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9/8/2014 Appointment Framework Knowledge Test (AFKT)

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Appointment Framework Knowledge Test (AFKT-901)

As one of the conditions of delegation to deputy heads, the Public Service Commission (PSC) requires that
sub-delegated officials have access to a human resources specialist whose expertise in the PSC
Appointment Framework has been validated by the PSC. The means by which the PSC has chosen to
validate this expertise is the Appointment Framework Knowledge Test (AFKT). The test is not intended to
be used as a means to assess merit criteria in relation to appointment processes. This test can also be
administered through the PSCs Online Test Facility (OLTF) platform.

The questions in the AFKT cover the following four areas: Policy, Delegation, Accountability, and the
Legislative Framework. In total, the test contains 54 multiple-choice questions. A number of these require
the application and use of knowledge.

The time allocated for answering the questions is 75 minutes. Including the time to administer the test, a
testing session takes approximately 95 minutes.

The Personnel Psychology Centre (PPC) will provide departments and agencies with the results (pass or
fail) of their employees who have taken the test, as well as a sealed envelope to be distributed to each
employee. The envelopes will contain overall scores and sub-scores on each of the four content areas.
Only employees will have access to their overall score and sub-scores. The sub-scores are provided strictly
for feedback purposes and for use by employees who wish to improve their knowledge of the Appointment

Retest Period
There is a 90 day waiting period before you can rewrite the test. You may not retake it until the retest
period has elapsed. If you rewrite the test before the retest period has elapsed, your result will not be
valid and a new retest period will be imposed from the most recent test date.

More information for candidates

Candidate Information
Sample Test Questions

More information for human resources advisors

Regional Contacts for Information and Registration to Testing Sessions

Date modified: 2014-06-18

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