Training Contract Assessment Centres

Here you will find articles containing expert advice on how to succeed at training contract & vacation scheme assessment centres.

As well as tips on individual exercises & tests, there are recommendations for how and where to practice in advance.

Training Contract Assessment Centres – An Essential Guide

By Matt Oliver

Welcome to our Essential Guide to Training Contract Assessment Centres, designed to help you succeed at law firm assessment centres. If you are looking for sample assessment centre questions and practice tests & exercise go here: Practice Assessment Centre Tests & Exercises Why Law Firms Use Assessment Centres To Select Trainees With so much written…

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Law Firm Assessment Centres: Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Tests

By Matt Oliver

Critical thinking skills are now assessed by more and more law firms as part of their graduate recruitment process. They are used for training contract and vacation scheme assessments because they indicate higher-order thinking. Creative thinking is the method of evaluating problems in an open-minded and unorthodox manner. It involves analysing and evaluating different options…

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How to Practice Training Contract Assessment Centre Tests & Exercises

By Matt Oliver

In this post, I outline how to prepare for, and practice, training contract and vacation scheme assessment centre tests & exercises. So you’ve gone through the hard slog of applications and you’ve made it through to the next stage. Awaiting you is the firm’s assessment centre and you’re wondering what to expect. Assessment centres (or…

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Law Firm Assessment Centres: Presentations

By Matt Oliver

Law firms need to know that their future trainees have the skills required to work in client-facing situations. And that they can be depended on to make an impression which reflects favourably on the firm. But a presentation exercise isn’t about presentation skills alone – it’s also a test of organisation and planning. What to…

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Law Firm Assessment Centres: Numerical Reasoning Tests

By Matt Oliver

More widely used in assessment centres for accountancy and finance, numerical reasoning tests are, nonetheless, still used by some law firms in their recruitment practices. Far from being a test of mathematical ability, these assessments are generally designed to see how well you can interpret data and statistical information. What to expect: The format of…

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Law Firm Assessment Centres: Verbal Reasoning Tests

By Matt Oliver

Verbal reasoning tests are one of the most common forms of aptitude test used by law firms for recruitment purposes. They are used across a range of sectors, including law, as being able to accurately comprehend written information is an important skill for most graduate roles. There is evidence to suggest that they can actually…

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Law Firm Assessment Centres: Group Exercises

By Matt Oliver

Working as a solicitor is rarely a solitary job, thus it is essential for all training contract applicants to show that they have the ability, and the correct competencies, to work successfully as part of a team. The way that many law firms will assess this is through a structured Group Exercise. What to expect:…

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Law Firm Assessment Centres: In-Tray (or E-Tray) Exercises

By Matt Oliver

This part of the assessment centre allows you to experience the typical decisions and dilemmas that come up frequently when working for a law firm. It gives assessors the opportunity to see how you deal with day to day business multi-tasking, so will give them a good indicator of how you are likely to perform…

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Learn How to Master the Watson Glaser Test

The Watson Glaser Test is a critical piece of the training contract puzzle.

Each year, more law firms use the Watson Glaser Test to filter our candidates from their recruitment processes.

It's simple, if you don't know how to pass it you won't get a job offer from them.

We teach you the nuts and bolts of this test and how best to practice it to get to the required pass level.