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Prepare for the EPSO OHIM/CAST/15/2015 Competition!

Want to work for the European Union? It has been announced that the EU will be creating a database for contracts in OHIM, The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market. If you get offered a position it will be in Alicante, Spain.
Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market Office in Alicante, Spain
Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market Office in Alicante, Spain

What are these EPSO Competitions?

The EPSO competitions in this bracket are in the following fields:

OHIM/CAST/15/2015

Intellectual property officers for function group 3 and Intellectual property experts for function group 4.

OHIM/CAST/10/2014

Administrative assistants for function group 3 and Adviser/Specialists for function group 4.

What are the EPSO tests that I’ll have to take?

There are a number of EPSO tests you’ll have to pass in order to progress in your application. The first set of tests is your opening of the door so it is imperative that you are fully prepared for them. They are:

EPSO Verbal Reasoning Skills Test

In this test you have 18 minutes to answer 10 questions. If you are applying for a function group 3 you need to get at least five of the questions correct. For function group 4 you will need to score at least six out of 10. These tests are taken in your second language. Practice is your key to success so check out our free EPSO test demo and get your preparation pack so you know what to expect, can prepare and get the score you want.

EPSO Numerical Reasoning Test

In this test you have 10 minutes to answer five questions. You are presented with different tables and you have to find the correct material and use it to answer the multiple choice questions. Although this may sound daunting, with proper preparation where you learn the skills and brush up on your maths you should be fine.

EPSO Abstract Reasoning Test

In this test you have 10 minutes to answer 10 questions. You are presented with a set of five images with a pattern running through them. You have to identify this pattern and then use it to select the correct answer from five different answer options. Get your practice pack to give yourself the best chance of success.

Altogether in the numerical and abstract reasoning test you have to score 8/15 for function group 3 and 9/15 for function group 4. However this isn’t the end of the story because there is such high competition for places. In fact, if you only score 8-9/15 it is highly unlikely you will get through to the next stage. Get you preparation pack from JobTestPrep!

What are the different roles to apply for?

There are a number of different roles detailed in this competition and we will give a short synopsis of each of them.

OHIM/CAST/15/2015

Function group 3

Officer: in this role you have to support activities relating to the protection of community trademarks (CTM) and registered community designs (RCD).

Function group 4

IP expert: in this role you will participate in activities related to the protection of both CTM’s and RCD’s. You will contribute to cooperation and harmonisation measures with the national intellectual property offices in the European Union.

OHIM/CAST/10/2014

Function group 3

  • Human resources administration: In this role you be assisting with organisation of selection procedures, dealing with administrative matters, providing assistance in the management of HR policies, and preparing HR stats.
  • Finance: In this role you will be doing financial operations, accounts, budgetary operations, dealing with tenders and administrative tasks related to assets.
  • Information Technology designer: In this role you duties can include production of business analysis documentation and deliverables, provide technical expertise for system maintenance, development and configuration of software, hardware management, and IT architecture management.
  • Communication: In this role you will be organising events, dealing with press etc., provide content development, drafting, and various audio visual tasks.
  • Project implementation: In this role you will be assisting project management, quality and resources monitoring, risk management, among other similar tasks.
  • Linguistic (proof reading): Here you have to revise various texts and ensure they are in a high level of the language you are working in.
  • Executive/Technical assistance: In this role you deal with management of administrative monies, user accounts, organise meetings and the like, deal with users and participate in activities related to ISO certifications among other tasks.

Function Group 4

  • Law: In this role you will be providing legal assistance and expertise in matters such as the staff regulations, public procurement, access to documents, data protection, institutional issues, etc.
  • Programme/senior project management: In this role you will be providing expertise, tools and methodologies to enable projects and programmes to be successful.
  • International Cooperation and External relations: In this role you will be giving advice on development and implementation of assistance programmes and collaborating initiatives undertaken by OHIM in an international context.
  • Observatory and Academy: In this role you will be giving advice and analysis, develop and deliver training, create, develop and monitor networks.
  • Information technology expert: In this role you will have to analyse, develop and evaluate complex systems, provide the expertise for integration of specific software or ERPs in complex environments.
  • Human resources expert: In this role you are expected to provide advice and analysis in specific HR matters, draft policy documents and manage relationship with local stakeholders.
Each and every one of these roles requires previous experience in the field of entry that you are applying for. This generally entails 3-4 years of training and work.

How can you pass your EPSO tests?

That’s easy! With JobTestPrep’s tailor made EPSO packs that give you the skills and confidence to go and perform to the best of your ability. We hope you have enjoyed this blog and look forward to helping you in your EPSO competition!

Prepare for the EPSO CAST Financial and Project Manager Competitions

Are you thinking of applying for a EU position? Read below to learn about the EPSO CAST function groups 3 and 4 competitions. 
What tests do you have to take in the EPSO/CAST/P/1-4/2015 Competitions?
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels

What tests do you have to take in the EPSO/CAST/P/1-4/2015 Competitions?
EPSO have announced four new competitions for contract workers. They are in the financial and project management positions. The details of the competitions are:
  • EPSO/CAST/P/1/2015 - Financial officer – Function Group III (FGIII) 
  • EPSO/CAST/P/2/2015 - Financial adviser – Function Group IV (FGIV) 
  • EPSO/CAST/P/3/2015 - Project/programme officer – Function Group III (FGIII) 
  • EPSO/CAST/P/4/2015 - Project/programme adviser – Function Group IV (FGIV)

What do these EPSO positions entail?

There are two main sections to this competition: Financial and Project managers. The different duties involved include:
  • Budget planning, financial coordination and advice, support, management of financial information, administrative tasks related to assets, etc.
  • General programme management, preparation of technical specifications, financial evaluation of projects and programs, preparation of reports and statistics, etc. 

What EPSO tests do I have to take?

There are four main tests that you have to take which you have to pass in order to move forward. If you do so with a high enough mark you will be invited to have an interview. This is the final stage of the recruitment and if you impress there you will be offered a position immediately. There is no formal assessment centre for these competitions.

The tests that you have to pass are outlined below:

Verbal Reasoning: In this test you have to answer 20 questions in the 35 minute time limit. Each question is based on a text that is often a topic of interest in the European Union. You are presented with four different options and you have to select the correct statement of the four. In order to do well in this EPSO test you have to understand the skills and methods needed to perform well. Taking practice tests gives you not only the ability to do this but also the confidence to know that you can perform at the required level when needed. Get our practice pack to give yourself the best chance of success.

Numerical Reasoning: Here you have to answer 10 questions within 20 minutes. Generally the questions focus on your ability to use a variety of different numerical skills such as working with percentages and ratios. Learn more about this test and get EPSO style practice questions on the JobTestPrep website.

Abstract Reasoning: Here you have to answer 10 questions in 10 minutes. In this test you are presented with a group of five different shapes that have a predetermined pattern running through the sequence. You have to work out what the pattern is and use it to decide on the next shape. You can see how these questions look in through a worked example.

