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Office Assistant Examination


Thank you for your interest in the Office Assistant (General) and (Typing) Examination. The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) Selection Division staff is available to assist you from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (866) 844-8671. CalHR also provides services to the public at our Job Center located at 1810 16th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811. Click here for additional information.


Office Assistant Exam Information


The Office Assistant (General) and (Typing) examination is administered on a continuous basis. Please check the examination bulletin for examination dates and locations. Seats are on a first come first serve basis. Examination filing dates are posted 10 days prior to the scheduling dates. We recommend you monitor the examination bulletin periodically for updates. 


The first step in getting a job with the State of California is passing an examination.  Review the examination bulletin for the job description to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications to participate in the examination, and obtain written examination information.  Examinations are required to obtain eligibility for job vacancies.  


NEW Prequalification Process Starting February 13, 2015


Applicants have the option of completing the prequalification process in advance or during the self-schedule date. The prequalify process minimizes the amount of time an applicant may spend responding to a series of qualification questions on the self-schedule date.


1. Prequalification Overview. Click here for a step-by-step guide.

2. Click here to begin your prequalification process.


Prequalifying and Scheduling Process for the Office Assistant (General) and (Typing) Examination

1. Create a Profile. For help, click here for a step by step guide on how to create a profile (please complete your profile before the scheduling date and time).

2. Examination Bulletin. Search for and read the official examination bulletin for information on the Office Assistant (General) and (Typing) examination.

3. Study Guide. For a copy of the Office Assistant (General) and (Typing) Study Guide please click here.

4. Minimum Qualifications. Be prepared to answer questions on your education and work experience.

5. Class Specification. View the classification specification for a description of the duties and requirements. Click here for classification specification.

6. Prequalify. Click here to complete the prequalification process for the Office Assistant (General) and (Typing) examination.

7. Scheduling Preview. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to self-schedule for a written examination.

8. Schedule. Click on the scheduling link to apply to take the examination.

9. Notice To Appear. Reprint your Notice to Appear.


What to do on the Self-Scheduling Date

This is the Program Technician Examination Dates and Information
Self-Scheduling Opens Written Examination DatesLocation

December 1, 2015 2:00PM


 December 5, 2015



 Galt (Sacramento County)



Testing Locations

Please check back for an updated list of testing locations. 

*Test locations for other counties are anticipated soon.

If you have questions 

Read the examination bulletin carefully for more detailed information on the examination or contact (866) 844-8671. Visit the State jobs website,, to find other examinations and job vacancies.
For technical assistance click here. 
  Updated: 11/16/2015
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