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Grade: 05
* 1.GS-5 Choose the answer that best describes your education and/or experience.
  1. I possess one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-4 level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: receiving visitors and screening telephone calls; drafting spreadsheets and word processing documents; assisting in setting up meetings; maintaining filing systems; assisting with making travel arrangements; and maintaining supervisor's daily calendar of appointments.
  2. I have successfully completed four full years of education above high school level.
  3. I possess a combination of post-high school education and specialized experience.
  4. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


* 2.Regarding your knowledge of an organization for which you provided clerical or administrative support for at least one full year, for which of the following were you responsible?
  1. Screening official matters coming into the office and determining what action to take.
  2. Obtaining information for the supervisor from sources outside the office.
  3. Personally answering questions within your purview based on personal knowledge of ongoing operations of the office.
  4. Speaking for the supervisor in connection with matters not requiring his/her personal attention using intimate knowledge of the personal views of the supervisor.
  5. Using knowledge of the supervisor`s responsibilities and concerns to extract appropriate information from callers and visitors.
  6. Advising staff of important matters arising during their absence.
  7. None of the above.


* 3.Indicate your experience communicating orally.
  1. I have given presentations to small groups (20 persons or less).
  2. I have given presentation to large groups (over 20 persons).
  3. I have been a member of a debate team.
  4. I have taught in a classroom setting.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.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. Entering and editing the same data into multiple worksheets.
  3. Creating and editing formulas in worksheets.
  4. Converting files to and from different spreadsheet software packages.
  5. Using functions and formulas to perform calculations.
  6. None of the above.


Grade: 06
* 1.GS-6 Choose the answer that best describes your experience and/or education.
  1. I possess one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: maintaining tracking/filling system; assisting staff in preparing presentation materials; using software packages to prepare spreadsheets and word processing documents; reviewing correspondence and documents to ensure proper format; assisting with making travel arrangements; and maintaining supervisor's daily calendar of appointments.
  2. Successful completion of nine (9) semester hours of related graduate education obtained from an accredited college or university.
  3. I possess a combination of specialized experience and nine semester hours of graduate level education.
  4. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


* 2.Of the following tasks associated with correspondence, grammar, punctuation, and spelling, which have you done on a regular and recurring basis for at least one full year? Select only those for which you have been fully and independently responsible.
  1. Proofread and edited a variety of written materials.
  2. Typed a variety of documents containing legal or scientific terminology, including reports, memoranda, and letters.
  3. Edited office correspondence for uniformity, punctuation, correct spelling, proper grammar usage, and adherence to established formats, conventions, and policies.
  4. Prepared reports from rough draft to final form that are clear, concise, and completed in a timely manner.
  5. Prepared, in final form, a variety of important or technical correspondence for the signature of the supervisor or other high level official.
  6. Independently composed routine, non-technical correspondence while utilizing proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  7. None of the above.


* 3.Regarding the above software packages with which you have experience, what were these packages used for?
  1. Enter information into an automated database.
  2. Query databases for information.
  3. Develop reports of information contained in an automated database.
  4. Compile and summarize information from an automated database.
  5. Develop tables to organize data.
  6. Utilize spreadsheets in daily work assignments to track data.
  7. Edit and merge documents in a personal computer.
  8. Use advanced features such as redlines, strikeouts, macros, and columns.
  9. Utilize graphics in preparing automated forms and documents.
  10. Troubleshoot minor computer problems.
  11. Import and export files.
  12. Insert tables or charts into documents.
  13. None of the above.


* 4.Choose the answer(s) that best describes your skills preparing written communications to internal or external audiences regarding program or business activities.
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have used existing templates or form letters/emails to respond to internal and external inquiries.
  3. I have independently developed short memoranda or letters responding to internal or external customer inquiries.
  4. I have developed standard operating procedures on business or program processes for office staff to use.
  5. I have prepared instructional or informational materials directed to external customers.
  6. I have developed business reports or academic papers on topics that were subject to external (customer, professor, etc.) review and use.


* 5.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. Entering and editing the same data into multiple worksheets.
  3. Creating and editing formulas in worksheets.
  4. Converting files to and from different spreadsheet software packages.
  5. Using functions and formulas to perform calculations.
  6. None of the above.


Grade: 07
* 1.GS-7 Choose the answer that best describes your education.
  1. I possess a Bachelor's degree and I have met the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement - this includes one of the following: Graduated in the upper one-third of my graduating class; OR have a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0 as recorded on my official transcript, or based on courses completed during my final 2 years.
  2. I possess at least one full year (18 semster hours) of graduate level education.
  3. I do not possess the education described above.


* 2.Receive and control all correspondence and documents and determine where actions should be assigned.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience performing this task.
  2. I attended a class or received on the job training from a co-worker on how to use my office`s correspondence control system, but have not used the system in my current position.
  3. I have sometimes filled in for the person responsible for correspondence control and routing.
  4. I have run the correspondence control and routing processes for a small office setting that receives a few new documents or actions a day.
  5. I have independently set the correspondence control and routing policies for a medium to large office and oversaw the running of this system.


* 3.Regarding the above software packages with which you have experience, what were these packages used for?
  1. Enter information into an automated database.
  2. Query databases for information.
  3. Develop reports of information contained in an automated database.
  4. Compile and summarize information from an automated database.
  5. Develop tables to organize data.
  6. Utilize spreadsheets in daily work assignments to track data.
  7. Edit and merge documents in a personal computer.
  8. Use advanced features such as redlines, strikeouts, macros, and columns.
  9. Utilize graphics in preparing automated forms and documents.
  10. Troubleshoot minor computer problems.
  11. Import and export files.
  12. Insert tables or charts into documents.
  13. None of the above.


* 4.Based on my comprehensive knowledge of my supervisor`s policies and views on all significant matters affecting the organization, I:
  1. Ascertain subject matter, develop background information, and prepare outlines for supervisor`s speeches.
  2. Develop material for supervisor`s use in public speaking engagements.
  3. Independently schedule appointments and meetings without prior approval and adjust supervisor`s calendar to ensure quality scheduling.
  4. None of the above.


* 5.Choose the answer(s) that best describes your skills preparing written communications to internal or external audiences regarding program or business activities.
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have used existing templates or form letters/emails to respond to internal and external inquiries.
  3. I have independently developed short memoranda or letters responding to internal or external customer inquiries.
  4. I have developed standard operating procedures on business or program processes for office staff to use.
  5. I have prepared instructional or informational materials directed to external customers.
  6. I have developed business reports or academic papers on topics that were subject to external (customer, professor, etc.) review and use.


* 6.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. Entering and editing the same data into multiple worksheets.
  3. Creating and editing formulas in worksheets.
  4. Converting files to and from different spreadsheet software packages.
  5. Using functions and formulas to perform calculations.
  6. None of the above.






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