In order to pass this stage of the EPSO competition you need to score at least 50% in the verbal reasoning, and a combined 50% in the numerical and abstract reasoning tests. However, this isn’t the complete truth as the number of places offered to get through to the next stage is few. This means that unless you score highly on these tests you will not be offered the chance to take your application further.

Get the full pack or try your hand with our free practice.

Any Other Stages?

If you do well enough in the EPSO tests you will be invited to have a panel interview assessing your suitability for the job, your qualifications, experience and linguistic knowledge to perform the tasks involved. If you impress in the interview you will be offered a position.

How can we help you?

Here at JobTestPrep we have created EPSO tailored preparation packages in order to give you the best chance of success. If you have any questions feel free to contact us. We aim to answer all questions within 2 days. We hope you have enjoyed this blog and look forward to helping you in your application.

Get Free KPMG Aptitude Test Sample Questions

We just found some official sample questions on the KPMG China website. These include verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning timed sessions.
Get Free KPMG Aptitude Test Sample Questions

While the tests provide basic feedback on whether you got the questions right or wrong, they do not include explanations!

So we welcome you to join the discussion below and help the community and yourself learn some tips and tricks through these questions. If you tripped up on any of the questions, feel free to write your difficulties below and one of our experts will answer it within 24 hours!

If you are looking for more KPMG style practice resources, please check our KPMG section of articles here.

Talent Q Elements Verbal Test – Why Is It So Perplexing?

Work through a Talent Q Elements verbal sample question and gain tips on how to approach this test with this post. 

It's important to practice the Talent Q elements test

How is the Talent Q Elements verbal test different?

The Talent Q Elements verbal test is aimed at professional and management level candidates. It consists of five passages and three multiple choice questions per passage (15 questions in total). The test contains several quirks making it different to other verbal reasoning tests, and which also ramp up the stress factor.
  • The passages can be quite long and contain an abundance of detailed information. Passages may discuss regulations, finance or other subjects relevant to the corporate sphere.
  • Each question is individually timed. For every question, the time allocated to both read the passage and answer the question is limited – either 60 or 75 seconds per question. There may not be enough time for you to carefully the read the entire passage.
  • In most verbal tests there are four answer choices. In Talent Q, there are six, making choosing the correct answer an even longer process.
  • The test is adaptive, meaning the difficulty level changes according to the answers you give: If you get one question right, the next one will be a little more difficult, and vice versa. In this way Talent Q can use fewer questions than other common verbal tests to determine a candidate's level. What this means for you is it is difficult to make up for mistakes made at the beginning of the test. 
All the above makes the Talent Q Elements Verbal a very stressful test!

How should you approach the questions? 

Let’s review a question and see:

Railroad Transport

Europe has long benefited from a dense railway network and is the world leader in the supply of railway systems. Employing 1 million people in rail operations and another 250,000 in manufacturing, the European railway sector has a 60% share of the world market and an annual turnover of €95 billion.

Rail transport offers a viable and competitive means of shifting more cargo traffic away from the continent’s crowded roads, thus improving traffic circulation and cutting vehicle-emitted pollution. The EU places particular emphasis on stimulating new investment in trans-European transport infrastructure such as rail, and supports research efforts to create new methods of interoperability, higher safety standards and the reduction of rail-related noise levels.

One of the main advances in the EU's railway system is the recently launched MODTRAIN project. The project brings together, for the first time, all the main European rail system manufacturers, sub-system suppliers and rail operators. Working towards interoperability of national rolling-stock systems, MODTRAIN offers a radical approach to rolling-stock construction. Its goal of reducing the number of single components in a railway carriage from 1,200 to 120 parts and cutting construction time by more than 50% should give a huge boost to the sector’s competitiveness.
Adapted from europa.eu

Which one of the following is NOT a feature of the railway system?
  • Reduces vehicle-emitted pollution
  • Provides large-scale employment
  • Reduces traffic from roads
  • Creates competition
  • Stimulates new investments
  • Generates high revenue

This sample question asks which of the answers is NOT mentioned in the text as a feature of the railway system. This negative phrasing means that instead of looking for information mentioned in the passage, we should determine which piece of information is missing from it.

How should you solve this type of question? Here, we will start with the answer choices instead of the paragraph and try to eliminate them one by one until we are left with just one answer we cannot eliminate.

But we’ve got very little time to eliminate five answer choices! One great tip is to avoid reading the entire text and scan for keywords instead. For example, take a look at the first answer choice: the main word here is 'pollution'. Briefly scan through the passage and search for this word or other closely related words. This way, you can locate the information relatively quickly: the first sentence of the second paragraph says 'Rail transport offers […] thus improving traffic circulation and cutting vehicle-emitted pollution.' This confirms the first answer choice. Since you are looking for something we cannot confirm based on the text, you can now eliminate the first answer choice and move on to the next one.

The same can be done for the second answer choice: scan for the word 'employment'. You’ll find this word on the first paragraph – 'Employing 1 million people'. So this answer choice can be eliminated as well. Repeat this process until you are left with the one answer choice that isn’t mentioned in the text – answer choice 4.

How can I combat the quirks of this test?

The Talent Q Elements verbal test can be very stressful. It includes several challenging elements, including the time limit, length and complexity of the questions, and the small number of questions.

The above sample question is just one of Talent Q's different question types. Other questions may ask for two correct answers instead of just one, or even require reading the entire passage in order to be able to choose the correct answer. It is important to understand what the question is asking, but not lose sight of the time limit as you’ve got very little time for each question.

One of the best ways to deal with this stress is to practise, practise and practise some more – you will be better prepared and much less stressed when the real test arrives. Here at JobTestPrep, we offer a specially created preparation pack designed to a unique practice environment aiming to simulate the real test experience. Our recently updated pack now contains more questions and a new dedicated study guide offering many tips and useful strategies that will help you improve.

We hope you have enjoyed this post and look forward to helping you in your preparation.

Becoming a Conference Interpreter with the EPSO AD 5 and 7 level competitions

Are you interested in working for the European Union? Some new EPSO AD5 and AD7 positions have opened. Read on as we describe this competition and show you have to prepare for this unique competition. 

The EPSO Assessment Centre is always held in Brussels.
The Atomium

Do you want to be a Conference Interpreter for the EU?

The new competitions are the EPSO/AD/311/15 – 315/15 for the following languages:
  • Czech - EPSO/AD/311/15
  • Croatian - EPSO/AD/312/15
  • Lithuanian - EPSO/AD/313/15
  • Maltese - EPSO/AD/314/15
In these positions you have to interpret meetings and discussions either in a simultaneous or a consecutive way. The meetings cover a variety of different and wide ranging topics and can take place at irregular hours. These positions give you the chance to travel around Europe so if you would like traveling this position is a good career choice!

