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Frequently Asked Questions Assessment Policy

Can different weights be given to different content areas/competencies on an occupational questionnaire? For example, can Technical Competency be weighted twice as much as Reading Comprehension?

Yes, you may apply different weights to the competencies (content areas).  However, it is recommended you assign equal weights to each competency (content area).  Using equal weights is generally the most effective and defensible course of action in the absence of a clear and documented rationale for doing otherwise. 

If you do give different weights to competencies (content areas), be sure to document the justification (e.g., job analysis information, subject matter expert input) for doing so.

If you have further questions regarding occupational questionnaires, please contact us at Assessment_Information@opm.gov.

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