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EU Competitions – 2012 Statistics

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For those of you preparing for the EU Competitions, we consider that it is important in a first instance to know what has happened in the previous exams. Therefore, we have interpreted existing data on EU competitions from 2012 to give you an overview concerning the Administrators and Assistants competitions.

You will be able to discover the total advertised posts, toughest CBT preselection exams or profiles EU Institutions sough to recruit in 2012.

As some results from 2012 EU Competitions are not yet published, this data is based only on available information.


We begin with the total number of available positions within the EU Institutions

EU Competitions 2012 positions total



AD/AST Posts Percentage

While Administrators competitions were at different grades from AD5 to AD12, at Assistants level there were only AST 3 competitions.

AD Grades Distribution

EPSO AD Distribution 2012

From the two pictures below you can see the available positions distribution per profile, both for Administrators and Assistants EU Competitions.

EPSO AD Profiles

EPSO AST Profiles

In 2012, there were 19335 candidates applying for the EU Competitions, distributed as pictured below:

EPSO Applications 2012

EPSO Competitions Average Applications 2012


Toughest/Easiest EU Competition – no of applications / advertised positions


EPSO/AD/236-237/12 for Danish  AD7 interpreters with 1.3 candidates / available position was the ‘easiest’ in terms of number of candidates per available position

EPSO/AST/125/12 on Finances/Accounting with 117 candidates / available position was the ‘toughest’ in terms of number of candidates per available position


Toughest/Easiest EU Competition Preselection Tests


The preselection pass mark for EPSO/AD/240/12 – Estonian Translators

was the lowest – 53.32/100


The preselection pass mark for EPSO/AST/125/12 on Finances/Accounting was the highest – 86.3/100




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My Epso Account – The Gateway to EPSO Exams

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This article aims to be a concise tutorial on how an EPSO exam application from “my epso account” should be completed. It will be a part of the beginners guide to Epso competitions.

You’ve decided that you want to apply to an EPSO Competition. Sounds great! First thing you should ask yourself is : do I meet the eligibility conditions as expressed in the notice of competitions/ call for expression of interest and the general admission conditions (Member State citizen, full rights as citizen of the EU, military service obligations, etc )? Cool! Let’s go on!

Next thing you’ll need is an EPSO Account – the electronic interface between EPSO and you.

You’ll use this account to apply to one or more competitions. It is recommended that you create your EPSO account as soon as possible, this way you’ll have time to familiarize yourself with the site’s layout.

Now that you have an account, you are watching EPSO’s indicative planning to see the upcoming EU Competitions for which you might be suitable. Once a competition has been announced, it is time to apply! Our suggestion is to never leave the validation of the application close to the deadline as EPSO’s website might encounter technical problems due to high traffic.

As soon as you start completing your application in your EPSO account you will receive a temporary reference number (T-XXXXX) which will change  into the actual application number (XXXXX) once your application is complete and is validated.

Filling out the epso exam application could turn out to be a lengthy process so you’d better have something prepared in advance. You’ll notice that the application is split (more…)

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New EU Competitions announced

EPSO has launched new EU competitions with the scope to recruit English, French, Romanian, Slovenian conference interpreters.

English Language (EN): EPSO/AD/256/13 (AD 5)
French Language (FR): EPSO/AD/257/13 (AD 5 and AD 7)
Romanian Language (RO): EPSO/AD/258/13 (AD 7)
Slovenian Language (SL): EPSO/AD/259/13 (AD 5 and AD 7)

There will be a preliminary interpreting test only for candidates who do not have an interinstitutional accreditation as auxiliary conference interpreter which will be followed by an interpreting test for all candidates. Based on the results of this test, you will be invited to the Assessment Centre.

Apart from the general competencies tested by a structured interview, group exercise and oral presentation, you will also take the following reasoning tests:


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EPSO/AD/255/13 – Croatian Language Translators

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You can now apply until 23rd July 2013 to EPSO/AD/255/13 Croatian Translators.  You can chose from two different options:

Option 1 – 46 places on the reserve list

Source Language 1 – English , French or German

Source Language 2 – English, French or German but different than Source Language 1

Option 2 – 32 places on the reserve list

Source Language 1 – English, French or German

Source Language 2 – One of EU Official languages and different from English, French or German.


The preselection tests will consist of:

  • Verbal Reasoning Test (2nd chosen language)
  • Numerical Reasoning Test(2nd chosen language)
  • Abstract Reasoning Test(2nd chosen language)
  • Language Test 1 (Croatian)
  • Language Test 2(3rd chosen language)

You can use our tests to start preparing.