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Failed Assessment Centre : Pass Marks Explained

Candidates who are successful are required to achieve pass marks in four specific areas, these are:

  • Overall (50%, 55% or 60% depending on force)
  • Race and Diversity (50%, 55% or 60% depending on force)
  • Oral Communications (50%, 55% or 60% depending on force)
  • Written Communications (44%)

In addition to the above candidates must not score a grade D in Race and Diversity.

Overall in an assessment centre there are 123 marks available. If you achieved 50% this means you obtained 1/2 of the 123 marks available (approx 62 marks). If you scored 57% you obtained 70 marks.

For Race and Diversity there is a total of 21 marks available. If you scored 52% this equates to 11 out of the 21 marks. 57% equates to 12 marks.

In Oral Communications there is a total of 15 marks available. If you obtained 87% this means you scored 13 out of the 15 marks available.

For Written Communications there is just 9 marks available. If you scored 33%, this means you scored just 3 out of the 9 marks.

Even if you obtained 100% in Race and Diversity, Oral and Written Communications, this only accounts for 45 marks out of the 123. So although you may have met the required standard for these 3 competency areas, it is still possible you are rejected because your overall score did not meet the requirement. The remaining 78 marks are accounted for in Team Working, Resilience, Customer Focus, Problem Solving and Effective Communications.

So if you scored:

  • 49% Overall
  • 90% Race and Diversity
  • 100% Oral Communications
  • 100% Written Communications

This means you scored 60 marks out of 123 overall. 19 out of 21 marks for Race an Diversity, 15 marks out of 15 marks for Oral Communications and 9 marks out of 9 for Written Communications. Because you only achieved 60 marks overall (49%), this standard is not sufficient to join any force.

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By David Vidgen

This article has been written by former police recruitment manager. David was responsible for overseeing all police recruitment marketing including assessment centre practice days, recruitment website, adverts and recruitment fairs