[IPAC-List] Does the day you take an oral exam matter?

keith.poole at phoenix.gov keith.poole at phoenix.gov
Thu Apr 2 18:45:45 EDT 2009

I've not heard of this being an issue in our agency, formal or informal.
We get some calls after invitations go out regarding conflicts with
vacations etc but that's about it. We normally do one or more practical
exercises and a structured oral board the same day (after a min qual
screen and written test a few weeks earlier). Occasionally I've heard
someone say, jokingly, they just want to get it over with (after being
scheduled at the end of the schedule).

Keith Poole
Personnel Supervisor
City of Phoenix Personnel Dept
Employment Services
(602) 261-8861
keith.poole at phoenix.gov

"Reed, Elizabeth" <EReed1 at Columbus.gov>
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[IPAC-List] Does the day you take an oral exam matter?

IPAC members and friends:

The City of Columbus utilizes oral exams in all of our promotional testing
for both police and fire. These oral exams usually consist of either two
role-play exercises or one role-play exercise and one structured
interview. Depending on the number of candidates, these exams can take up
to six full days to administer. Over the years, candidates have
complained about being assigned on either the first day of testing or the
last day of testing. The candidates' perception is that the day of the
exam makes a difference in the score that they receive. Questions for

Is this a common perception? Is anyone aware of studies conducted to
analyze this? What do you believe would be the best approach to study
this situation?

Thank you,
Liz Reed

Elizabeth A. Reed
Police and Fire Assessment Supervisor
Columbus Civil Service Commission
750 Piedmont Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43224
Office: (614) 645-6032 Fax: (614) 645-0866
Email: Ereed1 at columbus.gov

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