DSA Internet Exam Frequently Asked Questions

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What is an Internet exam?

An Internet exam is an online exam given by the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). The Department of General Services, Division of the State Architect, currently uses Internet exams for the following classifications. These exams are available on a continuous basis:

  • Associate Architect
  • District Structural Engineer
  • Fire and Life Safety Officer I
  • Fire and Life Safety Officer II
  • Senior Architect
  • Senior Structural Engineer
  • Staff Services Manager I
  • Staff Services Manager II
  • Research Program Specialist I
  • Associate Governmental Program Analyst
  • Staff Services Analyst
  • Office Technician

Who can take an Internet exam?

Anyone who meets the minimum qualifications of the classification being tested may apply for an Internet exam. You do not have to be a State employee. See the exam bulletin or CalHR class specification to see if you meet the minimum requirements.

Where can I take an Internet exam?

You can go to the Online Exam page on the CalHR’s CalCareers webpage.

When will I know my score?

You will receive your test score as soon as you complete and pass the exam. However, it may take up to a week for your exam ranking to update on the hiring list.

How long will I remain on the eligible list?

The length of eligibility depends on the specific classification of the exam. The majority of the exam eligibility lists are one year from the date you complete and pass the exam. Check your exam results and CalCareers account for the duration of eligibility.

How often can I take the Internet exam?

You are eligible to take most exams every twelve months. There may be a window of time in which you appear on the list twice. However, the system will remove your earlier score after 12 months. The system will tell you when you are eligible to take the exam again.

Is a State application (STD 678) required to participate in the Internet exam?

Yes. The State application is required and included as the first component of the Internet exam.

Who can I contact if I have more questions on the Internet exam?

The DGS Office of Human Resources, Selections Unit at (916) 376-5400.