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Frequently Asked Questions Assessment Policy

Are the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) rating schedules, or occupational questionnaires, appropriate for applicants who have little or no work experience?

Yes, the ACWA occupational questionnaires were designed for entry-level applicants who are expected to have only limited work experience.  ACWA assessments are intended to distinguish among applicants on the basis of their self-reported education and life experiences rather than occupation-specific work experience. 

The accomplishment-related questions give credit for experience gained through not only paid work, but other types of work as well (e.g., school, voluntary, charitable).  Applicants who have worked on a temporary or part-time basis in the occupations they are applying for do receive credit, but only to the extent that their work experience provides evidence of demonstrating entry-level competencies.

 

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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