The Test Validation and Construction (TV&C) Program provides professional expertise to decentralized departments in the development and validation of job-related selection procedures in accordance with the federal Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures, the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991, California Government Code, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the professionally accepted standards of the American Psychological Association.
TV&C provides departments with the highest quality selection-related materials and a demonstrated commitment to excellence and innovation. TV&C also offers technical and customized training, consultation, and a wide variety of selection-related products and services such as job analysis and exam development.
The mission of the TV&C Program is to promote merit, diversity, and equity in civil service employment, consistent with California State and federal laws.
TV&C provides a variety of products for departments and agencies that allow them to hire the best and maximize success. To inquire about contracting with TV&C for these services, contact Christina Marquez Lopez at Christina.Lopez@calhr.ca.gov.
The purpose of a job analysis is to identify the critical and expected at entry tasks and knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed for successful job performance. TV&C implements a content validation strategy to describe the content of the job.
Examination planning is critical, as it serves as the foundation for the examination process. TV&C can assist your department in addressing the following questions:
An assessment center is a method of evaluating candidates through the use of a battery of test procedures that assesses the level of expertise and possession of requisite KSAs.
A Qualification Appraisal Panel (QAP) is a formal, systematic, and standardized interview process in which all candidates are asked the same pre-established, job-related questions in the same order.
A Situational Judgment Test (SJT) typically presents applicants with a job-related scenario. The applicants then choose an appropriate course of action to indicate how they would deal with such situations or what actions they would take in response to the hypothetical situations. Responses can be either verbal or written (e.g., multiple choice). These tests are particularly well suited for aptitudes requiring decision-making.
A Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) is a structured assessment procedure used to evaluate a candidate's job-related training, education, experience, and accomplishments, as it relates to the KSAs as specified in the classification specification. TV&C creates various types of T&E's to include narrative supplemental applications and online examinations.
Work samples are a broad class of assessment techniques that replicate job tasks and/or job behavior, are administered in a standardized manner, and allow for the observation of candidate behavior in performing the prescribed tasks. Several examples include In-Basket Exercises, Writing Assessments, Oral Presentations, and Performance Tests.
A written examination is a testing procedure in which a candidate's job-related knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (e.g., personality, customer service orientation, adaptability, etc.) are assessed through the use of a variety of item formats that may evaluate subject areas such as mathematics, reading, comprehension, grammar, spelling, and/or technical knowledge.
TV&C provides training and consultation to departments in the area of selection through the Selection Analyst Certification Program, TV&C's Learn, Apply & Build (LAB) Curriculum, TV&C's Test Talk Seminars, and specialized training.
The Selection Analyst Certification Program provides selection analysts with the foundation to build knowledge and skillsets in the area of selection. Further information on this training program, please visit: Selection Analyst Certification Program
LAB is a hands-on training series designed to enhance the knowledge and expertise of testing professionals within the State. LABs are structured to guide participants through the job analysis and examination process.
Test Talk features presentations on selection topics, followed by an open discussion forum. This is an opportunity to share the successes and challenges of testing and selection from different agencies.
Tasks and KSAPCs from Servicewide and Consortium Job Analyses can be found on the Statewide Examinations page
Job Analysis Manual
Job Analysis Project Plan
Job Analysis Report Template
Validation Report Template