What EPSO tests do I need to pass to succeed?

The new competitions are different to the regular EPSO competitions in that there are extra tests involved that you have to pass in order to get invited to the EPSO assessment centre. The tests are:

Stage 1: Preliminary interpreting test

This involves a simultaneous interpretation of a recorded speech from one of your chosen languages into your best language. For example if your chosen languages are French, German and Czech with Czech being your first language you have to translate the speech from either French or German into Czech. This test is approximately 10 minutes long and you have to score at least 50%.

Stage 2: Interpreting tests

There are two tests in this section. For both of them you have to translate from your least favoured language into your chosen one AND from your chosen language into a less favoured one. You have to score a minimum of 50% in each of these tests. The first one is a consecutive interpreting test lasting 6 minutes and the second is a simultaneous interpreting test lasting 12 minutes.

Both the EPSO AD 7 and AD 5 results are sent to you by email and if you have scored highly enough on this stage you will be invited to Brussels for the assessment centre.

Stage 3: EPSO Assessment Centre

If you have scored highly enough on the previous EPSO interpreting tests you will be invited to attend an assessment centre in Brussels where you will take the standard EPSO tests as well as the other assessment exercises. The tests and exercises are:

EPSO Verbal Reasoning test: Taken in your first language, this is a 20 question test to be taken in 35 minutes. The pass mark is 50%. Learn about the principles of this test on our verbal reasoning page.

EPSO Numerical Reasoning test: This test is also taken in your first language, this 10 question test gives you a time limit of 20 minutes. To learn more about this test and get preparation see our dedicated pages.

EPSO Abstract Reasoning Test: In this test you have to answer 10 questions in a 10 minute time frame. Learning how to answer these questions is tricky so see our dedicated pages for tips and tricks and get our EPSO training pack for complete preparation.

For the numerical and abstract reasoning tests your scores are combined and you have to have at least 10 correct answers out of the 20 questions. This means that even if you score 2/10 in abstract reasoning, if you have scored 8/10 in the numerical test you will have passed.

Want to get a taste of JobTestPrep's EPSO simulation tests? Try out our much lauded demo page.

Oral Presentation: In this exercise you are given a case study approximately 20 pages long to go through in 30 minutes. Based on the direction questions you are given in the brief you must prepare a presentation that you will give to two assessors. This is given in your language of choice, English, French, or German. To learn more about this exercise and how to prepare see the website.

Competency-based interview: This assesses the following competencies:
  • Communicating
  • Delivering quality and results
  • Learning and development
  • Resilience
  • Working with others
  • Leadership
There are eight competencies in all (Analysis and problem solving and Prioritising and organising are not included above) which you can see on this marked out of 10. You need to score at least 40 out of 80 for the competencies. If you score highly enough on each of the competencies you will be offered a place on the reserve list

Group Exercise: In this exercise you are paired with 6-10 other candidates. You are each given a unique brief and you have 15 minutes to go through it. There is then a 50 minute discussion which you have to take an active part in. The competencies that are assessed are:
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Learning and development
  • Prioritising and organising
  • Working with others
  • Leadership
Learn more about this EPSO test on the main assessment centre page.

How can we help?

Preparing for each stage of the EPSO concours is challenging. At JobTestPrep we have many materials to ensure you go into your EPSO tests in the best possible way. We hope you have enjoyed this blog and look forward to helping you perform at your best with our EPSO training packs.

EPSO Numerical Test Sample for Administrator Levels with Explanations

Want to know how to answer the EPSO AD numerical test questions? Read on to find out!


EPSO Numerical Test Questions
In this blog, we are going to go through one of the most important aspects of the EPSO numerical test for administrator levels. This is one of the easiest mistakes to make which many applicants struggle with.

Take a look at the question below:
EPSO Numerical Test Sample for Administrator Levels with Explanations

In 2010, what was the ratio of GDP in Poland to that in Malta?

Many applicants think that to get to the answer all you need to do is to calculate the ratio of the GDP per head of the two countries, in this case:

Poland: 12,484
Malta: 26,861
26,861 / 12,484 = 2.15 which is 1 : 2.15

Easy-peasy right?
WRONG

You are asked to calculate the GDP, not the GDP per head. So how are you supposed to answer this question? Looking at the table we don’t have the actual GDP figures so how can we work out 1- what it is and 2- the ratio between the two countries?

Answering the EPSO numerical reasoning questions correctly

What we do know is that in the table we have a column that tells us the expenditure as a percentage of the GDP. We also know how much this was in Euros. How did we calculate the percentage of GDP on expenditure? We have the following equation:
Total GDP × percentage of expenditure (using decimal numbers) = Total expenditure

How to calculate percentages: The easy way

There is a very important point to remember here when calculating percentages. The quickest way to do so is by using a decimal number, i.e. instead of 50% use 50 / 100 = 0.5. Simply understood 50% is half of the original value. There are two ways to calculate this. If for example the number is 100:
100 ÷ 2 = 50
100 × 0.5 = 50

If we use the decimal number then if the percentage gets more complicated we can still use just one calculation to arrive at the true percentage. For example if we want to know 28.5% of 300 we can simply use the decimal number of 28.5%, 0.285 which would give us 300 × 0.285 = 85.5 All you have to remember to do is to move the decimal place to the left by two places, as below.
25 %  = 0.25

Answering the Question

As you see:

Total GDP × percentage of expenditure (0.0185) = Total expenditure (13,547)
Since we know two of the figures we can rearrange the formula. By doing so, we will be able to calculate the total GDP. This gives us:
Total GDP = total expenditure ÷ percentage of expenditure
Using this formula we can calculate the total GDP for each of the countries in question.
Poland expenditure: 13 547
Poland expenditure percentage: 1.85%
1.85 % of 13,547 = 13,547 ÷ 0.0185
  = 732,270.27

This now gives us the entire equation: 
Total GDP (732,270.27€ million) = total expenditure (13,547€ million) ÷ percentage of GDP (0.0185)

Can you work out the rest of the question?

The JobTestPrep Choice

In order to really get comfortable with the EPSO numerical reasoning test, you need to take practice tests in an EPSO exam environment. At JobTestPrep, we offer a number of different preparation packages with questions that can be taken in both a timed and untimed mode. When you take the EPSO tests for real you will be doing so with confidence that you have done everything in your power to fully prepare. We hope you have enjoyed this blog and look forward to helping you in your EPSO test preparation.

EPSO/AD/310/15: Prepare for the EPSO Tests!

EPSO/AD/310/15: 40 new positions on the reserve list!
Are you interested in working for the European Union? Some new EPSO AD7 Positions have just opened up so take your chance now! Here we’ll detail the AD7 positions, the different steps of the application process and point you in the right direction for expert guidance.

What are these new positions?

