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Examination Schedule

 

Valid ID is required to take an exam. A Photo ID is preferred.

Testing is offered on easy to use touch screen computers. Applicants are allowed at least 90 minutes to answer the questions on automated tests. On tests with a larger number of questions or more complex questions (Human Resources Assistant & Associate; Data Processing Specialist & Administrative Specialist; Insurance Analyst II; Revenue Tax Specialist Trainee), more time is allowed to complete the exam.

Public use copiers are not available at the Assessment Centers. Therefore, it is important that applicants bring with them copies of their application for each title and test option for which they want to test.

Note:  State offices will be closed on the following days in 2014:  January 1, January 20, February 12, February 17, May 26, July 4, September 1, October 13, November 4, November 11, November 27, November 28, December 25.

Special Notice: The Information Systems Analyst I, II and III - Option W (Web Developer) examinations are not available for administration to applicants until further notice.

The Champaign Assessment Center will be closed Wednesday, November 26, 2014 and will reopen Monday, December 1, 2014. Testing is available without an appointment at the Springfield Assessment Center Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For questions during assessment center closure, please call the Springfield Assessment Center at (217) 524-1321.

The Rockford Assessment Center will be closed Tuesday, November 25, 2014 and will reopen Monday, December 1, 2014. Testing is available without an appointment at the Chicago Assessment Center Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. For questions during assessment center closure, please call the Chicago Assessment Center at (312) 793-3565.

Regular office Hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. See below for specific testing check-in times at each test site.

Group A Exam List

Chicago Office:
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, Suite 3-300
Chicago, IL 60601-3220
(312) 793-3565 (voice)
Illinois Relay Center (800) 526-0844

MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY ONLY -- Flexible Schedule Testing

Check in time for tests - clerical and non-clerical is anytime between 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(Exception for Data Processing Administrative Specialist, Data Processing Specialist, HR Asst., HR Assoc., Insurance Analyst II, Revenue Tax Spec. Tr., Telecommunicator Trainee and Dictation exams; for these titles you must arrive and be ready to test before 12:30 p.m.)

***NOTE: A government-issued photo ID is required in order to enter the JRTC building.

Springfield Office:
Capital City Center
130 W. Mason Street, Second Floor
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 524-1321 (voice)
Illinois Relay Center (800) 526-0844

MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY ONLY -- Flexible Schedule Testing

Check in time for tests - clerical and non-clerical is anytime between 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(Exception for Data Processing Administrative Specialist, Data Processing Specialist, HR Asst., HR Assoc., Insurance Analyst II, Telecommunicator Trainee and Dictation exams; for these titles you must arrive and be ready to test before 1:30 p.m. To test for the Revenue Tax Specialist Trainee title you must arrive and be ready to test before 12:30 p.m.)

TESTING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Illinois Relay Center number for Speech/Hearing Impaired persons for these locations is (800) 526-0844

  • Champaign Office:
    State Regional Office Building
    2125 South First Street, Champaign, IL 61820
    Telephone (217) 278-3435
  • Marion Office:
    State Regional Office Building
    2309 West Main Street, Suite 126
    Marion, IL 62959
    Telephone (618) 993-7005
  • Rockford Office:
    E. J. "Zeke" Giorgi Center
    200 South Wyman, Rockford, IL 61101
    Telephone (815) 987-7004

** NOTE: PER THE PERSONNEL RULES AN APPLICANT SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RETAKE A MULTIPLE-CHOICE AND/OR PERFORMANCE EXAMINATION UNTIL 30 DAYS HAS ELAPSED.

ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES, INCLUDING CELL PHONES, MUST BE TURNED OFF PRIOR TO ENTERING THE TEST ROOM. VIOLATORS WILL BE SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION AND/OR REMOVAL FROM THE TEST ROOM.

Examinations may be canceled or limited to certain localities without notice as hiring needs are met.

Unattended Children - To promote safety and security and to assure that testing standards are met, children may not accompany parents or caretakers in the test room during testing. Please review the details of our Unattended Children Policy.

Applicants interested in applying for the Juvenile Justice Specialist Intern title should access the following the Department of Juvenile Justice website for application information: http://www.illinois.gov/idjj/Pages/Careers.aspx. Applicants interested in applying for the Correctional Officer Trainee title should access the Department of Corrections website (https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/aboutus/Pages/Careers_At_IDOC.aspx) for application information. Applications for the Mental Health Technician Trainee title must be submitted to the Department of Human Services, Technician Selection Program, 100 South Grand Avenue East (Lower Level), Springfield, IL 62762, 217/524-1548. People who are hearing impaired can contact the Illinois Relay Center at 1-800-526-0844. Do not send applications for these titles to the CMS Division of Examining & Counseling.

Career Services

The employment counselor will suggest and describe job titles after a review of your application and discussion of your education and work experiences. A comprehensive counseling session is available by appointment in all test locations. The telephone numbers for the counseling offices are Champaign (217) 278-3435; Chicago (312) 793-3565 (voice); Marion (618) 993-7005; Rockford (815) 987-7004; and Springfield (217) 524-1321 (voice). Speach/hearing impaired persons can contact the Illinois Relay Center at (800) 526-0844.

Proof of Military Service

Proof of military service, if claimed for additional points added to a passing grade, must be submitted at the time of examination. Applicants submitting proof of military service after the examination will be awarded veterans preference upon verification of the documentation. For information regarding Veteran Preference call Central Management Services Veteran Outreach at (800) 643-8138 (voice), (800) 526-0844 Illinois Relay Center.

If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance to participate in the testing process, please contact Disability Services at Springfield (217) 785-1985 voice or Illinois Relay Center at (800) 526-0844 before the date of the test.