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Frequently Asked Questions Assessment Policy

What do the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) written tests cover?

The ACWA written tests consist of two major components:

  • The ACWA Ability Test, and
  • The Individual Achievement Record (Test 975) 

The ACWA Ability Test score is made up of two parts:

  • Part A: Verbal – vocabulary and reading items
  • Part B: Mathematical Reasoning – tabular completions and word problems

    NOTE:  The math and verbal parts are combined to create an overall score on the ability test.

The Individual Achievement Record (IAR) is a biodata instrument.  A biodata instrument is a test that consists of items that ask about past events and behaviors which reflect personality attributes, attitudes, experiences, interests, and other characteristics related to a person's possible overall performance for a given occupation.

More information about ACWA is provided in Chapter 2 of the Delegated Examining Operations Handbook:  http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/competitive-hiring/deo_handbook.pdf

 

If you would like to find out more about ACWA, please contact Assessment_Information@opm.gov.

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