I passed the Criticall Exam! 8

I passed the Criticall Exam!  (insert the sounds of the hallelujah Chorus being sung right here.)

What a relief!  I have had this on the fringes of my mind for the last week, ever since I took the test last Wednesday.  Having the thought recur and swirl through my mind at odd times during each day, “I wonder how I did.  Did I type fast enough when entering the data?  How was my accuracy?  Did I read the maps correctly during that part of the test?  Did I make any stupid mistakes, and check one box when I meant to check the other?”

There has been lots of prayer for the past 6 or so days, and lots of checking my email to see if I had passed.

And then this morning, just 10 minutes ago, up pops the email notification – I have a new email in my inbox.  And there it was –

“Congratulations, you have passed the Criticall Exam phase of testing.  You will be contacted in September for an oral interview.”  🙂


I think dinner at Olive Garden to celebrate with my daughters is in my future.  This deserves a celebration of some sort.  Passing the Criticall exam is a major milestone in my quest for a new job.

What has been a milestone or achievement for you lately?  Leave a comment so we can share.  🙂

And here is the first post about my quest for a new job – Well, I Did It ….


8 thoughts on “I passed the Criticall Exam!

  • Cora

    So, did you get the job? I’ll be taking CritiCall test in the next week or two. And, I also live in the Willamette Valley 🙂 Wondering what comes after as I’m not too worried about passing the test. How many interviews before the training, and REAL JOB, begin? I’m also on a path of reinvention…

    • jmerrell81@gmail.com Post author

      Yes, I did get hired but have since moved on to work for the Oregon State Hospital. But I loved being a call taker! It was a lot of training and work, but very worthwhile. When I went through the process there were two interviews (one a panel interview and a Director’s interview) then after being hired, there was a six-week in-house training academy, two weeks at DPSST (Department of Public Safety Standards and Training) and six months of training one-on-one with a trainer before you would “solo.” Hope that helps. 🙂

  • Cindy

    Hi there,

    Can you give me some pointer how to prep the exam? what is the format for the exam? I currently get invited to take the critical exam in this beginning of April. And I thought you might able to help.

    • jmerrell81@gmail.com Post author

      There are several parts to the exam. There are parts where you are needing to enter address information into a form, and listening to a caller give you the information – but the information may not be in the order you need to enter it. There are parts where you need to be able to give directions, and determine the quickest route to a location on a map. Much of it focuses on memory, being able to retain information and then enter it correctly. The toughest part for me was the VIN #’s! 🙂 I would prep by practicing your typing, and having someone read you addresses or VIN #’s and then typing them into a Word document on your computer. Just practicing listening and typing will help a great deal. You will do fine; just relax and focus on the tasks you are given during the test. Listen, and use your instincts and common sense. Good Luck! 🙂

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