After the CS, the candidate takes a break before completing the Role-play (RP). They log back into the CPG and select RP exercise. Candidates then read the exercise information before accepting either the audio or video call (via MS Teams) from a role-player. The role-player can either be a VCA assessor, or an internal assessor, subsequent to VCA Training.
During the interaction candidates seek to tackle the issues within the scenario based on the information supplied, and any information the role-player may hold.
The RP remains a staple exercise to assessment activity. This dynamic interaction allows candidates the opportunity to immerse themselves in a realistic job simulation; a frequent candidate comment after the exercise is that they simply dealt with the scenario as it unfolded, as they would in the workplace. Candidates tend to appreciate the opportunity for a live interaction, relating to this style of exercise better than other testing formats such as SJTs.