Emma. wrote:run26.2 wrote:Admittedly, I've never seen the results of one these, to compare one against another. But it sounds like it would reward people who were able simply to get things done in rapid fashion. While there is definitely value to that, my observation is that a high percentage of people who have an innate ability to get things done quickly also produce work that has serious deficiencies. I get that it provides some data, I just don't think that it provides the right type of data. I don't know how it could be done, but if you could somehow screen for ability to pick things up quickly, as opposed to where someone was at day 1, would be a better test.
I've heard several judges (particularly DCt but also COA) talk about how bad it is when a clerk can't get things done in a rapid fashion. And ultimately, think the judge is in a better position than you or I to know whether a writing test provides the right type of data.
More of a response to your earlier point. It provides some information, surely. And does also provide a baseline. I'm just arguing that a better measure for how good a clerk will be is how well they will be able to pick up what they need to, as opposed to coming in at a particular level.
On this point, yes, there is a need to get things done fast. But to the extent that the test just tests for how well you are going to get something serviceable done (this is my assumption, given that your testing people that probably have never done this or something very similar before), you may not be able to filter out who will eventually be able to do something that is good, as opposed to just get something done.