In the EPSO AD7 bracket there are three different competitions of which you can only apply to one of them at a time. They are:

Curator: 20 positions
Museum educator: 15 positions
Conservator - conservation and collection manager: 5 positions

What you need to apply:

You need to have a complete mastery (C1) in any one of the 24 official EU languages and vantage or upper intermediate (B2) of English, French or German as your second language. As well as this you need at least 4 years’ completed university studies attested by a diploma in history, or a similar related field, followed by at least 6 years’ professional experience in a field related to the profile.

EPSO Application process

There are a number of different sections in the application process and they are outlined below. If you want more information on any of them see our EPSO section on the JTP website.

Online application form: Here you have to complete an exhaustive application form along with some EPSO competency questions. These are important for later on in the process as they are used to narrow down the pool of applicants. The selection criteria are detailed on the EPSO notice of competition. There are 12 criteria for Curators and Conservator positions and 11 for the Museum educator position. These include details such as having the relevant PhD and professional experience in the position you are applying for. For each question you are given a score out of four and only the highest scorers will be accepted to the next stage of the EPSO assessment centre.

EPSO Computer Based Tests

Whilst these can theoretically be administered at the EPSO assessment centre (if the threshold of applicants isn't reached) in practice this rarely happens so you will take them at a separate testing centre in one the many locations throughout Europe. You will take these tests in your first language.

The tests are as follows:
The pass mark for the EPSO numerical and abstract reasoning tests is combined and is 10/20. This theoretically means that if you score 10/10 in one of the tests you will have passed.

When taking these tests it is important to remember that you are up against stiff competition. In fact, whether your answers in the talent screener are good, bad, or ugly makes no difference here. Those answers will only be read if you are in the top 50-60 applicants. Therefore you have to make sure you are fully prepared for these tests in order to do yourself justice. Even if you had the skills before, as these are experienced positions it is highly unlikely that you have had to do anything like this for a long period of time. It is thus imperative that you practice the skills and methods needed to succeed in these tests. Try our EPSO simulation tests to refresh your memory and go into the testing centre with confidence.

EPSO Assessment Centre

If you have done well enough in the EPSO computer based tests and the EPSO talent screener you will be invited to Brussels to take part in the assessment centre. The different tasks and evaluations that you sit assess you using eight different competencies. These are outlined in the table below. For a detailed look at the EPSO competency framework, see our blog. You need to score at least 3/10 for each competency and overall you need 40/80 to be considered.

Case StudyGroup ExerciseGeneral competency-based interview
Analysis and problem-solving
Communicating
Delivering quality and results
Learning and development
Prioritising and organising
Resilience
Working with others
Leadership

As well as the above tasks you also have a specific competency-based interview. In general, the competencies tested here are those that have already been assessed in the general interview. Here though there is a very different slant where they want to know in a more exact fashion how you would use the skills in your job, how you would go about dealing with a specific problem. For more information on dealing with competency based interviews see the JTP website.

How can we help you?

Here at JobTestPrep we have many different practice EPSO simulation tests and drills that give you the understanding and necessary skill you need to perform well in the EPSO tests. We hope you have enjoyed this blog and look forward to helping you in the EPSO concours. Good Luck!

Prepare for the new EPSO AST 3 Competitions

New EPSO AST 3 Positions Available!
15 new EPSO AST 3 positions have been offered in the curator and conservation and collection management assistant roles in the EU. Learn about the EPSO selection process for these two competitions and get practice materials so you’ll be fully prepared.

What are the EPSO Jobs?

There are two different positions in this competition, both in the EPSO/AST/136/15 bracket. They are:

Assistant curator (AST 3): 10 positions 

In this position you will work with the administrator responsible for the development of museum exhibitions, notably for temporary and travelling exhibitions, updating the permanent exhibition, researching content and objects, enriching the museum collection and drafting related publications. 

Conservation and collection management assistant (AST 3): 5 positions

In this position you will assist with preserving the HEH collection and objects on loan, monitoring storage and exhibition environment as well as other related tasks.

What is the EPSO selection process?

There are three main sections of the EPSO selection process which we will expand on below:

EPSO Application Form: There are a number of different sections to this application form. Apart from the basic personal information you also have to complete a number of motivational questions and a talent screener. The questions on the motivational section include:
  • How is your education and experience relevant to this particular profile?
  • What specific contribution do you think you could make to the work of the European institutions and agencies?
  • Outline two of your main achievements. Describe what they are, the process you went through and their positive outcomes for you and for others.
You have a maximum of 2000 characters to complete your answers so they have to be to the point as well as show exactly why you are worthy of an EPSO job. As well as this you have to complete a talent screener which asks various questions on the job position itself. The questions focus on your skills and abilities performing such roles in the past and your relevant scholastic achievements. This is a very important section as it is scored. Only the top 50-60 applicants are invited to the EPSO assessment centre and if your score isn’t high enough in the EPSO talent screener you will not be invited.

EPSO Multiple Choice Computer Based Tests

There are three different tests in this section on your EPSO selection process. These tests are taken in your first language and will be administered in one the Prometric testing centres in any one of the European countries.

The tests are:

TestNumber of QuestionsPass mark
Verbal Reasoning20 in 35 mins10/20
Numerical Reasoning10 in 20 mins10/20
Abstract Reasoning10 in 10 mins10/20

When taking these tests it is important to remember that you are up against stiff competition. Scraping the pass mark will not guarantee you anything apart from a rejection. The best way to prepare yourself for these tests is taking EPSO simulation tests that give you the skills and knowledge needed to really do well. Try our EPSO simulation tests to gain the skills and confidence to go into the testing centre with confidence.

EPSO Assessment Centre

If you have been one of the highest scorers in the EPSO tests and talent screener you will be invited to attend the assessment centre in Brussels. There are four separate assessments during the day. Each of them assesses you on specific competencies detailed in the EPSO competency framework. For more information on the specific competencies that you are tested on for each of the exercises see the AD blog on the same competition. They activities you will face are:

Group exercise: You are given a brief that is approximately 15 pages long. You have 15 minutes to go through the information followed by a 50 minute discussion.

Case Study: As above you are given a brief that is about 15-20 pages in length. You have 90 minutes to compose a report on the subject and are given specific guidelines telling you how you should do so. For more information and to get expert guidance see our dedicated page.

General competency- based interview: This is a panel interview with two assessors. You are asked questions on specific competencies in a general way. For example, you will be asked about "Resilience": Tell me about a time when you showed resilience. Here you have to answer in a general way, not specific to the position you are applying for.

Specific competency- based interview: Similar to the previous interview this assesses you on the competencies. However here you have to give competency examples of situations directly relating to the job. As above, you should answer the questions in the STAR method as this showcases your skills in the most complete fashion.

How can I prepare for this EPSO Competition?

