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Frequently Asked Questions Assessment Policy

When conducting a job analysis, how do I determine which tasks and competencies are considered important or critical?

This will depend largely on the job analysis method you are using.  Please check with your agency’s human resources office for scoring, rating cut-offs, and other determinations of task and competency criticality based on your specific job analysis procedures.

For detailed instructions regarding OPM’s recommendations for determining critical tasks and competencies, please see Appendix G of the Delegated Examining Operations Handbook, (

For more information regarding job analysis, please visit OPM’s Assessment and Selection website,, or contact us at

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