There are two thoughts behind this:
1. I hate to turn away good apps, but I have to winnow them down.
2. I want the testing/trials that all Pathfinders must actually go through, to actually be a trial/test.
So here is my idea. I will provisionally accept 6 apps. These players will then take the trials and testing to become a pathfinder. Then the 3 highest scoring applicants will be 'fully' accepted into the game, the runners-up will be rejected, but able to 'test' again(if we lose one of the accepted players).
The tests will be timed(in game-time, not real time). There are three masters that administer the tests, and each have their own specialty(and therefore will reward certain types of actions differently). All of the tests can be completed in a myriad of ways, and it is not expected that each supplicant will be able to complete all tests. The only way to completely fail is to give up.
Composure (Read: Roleplay... you don't actually have to be composed): 90 points
Suitability for the Profession (Read: My impression of your app/background): 30 points
Time: 36 (Certain failures will result in penalties)
Test 1: 18 (6 points for each of the three masters)
Test 2: 18
Test 3: 18
Test 4: 18
Test 5: 18
Test 6: 18
Test 7: 18
Test 8: 18