Applying to an Exam for a Future Vacancy


Some vacancies require an applicant to take an exam (either online or in-person) before they can apply. In order to be considered for a vacancy that requires an exam, you must first apply to the exam posting and take the exam.

After you take the exam, your experience and training will be evaluated. If you qualify, you will receive an email containing a score and its expiration date. You will also be added to a list of other eligible applicants.

Once you have your score, please feel free to apply to as many vacancies as you wish prior to your score's expiration.

The exam does not count as an application to a vacancy.

There are two kinds of exams:


Applying to an Online Exam

Visit www.employment.pa.gov and click the "Open Jobs" tile. You will then be given these options:

Once you're ready, check out our open jobs! Feel free to use the search bar at the top if you know the particular type of job you're looking for. You can also use the "Sort" option to list jobs by posting date, or the "Filter" option if you're looking for something specific, such as work location (county). 

If you know the job title you're looking for, try searching "[job title] exam" in the search bar at the top of the open jobs page. Look for the posting that says (ONLINE EXAM) following the job title. For example, if you searched "county caseworker exam", the posting title would look like "COUNTY CASEWORKER 1 – CHILDREN AND YOUTH (ONLINE EXAM)".



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Find something you like? We're glad to hear it! Click on "Apply" to begin the application to the exam.


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Importing your resume may save you a few steps. To upload your resume, click on the gray "Upload from Computer" icon or drag and drop your resume from your desktop. This will pre-populate the appropriate fields on your application.

After you upload your resume, double-check that each field of the application transferred correctly. After updating each section of the application, click "Save" to move to the next section.

If you'd prefer, you can choose to skip this step and to manually enter your application. You will have an opportunity to upload your resume as an attachment at the end of the application process.


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Job seekers must meet the required minimum experience and training as indicated on the posting in order to be considered for the job. If you believe you qualify, you will need to provide as much detail as possible about your relative job duties to ensure you qualify for the job.


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You can choose to add additional skills to your application, such as proficiency with Adobe products or knowledge of another language.


add skills


Some of our jobs will require you to include a resume, college transcript, certification, etc. as an attachment to your application. If the posting requires one of these items, the attachment will be verified by evaluation staff to ensure you meet the requirements and/or have included the appropriate information. 

You may also attach any other items that you feel are relevant, such as a cover letter or a letter of recommendation.

Note: If your qualifying education was obtained outside of the United States, you will need to provide documentation prepared by a professional foreign credentials evaluation organization.


add attachments


The supplemental questions at the end of this application are considered an exam. They are designed to give you the opportunity to relate your experience and training background to the major activities, or work behaviors, performed in the position

All answers to supplemental questions will be verified by evaluation staff to ensure the applicant has the identified experience and training.


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You will not be able to make any changes after you submit your application. When you've finished reviewing your application proceed to "Certify and Submit".


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Ready to submit? We're looking forward to hearing from you! Click on "Accept and Submit" to finalize and submit your application.

You've successfully completed your online exam! A confirmation email will be sent to the email address used when creating your account.

Your exam will be evaluated, and if you qualify, you will receive an email with a score and its expiration date.


certify and submit


Once you receive your score, you will be able to apply to any vacancies for that job title. Make sure to log into the open jobs website using the same account information as you used for the exam application.

Applying to a vacancy will look very similar to applying to the online exam. For additional information on applying to a vacancy, check out these instructions.


add attachments


When you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation via email. Congratulations on applying to an exam-based vacancy!

Those with the top scores may be contacted by the hiring agency.


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Applying to an In-Person (Written) Exam

Visit www.employment.pa.gov and click the "Open Jobs" tile. You will then be given these options:

Once you're ready, check out our open jobs! Feel free to use the search bar at the top if you know the particular type of job you're looking for. You can also use the "Sort" option to list jobs by posting date, or the "Filter" option if you're looking for something specific, such as work location (county). 

If you know the job title you're looking for, try searching "[job title] exam" in the search bar at the top of the open jobs page. Look for the posting that says (EXAM) following the job title. For example, if you searched "driver license examiner assistant exam", the posting title would look like "DRIVER LICENSE EXAMINER ASSISTANT (EXAM)".


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If you have an account, please sign in now.

If you've forgotten the username and/or password, click on the "Forgot Username?" and/or "Reset Password" button. If you are still unable to access your account, please contact 855-524-5627.

To create an account, enter your email, a unique username that doesn't contain any special characters, and a password that has:

  • At least 8 characters
  • Upper and lowercase letters
  • Numbers and symbols

You'll need to agree to the Terms of Service after you create your account.


sign in or create an account


Find something you like? We're glad to hear it! Click on "Apply" to begin the application to the exam.


click on apply


Importing your resume may save you a few steps. To upload your resume, click on the gray "Upload from Computer" icon or drag and drop your resume from your desktop. This will pre-populate the appropriate fields on your application.

After you upload your resume, double-check that each field of the application transferred correctly. After updating each section of the application, click "Save" to move to the next section.

If you'd prefer, you can choose to skip this step and to manually enter your application. You will have an opportunity to upload your resume as an attachment at the end of the application process.


upload resume


Job seekers must meet the required minimum experience and training as indicated on the posting in order to be considered for the job. If you believe you qualify, you will need to provide as much detail as possible about your relative job duties to ensure you qualify for the job.


fill out sections


You can choose to add additional skills to your application, such as proficiency with Adobe products or knowledge of another language.


add skills


Some of our jobs will require you to include a resume, college transcript, certification, etc. as an attachment to your application. If the posting requires one of these items, the attachment will be verified by evaluation staff to ensure you meet the requirements and/or have included the appropriate information. 

You may also attach any other items that you feel are relevant, such as a cover letter or a letter of recommendation.

Note: If your qualifying education was obtained outside of the United States, you will need to provide documentation prepared by a professional foreign credentials evaluation organization.


add attachments


You will not be able to make any changes after you submit your application. When you've finished reviewing your application proceed to "Certify and Submit".


review and certify


Ready to submit? We're looking forward to hearing from you! Click on "Accept and Submit" to finalize and submit your application.

You've successfully completed your application to an in-person exam posting! A confirmation email will be sent to the email address used when creating your account.


certify and submit


Once you've submitted your application to the in-person exam posting, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on scheduling your in-person exam.

This link will take you to the exam scheduling website.

Hours of operation and directions to different test centers can be found in the Additional Information section of the Employment website, under the "Test Centers" tab.

What to bring to the in-person exam:

  • At least one form of identification that includes a picture and a signature, such as a driver's license

What NOT to bring to the in-person exam:

  • Calculators
  • Originals of official documents, such as college transcripts or DD214 (documentation for veteran's preferance) forms
  • Minor, unattended children

Your exam will be evaluated, and if you qualify, you will receive an email with a score and its expiration date.

If you need to retake the exam, check the original exam posting for more information.


Once you receive your score, you will be able to apply to any vacancies for that job title. Make sure to log into the open jobs website using the same account information as you used for the exam application.

Applying to a vacancy will look very similar to applying to the online exam. For additional information on applying to a vacancy, check out these instructions.


Apply to a Vacancy


When you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation via email. Congratulations on applying to an exam-based vacancy!

Those with the top scores may be contacted by the hiring agency.


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