TFL Assessment Centre Verbal and Numerical scores by ethnicity 2017-18 & 2018-19

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Dear Transport for London,

I am working on a study regarding possible adverse impact owing to cognitive selection tests.
As such I am collecting data. I read that TFL Assessment Centre gives Psychometric Ability Tests. I was writing to see if you could provide numerical and verbal scores for 2017-18 & 2018-19 by ethnic group. I would need the sample sizes, means, and standard deviations (the groups standard deviation would also do).

Please let me know if that is possible.

Yours faithfully,
John Fuerst

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Fuerst

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0240-2021

           

Thank you for your request received on 19 May 2020 asking for information
about TfL Assessment Centre scores.

 

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Dear FOI,
I would like to continue with the request; however I understand if there is some delay in processing it.

Yours sincerely,

John Fuerst

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Fuerst

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0240-2021

 

Thank you for your request received on 19 May 2020 asking for information
about TfL Assessment Centre scores.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy. I
can confirm we do hold the information you require.

 

Unfortunately, to provide the information you have requested would exceed
the ‘appropriate limit’ of £450 set by the Freedom of Information
(Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

 

Under section 12 of the FOI Act, we are not obliged to comply with a
request if we estimate that the cost of determining whether we hold the
information, locating and retrieving it and extracting it from other
information would exceed the appropriate limit. This is calculated at £25
per hour for every hour spent on the activities described.

 

We have estimated that it would cost in excess of £450 to provide a
response to your current request. This is because it is estimated that it
would take over 18 working hours to retrieve and compile the information
you have requested.

 

TfL use verbal and numerical tests for a wide range of different
recruitment campaigns for multiple role types with a number of campaigns
run several times over the course of a year.

 

The information you have requested is not recorded centrally and we are
unable to produce an aggregated report containing the data you have
requested. We would need to collate data from different platforms for a
significant number of different recruitment exercises in order to provide
the data you have requested. We also do not calculate standard deviation
as we use standard test publisher norm groups and standard deviation would
have been considered by the test publisher when producing norm groups.

 

To help bring the cost of responding to your request within the £450
limit, you may wish to consider narrowing its scope so that we can more
easily locate, retrieve and extract the information you are seeking. If
you were to request data for the most recent campaign for one role type
then we would be able to provide anonymised test scores in format of a
percentile score.

 

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Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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Dear FOI,

I would like to clarify my request. I was told:

"If you were to request data for the most recent campaign for one role type then we would be able to provide anonymised test scores in format of a percentile score."

I would like verbal and numerical percentile scores by ethnicity for a) the most recent campaign and b) for drivers / conductors. If 'drivers/ conductors" is not a valid role type or if this is a small category, could you please list the role types so that I may select a valid option?

Yours sincerely,

John Fuerst

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Fuerst

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0338-2021

 

Thank you for your revised request received on 4 June 2020 asking for
information about the most recent campaign for drivers/conductors.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy. 

 

Unfortunately, from the description provided, we are unable to identify
the information you require. We do not have conductors on our services.
Can you please confirm what mode of transport you are referring to, for
example are you referring to London Underground train operators or bus
drivers? If you are referring to bus drivers, please note that they are
employed by the various bus operators so they would hold this information.

 

To enable us to assist with your request, please provide a more detailed
description of the information you are seeking together with any other
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to help clarify your request.  

 

If we hear nothing further from you by 26 June 2020 your response will be
treated as a new request.

 

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your
request, please feel free to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

 

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Dear FOI,

I would like to ask for clarification regarding FOI-0338-2021, I was told:

"If you were to request data for the most recent campaign for one role type then we would be able to provide anonymised test scores in format of a percentile score."

Could you please list the relevant "role types" so that I may pick one.

Yours sincerely,

John Fuerst

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Fuerst

Thank you for your further email. Is there a specific role that you are interested in or are you interested in assessment scores more generally? Requests that lack a clear focus are likely to lead to concerns about the processing time required to meet our obligations under the FOI Act which is why I asked if you could identify a specific role you are interested.

As your previous email asked for information for 'drivers/conductors', if you could confirm this is the information you would still like, and specify the mode you are requesting this information for. For example, London Underground operators, London Overground, DLR etc. As previously advised, bus drivers are employed by the bus operators and we do not have conductors on any of our services.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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Dear FOI,

You asked me to give a specific role: "could [You] identify a specific role you are interested [in]. "

And, previously, I was told: "If you were to request data for the most recent campaign for one role type
then we would be able to provide anonymised test scores."