At JobTestPrep we have a plethora of different EPSO preparation packages for both the EPSO tests and assessment centre. Feel free to browse through our products. If you have any questions concerning this or any other EPSO competition please contact us and we will do our best to answer within 24 hours. Looking forward to having you on board!

The New Face of Assessment Tests: Revelian Theme Park Hero and Wasabi Waiter

Revelian's Theme Park Hero Games Based Assessment
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The New Face of Assessment Tests

A growing trend in recruitment these days is gamification, or the gamification of recruitment. While this may sound complicated and boring, it’s actually easy and fun! Rather than using old fashioned interviews and assessment tests, companies are using online games to assess potential hires for the skills and competencies they’re looking for. This is a win-win situation as it allows those of us who normally freeze up in interviews and on tests to have a better shot at getting the job and cuts the recruitment process much shorter (which means quicker results for those eager to hear!).

Why Use Game Based Assessments?

Ordinarily, when you are applying for a job where assessments are used, tests are either sent to you to be sat at home or you sit the tests at an assessment centre. These can be challenging and nerve-wracking to say the least and many applicants complain that they feel aptitude tests are not a good indicator of their abilities.

Assessment companies have developed a solution to this issue with game based assessments. These veer away from the normal test format, presenting you with different games to play and solve, rather than those old multiple choice tests we’ve seen a thousand times. This takes away from the usual pressure and anxiety surrounding the assessments.

There’s also something in it for the employers, who are often unsatisfied with the results they receive from candidates’ assessments. Companies are often frustrated when applicants come through the recruitment process with flying colors but don’t meet expectations once they begin working (Bloomberg). Game based assessments match up results from applicants with results from good employees to see how well they fit the mold.

Revelian’s Theme Park Hero

Let’s look at an example of a traditional assessment company making strides with their new game. Revelian, formerly OneTest, is a large provider of cognitive ability tests in Australia and is used in the UK as well. Previously, Revelian used numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning tests to assess candidates’ skills in different areas relevant to the job. In the past year, Revelian has begun using a new type of “test”, a gamified recruitment assessment called Theme Park Hero.

How to Play

Revelian’s Theme Park Hero consists of four games or tasks which must be completed in your role as park manager. The water park designer features a puzzle with Tetris-like shapes which you have to fit into the allotted space, testing your spatial reasoning abilities. The Balloon Stall shows you a series of words and you need to name the colour the word is written in. The Blueprints section requires you to recreate an image which has been broken into squares. And Tricky Tokens is a test of your mental math skills.

Tired of preparing and retaking the same aptitude tests each time you apply for a job? The beauty of Theme Park Hero is that you only take the assessment once a year, which gives the companies an honest picture of your talents rather than allowing you to retake the test over and over, a phenomenon that can lead to receiving false positives. Instead of retesting each time, each candidate is registered and once they have received their results, that data can be sent on to other companies who are also using the same assessment.

If you are applying to Australian employers like AMP, the Australian Taxation Office, KPMG Australia and the Public Commission, Revelian Theme Park Hero is coming your way.

Serving Up an Assessment

Revelian is also the distributor for another up and coming game-based assessment in Australia called Wasabi Waiter created by Knack. Knack is an app that tracks data from games that you play on the app to see what “knacks” or talents you have that employers look for. Once you have a profile listing your “knacks”, you can apply for jobs through the app! Aside from Wasabi Waiter, the app includes Meta Maze and Balloon Brigade Blitz. Like Theme Park Hero, each of these games focuses on a specific skill set such as spatial reasoning, ability to focus and problem solving. Big companies like American Express, Nielsen and Kimberly Clark are already using games to evaluate applicants.

Wasabi Waiter - How to Play

Wasabi Waiter Game Based Assessment
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Wasabi Waiter places the player as a waiter in a busy sushi restaurant. Your job is to read the emotions of each customer who comes in (happy, sad, surprised, angry) and serve a plate of sushi based on your reading. As you get farther into the game, more and more customers come in and you have less and less time to serve each one. Once you have completed the game, Knack shows you a score of a number of competencies, such as strategic, fast learner and problem solver, just a few of your knacks.

Game based assessments like Revelian and Wasabi Waiter are making the assessment stage of job applications more enjoyable and productive for both applicants and employers. With games to play and puzzles to solve, the usual pressure melts away and you give employers a fuller picture of your abilities.

Are you facing a game based assessment like Theme Park Hero or Wasabi Warrior? Get advice from the JobTestPrep team by emailing us at info@jobtestprep.co.uk

EPSO Competency Framework: How to Prepare?

The EPSO Competency Framework - Prepare for your EPSO Tests
Are you thinking of applying for a job in the European Union and expect to take the EPSO test in 2015? Read on and learn about the EPSO competency framework so you’ll know how to approach the different tests.

Whether you expect to take the EPSO administrator or assistant level tests you need to go through many different tests and exercises. Each one of these EPSO tests measures you up against the EPSO competency framework. In fact, you have to demonstrate that you possess each and every one of them to have a chance of making it to the EPSO reserve list. Here we will go through these competencies and point out where they are assessed.

EPSO Competencies – Broken Down

There are eight competencies in the framework. They are:

Analysis and Problem Solving: Identify the critical facts in complex issues and develop creative and practical solutions. This competency is assessed through the case studye-tray and oral presentation. For example in the oral presentation you are given a brief that contains much information. You have to find the critical facts and craft creative and practical solution ideas.

Communicating: Communicate clearly and precisely both orally and in writing. During your case study, presentation and structured interview you must show that you have good communication skills. This means that you must be clear, to the point, and demonstrate that you have good communication skills. There is limited time for the EPSO tests and tasks and you have to use it well to ensure you cover all aspects of the task. This means that you have to be to the point without any extra waffle in your writing, presentation or speech.

Delivering Quality and Results: Take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering work to a high standard of quality within set procedures. In both the EPSO case study and the e-tray you have to demonstrate this competency.

Learning and Development: Develop and improve personal skills and knowledge of the organisation and its environment. During the group exercise and interviews you have to show that you can get on with the people you are working with. In the group exercise you should show your people skills with other “co-workers” and in the interview in your interaction with the assessors. You need to showcase your personal skills on an interpersonal level in order to do well regarding this competency.

Prioritising and Organising: Prioritise the most important tasks, work flexibly and organise own workload efficiently. Used in the assessment of your e-tray, group exercise and interview. This is particularly relevant in the EPSO e-tray as there is often more information than you can actually take in in the time given. You therefore need to demonstrate that you prioritise the important information, selecting the wheat from the chaff and organise it to form complete solutions to problems.

Resilience: Remain effective under a heavy workload, handle organisational frustrations positively and adapt to a changing work environment. This is used in the assessment of your group exercise, structured interview and oral presentation. Following your actual presentation there is a 10 minute question and answer session with the two assessors. They are looking for clear answers and your ability to hold your own in a discussion. If you feel that you have a good point even if they are trying to find holes in it you must show your resilience and stand up for your opinion. This is actually what they want. They want to hear fresh ideas and if you can demonstrate them without giving in to them you are showing true resilience.

