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· technical examination of stenographer-typewriters, for Spencer permitted the use of his college rooms without
In regard to the instructions prepared to govern candidates for examination, the sets of questions and tasks, and the system of marking and arriving at the final rating, permit me to refer to the appendix.
The greatest difficulty in determining the standing of candidates is found in the rating of character and experience, because there can be no standard and absolutely reliable gauge for those qualities or attainments, and persons referred to for information regarding them, are sometimes reticent, notwithstanding such information is treated as entirely confidential.
The accompanying “Final Rating Sheet” is a good exhibit of the precautions taken and the elaborate methods followed to arrive at a just comparative standing of the participants in an examination actually conducted for stenographer-typewriters. The date, application number, examination number and order of standing are omitted, and the names of the candidates examined have been replaced by capital letters. The tasks and questions for the various positions are different, being adapted to the requirements of each class; and a new set of questions is prepared for every new examination.
The principles of marking must of necessity also be adapted to the subjects treated in the examinations, and relative weight is given to different subjects in any examination according to the greater or less importance of those subjects for the position in question. Details in regard to the examination for stenographer-typewriters will be found in exhibit D of the appendix.
The greatest precautions are taken to keep the questions secret until the candidates take their seats in the examination room.
STATISTICS OF OFFICIAL ELIGIBLE LISTS.
In force on February 27, 1897.
NUMBER OF OFFICIAL ELIGIBLES NOT APPOINTED IN THE
ORDER OF THEIR STANDING AND CERTIFICATION.
Showing that 62% of the eligibles were appointed strictly in the order of their standing and certification and that the appointing powers made use of the privilege of a limited selection provided by the rules only in 38% of all the 53 cases of official appointments.
Some appointing officers have expressed the opinion that examinations of the various official classes ought to take place more frequently, so that new applicants of high standing might have good opportunities if the old and new eligible lists are combined.
It seems to me that too frequent examinations in classes in which there are usually few vacancies or few applicants, might deter available persons from making application. In classes for which there are always many aspirants, there is usually so large a number of high grade men, that the multiplication of examinations would be uncalled for.
Every examination requires a great deal of labor for preparation, in the marking of papers, and in the calculation of final standing, and a needless increase of the number of examinations would mean a fruitless addition to the labor, and consequently a waste of funds.
As long as any eligible list, resulting from a careful examination and correct rating, contains a sufficient number of names of eligibles, rated 10 or 15 to 20% above the minimum 75%, there would seem to be no good reason for discontinuing it, the Secretary being authorized to inquire of the candidates on any list at any time, whether they still aspire to the pertinent positions.
Catherine Maher .............. Stenographer, Supt's Office.