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Welcome to the next stage of the National Public Health Specialist Training Recruitment (NPHSTR)

Applicants to Public Health Specialty Training:

You have now been invited to attend the Public Health assessment test which forms the next stage of the recruitment process. Applicants will be tested on critical reasoning, numerical reasoning and situational judgement in Public Health.

The assessment centre will take place on Wednesday 8th January 2014 at 1.30 pm (alternative dates will not be provided).  If you have a reasonable adjustment that has been pre agreed with the NPHSTR Team, you will be contacted directly by Pearson VUE to book your test centre slot and the test may commence before 1.30 pm on the day of the test. The outcome of the assessment will be made known to all applicants on or after Monday 27th January 2014.  Those passing a minimum threshold in all three areas will be ranked, and those scoring most highly will be invited to attend a selection centre in person.

Further information regarding Public Health recruitment can be found on the Faculty of Public Health website.

Use the links on the right-hand side to locate your nearest centre and book a place. Applicants should log on to the site using the username and password sent directly by Pearson VUE (do not use the application form log on details). The Public Health assessment test is “NPHSTR Exam”. Further guidance about scheduling an assessment is given below.

Applicants will be able to book on to a test centre slot on Monday 23rd December 2013, applicants will not be allowed to book before this date.

The NPHSTR Team would like to wish you every success in the assessment.

Important Information:

If you book a place, but decide not to attend, you must cancel your booking by 1.30 pm (GMT) or 12.00 pm (GMT) if you have a reasonable adjustment that has been pre agreed with the NPHSTR Team on Tuesday 7th January 2014.  Applicants should be aware that a charge will be incurred if they fail to attend a booked assessment or they fail to attend a session that remains booked after 1.30 pm (GMT) or 12.00 pm (GMT) if you have a reasonable adjustment that has been pre agreed with the NPHSTR Team on Tuesday 7th January 2014.  Please note that if you have a reasonable adjustment that has been pre agreed with the NPHSTR Team you will need to contact the call centre in order to reschedule or cancel your booking. Call centres are open between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. The assessment will begin with a short tutorial to familiarise you with the controls and layout of the screens and will end with a short evaluation questionnaire.

Should you require more information about a particular location or booking/cancelling a test centre slot, please email nphstrcustomerservice@pearson.com  

If your enquiry is about the Public Health recruitment process please email heem.publichealthrecruitment@nhs.net

Practice Test Introductions

This stage involves 3 assessments, plus a 5 minutes tutorial and a 10 minutes evaluation form which you will be asked to complete to help us monitor and evaluate the tests.

The types of assessments we use are psychometric tests.  These are a way of assessing a person’s ability in a measured and structured way.  Psychometric tests are used as part of the selection process, as research indicates that recruitment processes which incorporate psychometric assessment are significantly more effective in identifying high performing applicants than interviewing alone.  We use these tests as they accurately assess areas of the Public Health Person Specification which cannot easily be assessed in other ways.

You will complete the following assessment tests:

  1. Watson – Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal lasting 30 minutes
  2. RANRA – Rust Advanced Numerical Reasoning Appraisal lasting 40 minutes
  3. A Public Health-specific Situational Judgement Test lasting 100 minutes

Please be aware that the tests you will complete as part of the selection process are designed to be challenging.  You are not necessarily expected to get all the answers correct or to complete the tests.  The style of the tests is such that you may find it difficult to be confident about how you have performed.  This is a perfectly normal reaction.

A practice test for the Rust Advanced Numerical Reasoning Appraisal and Watson – Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal - UK Edition can be downloaded below. There is also an introduction to the Public Health Situational Judgement Test.

Practice Tests

Practice Test: Rust Advanced Numerical Reasoning Appraisal (96 KB, pdf)

Practice Test: Watson – Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal - UK Edition (148 KB, pdf)

Introduction to the Public Health Situational Test (193 KB, pdf)

Last updated 2013-12-04