Application "Scenarios" are theoretical cases where applicants are assessed on their animal behavior consulting skills. Included as part of the components of a Scenario may be history taking and assessment, as well as recommendations on safety/management, behavior modification strategies, and problem solving.
For example, a basic Scenario for a car mechanic's application might be:
Q: John complains his car won't start. Explain how you would fix this issue.
Applicant A answers: I would check the alternator and battery.
Applicant B answers: I would ask John if he had his keys and if they turned properly in the ignition, or determine if the battery in the key is operational for chip start engines.
I would then determine if there is gas in the vehicle, if the battery is functional, if the alternator is functional, and if the starter is functional. Next, I would check the cables running between each component.
Application Review Committee's rubric for assessing applicant:
Did the applicant check if gas was in the car: 0-3 points
Did the applicant check the key functionality: 0-3 points
Did the applicant check the battery: 0-3 points
Did the applicant check all cables between relevant components: 0-3 points
As you can see, Applicant A would lose points as they did not touch upon certain elements in the rubric that would be required for a mechanic at that level.
Applicant B however would score well as they discussed all of the components contained in the scoring rubric.