Surely, you must know what "roles types" there are to select from -- otherwise, why would you ask me to specify one?

So please first give me a list of the roles types from which I can select.

Yours sincerely,

John Fuerst

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Fuerst

I have asked the team that holds this information to provide a list of the roles that they can provide the information for. Once received I will provide you with the list.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[TfL request email]

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Fuerst

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0338-2021

 

Thank you for your revised request received on 4 June 2020 asking for 
information about the most recent campaign for drivers/conductors.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can
confirm we do hold the information you require.

 

We have been able to extract the following data from one of our online
tests that can be used for a comparative analysis rather than choosing
specific jobs.

 

General Ability Screen Score as of 12/6/20
FY1718 (1/4/17 - 31/3/18)    
Ethnicity Size (No. of Standard Mean
Candidates) Deviation
BAME 1693 26.5 62.7
White 1229 22.2 73.0
Total 2922 25.4 67.0
FY1819 (1/4/18 - 31/3/19)    
Ethnicity Size (No. of Standard Mean
Candidates) Deviation
BAME 452 27.1 58.2
White 396 24.1 66.8
Total 848 26.1 62.2
*Ethnicity N/A response is
excluded

 

If this is not the information you are looking for please feel free to
contact me.

 

Please note, the Government has announced a series of measures to tackle
the coronavirus. It is essential for London, that we continue to provide a
safe transport network for essential journeys.

 

In current circumstances, we are not able to answer FOI requests readily
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Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

 

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Dear FOI,
Thank you for the reply. The type of scores and the format of presentation is as I asked. However, could you provide the scores by major ethnic group, which chinese as a separate group (if possible). The ethnic subgroup sample sizes will be small, however since we are working on a meta-analysis this will not matter.

Yours sincerely,

John Fuerst

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Fuerst

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0398-2021

 

Thank you for your request received on 15 June 2020 asking for further
information regarding our TfL Assessment Centre verbal and numerical
scores.

 

The Government has announced a series of measures to tackle the
coronavirus. It is essential for London, that we continue to provide a
safe transport network for essential journeys.

 

In current circumstances, we are not able to answer FOI requests readily
and we ask that you please do not make a request to us at present.

 

Answering FOI requests will require the use of limited resources and the
attention of staff who could be supporting other essential activity. In
any event, please note that our response time will be affected by the
current situation. Please notify us as soon as possible if you would like
to withdraw your request at the current time.

 

Should you wish to proceed with the request we will aim to issue a
response by 14 July 2020 in accordance with the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 and our information access policy. We publish a substantial
range of information on our website on subjects including operational
performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data, governance and our
financial performance. This includes data which is frequently asked for in
FOI requests or other public queries. Please check
[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

 

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the
[2]www.tfl.gov.uk website. We will not publish your name and we will send
a copy of the response to you before it is published on our website.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[3][TfL request email]

 

 

 

 

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Dear FOI,

I would like to continue with the request. Please provide the data in a timely manner.

Yours sincerely,
John Fuerst

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Fuerst

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0398-2021

 

Thank you for your request received on 15 June 2020 asking for further
information regarding our TfL Assessment Centre verbal and numerical
scores.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can
confirm we do hold the information you require.

 

Please find the requested breakdown in the tables below:

 

General Ability Screen Score as of 12/6/20
FY1718 (1/4/17 - 31/3/18)
Ethnicity Size (No. of Candidates) Standard Deviation Mean
Asian 751 25.7 66.8
Black 644 26.6 56.3
Chinese 23 21.2 75.8
Mixed 215 25.5 65.3
Other 60 27.2 65.4
White 1229 22.2 73.0
Total 2922 25.4 67.0
FY1819 (1/4/18 - 31/3/19)
Ethnicity Size (No. of Candidates) Standard Deviation Mean
Asian 196 25.5 63.4
Black 145 27.7 50.2
Chinese 2 35.4 40.0
Mixed 78 26.4 61.7
Other 31 27.4 55.7
White 396 24.1 66.8
Total 848 26.1 62.3

 

If this is not the information you are looking for please feel free to
contact me.

 

Please note, the Government has announced a series of measures to tackle
the coronavirus. It is essential for London, that we continue to provide a
safe transport network for essential journeys.

 

In current circumstances, we are not able to answer FOI requests readily
and we ask that you please do not make a request to us at present.

 

Answering FOI requests will require the use of limited resources and the
attention of staff who could be supporting other essential activity. In
any event, please note that our response time will be affected by the
current situation.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[1][TfL request email]

 

 

 

 

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