Important Information for Persons with Disabilities Applying for State Civil Service Examinations


A disability need not be a hindrance when the State of California is your employer. The State has taken an active role in ensuring that qualified men and women with disabilities receive equal employment opportunities. How to apply for a State job and the accommodations available to applicants with disabilities are described in this pamphlet.

The State of California has a variety of jobs. Your interests, skills, education, and previous paid or unpaid work experience, if any, will determine the jobs for which you may apply.


If you have a disability, you may also wish to participate in the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP). The LEAP Program is designed to facilitate hiring of persons with disabilities in State government. If you are an individual who (1) has a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that limits one or more major life activities; (2) has a record or history of such impairment or medical condition; or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment or medical condition, you may wish to participate in the State Personnel Board's LEAP Program authorized by Government Code Section 19240-19243.4. Participating in the LEAP Program does not prevent you from also participating in other (non-LEAP) examinations.


Information on State employment and current examinations is available on our website ( In addition, most offices of the California Department of Rehabilitation and the California Employment Development Department throughout California have local information. Check a local telephone directory for the office nearest you.


If you do not need special arrangements for any part of the examination process, you should not have to answer any medical questions until after you have been offered a job. It is only after a conditional job offer is made that, depending on the job, you may be asked to complete a routine medical questionnaire or physical. Past decisions regarding your medical fitness will not be needed, and your current medical condition will be considered only as it relates to your ability to do the particular job.


Test sites and California State buildings should be free from architectural and communication barriers. However, if an accommodation of any kind is needed, please indicate this on your application, so arrangements can be made if the building is not fully accessible.


Reasonable Accommodation in written tests may mean that competitors with disabilities are tested on a day other than the published test date.

The State provides readers, markers, interpreters, and other approved support services. You may bring your own assistive devices, such as special braces, typewriters, low-vision aids, and Braille equipment to the examination. However, if you wish to provide your own support person, at your own expense, you must show that you have a compelling need to do so.

All support services, including extra time to complete the test, must be approved and arranged before the day of the test.


If you need special arrangements for either a written, a performance, or an oral test, be sure to indicate this on every application you file. Mark the appropriate box for Question 2 on the application. You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. If you have not been contacted by the time you receive a notice to appear at a test, call the appropriate testing office as noted on the examination announcement.


To be eligible for a State job, you must pass a competitive examination. Depending on the job you are applying for, there may be several parts to the examination, which are designed to show your knowledge, skill, and ability to do the job.


These questions are designed to test your general knowledge and abilities in the particular job field.


Interviewers ask job-related questions to learn your qualifications and experience. They consider specific skills and abilities, and they compare your qualifications against predetermined criteria.

The State wants every competitor to be comfortable and confident in the interview. You should not be asked to talk about your health or how a disability may affect your career. However, you may be asked to demonstrate how you will perform the essential job functions of the position.

During the interview, the panel may inform you of the physical requirements of the job you are applying for—such as "effective use of both hands and feet" or "functional color vision"—or the personal characteristics—such as "willingness to travel and work away from headquarters"—to give you a better understanding of what the job entails. They will not make such statements unless they do so to all candidates in the examination.


There are many kinds of performance tests. The most common are typing and equipment operation.


After each phase of the examination in which you have used special arrangements, you will be asked to complete an evaluation form describing your experience in obtaining Reasonable Accommodation. We very much appreciate your providing this information in order to better serve the people of California.


When you are offered a job, you may request of the employing department any reasonable accommodation you need. This may include special equipment, modified work space, flexible working hours, or support services such as a reader or an interpreter.