Thursday, January 12, 2012

Testing, Testing . . . .

Saturday, I'm taking a written exam for a government job. I've been notified that it's going to be two hours and fifteen minutes long.

I've tried consulting people I know about what I can expect, but the only local person I know who's in government hasn't replied to my email about it, so I will just have to wing it. I suppose it'll be like the SATs, but this time, I get to have a calculator, which is a relief, because math was my worst subject.

K.Line told me a few things about what it might be like, so I'm taking her comments to heart and am grateful for the time she took to discuss it with me.

I'm sure I'll focus on what the other test-takers look like, and say. I'll be very interested to people-watch in this particular instance. I'm really wondering what my "competition" will be for this job.

Did I mention it's entry-level? Ugh. I can't believe I'm pursuing this option, but it's the only viable one I have right now.

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Last month I interviewed for my dream job, with my dream company, but the position was offered to someone else. I have since found out that there are other similar positions in other locations, but it would mean I'd have to leave my family to work for this company. At this point, I won't rule that out.

I'm also considering doing an exhaustive job search in the town my sister lives in, because I could live with her rent-free, and send all my wages home. At least I'd be living with family. Of course, this idea, and the idea of relocation in general is fraught, and risky, but what else can I do?



  1. Hang in there.

    I wouldn't lose too much sleep over the test. I doubt there's much you can do to prepare.

    My guess is that it's similar to CBEST - (California Basic Educational Skills Test) which I had to take to qualify as a substitute. Anyone with a GED could pass it.

    Working away from loved ones is hard. Just ask my brothers.

  2. 2 hrs and 15 minutes?! I have no idea what that's about but I wonder if it's a standardized text. I wish I could tell you what I think will happen, but standardized testing is not my thing - I've never taken any of them. (In Canada, SATs aren't required.)

  3. Relocating for a job is huge. That's a tough choice. (To say the least.)

    Good luck on Saturday.