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Written Exam Testing

Miami-Dade County does not require written or performance tests for all positions. If a pre-employment test is required to qualify for the position, it will be noted in the job posting.

Qualifying on a pre-employment examination provides the applicant with an opportunity to compete for vacant positions. Frequently, there are many more qualified applicants than there are positions to fill. If you have questions regarding a specific position, you are encouraged to contact the hiring department directly.

If you applied for a position that requires a written examination, and you have met the minimum qualifications, you will be scheduled to take the test. Test schedule information -- including details such as the date, time, test location, and the test results -- is available online via the Test Notification System or by calling 305-375-0297, selecting option 2, and responding to the prompts.

Eligible List For a Tested Position

Once you qualify on a pre-employment examination, your name will be included on the list of applicants eligible for further consideration. This list will be available to the department that initiated the recruitment. 

Eligible lists are certified and valid for one year unless fewer than three names remain on the list. At the hiring department's request, a list may be extended up to a maximum of two additional years. As positions become available, applicants on the eligible list may be contacted by the hiring department to continue the screening and selection process.

What if I cannot report as scheduled to a written examination?

As a matter of policy, in open-competitive recruitments, Miami-Dade County does not offer applicants an opportunity to take an examination at a time other than when scheduled. The only exception is if the applicant will be on military duty on the examination date. In that situation, you must call the Testing and Validation Section of the Human Resources Department at 305-375-2683 as soon as you are aware of the scheduling. This notification must be made prior to the test date.

Study Guides/Supplemental Information

Study guides are not normally provided and in the rare event they are provided, their availability will be noted on the job announcement. For supplemental information relating to the tested positions, the applicant may be advised to access a link on the hiring department's website.

After the Test

Successful completion of a pre-employment written examination results in your name being added to an eligible list that is certified by the Internal Services Department, Human Resources Division. The document is a listing of all the applicants who met a position's minimum requirements, including the pre-employment written examination. Tested positions can be filled only with applicants on the certified list of eligible candidates.

Eligible lists are usually valid for one year but under certain circumstances can be extended up to an additional two years. However, the life of the list is frequently determined by the number of eligible applicants on it and the number of positions that become available during the same time period.

As positions are vacated, the hiring department may contact candidates on the list for additional steps in the hiring process. You need to make sure your contact information in your profile remains current.

Reviewing Test Results
If an applicant wishes to review his or her written examination, the examination booklet and the answer sheet, as submitted, are provided to the applicant for review.  Notes may not be taken and electronic devices cannot be used to record the review session.

To make an appointment to review your examination, please call 305-375-2683.

Will I get an interview if I make the highest score on a written examination?

By qualifying on a written examination you are placing your name on an eligible list for a one-year period (unless the list is exhausted or extended). In open-competitive recruitments hiring departments may elect to hire anyone on the eligible list.

If I qualified on a written examination, will I automatically get an interview?

Qualifying on a written examination only places your name on an eligible list. Qualifying on a written examination does not guarantee employment with the County.

How are tie scores in written examinations broken?

In open-competitive examinations, tie scores are not broken. Hiring departments may consider an applicant’s veterans' preference, certifications, licenses, previous work history and related job experience when determining who advances to the next step in the hiring process.

In promotional examinations, which are related to positions available only to some current employees, there are established policies with respect to breaking examination score ties.

Can I reapply for a positions after I did not qualify on the written examination?

If you did not qualify on a written examination, you can apply again during the next recruitment period.

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