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System familiarisation exercise for Recorder applicants

Closing date:  8 February, 2017 - 15:00


This exercise is for candidates applying for the Recorder selection exercise, to allow them to familiarise themselves with the setup of the online qualifying test. It is an opportunity to see how the questions appear on screen, to locate the countdown timer, and to practice logging on to the system, navigating through the questions and submitting the test.

The window for participating in the System Familiarisation Exercise will be between 11.00am on Friday 10 February and 11.00am on Monday 13 February. In order to participate, you will need to apply first.

The application consists of your personal, character and diversity profiles that make up your online account; you are not required to answer any new questions. Information contained in your account is stored on the system so you do not need to fill it in again each time you apply.

It is, therefore, advisable to submit your Recorder application first to ensure your profiles are accurately completed. Once you have submitted your Recorder application, return to this page and click ‘Apply.’

You will have to go through the application process again, but all of the required fields will be pre-filled with the information completed as part of your Recorder application. You can, therefore, just scroll to the bottom of each screen and click ‘save and continue’ until you reach the summary page to submit your application. Applications for the System Familiarisation Exercise need to be submitted by 15:00 on 8 February (2 hours after the Recorder exercise closes).

As with the live qualifying test on 15 February, the familiarisation exercise will be hosted on the JAC website. The familiarisation exercise will comprise 8 questions taken from the Family and Crime sections of the 2015 Recorder exercise. They are not representative of the questions in this year’s exercise and will not be scored. For interest only, we have published the 8 questions giving an indication of how the majority of candidates responded in last year’s exercise. If you do not want to see the results before participating in the familiarisation exercise do not click on the link below before participating.

Familiarisation exercise questions and responses

Accessing the Test

The familiarisation exercise will open at 11.00am on Friday 10 February, closing at 11.00am on Monday 13 February. You will have 15 minutes to complete all of the questions. If you intend to access the exercise on Monday 13 February, you should do so by 10.30am to allow sufficient time to log in, read the on screen instructions and complete the test. If you have not finished the test before 11.00am, your answers will be automatically submitted and the test window will close. You can only access the familiarisation exercise once.

To access the test you will need a computer with an active internet connection and web browser. You must ensure you have a viable internet connection before starting.

Step 1

To access the test you must go to the JAC website and log into your account. If you do not remember your log in details, please ensure you contact the JAC as soon as possible before 10 February. Please also ensure you are not already logged into your JAC account on a different device from the one you intend to use for the test.

Step 2

When the test window opens, there will be a ‘Take qualifying test’ button that is situated to the right of your System Familiarisation Exercise application.

After you click on the ‘Take qualifying test’ button, you will be directed to a Welcome Page.

Step 3

To proceed you must tick that you agree with the confidentiality statement at the bottom of the screen before clicking on the ‘Begin test’ button.

After you have ticked ‘Begin test’, a pop up box will display asking you to confirm that you are ready to take the test.

Step 4

It is only after you click ‘OK’ to the message that the timer will start. The screen may take a moment to load. When it does, a timer counting down from 14 minutes 59 seconds will display on the top right hand corner of the screen.

Step 5

All of the questions will be displayed on the same webpage. Scroll up and down to move between the questions, and select the relevant box against the answer you think correct for each question.

After you have answered the final question, it is advisable to review your answers if time permits. If you wish to submit your answers before your timer runs out, you may click on the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of the page.

After you click ‘Submit’ another pop up box will display asking if you are sure you wish to submit your answers. After you click ‘OK’, the next screen will display a ‘Qualifying test finished’ message.

At the end of the 15 minutes, if you have not completed all of the questions, any answers you have completed will be automatically submitted.

Whether you submit the test yourself or it is automatically submitted, please wait to see an on-screen notification before you close your browser. Once you have been told that your test has been successfully submitted it is then safe to leave the test.

Reasonable adjustments

The JAC provides reasonable adjustments to ensure that candidates with a disability are not placed at a substantial disadvantage in our selection process. More information about the JAC's reasonable adjustments policy is available on the JAC website. If you think you require adjustments for the Recorder online qualifying test, you can also request adjustments for the System Familiarisation Exercise.

You should set out your request in an email with the subject heading 'Familiarisation exercise reasonable adjustments', providing as much information as possible. All requests should be sent to by 13:00 on Monday 6 February. A JAC staff member will contact you before the familiarisation exercise window commences.