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(a) Examinations to be Practical. All fitness tests shall be practical in character, shall relate directly to those matters which will fairly test the relative capacity of the person examined to discharge the particular duties of the class of positions to which appointment is sought, and shall when appropriate, include tests of physical qualifications, health, and manual skill.
(b) Contents of Examinations. The fitness tests held to establish a list of eligible candidates for any class shall consist of one or more of the following parts:
(1) Written test. This part, when required, shall include written demonstration designed to show a competitor's familiarity with the knowledge involved in the class of positions for which he/she seeks appointment, the ability in the use of English, the range of general information, or general educational attainments. In order for a candidate to be considered eligible to proceed to any other required components of the entrance examination, a candidate must achieve a score of no less than 70 on the written test.
(2) Oral interview. This part, when required, shall include a personal interview with competitors for classes of positions when ability to deal with others, to meet the public, or other personal qualifications are to determined. An oral test may also be used in examinations where a written test is unnecessary or impracticable. The interview shall be scored on a scale of 0 - 100 with 70 being a minimum passing score.
(3) Performance tests. This part, when required, shall include tests of performance or trade as will determine the ability and manual skill of competitors to perform the work involved. The interview shall be scored on a scale of 0 - 100 with 70 being a minimum passing score.
(4) Physical Examination. This part, when required, shall be performed by a doctor of medicine and shall consist of tests of bodily conditions, muscular strength, agility, and physical fitness of competitors. This may be given a weight in examinations or may be used in excluding from further examinations applicants who do not measure up to the minimum required standards. The interview shall be scored on a scale of 0 - 100 with 70 being a minimum passing score.
(5) Mental tests. This part, when required, shall include any tests to determine mental alertness, the general capacity of applicants to adjust their thinking to new problems and conditions of life, or to ascertain special character traits and aptitudes. The interview shall be scored on a scale of 0 - 100 with 70 being a minimum passing score.
(6) Training and Experience. This part, when required, shall be marked from statements of education and experience contained in the application form or from such supplementary data as may be required. The secretary may, in his/her discretion, investigate the truth of a competitor's statements as to training and experience and govern the rating accordingly. The interview shall be scored on a scale of 0 - 100 with 70 being a minimum passing score.
(c) Method of Rating Examinations. Each part of the examination for any class, except in such cases where the passing of a physical examination is a prerequisite, shall be separately rated and the proficiency of each competitor in each part rated on a scale of 100 for the maximum rating (or for passing). The method of obtaining the average percentage of an examination shall be as follows: multiply the rating obtained in each part by the relative weight of that part, add the products and divide the sum of the products by the sum of the relative weights. The quotient thus obtained will be the average grade for that examination. If two or more candidates receive the same final grade, a candidate with veteran's preference who has achieved a passing score will be ranked above a nonveteran. Ties among veterans and among nonveterans will be broken by priority of filing applications receiving an average grade of 70 or more, and shall be posted in the Commission's offices and entered on the appropriate eligibility list. The grade of any applicant failing to qualify shall not be made public.
(d) Passing Grades on Each Section. Any candidate who fails to attain at least the passing grade of 70 on any part of the entrance exam shall be considered to have failed the examination, and shall not be examined on any further parts and shall be removed from the eligibility list.
(e) Inspection of Examination Papers. Any applicant may inspect his his/her respective examination papers within 30 days after the results of any examinations are approved by the Commission and officially posted. An applicant may review his/her papers only once. No applicant will be permitted to take notes, copy or reproduce any portion of his the examination papers.
(Ord. 7-19. Passed 3-5-19.)