Working with Others: Work cooperatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people. During your group exercise, e-tray, and structured interview you need to demonstrate this skill. Interestingly, your skills at working with others are measured both in person and with other people through different means. In a job you have many different types of interactions, with people on a higher level than you such as your boss and with people who work with you on a day to day basis. More than this, you communicate both via face to face communication and with email correspondence as well. Therefore the EPSO competency framework includes the assessment of these skills in all of the areas.

Leadership (for administrators only): Manage, develop and motivate people to achieve results.
Your leadership skills are assessed during the interview and group exercise. The assessors are looking for how well you can influence others and lead by example in a group setting or from proven past experience.

How can we help?

At JobTestPrep we can prepare you for your EPSO competition whether for the EPSO AD or AST levels. Whilst preparing thoroughly for each new assessment you can pay attention to the competencies that you are assessed on, so that they come naturally when it comes to the actual assessments. We hope you have enjoyed this discussion and it has given you a deeper understanding of the EPSO competencies.

If you have any questions regarding anything on EPSO, please let us know and we will try to get back to you within 24 hours.

EPSO AD competitions: EPSO/AD/304-307/15 for Lawyer-linguists: Court of Justice AD -7

EPSO/AD/304-307/15 for Lawyer-linguists: Court of Justice AD -7
Do you want to be a lawyer linguist in the EU? Find out about the recruitment process and prepare for the EPSO tests below.

52 new positions have been made available through the following EPSO competitions:

EPSO/AD/304/15 — BG (Bulgarian): 10
EPSO/AD/305/15 — ES (Spanish): 15
EPSO/AD/306/15 — FR (French): 15
EPSO/AD/307/15 — IT (Italian): 12

What do you need to apply?

In order to apply to any of the above competitions you must be a lawyer with the ability to translate legal/legislative texts into at least two other languages. Your second language (French) and third languages must be at the C1 level. This is defined as the ability to:
  • Understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • Express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
(The highest level is C2 which is defined as a mastery or proficiency.)

As there are only a small number of positions available for each competition, it is likely that you will be screened from the very outset. This means that if there are 20 times more applications than places you will face a further screening. (For example: There are 10 places available for the EPSO/AD/304/15 competition; 10 × 20 = 200. If there are more than 200 applications then there is a screening of your application form as well.)

Pre-Selection for EPSO AD 7 Competitions

If the number of applications exceeds the threshold you will be judged on the following selection criteria:
  • Professional experience in the field of legal translation.
  • Professional experience of drafting legal texts.
  • Professional legal experience acquired in a business environment.
  • Some kind of qualification in translation.
  • Knowledge of other European languages.

What EPSO Tests do I need to pass?

There are a number of different EPSO tests that you need to pass in order to get through this EPSO concours. There are two different sections to these tests. No more than 20 times the number of places will be asked to take stage one of these tests, e.g. for EPSO/AD/305/15 the maximum number of candidates taking these two tests is 15 × 20 = 300. For the second stage the maximum is 4.5 e.g. 15 × 4.5 = 68 candidates, which means that these tests are used as a way of removing a large proportion of applicants, and you will want to be at your best to ensure that you are not one of them.

Stage 1: EPSO Translation Test

There are two tests in this section; each one assesses your language skills. In the EPSO translation tests you have to translate a passage from your first language into your second and third languages. The time limit for each of these tests is 110 minutes. You have to score at least 50% (40/80) in each of the tests to have any chance of being invited to the next stage of the EPSO concours.

Stage 2: EPSO Assessment Stage

EPSO Verbal Reasoning test: Taken in your first language, this is a 20 question test to be taken in 35 minutes. The pass mark is 50%. Learn about the principles of this test on our verbal reasoning page.

EPSO Numerical Reasoning test: Also in your first language, this 10 question test gives you a time limit of 20 minutes. To learn more about this test and get preparation see our dedicated pages.

EPSO Abstract Reasoning Test: In this test you have to answer 10 questions in a 10 minute time frame. Learning how to answer these questions is tricky so see our dedicated pages for tips and tricks and get our EPSO training pack for complete preparation.

What are the EPSO Assessment Centre exercises?

There are three tests at the EPSO assessment centre and each of them is used to assess you against a specific competency. You need to score highly for each and every section of the test so make sure you are fully prepared:

Group Exercise: Assesses you on analysis and problem solving, delivering quality and results, learning and development, and prioritising and organising. Learn more about these EPSO assessment exercises here.

General EPSO interview and a separate competency-based interview: Assessing the following competencies:
  • Communicating
  • Resilience
  • Working with others
  • Leadership
Each of the competencies is marked out of 10. You need to score at least 3 for each one as well as score at least 40 out of 80 for the competencies. If you score highly enough on each of the competencies you will be offered a place on the reserve list. The deadline for these AD competitions is  23rd June 2015.

How can we help?

Preparing for each stage of the EPSO concours is challenging. At JobTestPrep we have many materials to ensure you go into your EPSO tests in the best possible way. We hope you have enjoyed this blog and look forward to helping you perform at your best with our EPSO training packs.


Select2perform Tests - Practice with Samples & Answers

Select2perform Tests - Practice with Samples & Answers

Were you invited to take a test through SHL's select2perform platform? See how our test preparation resources and free samples for SHL tests can help you.

If you are a candidate of an employer that uses CEB's SHL assessment services, you have probably been asked to take an online test through a link that includes the name select2perform.

It's important to understand that select2perform refers only to the platform through which SHL's tests are delivered and NOT to a specific name of a test. Thus, we advise you to find out what type of SHL test you are expecting if you wish to prepare for it, e.g. numerical reasoning, personality etc. You can find SHL-style practice tests here.

How to find select2perform sample aptitude tests?

The most natural place to go to is SHL's official practice website: shldirect.com
However, SHL's website does not provide answers to the tests. 

If you want to see answers to practice questions that follow the SHL style and get tips for passing SHL's tests, we advise you to explore the following resources on our blog and website:

Top Tips for EPSO Case Study Preparation

Top tips for EPSO Case Study Preparation

Are you getting ready to sit your EPSO case study AST3, AD5 – 9 or any other position? Here we have prepared a list of tips to ensure you have the best chance of success.

The EPSO Case Study AST3 Basics

Source materials: A mixture of 8 – 13 emails, regulations, articles and reports.

Time limit: 90 minutes

Skills needed: spelling, written communication, ability to structure a complete report etc.

Know what you need to do

This may seem a bit obvious but it is very important that you read the questions of the EPSO case study carefully to understand exactly what you have to do. If you are slightly wrong at the beginning, you will be very far from the correct path at the end. It is worthwhile carefully analysing the questions before you start reading the source materials. By doing this you will be able to know what you are looking for when reading through the text.

