  4. I plan my own work daily using lists to keep tasks organized.
  5. I maintain a personal calendar of upcoming appointments or tasks.
  6. I maintain a calendar for my office unit to keep track of upcoming events, due dates or schedules.
  7. I plan work that must be done for the week including the use of automated ticklers or reminders to keep track of priorities.
  8. I coordinate work functions or tasks with others in the office to ensure they are completed on time.
  9. I have taken training or attended a workshop on time management.
  10. I complete individual tasks timely that are given to me by my supervisor.
  11. I do not have this type of experience.


* 6.I have significant experience performing the following administrative duties:
  1. Maintaining a supervisor`s calendar.
  2. Making appointments for a supervisor by coordinating schedules with other meeting participants.
  3. Completing employee time and attendance records.
  4. Making transportation and hotel arrangements for staff members.
  5. Booking conference space and obtaining catering services.
  6. Assuring timely payment of office bills.
  7. Preparing travel expense reports for staff members.
  8. Ordering and purchasing office supplies.
  9. None of the above.


* 7.I have extensively used spreadsheet software (e.g., Microsoft Excel) for each of the following purposes: (Extensive experience means that you have independently performed a duty numerous times without review or assistance.) If you are contacted for an interview for this position, you may be asked to demonstrate evidence of the skills you have selected below.
  1. Creating new spreadsheets.
  2. Creating workbook templates.
  3. Creating links between workbooks.
  4. Entering and editing the same data into multiple worksheets.
  5. Using filters within worksheets.
  6. Creating and editing formulas in worksheets.
  7. Creating pivot chart reports.
  8. Consolidating data from multiple worksheets.
  9. Converting files to and from different spreadsheet software packages.
  10. Using functions and formulas to perform calculations.
  11. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.How do you wish to be considered for this position? You may select more than one ONLY if you are eligible for more than one.
  1. ANY U.S. CITIZEN - I am a U.S. citizen with no prior Federal status OR I have Federal status as defined below but would like to be considered under competitive examining procedures (Note: Federal status applicants selected under competitive examining procedures will be required to serve a new probationary period).
  2. MERIT PROMOTION - I am eligible for and would like to be considered under Merit Promotion Procedures - Only applicants with FEDERAL STATUS (current Career/Career Conditional employees; former Federal employees who achieved Career status in the competitive service; former Federal employees who served on a Career-Conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service and were separated less than 3 years ago).
  3. NON-COMPETITIVE AUTHORITY - I am eligible for and applying under a non-competitive appointing authority - Only applicants with FEDERAL STATUS who have held a position with the same full performance grade level as this position (i.e., eligible for Reassignment or Change to Lower Grade). I listed my highest full performance level under the Personal Information questions.
  4. SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY - I am eligible and applying for a special appointing authority. I listed my special appointing authority previously under the Personal Information questions.


* 2.I am enrolled at least half-time in an accredited college or university for the upcoming school semester (e.g. based on your school`s definition of half-time status), or am a full-time high-school student. Your proof of enrollment will be used to verify this information.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Are you currently maintaining a grade point average of at least 2.5, on a 4.0 scale as defined by your academic institution? Your transcript will be used to verify this information.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I am currently working toward a degree in the following field:
  1. Biological Sciences
  2. Computer Science
  3. Engineering
  4. Behavioral or Social Sciences
  5. Geosciences
  6. Mathematics or Statistics
  7. Physical Sciences
  8. Education
  9. Public Policy, Public Administration, or Political Science
  10. Business, Finance, Accounting, or Economics
  11. Law
  12. Other

        BRANCHED: * 1.If you choose "Other", please write the degree you are currently working towards.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  13. None of the above.


* 5.I type at least 40 words per minute with no more than 3 errors.
  1. Yes
  2. No






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