We know that Jedi are recruited at a very young age. Anakin Skywalker himself was deemed "too old" to begin training at 9 years old. We also know that younglings are assigned in groups to a Jedi Master to begin their training, as we saw in Attack of the Clones and the Clone Wars TV series (I see it as an elementary school or something. A group of students assigned to one classroom and one teacher).

Obi-Wan Kenobi began training with Qui-Gon Jinn at 12 years old. I assume that before that he was considered a youngling.

We also know that in order to become a Jedi Knight, a padawan must take "The Trials".

So my question is: Is there a similar test or "trial" for a youngling to become a padawan, or apprentice? Do they just reach certain age and are assigned a Jedi Master to train one-on-one?


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Although he was initially rejected by the council, we DO see Anakin being tested by the Jedi Council in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. This test seems to consist of not only interview questions and a psychological evaluation, but also an ESP test where he must correctly guess what is depicted on Master Windu's datapad:

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Since the Council's stated reason for rejecting Anakin was his age, it's probably safe to assume that he passed the tests we see on-screen. Otherwise, it would have been easier for the Council to reject him based on that failure.

However, given that most Padawans are selected while infants, it would stand to reason that a less interactive test - such as Midi-chlorian count - is used for their initial selection and inclusion into the Order as an Initiate.

Once a child is old enough - generally as they enter their teen years - they are allowed to take the Initiate Trials for consideration as a Padawan Learner. The Initiate Trials vary from era to era, but generally test a student's knowledge of the Jedi Code, life as a Jedi, and possibly construction of their first lightsaber. If they pass the trials, they are then elevated to Padawan rank and assigned to a Jedi Master for one-on-one instruction.

  • This seems to be more of a test of his force abilities in general
    – Valorum
    Jun 30, 2015 at 19:34
  • @Richard you're probably right, but so far it's the only on-screen example we have of someone being tested for entry.
    – Omegacron
    Jun 30, 2015 at 20:19
  • @SJuan76 : lol, no when you watch the scene, Anakin is naming what appears on the pad. It's an update to the test where you guess what shape appears on a card facing away from you. Standard ESP test as developed by Joseph Rhine.
    – Omegacron
    Jul 1, 2015 at 12:51

This is discussed at some considerable length in the Jedi Path Manual. In short, Padawans can attempt the attract the attention of a Jedi Master by participating in a lightsaber competition. You can also ask the Temple's teachers to recommend you to a Master if you have a special talent (such as an affinity with animals or tech).

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Additionally, in the Clone Wars series Ahsoka was assigned to Anakin by Yoda and the Jedi Council. There's also a mention in KOTOR of a Jedi initiation trial involving a test of your knowledge of the Force and ability to construct a working lightsaber.

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    I remember an arc in the Clone Wars TV series, not sure if season 4 or 5, where younglings were taken to a cave to look for their lightsaber crystal (I'm terrible at remembering names, I'm sorry if it sounds confusing). After that, they were still younglings, weren't they?
    – tilley31
    Jun 30, 2015 at 19:58
  • @tilley31 - I believe so. Let me check
    – Valorum
    Jun 30, 2015 at 20:04

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