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Human Resources

Written Exams

Many entry-level positions in DHS require participation in a written examination. Different written examinations have been developed for the various entry-level State positions. Written examinations normally run approximately three (3) hours each.

The Nashville Examination Center, James K. Polk Building, 505 Deaderick Street, 2nd Floor, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except State holidays). Applicants are encouraged to complete the State of Tennessee Employment Application before visiting the Examination Center. If you are applying for a position requiring a bachelor's degree or some special college certification, it is recommended you attach a copy of your college transcript to the application. If you plan to test at the Nashville Examination Center and you meet the minimum qualifications for the position you are applying, please do NOT mail in your application, but take it with you to the Nashville Examination Center the day you prefer to test.

Applicants may arrive at the Nashville Examination Center as early as 8:30 a.m. and continue to arrive up to 12:45 p.m. for testing that day. Depending on the number of applicants at the Examination Center, there may be short wait while your application is being reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for that position.

Applicants who prefer to test at other locations within Tennessee (Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, etc.) should indicate on the Employment Application their preferred testing location and mail the completed application to the Nashville Examination Center. Testing outside of Nashville occurs monthly. An admission slip is required and will be mailed to you shortly before the next scheduled testing date for your preferred testing location.

Applicants must achieve a score of 70 or above to have their name placed on a Career Service Employment Register. Applicants appearing on an Employment Register are ranked from highest to lowest test score. Only competitively-ranked applicants will be contacted by mail and provided with an opportunity to schedule an interview for a job opening. Usually, a test score in the low to mid 80s is needed in order to be competitively-ranked.

Applicants who do not attain a competitively-ranked score, may contact the Department of Human Resources for specific procedures for re-testing. Certain waiting times have been established before an applicant can re-test for the same position.

Additional information regarding the employment process may be obtained by contacting DHS Human Resources at (615) 313-5570, or you may E-mail DHS.