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Can we help cover the cost of Candidates?
Yes, departments can help candidates cover the expense of testing with the NTN voucher program. Please contact us for more information on how to set this up and the different options available.

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Does NTN offer a program for financial hardship or other restrictions?
Departments have many different ways of determining and handling financial hardship. We will help departments integrate their processes into NTN, but it will be the departments' responsibility to identify and cover candidate fees in cases of hardship determination.

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How will the Network recruit candidates?
Our goal is to recruit as many qualified candidates as possible to test for each individual department. Advertising will start with links from department websites. This will guide candidates to our website to schedule a test. We will provide numerous additional advertising efforts which may include: newspapers, department website, internet (e.g., firejobs.com, FireHouse, IAFF, craigslist), Job Fairs, Colleges, Gyms, Billboards, TV.

We will continuously monitor these advertising and marketing resources to find the maximally effective venues for attracting qualified candidates.

We will also use national resources to guide candidates to departments they might not otherwise have considered. The Network goal is to provide a nationally consolidated testing source. We will be working hard to transform our large client base into this model of testing. This will open a huge recruiting market for all candidates.

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What tests are used?
NTN uses simulation tests developed by Ergometrics and Applied Personnel Research, Inc. For more information about these tests click here:
Firefighter
Police and Sheriff
Corrections Officer

If you would like a presentation or demonstration material for these tests please email or call us at 425-774-5700.


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We already own or license Ergometrics tests. Do we need to sign up for the NTN Service?
NTN is a separate service from Ergometrics. NTN offers test administrative services using professional tests from Ergometrics. Departments that are currently licensed to use Ergometrics tests and offer their own testing sessions can also benefit from increased testing through NTN. Call or email us to find out more about options to have NTN supplement your current testing model.

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How often are tests given?
Almost every day! One of the largest benefits to using the Network services is the continuous testing model. The National Testing Network Center is open from 9 to 6, Tuesday through Saturday. Candidates choose when they want to test.

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What does continuous testing mean for our department?
Continuous testing provides the maximum amount of flexibility for candidates to participate. This flexibility provides departments with the largest, most up-to-date and qualified candidate pool possible.

Continuous testing eliminates recruitment delays, such as minimum required job recruitment and application periods. Applications are always welcome. Even letting candidates know that they have made your list will keep qualified candidates eagerly awaiting a job with your department. Continuous testing makes you more aware of your labor market situation and removes last minute stress for all involved. At any moment in time, an up-to-date list is available.

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What if we need to create an eligibility list?
Eligibility lists can be created using the NTN continuous testing model. Your department can choose when you would like to establish the list and at that point in time you can create an eligibility list composed of all candidates who have applied to your department and met your requirements. All the tools for creating this eligibility list are already a part of NTN. We will also inform your candidates of your eligibility dates and requirements.

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When are results given?
Results are provided immediately upon completion of a candidate's exam. Tests will be administered via computers and results will instantly be available to participating departments. Department representatives will have a dedicated login to check candidate scores and print eligibility lists. Results will also be provided to department representatives via email.

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What results are given to the department?
Departments will receive all results for candidates who specifically apply to their department. This includes all application information, test score results and physical ability test scores. NTN will utilize Ergometrics' video simulation tests, which provide detailed dimensional scoring for each candidate. All departments will also be able to view their candidates' dimensional scores. For more information about scoring or dimensional scores please contact National Testing Network at info@nationaltestingnetwork.com.

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How do we sign up for this service?
Signing up is easy. All you have to do is provide us with your hiring criteria (e.g., minimum qualifications and other eligibility factors) and we will start the process for you.

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Do we need to sign a long term contract?
National Testing Network has several contract options. At a minimum, we require departments to sign up for one year. This gives candidates a fair chance to sign up and test for your department and know that their results will be accepted.

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How are you able to offer your service for less cost to the candidate?
National Testing Network is a partner company with Ergometrics, testing experts and the leader in simulation test development, with over 1000 clients nationwide. Ergometrics developed and validated the most impressive line of tests available for public safety jobs. Ergometrics directly provides high quality tests to National Testing Network for low cost.

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