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GuestV
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #775 on: Nov 30th, 2006, 5:10pm »
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In my training class, we didn't have any pop quizzes. We did have regularly scheduled quizzes (right after lectures usually), but frankly, no one cares what you get on them unless you fail a bunch... but if you pay attention (and even if you don't), you should be acing them.
 
Promotions are primarily/solely based on production... since that's what the job is all about.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #776 on: Nov 30th, 2006, 5:25pm »
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on Nov 30th, 2006, 3:52pm, daven wrote:
I heard they have pop quizzes, and if you miss more than a certain amount of questions you will not receive the special promotion.

 
 
 
I just started and you are given quizzes but they are NOT pop quizzes.  
 
As far as promotions while in the PTA they are given but I cant say what exactly the criteria is for it. I know its based on your production and how well you are steadily increasing in production.  
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #777 on: Nov 30th, 2006, 7:45pm »
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Your 6-month promotion has absolutely nothing to do with the quizzes. First of all, nobody cares what you get on quizzes. The quizzes are open note quizzes (right after a lecture), with the questions and answers usually pulled straight from the notes, word for word. It's beyond simple. We were informed that in order to make your accelerated promotions while in the training academy, you must be at an average production level in between your current gs level and the next gs level over the course of 5 biweeks. So, its based on production. And yes, this is for the patent training academy. So, if you acheive that level of production for the 5 biweeks prior to your 6 month mark, you'll get a promotion at 6 months. If you acheive it at 7 months, you'll get it at 7 months, etc. I'm not sure what the requirements are once you graduate the academy, but we've been told the process is roughly the same, except that instead of 5 biweeks, it is over a longer period of time that you have to average the increased production.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #778 on: Dec 1st, 2006, 5:59am »
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Hello.  I'm doing a paper on gov't practices. My uncle is a former examiner but he doesn't know if new hires are drug tested.  Does anyone know?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #779 on: Dec 1st, 2006, 7:33am »
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I started on Nov 13th.  So far, no one has asked for, or even mentioned, anything regarding a drug test.
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