Make notes whilst going through the EPSO Case Study

This is particularly relevant for the EPSO Case Study AST3 as there are more documents than in other case studies. You are given a small white board to make notes on. Use it! Make a note not only of the actual content that you feel is important but also the source of it. You will save valuable time and effort by ensuring you know the material as best you can.

Plan your report

The length of your report should be between 500 and 1000 words. Think of it as a 2 page document. However in order to ensure you cover everything you need to you have to make a plan. The same is true with every written exercise but obviously the longer the report, the more important it is to plan it. There are generally three stages to the report:

The introduction: Outlining the basic ideas and concepts mentioned in the EPSO case study.

The problem: Here you outline the main problems facing the company/ process. In this section of the report you have to demonstrate your analysis and problem solving skills whilst doing so in a clear, communicative fashion.

The solution: Here you use your prioritising and organising skills in order to present a solution that will deliver quality and results.

Looking carefully at the three steps outlined above you will notice that the four key competencies assessed in the EPSO case study AST3 (Analysis and problem-solving, Communicating, Delivering quality and results, Prioritising and organising) are used. Your goal is to demonstrate that you possess these competencies through your report. This is accomplished best through careful planning.

You may think that a plan wastes time. However this simply isn’t the case for two reasons. First of all the assessors who read your report will see your plan as well. This will be counted towards your score and is a great indicator showing that you have thought about the questions before going ahead and writing. Secondly using a plan actually increases your speed overall as it gives you a path of action. You know exactly which step to take and the steps simply follow one from the other. Therefore an EPSO case study preparation plan is hugely important.

EPSO Case Study Preparation

Other tips for EPSO case study preparation include:
  • Read up about Europe so you have a good understanding of the field you are applying to.
  • Make sure you understand the mission or question, every word and minute counts and you want to ensure you know exactly what to do.
  • Practice speed-reading. This is important for everyone. By increasing your speed you will be able to work faster which gives you more time to craft the report. 
  • Re-read the notice of competition as it often contains valuable information about the EPSO case study example that you will sit. 
You should also be aware that there is strict security at the EPSO testing centres and you are not allowed to take any personal belongings into the testing room. Moreover, security will probably have a metal detector that you have to go through before entering the room. Due to all the security concerns it is important that you arrive at the centre in plenty of time.

EPSO Case Study Practice

Here at JobTestPrep we have a variety of different case study packages available for you to use. These range from an automated service to a full blown personal session with a trained assessor. We hope you have enjoyed this blog and look forward to helping you out in your EPSO tests.

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Preparing for an SHL Personality Test - Tips and Practice Resources

Preparing for an SHL Personality Test - Tips and Practice Resources

Were you invited to take an SHL personality test as part of the recruitment process? JTP's testing team has tips on how to prepare yourself for such a test.

CEB’s SHL offer employers a personality test called OPQ (occupational personality questionnaire). Prepare for your test with these three valuable tips from JTP.

1 - Know what the test measures

By reading the product brochures that SHL provide to potential clients (the employers), you can gain a better understanding of the test's structure, the traits being measured, and even see a score report sample that will be sent to the employer.

Here are two important resources, found on the CEB SHL website:

Candidate Report - provides the employer with a full explanation of the candidate’s scores.

Fact Sheet - Details of the tests such as what traits the questions are designed to analyse and how long it should take you to complete.

2 - Know what your future employer is looking for

The application process to any job usually implies or states clearly which traits play a role when choosing which candidates to hire. For example, a customer service role will likely require sociability and empathy while an analyst role will require creative thinking styles, conscientiousness and following rules.

3 - Experience a personality test in advance

Taking a personality tests can cast fear among candidates. Naturally, we don’t feel very comfortable when we are exposed or when our inner motives are in the spotlight. Simulating a personality test in advance can help alleviate that fear and can also give you a better picture of how your profile is presented to employers.

Our personality test produces a thorough score report that analyses up to 34 traits!

See an example report and start preparing now with JobTestPrep!

CEB's SHL Numerical Reasoning Test Answers

CEB's SHL Numerical Reasoning Test Answers
Have you tried sample CEB’s SHL-style numerical questions found across the web, and struggled to understand how they got to that answer? Here we look at two such questions and invite you to work through them with us.


CEB’s SHL numerical reasoning tests are amongst the most common psychometric tests, and if you are applying for a job, you may well find that you have to take one. There are several free samples around (including in CEB’s SHL website), but they rarely give you both the answer to the question and an explanation of how to work it out. We will focus on two of these sample questions and provide you with the correct answer as well as a complete explanation for both of them.

Solutions to CEB’s SHL-style Numerical Reasoning Questions

Question #1 - World Fossil Fuel Regulation

Solutions to CEB’s SHL-style Numerical Reasoning Questions - World Fossil Fuel Regulation

Which mine can produce the greatest amount of units of electricity before it runs out of coal?

  1. Folen
  2. Dirme
  3. Ilt
  4. Ryken
  5. All Others

Explanation

The table presents us with a great load of data. However, reading the question carefully, we can see that the only data we need for solving the question is the amount of electricity that could be produced per kg of coal in each mine (the 2nd column from right) and the remaining coal left in each mine (the right-most column).
Hence, for each mine separately, we need to multiply the numbers in the "Electricity production per kg (units)" column by the numbers in the "Remaining coal (millions of tonnes)" column:
  • Folen: 17×68.27 = 1,160.59
  • Dirme: 12.3×70.95 = 872.685
  • Ilt: 14.2×62.73 = 890.766
  • Ryken: 21×61.02 = 1,281.42
  • All Others: 14.7×82.63 = 1,214.661
From the calculations we can see that Ryken can produce the greatest amount of electricity units before running out of coal.

The correct answer is therefore Ryken.

Solving tip: We can save some time solving this question by eliminating answer choices based on the following reasoning:
Since we are looking for the largest multiplication of "Electricity production" and "Remaining coal", we can discard mines in which both numbers are smaller than those of other mines.
To do so, we can start by choosing the greatest number in one of the columns. If we look at the right-most column, this number would be 82.63 (All Others).
Since all of the other mines have a lower amount of "Remaining coal", we can discard those mines that also have a lower "Electricity production" rate (i.e., a rate lower than 14.7). Thus, we can discard Dirme (which has a 12.3 rate) and Ilt (which has a 14.2 rate).

Question #2 - Newmellum Retail Outlets

Solutions to CEB’s SHL-style Numerical Reasoning Questions - Newmellum Retail Outlets

If all staff, both operations and admin, were required to wear trousers, shirts and shoes, how much would this cost the company?

