Graduate Development Programme: candidate guide 2023

Guidance for candidates applying to the 2023 Scottish Government Graduate Development Programme.

Getting ready for assessment

To get ready for your online assessment or virtual assessment centre, you should check your technology is compatible:

PC requirements:

Check your PC/Tablet meets the following specification:

  • Windows: Windows 7 or later
  • Mac: MacOS 10.11 or later
  • Linux: Any x64 based system


Check you are using Google Chrome or Edge browser –only these will ensure a trouble free experience


Clear down your cache and cookies from your browser to ensure that no programmes are blocking your camera/microphone. How you clear your cache will be different on every device -check Google for further instructions.

Internet speed:

Check your internet speed, try a Bandwidth Test to ensure that you will have a good connection (min. speed recommended is 3.2 Mbps)

Virtual assessment centre:

For the virtual assessment centre you should also check:

  • functionality - your device will need a microphone, speaker or headphones,  In-built camera/webcam
  • virtual Room - check your virtual room – you can test the virtual room on the assessment platform

If you have any technical problems with the assessment platform please contact us at:

Accessibility options for assessment:

The assessment platform provides some self-service accessibility features for candidates through the use of a tool called ReciteMe.

The ReciteMe toolbar can be used on the assessment platform to:

  • make changes to the font type, size and colours
  • customise the background colour
  • use the reading ruler
  • focus on a small sections of text for usability
  • magnify text on the screen

Please note: if you opt to remove the ReciteMe Toolbar on the platform, this cannot be added again later.

Use of screen readers:

We have created a version of the assessments which are optimised for use with screen-readers.

If you intend to use a screen-reader to complete the online assessments please contact us in advance of your assessment at:


Sarah Wright:

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