Shortlisting Methods

Prior to the closing date for applications and after all applicants eligibility has been checked the shortlisting stage will begin. This process will identify the applicants who will progress to the Assessment stage.

The following shortlisting methods may ay adopted:

Paper Sift

The Selection Committee which usually consists of a Legal Member, a Lay member and an independent co-opted member who will individually assess each of the application forms.

Following their individual scoring the Selection Committee will meet to agree a moderated score for each applicant which will determine those proceeding to the next stage of the process.

Shortlist Test

The test will be designed by current members of that judicial tier and will be used to assess an applicant’s suitability for that particular office.


  • Content of the Test
The test will normally take the form of a written exercise carried out in a group or
private setting and will be used to shortlist applicants in higher volume schemes.
This written assessment is normally knowledge based, but can extend to skills such
as analysis and making decisions (or critical thinking). It is most frequently a multiple
choice type test.
Applicants will be informed in advance of the type of test they will sit and may be
provided with some relevant materials prior to the test.
  • Test scoring
Multiple choice tests will be scored immediately by NIJAC staff. It is normal practice to
set a threshold, particularly when there are a high volume of applications anticipated,
and to invite only those with the highest scores to the next stage of the assessment and
selection process.
Applicants will not be told their individual marks. Further information on shortlisting
feedback can be found here.
Please find some previous Shortlist Test Examples which may help with your preparation.


Shortlist Interview

This method is typically used in high level salaried schemes a shortlist interview may be used to determine the applicants who will be invited the final assessment stage.