  1. £4,698
  2. £12,843
  3. £18,648
  4. £27,364
  5. £33,615

Explanation

When solving this question, it is important to note that the table in fact comprises two separate smaller tables. The first table, which includes the first three columns from the left, presents data concerning the company’s staff. The second table, which includes the remaining five columns, presents data concerning the cost of purchasing different items depending on the purchase quantity.
To solve this question we need to follow the following steps:
  • First, we need to find the total number of staff members (both Admin and Operational): 212+64+16+33+112=437
  • Since the company needs to buy each of these 437 employees a pair of trousers, a shirt and a pair of shoes, the prices that apply for the purchase are those in the bottom row of the right table (the "100+" row).
  • Therefore, the total cost of purchasing the three clothing items for all staff members is: Total no. of staff × (Cost of Trousers + Cost of Shirt + Cost of Shoes) = 437×(£7.49+£3.26+£18.64) = 437×£29.39 = £12,843.43
The correct answer is therefore £12,843.

Prepare for your CEB’s SHL-style Numerical Reasoning Test

Now that you have started practising CEB’s SHL-style numerical reasoning questions, it is the ideal time to continue practising to excel at your real test. At JobTestPrep’s website you can find free SHL-style numerical teststips for passing CEB’s SHL-style numerical tests and of course - our famous SHL-style preparation packs. So what are you waiting for?  Start preparing today and get the job you always wanted!

CEB’s SHL-style Management and Graduate Item Bank Preparation

SHL Management and Graduate Item Bank Preparation
The CEB’s SHL Management and Graduate Item Bank is a set of SHL numerical and verbal tests aimed at managers, professionals and graduates. Learn more about these tests, how to prepare and the practice resources available from JobTestPrep.

What is a CEB's SHL MGIB test?

The CEB’s SHL Management and Graduate Item Bank (MGIB) is used by employers for selection, assessment or development at managerial, professional or graduate levels. The tests in this battery may be used alongside some CEB’s SHL verify tests (for example inductive or diagrammatic reasoning), or on their own. MGIB tests are usually supervised tests, so you will take them at an assessment or testing centre, where they will be either online or paper based.

The CEB’s SHL MGIB contains two categories of tests: numerical critical reasoning and verbal critical reasoning. Each category includes six test versions, of different lengths and timings. Below we discuss each test, including the types of questions it includes and the skills it requires, and refer you to the best preparation for your needs.

CEB’s SHL Verbal Critical Reasoning Test

This test assesses your ability to evaluate the logic of an argument. You are given sets of short paragraphs to read, followed by several statements. You are asked to decide whether each statement is true, false, or you cannot say based on the information contained in the text only.

There are six versions of this test, with different timings and number of questions.

Test VersionQuestionsTimeTime per question
VMG 1522529 seconds
VMG 2, 3, 4482531 seconds
VMG 5, 6321833 seconds

CEB’s SHL Numerical Critical Reasoning Test

The numerical critical reasoning test measures your ability to understand numerical data and make the correct decisions or inferences from this information. Information is presented in tables and graphs, and you are asked questions that require you to calculate the answer in order to choose the correct answer from a list of options. You may use a calculator to help find the answer.

There are also six versions of this test, with different timings and number of questions.

Test VersionQuestionsTimeTime per question
NMG 1403552 seconds
NMG 2, 3, 4353560 seconds
NMG 5, 6202060 seconds

Preparing for your CEB’s SHL MGIB test

As with all tests, it is advisable to prepare for your CEB’s SHL MGIB tests. By taking practice tests you sharpen your skills, learn to identify the correct information and calculation for the answer, and how to manage the time allocated for each question. All of this adds up to a better score at the end of it.

At JobTestPrep we have created CEB’s SHL-style practice packs designed to mimic the types of questions you will have in your MGIB test. These packs are timed, enabling you prepare within realistic (although not exactly the same) time limits. Our CEB’s SHL-style practice packs also contain study guides, video tutorials and drills to give you all the test preparation you need.

Prepare for your Management and Graduate Item Bank tests today.

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What’s the EPSO AD5 position?

EPSO AD5 Generalists Tests Preparation
It has just been announced that that 149 new positions are being made available on the reserve list for administrators EPSO AD5. So if you are thinking of an EU career this is the time to apply. Get your EPSO training in early to perform at your best!

What EPSO AD5 Tests do I need to pass?

There are a number of different EPSO AD5 tests that you need to pass in order to get through this EPSO concours. These are:

EPSO Verbal Reasoning test: Taken in your first language, this is a 10 question test to be taken in 18 minutes. The pass mark is 50%. Learn about this test on our dedicated page.

EPSO Numerical Reasoning test: Also in your first language, this 10 question test gives you a time limit of 20 minutes. To learn more about this test and get preparation see our dedicated pages.

EPSO Abstract Reasoning Test: In this test you have to answer 20 questions in a 20 minute time frame. Learning how to answer these questions is tricky so see our dedicated page for tips and tricks and get our EPSO training pack for complete preparation.

Situational Judgement Test: The last test in the EPSO computer based test section requires you to complete a 20 question Situational Judgement Test, or SJT, in a 30 minute timeframe. This test is taken in your second language. You need to score at least 60% to be considered for the next section of the EPSO concours. Learn more about this test on our dedicated page.

What’s the EPSO AD5 position?

If you are a graduate or young professional and want to become an EU administrator this is a great place to start. As this is a generalist position there are three main areas of work performed. These are:

Policy formulation and development: This includes the analysis and formulation of policies, drafting policy analysis notes and briefings and assisting decision-makers.

Operational delivery: This includes checking programmes and action plans, managing the relationships between member states and external interest groups, drafting contracts, contributing to external communication as well as other such activities.

Resource management: This include the monitoring of administrative, financial and budget procedures, helping prepare budget estimates and helping manage operational, strategic, social and budgetary risks

EPSO e-Tray

If you pass all the tests and your score is among the highest candidates, you are invited to take the intermediate test, the e-tray exercise. This, like the SJT is taken in your second language. You are assessed on four of the competencies, each of which is marked out of 10. There are between 15 and 20 questions to answer. Learn more about e-tray exercises on our dedicated page.

What are the EPSO AD5 Assessment Centre exercises?

There are four tests at the EPSO assessment centre and each of them is used to assess you against a specific competency. You need to score highly for each and every section of the test so make sure you are fully prepared:
  • Case Study: Assesses you on the competency of delivering quality and results.
  • Oral Presentation: Assesses you on Analysis and problem solving; Communicating; and Resilience
  • Competency-based interview: Assesses you on Learning and development; Resilience; and Leadership.
  • Group Exercise: Assesses you on Prioritising and organising; Working with others; and Leadership
If you score highly enough on each of the competencies you will be offered a place on the reserve list.

How can we help?

Preparing for each stage of the EPSO concours is challenging. At JobTestPrep we have all the materials to ensure you go into your EPSO AD5 tests in the best possible way. We hope you have enjoyed this blog and look forward to helping you perform at your best with our EPSO training packs.