What is the VST?

The MFB use the Vocational Selection Test (VST) for the cognitive component of its selection process. The VST is used to provide comparative information on candidates’ abilities across a number of generic skills.

There are four components to the VST.

Verbal Reasoning: which measures a candidate’s ability to grasp and use relationships among concepts – and does this by measuring how well candidates understand and interpret written passages.

Quantitative Reasoning: which assesses mathematical skills and numerical aptitude with questions using maths in an everyday context.

Abstract Reasoning: which examines a candidate’s ability to understand and apply concepts expressed in non-verbal diagrams, such as sequences and patterns.

Mechanical Reasoning: which assesses the ability to understand the functioning of mechanical devices and systems.

All candidates planning to sit the VST will be required to register and attend an Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) test centre.

To be selected for progression to the next stage of the MFB selection process, candidates must pass each of the four components of the test. 

More information about the Vocational Selection Test can be found in the Candidate Information booklet.