A response to queries regarding ‘sample paper with rationale’: 11th January 2022

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The UKFPO would like to apologise to those applicants who were left anxious and worried about the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) because of changes made to our website with regards to the accessibility of the sample paper with rationale on the site.

As confirmed previously, the sample paper with rationale was first made available on 29th October 2021 on the UKFPO website. This document provides a small number of example questions covering the three response formats used in the SJT, it is not a full-length practice paper. We accept that we could have done more to ensure applicants were aware it was available and knew where to find it. We also acknowledge that we should not have duplicated the paper on a different area of the site once the SJT window had opened.

In order to address concerns, we have liaised with the Work Psychology Group (WPG) and they have agreed to analyse the assessment scores of applicants who sat their SJT before and after 14 December 2021. This will take place once all SJT test sittings have taken place.

The SJT forms an important part of the selection process for the foundation programme and we will be reviewing how we communicate with applicants and what improvements should be made, to ensure that information is accessible and visible to everyone applying to the foundation programme.

Please be reassured that we take this very seriously. We have learnt important lessons and will continue to strive to make changes to improve our applicants’ experiences of the Situational Judgement Test.