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Top tips

Read the page which sets out the BBC Values.

To find the JTS application form go to the index and click Applying.

Remember to include the information that makes you stand out from the crowd. Don't assume we know anything about you. Give examples to back up what you tell us.

Read each question carefully. Take time to make sure you understand each question before you write your answer. Think about the best example you have that answers the question and demonstrates your abilities.

When answering the questions, say what your role was and what you did.

Read over your answers carefully. Have you answered each part of the question?

Remember to check for spelling mistakes or typos. You might want to write your answers in Word first, check the word count and, once you are happy, copy and paste them into the application form.

Click below to find out more from BBC News manager Kate Riley, and BBC North West Political Editor Arif Ansari.



Please note, our system has a 4,000 character limit and, in addition we provide a word limit. Don't exceed this. Please indicate with each answer how many words you have written.

Save your application as you go along in case your internet connection goes down.

Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any changes. Submit your application in good time before the deadline. We will not accept late applications under any circumstances.

When you have submitted your application, you should get an automatic acknowledgement. If you do not, please contact

Application form guidance

Our application form is long so please do ensure you set aside sufficient time to prepare, by looking at our dedicated microsite at and the job description, before completing your online application.

There will be a series of six short questions which generally require a 'yes' or 'no' response from you. These are designed to assess your suitability for the scheme, such as your right to work in the UK.

You will also have to answer 4 questions which will assess your motivation for applying, relevant experience, understanding of our audiences and your editorial judgment.

Once you have completed all sections of the application form, you must submit before the closing date.

Online Assessments

Once you have submitted your completed application form, by the 10th October, we will then ask you to complete some online assessments. You will be emailed on 12th October, so please look out for this. You must complete the assessments by 19th October or your application will not be considered.

Please ensure that you complete the assessment using one of the following browsers:

Internet Explorer 6.0 or above, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, Windows XP, Vista* or Windows 7.

If you experience any difficulty accessing the assessment, require any reasonable adjustments or have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Why is the BBC using assessments?
We're interested in finding out more about you, your working style as well as your skills and abilities. Assessments can help us do this as they help predict how someone will perform in an actual job.

The time it'll take
It doesn't matter whether you've taken any assessments before or not. Just answer the questions honestly and accurately. Ideally you need to set aside at least an hour to complete, although it may take you longer. Everyone applying for the scheme will need to complete these tests even if you have taken a similar test in the past.

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What to expect
When your application has been submitted, you'll receive a link to the online assessment on 12th October.

You will be asked to complete a job role assessment (verbal reasoning and personality questionnaire). This assessment is based around the job related characteristics for the Journalism Trainee Scheme. Questions are not BBC or job specific, but drawn from a library of questions already used and tested with many other organisations over the past 30 years. Although the questions may well appear unrelated to the role you are applying for, they are able to assess the skills, knowledge and experience we're looking for accurately.

This part of the assessment is using 'adaptive technology' which means, how accurately you answer the first few questions will determine the difficulty of the next few questions ie. the test adapts to you as a candidate.

What happens next?
You need to complete the online assessment in the period from 12th – 19th October. You can only complete the assessment once. The assessment will take at least 45 minutes to complete and we'd advise you to go through the entire process in a single sitting. However if you do need to exit at the end of a section, you can return to the point at which you left off when you log back in. You will have to use your Session ID to do this – so take a note of it when you begin the assessment.

If you experience any technical problems with the test please contact PreVisor's technical support team on 01344 742813 (between 9am and 5pm) or 0800 680 0658 (until 1am on weekdays and between 3pm and 11pm at weekends).

Please note that if you do not complete the assessment we will not be able to progress your application any further. To confirm that your assessment has been completed and successfully submitted please log back into your BBC jobs account and your status should have updated to "completed". This can take up to 24 hours to update. We will then be in contact with you to let you know the outcome.

Application tips

Make sure you read the information carefully. The advert and job description will give you clear ideas as to the type of information we are looking for.

Think about how your skills and experience relate to the job. Don't worry if you haven't got specific broadcast or technical skills. Think about how you can demonstrate the same skills in different situations, which might be study or leisure activities.

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Provide specific examples of the projects and activities you have been involved in.

Think through your answers. Is there a clear structure? Think about what you did and how it contributed to the situation or the outcome. Don't forget it is you we are interested in.

Take time to come up with the most relevant and recent examples and try to provide different examples for each question.

If you want to work in the BBC, it's important that you understand our audiences. It's essential, therefore, that you demonstrate this knowledge on the application form.

Take time to listen to or watch the output. If called to our Assessment day, you will most certainly be asked about it.

Ensure that you complete all parts of the application form and click CONFIRM to submit your application. If you do not click confirm, the application will not be submitted for short listing.

We hope you have found these notes helpful. Good luck.

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