Testing Process/Personnel Review Commission (PRC)

This is a summary of the competitive civil service testing process for classified positions in Cuyahoga County. For complete details, please refer to the PRC’s Administrative Rules and our Civil Service Testing Frequently Asked Questions. All applications are reviewed by PRC staff. 



Application – To apply for a civil service test, you must first apply to a classified job posting. External candidates should apply on the County’s Job Board. Internal candidates should apply through the new MyHR according to these instructions on how to use the internal job board. 


Initial Screening – Once the application period closes, the applications are reviewed by PRC staff. PLEASE NOTE that the application reviewer will only consider the information in your application profile, NOT your resume. Make sure you complete your online profile and include all necessary details and information. Once the initial screening is complete, all applicants will receive email notification of their status. 


Test Scheduling
 – Qualified candidates will receive an email with the date(s), time(s), location, and other details of the test. These notifications are typically sent 10-14 days before the testing date. If you cannot attend on the available date(s) and time(s), review your notification email to see if rescheduling is available. If it is, please visit the PRC’s Request for Test Rescheduling page for complete details. 


Test Administration – Make sure you follow the instructions in your email notification, so you get to the test on time. If you are late, you won’t be allowed to sit for the test. Test administrations are standardized, and it is important that you understand and follow all the spoken and written instructions during the administration. Your notification email should include information about the test format (written, computer-based, structured interview, etc.). 


Scoring and Posting – Depending on the nature of the test, scoring may take up to several days. Once it is complete, the PRC will compile the results in rank order and post the eligibility list of all people who passed the test. Once the list is posted, the PRC will email everyone who took the test. 

PLEASE NOTE: Emails about the test will come from PRCEmploymentTesting@cuyahogacounty.us. Make sure this address is a trusted sender for your email account so test notifications do not go to your junk or spam folder. If you miss an exam because the notification email was in your junk or spam folder, your test will not be rescheduled.