Apply and schedule to test ONLINE.

Test Sessions: 8:15 & 11:00 A.M. on Thu. March 5 and Thu. March 19. DOORS OPEN AT 8:00 A.M.

Test Announcement   2005-540

Amended   February 13, 2015









Job Title

Job Code

Starting Salary

After Working

 *975 Hours

After Working

 *1950 Hours

After Working

*3000 Hours



$9.25 per hr.

$9.65 per hr.

$9.85 per hr.

$10.06 per hr.



*Salary may be higher subject to collective bargaining agreement changes.




Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.


Job Locations


·         Harrisburg Capital Complex and Metropolitan Area



Type of Work


·         Full-time temporary assignments (series)

·         Part-time (minimum 22.5 hrs. per wk.)

·         All jobs may lead to permanent employment (50% per year)

·         Assignments generally last 3 – 6 months


Job Duties


·         Routine clerk typist work in various state agencies

·         Act as replacement for employees on leave

·         Act as additional worker during peak times

·         Computerized data entry

·         Type reports, correspondence, etc.



·         Answer phones

·         File and sort documents

·         Verify document accuracy

·         Serve as receptionist




·         Must pass both typing test and written computerized examination

·         Must meet PA residency requirement

·         Must be able to perform essential job functions


Examination Information


·         Typing test (50% of exam score):

  • Passing is 40 wpm (after deduction for errors)
  • 5-minute practice test followed by 5-minute test
  • If fail, may retake typing test once on same day
  • Must pass typing test to take written test
  • Results given at end of test




·         Multiple choice written test (50% of exam score):

  • 2 hr. computerized multiple choice exam
  • 135 questions total

·         If you fail either part, may retest 75 days after date of your last test

·         Most recent exam score is the only one counted

·         Employment/Promotion lists established

·         Written notice of test results provided



Test Subject areas - # of questions:

Interpersonal Skills –15

Filing –15

Following Directions –15

Name & Number Comparison -30

Grammar –15

Spelling -15

Office Practices -15

Arithmetic Operations -15


Test Dates and Times


THURSDAY MARCH 5 AND MARCH 19, 2015 AT 8:15 A.M. AND 11:00 A.M. DOORS OPEN AT 8:00 A.M.


Examination Location


·         State Civil Service Commission, 2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O. Box 569; Harrisburg, PA, 17108-0569


How to Apply

and Schedule


·         Must complete online application by clicking here (or visiting, Job Seekers page)

  • Must pre-schedule test date and time. If schedule full, walk-in testing may be available

·         Online scheduling opens approximately two weeks prior to testing date


What to Bring

·         To be admitted to the test:

-         Bring two forms of identification, one must contain a signature and recent photograph (driver’s license, school or work ID)

-         Name must match on both forms of ID

·         To be considered for hire:

-         Pass the typing and multiple choice tests

-         Prepare to stay additional 30 minutes to complete necessary paperwork

-         Bring the names, addresses, phone numbers, and approximate dates of employment for last three employers

-         If you have criminal conviction(s), provide the date, location and disposition. Each case evaluated individually, not automatic bar to employment.

·         Information provided will be verified. Falsification may prevent hiring or result in dismissal from employment.


Contacts for Information


Information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans’ preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the “Application for Employment/Promotion” or contact:


State Civil Service Commission; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard of Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685; Internet:


Information or questions regarding employment, contact:


Office of Administration, Bureau of State Employment, Room 112, Finance Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120; Telephone (717) 783-3917