***** UPDATE November 2017 *****
Following the Recorder competition debacle, the JAC believe they have now fully resolved their technical issues. They will be using on-line qualifying tests to short-list candidates in some of their large selection exercises from early 2018.
**** My Mock On-line Multiple Choice Tests Available here ****
The JAC accepts that short-listing via qualifying tests is sub-optimal, but given the number of applicants in some competitions, it has become their default position. Whether the pass mark is relatively low or high is immaterial; there is a very fine line between success and failure and many candidates, who would make great judges, don’t even make it to the selections days. The qualifying tests are a brilliant way of identifying people who are good at doing qualifying tests but not necessarily the best judges. I’ve argued before that a lottery would produce a similar pool of candidates as multiple-choice tests. However, these tests are here to stay and will continue to evolve – so how should you approach them?