Federal employment guidelines and regulations say that any practice or procedure administered to job applicants to help the hiring authority make a decision, is considered a "test."
Any "test" administered by an employer must be validated to document that it is directly related to the job in question and can, in fact, help sort the more qualified candidates from those who are less qualified.
Any work sample or paper-and-pencil test that a department wants to use for job applicants must first be reviewed and validated by the Compensation Unit. We can also help develop the test, if you want.
You can contact the Compensation Unit directly, or ask your recruiter to do so.