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Frequently Asked Questions Assessment Policy

Are there guidelines for how many competencies (content areas) and questions (items) should be included in an occupational questionnaire?

The number of content areas and questions will vary depending on how complex the position and competencies are, but a general rule of thumb is to have 4 – 8 competencies (content areas) and 10 to 40 total questions.

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