The West Virginia Division of Personnel (DOP) is now offering Saturday test dates at its Charleston test center for state positions requiring written examinations.
Saturday testing will be offered on the third Saturday of each month on a trial basis at its Charleston test location only. Additional Saturdays could be added if proven successful. The next Saturday test date is February 18, 2017.
Testing begins promptly at 9:00 AM on designated Saturdays, with doors opening at 8:30 AM. Applicants are encouraged to arrive at that time to show their photo ID and complete the proper paperwork. Applicants have three hours to complete the multiple choice test, working at their own pace.
The testing is conducted at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department located at 108 Lee Street East in Charleston. Free parking is available. Testing at the Charleston location is also available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6:00 PM.
"Having Saturday test dates will assist individuals who are unable to schedule during our evening test dates and times. Some applicants may have to drive an hour or more to take the written examination, which can be difficult to coordinate during the week. Saturday testing will allow the Division of Personnel to offer enhanced availability and provide more flexibility for those interested in pursuing employment with the state," said Joe Thomas, Acting State Personnel Director. "We've already received several calls from people interested in the Saturday testing and are pleased it is now an option."
Examples of positions that require written examinations include Customer Service Representative, Office Assistant and Secretary. The clerical exam covers 11 classifications, including Office Assistant 1, 2, and 3 - both Typing and Non-Typing; Secretary 1 and 2; Administrative Secretary; and Lottery Business Support Technician 1 and 2.
Interested candidates must first apply online at Personnel's website. Open positions that require a test will have a "W" by the position listing, indicating a written examination is required. The posting description will also state that an examination is required. Note that not all positions require an examination. There is no fee to apply or to take the test and the applicant has 90 days to complete the test once they have applied.
There are 13 DOP test centers around the state, including Beckley, Bluefield, Bridgeport/Nutter Fort, Charleston, Elkins, Farmington, Huntington, Martinsburg, Moorefield, Parkersburg, Welch, Wheeling and White Sulphur Springs. Fore more information about testing days and times at these locations, call 304-558-3950 ext. 0 or visit DOP's test center page.
The state of West Virginia offers employees a wide variety of benefits. To learn more about state government benefits, visit DOP's site.