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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.

Managerial Numerical Reasoning Tests - How to Prepare

Preparing for Managerial Numerical Reasoning Tests
Were you invited to take a managerial numerical reasoning test? Learn what to expect and find relevant practice resources here.




Many managerial recruitment processes include a numerical reasoning assessment. These assessments are popular for two reasons:

  1. Managers are expected to be comfortable with data analysis and numerical operations as they are an integral part of your  daily work, regardless of rank or industry.
  2. It's a cost-effective tool to screen out less competitive candidates.

Management or Senior Management?

If you were invited to take a managerial numerical test, the types of test you can expect are determined by your specific job level. In the world of assessments, we could say that the division is as follows:

  1. Junior/Middle management numerical reasoning tests (aka graduate/mgmt)
  2. Senior management numerical tests (directors, VPs, C level)
In many cases, assessment companies will not separate the above two groups. That is, a graduate applying for an entry level analyst job at a corporate bank may sit the same test as a department manager or director. In such a case, either a cut-off score will determine whether a candidate progresses, or the score is compared to the average score of the cohort.

In other cases the level of difficulty of senior managerial tests will differ substantially. Let’s look at some types of advanced managerial numerical reasoning tests.

Popular types of managerial level tests

NMT4 - one of SHL’s Advanced Managerial Tests is a graph/table numerical test that can display multiple data sets at once, e.g. two tables and one graph.
NMT2 - another SHL Advanced Managerial Test, which contains higher level word problems.

Learn more about NMT2 and 4.

Pearson’s RANRA - the Rust Advanced Numerical Reasoning Appraisal test is used frequently for senior managerial selection processes. Unlike the aforementioned tests, the format of this test resembles GMAT's data sufficiency format. Learn more here.

Practice resources

As with all other job related tests, the key to preparing for numerical managerial tests is finding the exact name or type of test you have been asked to sit. Once you have it all you need to do is look for a practice resource that follows the specific characteristics of that test as much as possible.

JobTestPrep is the first preparation institute to provide tailored preparation resources for all levels, including managerial levels. Explore our preparation solutions here:


Deductive and Inductive Reasoning Tests - Spot the Differences

Deductive and inductive reasoning tests are popular aptitude tests seen on many job selection processes. Here we explain the differences between the two test styles and refer you to relevant practice resources.

Put simply, inductive and deductive reasoning are opposite directions of thought used for data analysis. Let's define each term first:


Deductive and Inductive Reasoning Tests - Spot the Differences

What do the tests looks like

In the world of job assessments and aptitude tests, these two reasoning types will be assessed 
through different question formats. Let’s see how these test formats differ.

Inductive Reasoning: Mainly shape sequences and matrices (see an example here).
Deductive Reasoning: Verbal passages and numerical/tabular data (see an example here).

Who is expected to take each test?

Inductive reasoning: almost any job applicant. This is because these tests evaluate general intelligence in a non verbal context.

Deductive reasoning: finance, managers, analysts. This is because deductive reasoning evaluates analytic skills that are part of the daily tasks of these job positions. 

Practice examples

So, now that you know the differences, why not start practicing?

Recommended External resources

  • This is great PDF brochure by SHL, which shows what types of questions appear on their deductive reasoning assessments. Our deductive reasoning practice pack follows these question styles. 
  • This is a great article by Diffen, that goes deeper into the scientific differences between the two modes of thought.