About the RST

The RST is a professionally designed psychometric assessment, designed to assess potential to carry out regulatory work. It has two components – a timed critical reasoning aspect and a personality profile. The critical reasoning element is designed to assess aptitude to read and understand written regulatory information quickly and accurately and takes 10 minutes. The personality profile component is designed to assess a range of other factors, critical for success in regulatory work (For a fuller description of these factors, please see below and elsewhere in this site) and is un-timed. Most people take about 20 minutes to complete this element. In total, the RST therefore takes about 30 minutes to complete.

The personality profile element covers a range of factors critical for success in regulatory roles, such as communication, assertiveness, personal organisation, resilience under pressure, integrity and ethics, belief in fairness and justice and a pragmatic and action-oriented approach to decision-making. It also includes a “work-style preference” scale, which gives an indication as to what extent someone may prefer either an enforcement or educative approach to carrying out regulatory work.

The RST was created to help those appointing “regulatory services field officers” (RSFOs) make better, more informed decisions, i.e. to be better able to recognise those people likely to be more suited to, and successful in, regulatory roles.

The RST has been used by the following organisations:


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