Testing FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I determine what classification to test for and if I qualify
for a position?

  • Visit the jobs website at https://jobs.uis.edu to
    see what classifications the Human Resources office is currently
    testing for, and what the qualifications are.

What is a Civil Service Exam? How can I prepare?

  • Each Civil Service classification has its own exam, which come
    in many different formats.  When you are scheduled for an exam,
    information such as time limit, exam components, and other related
    information is given to you.  As for preparing, many of our
    exams are knowledge tests.  This information could have been
    gathered through your past work experience and education. Some are
    education/experience tests, for which preparation is not necessary.

How do I apply for a Civil Service job?

  1. Determine what Civil Service classifications are currently
    available for testing on our web site.
  2. Review the minimum qualifications for the classification in
    which you are interested.
  3. Submit or update your electronic application (It is the applicant’s
    responsibility to supply information that clearly and accurately
    represents his/her qualifications.  Failure to do so may result
    in being determined ‘not qualified’).
  4. Submit an electronic exam request.
  5. Receive notification of an exam date and time.
  6. Take the examination.
  7. Receive a notice regarding your score.  You may also check
    your score and register placement through the electronic application

How do I submit an electronic application and exam request?

  1. Go to https://jobs.uis.edu
  2. Login to the site (If you are a new applicant click Create Account,
    type in the information requested to create a logon, and make up
    a password that you can remember. When processed, your Logon ID will
    be emailed to you.)
  3. Once you have logged on, you can update your application by clicking
    Edit or you can submit an Exam Request.  New applicants will
    need to complete the Civil Service Employment Application Part 1
    and 2 first, then you will be allowed to submit an Exam Request.
    Be sure to fill out the application completely giving details on
    your work experience.

How are Civil Service jobs filled?

  • CS jobs are filled through a testing process. Individuals take
    examinations for specific classifications and their scores are placed
    on lists called registers.  Scores appear on a register in order, from
    highest to lowest.  Registers change each time new scores are
    added or removed. When a vacancy occurs in a department, those eligible
    to interview are referred in accordance with CS rules and notified
    by mail.  Generally, the top three candidates are contacted
    for an interview opportunity.

How long does my score stay on the register?

  • Generally speaking, your score is good for up to two years.  You
    are also removed upon hire, request, or failure to respond to the
    Human Resources office, among other reasons.

Can I take the test over again?

  • You may request to re-write the exam up to three times within
    one calendar year.  Each instance of the exam must be taken
    at least 30 days apart, and this applies to all State University
    testing centers.

Can I transfer my score?

  • Yes, you may request to transfer your test scores to other State
    University institutions.  For more information, please contact
    Human Resources.

Terms and Definitions

Classification: Assignment of a job to a class.  Jobs similar in duties, responsibilities, and worth are grouped together and given the same standard title.

Job: A specific group of duties and responsibilities served by one employee.

Register: A list of candidates who have taken and passed the Civil Service examination, per classification. Registers are listed in order of highest score.

Veterans Preference: Veterans who were discharged under honorable conditions and certain other individuals may be eligible for additional points on an original entry Civil Service exam.



  • Lydia Schillinger
    Human Resource Assistant