State Universities Civil Service System
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Urbana, IL 61802
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The State Universities Civil Service System is eliminating the typing test for all of the civil service examinations. The effective date for this change is December 15, 2015.

The Human Resources Office for each employer within the system will schedule civil service testing based on university/agency policies.

No Examination Retake Required

Candidates will remain on the register ranked by your highest score on record for the following classifications.

  • Admissions/Records Specialist I
  • Admissions/Records Specialist II
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Office Administrator
  • Office Manager
  • Office Support Assistant
  • Office Support Associate
  • Office Support Specialist
  • Police Telecommunicator
  • Public Safety Telecommunicator

Examination Retake Required

Retake examinations will be provided based on university/agency policies and dependent upon vacancies and other factors. Human Resources representatives will contact candidates as required by State Universities Civil Service Statute and Rules.

  • Administrative Clerk
  • Chief Clerk
  • Clerical Assistant
  • Clerk
  • Medical Staff Services Specialist I
  • Medical Staff Services Specialist II
  • Printing Production Assistant
  • Routing Dispatcher I
  • Routing Dispatcher II
  • Staff Clerk
  • Survey Interviewer
  • Television Broadcast Equipment Operator

Practice Tests


Frequently Asked Questions about the Silverlight Typing Program

Q: The practice tests will not work on Windows 10.

A. If you have upgraded your computer to Windows 10 and are using the new Microsoft Edge browser, you cannot run either the Silverlight or Java practice typing test. The Microsoft Edge browser no longer supports Java or Silverlight plug-ins from functioning in the browser. You will need to use Internet Explorer 11 or another browser.

Q: What do I need for the Silverlight Typing Test?

A. You will need the Silverlight plug-In for your browser. Click this Microsoft link (Microsoft Silverlight) to have your computer checked for the latest version of Silverlight. You will be prompted to install it if necessary. Silverlight is a free download.

Q: Why does the Silverlight test not work in the Chrome browser?

A. At the end of 2014, Google ended support of the Silverlight plug-in. The Chrome browser will not allow the Silverlight plug-in to function.

Q: What is the latest version of the Silverlight Typing Test?

A. The latest version is v10.21.2012 7.00. When you click on the practice test and this version does not appear in the bottom-right hand corner, you need to delete the history/cache of your web browser.

Q: Why can't I correct a word after I have advanced beyond it?

A. The purpose of the typing test is to not only test speed, but to test accuracy as well.

Q: Why do I have to type the red-underlined word? Why can't the entire line be underlined, or not underline anything at all.

A. The red-underlined word indicates what must be typed for accuracy in grading. The red-underlined word indicates one of the units of measurement utilized in calculating the speed as you progress through the exam.

Q. Why is there a clock counting down the time? This can be distracting.

A. An additional advantage of a web-based typing program means that Testing Monitors do not need to worry about keeping track of the time. This will allow the Testing Monitors to focus on other responsibilities and is a similar feature found in all of our electronic tests.

Q: If I put a space before a period or a comma, why does it count as a mistake on the previous word?

A. Punctuation is recognized as a continuation of the previous word. For example, in the phrase "sought to describe, the applicant", "describe," is considered to be one word and graded accordingly.

Q: I was still confused after the instructions as to how the test would work.

A. Because some people may not understand the instructions, and others will not be comfortable with the format of the test, two warmup sessions are required in real testing situations to make sure that applicants are comfortable and familiar with the requirements of the test and the interface.

We also have a practice version available above under Demos. Feel free to practice as many times as needed.