The ACWA written tests consist of two major components:
The ACWA Ability Test score is made up of two parts:
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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