Qualifying tests are online assessments used to shortlist candidates for some judicial vacancies.
Qualifying tests are designed to assess a candidate’s ability to absorb and analyse information quickly, identify issues and apply the law appropriately.
They can also test candidates’ independence of mind and soundness of judgement, as well as their ability to succinctly and clearly explain procedure and the decisions reached.
Qualifying tests are generally used for larger selection exercises and those up to the level of Circuit Judge.
Online testing enables candidates to sit tests at a time and location convenient to them, and improves the speed and cost effectiveness of the selection process.
When planning online tests the JAC tries, as far as is practicable, to avoid school holiday dates and judicial holidays. It is not possible to avoid all religious festivals that may occur for our candidates. We therefore do not attempt to avoid religious festivals, not least also because some festival dates cannot be determined many months ahead as required by our planning process.
If you are unable to sit the test on the date specified due to exceptional circumstances, which might include religious observances or a religious holiday, the JAC will arrange for you to take the test on a later date, which will usually fall no more than a week after the original date.
Content of tests
Each test is designed to suit the particular post and they are developed by experienced judges from the relevant jurisdiction.
You will be told in advance what type of test you will sit, for example: whether it will comprise of more than one element, and any special preparation required. You will be given the necessary materials or background information.
Multiple choice tests will be scored automatically while written tests are marked by judges from the jurisdiction.
Papers marked by judges are then moderated to ensure marking is consistent.
You will not be told your individual mark, but a feedback report on candidates’ performance as a group will be published.
How the pass mark is determined
The JAC determines the number of candidates who should be invited to the next stage for each exercise. The pass mark is based on this number.
Next stage: telephone assessments