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Hi all, I am new to this forum. I have applied for TSP couple of years ago and scored low on Situational Judgement Test. I am planning to apply again this year, any suggestions how to prepare? Any practice tests available online that can help me improve my score ?
Best thing I can advise is to have the competency framework in front of you as you do it.

For each question, you should be able to tell what competency you are being marked on. You only have 4 to choose from!

Then by reading that competency, and comparing it to the answers, you should be able to work out what answer is most effective, counter productive etc.

Last SJT I did was for an EO role, and I scored 99% Remember to look at the HEO/SEO level for the TSP although there’s might still be clues to the correct answers in the EO framework.
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Best thing I can advise is to have the competency framework in front of you as you do it.

For each question, you should be able to tell what competency you are being marked on. You only have 4 to choose from!

Then by reading that competency, and comparing it to the answers, you should be able to work out what answer is most effective, counter productive etc.

Last SJT I did was for an EO role, and I scored 99% Remember to look at the HEO/SEO level for the TSP although there’s might still be clues to the correct answers in the EO framework.
Thank you very much for advice, will certainly be looking at competencies carefully this time around. 99% is indeed great, did you get accepted at the program?
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Thank you very much for advice, will certainly be looking at competencies carefully this time around. 99% is indeed great, did you get accepted at the program?
Applications just closed yesterday but I’d hope i’ll get an interview out of it 😂
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Applications just closed yesterday but I’d hope i’ll get an interview out of it 😂
Oh ok. Best of luck. Is it for Compliance worker role?
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Will this be the week?
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Will this be the week?
I reckon it'll be next week - they said mid october on their facebook from a message.
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I reckon it'll be next week - they said mid october on their facebook from a message.
Yeah, I saw that too. I'd guess some time early next week as well.
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I’m fairly sure they don’t give out HO roles any more to unsuccessful candidates, it’s just band O roles.
They told us that there were only O band roles for anyone unsuccessful. I made it to the assessment centre last year; it was a killer and I didn't get through, but I was eventually offered an O band in June.
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They told us that there were only O band roles for anyone unsuccessful. I made it to the assessment centre last year; it was a killer and I didn't get through, but I was eventually offered an O band in June.
What would you say was the most challenging part of the assessment centre?
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What would you say was the most challenging part of the assessment centre?
Apologies for cutting in, but I'd say using their laptops. Seriously. The assessment themselves are pretty straight forward (looking back in hindsight).

The written assessments were made so much harder (I felt) because the laptops were awful for typing. You're trying to type quickly, while constantly assessing, and under pressure, using a machine you're not used to that isn't particularly user friendly (if you work in an office an have spare older laptops you may know what I mean). It sounds weird, but It just kind of compounds things.

Also, I was somewhat threw by the other applicants. Or, I should say I allowed myself to be thrown by my own anxiety of the situation on the percieved 'competition'. All the applicants I met were really nice people, but a lot of existing civil servants and a lot of people who looked like they had a few years experience did throw me. Maybe that won't be an issue for you, but it was a challenge to control, personally speaking.
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What would you say was the most challenging part of the assessment centre?
I agree with JohnPOR about the laptops! The other candidates were all lovely; I felt like people were really supportive of each other. The worst for me was travelling for four and a half hours to get to the centre, arriving knackered and starving, and having to start immediately without even having any lunch. The tasks are demanding enough (imho) without starting off wrecked. I also don't sleep well in a strange bed - managed about two hours sleep in the hotel, before getting up to do the second day, even more knackered than the first! I think they should really consider having more assessment centres around the country. They use London and Newcastle for the Fast Stream, which is a bit more spread out for people.
Having said all that, I would still have been rubbish, even without the lack of sleep. I thought some of the tasks were very challenging.
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to echo what the other two have said, the laptops are particularly challenging but as long as your prepared for it then it’s not an issue. generally speaking the 4 assessments are designed in such a way as to put you in a pressurised environment that you would feel uncomfortable in (1 of the 4 at least) to see how you perform and react
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I must confess I didn't experience any issues with the laptops I worked on. The assessment centre was nerve wracking intially and I'm 44 and work for HMRC and neither of those things were a benefit to me on the day! I relaxed a lot after the first task but I found 1 task during the 2 days to be really challenging and it's where I failed and if successful again i will approach it in a different way as i believe each assessment centre is very similar each year. I would say it's a long way off to worry about AC with lots of hurdles before getting to that stage; I work with some clever people who failed miserably on certain stages of this process so take it each stage at a time as it's a long process
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I must confess I didn't experience any issues with the laptops I worked on. The assessment centre was nerve wracking intially and I'm 44 and work for HMRC and neither of those things were a benefit to me on the day! I relaxed a lot after the first task but I found 1 task during the 2 days to be really challenging and it's where I failed and if successful again i will approach it in a different way as i believe each assessment centre is very similar each year. I would say it's a long way off to worry about AC with lots of hurdles before getting to that stage; I work with some clever people who failed miserably on certain stages of this process so take it each stage at a time as it's a long process
Wait sorry - the assessment centre for this role is 2 days long? :eek:
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Wait sorry - the assessment centre for this role is 2 days long? :eek:
No. It's 2 half days. I thought that was a good idea. They provide accommodation, dinner and breakfast. A lot less exhausting than one full day I thought.
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No 😂 It's 2 half days. I thought that was a good idea. They provide accommodation, dinner and breakfast. A lot less exhausting than one full day I thought.
Ah. Not ideal killing two days of annual leave rather than one though. Not good if you have kids either?

I would always prefer all-in-one myself.
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Apologies it's the way I worded it - it's across 2 days but you technically lose both days - the 1st morning with stress 🤪 - it starts at 1pm - 2nd afternoon lost with exhaustion 😴 it finishes around 12/12.30pm
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Agree with it being better over 2 days it is too tiring to do in one day. I stayed in Warwick uni which was great - food was lovely and it felt like a hotel.
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Is this programme not opening up this year?
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Is this programme not opening up this year?
Yeah it is but i think it must be running late, the rumour i heard of the 3rd of october is obviously way off.
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