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Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage mark is needed to pass the written tests which are part of the application process for new judicial posts; and what the pass rate was for people who sat tests in each of the last three years. (296112)

The Qualifying Test is designed as a sift mechanism to objectively identify a shortlist of candidates to be called to the selection day. There is no ‘pass mark’ as such. The number of candidates to be invited to the selection day is determined by reference to the number of posts available. It is usual practice to invite to interview a ratio of between two to three candidates per post with the highest-scoring candidates making up the number that proceed to the selection day stage.