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EU Competitions – 2011 Statistics

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Following our EPSO 2012 statistics, we are happy to provide you fresh information concerning EU Competitions held in 2011. As you’ll see from the graphs, 2011 was a good year. There were plenty of EU competitions and numerous available positions for the reserve lists, complete Administrator, Assistants and Linguists cycle together with Specialists competitions. All in all, 2011 covered almost all fields EPSO normally recruits.

Let’s see the full statistics.

There were 1285 EPSO advertised jobs in total in 2011 distributed as follows in the EU Competitions:

Administrators (AD)- 864

Assistants (AST)– 421

EPSO 2011 Total Positions

 

While there were 3 AD grades (AD5, AD6, AD7) Posts, for AST there were only 2 grades (AST1 and AST3). Their distribution by grade is shown below

EPSO AD Grades

 

EPSO AST Distribution Grade

 

The number of AD Posts Distribution per Profile in all EU Competitions is shown as it was advertised on the Official Journal of each competition. There were cases where the number of candidates on a reserve list was different than the number of posts EPSO initially sought to fill.

EPSO AD Profiles Distribution

 

EPSO AD Profiles Percentage

 

EPSO AST Profiles Distribution

 

The total number of AD and AST applications per profile is below:

EPSO AD Applications per Profile

 

EPSO AST Applications per Profile

 

The average applications for an EPSO AD competition fluctuated between highest applicants for European Public Administration (EPA) and lowest applications for Interpreters

Average AD Candidates

 

The highest ratio of EPSO AST candidates / available position was registered for Project/Programme/Contract Management competition while mean AST1 Secretaries competition had the lowest number of participants per available position.

Average EPSO AST Candidates

 

Below is the minimum CBT Preselection pass marks needed in the AD/AST Cycle competitions. We recommend that you compare your EPSO exam preparation results with the values below when taking part in AD/AST Cycle competitions as pass marks normally gravitate around these values.

AD5 Administrators Cycle – lowest CBT Pass mark – 79,37/100

AD7 Administrators Cycle – lowest CBT Pass mark – 81,87/100

AST1 Secretaries – lowest CBT pass mark – 58,91/100

AST3 Cycle – lowest CBT pass mark – 83,14/100

The toughest/Easiest EU Competitions in terms of no of applications / advertised positions were as follows:

–          There were 1231 applicants for Italian Language editors for only 3 available positions.

–          There were 9 applicants for Maltese AD7 Interpreters for 10 available places.

There were 4 competitions (3 for Maltese citizens and one for Swedish) with only 1 candidate on the reserve list.

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Top 10 Tips for Epso Numerical Reasoning CBT

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1. Know the test format – The first thing you need to search for is how the Epso Numerical Reasoning exam is structured. You can go on and search this on Epso’s website and through official journals of the competition or you can read on. Regardless of the EU competition – be it Administrator or Assistant, the numerical reasoning exam is made of 10 questions for which you will have 20 minutes to solve. The questions will present a table or a chart with a brief explanation of the context, a question on the table/chart and then 5 possible answers from which only one is right. This CBT (computer based testing) epso numerical reasoning test follows right after the epso verbal reasoning exam and is followed by the abstract reasoning one.

2. Budget your time – Two minutes / question some would say that it’s more than enough, others that it’s clearly not sufficient. It all depends on your previous numerical skills and exercise. Someone with technical background might find the Epso Numerical Reasoning exercises a piece of cake while people with other skills might find the questions a bit tricky. In both cases, you should always keep an eye on the clock and try to fit in the two minutes time frame for each question. In exam conditions, it’s easy to get stuck with a particular question and waste more time on it. The best option would be just to mark the question and if time allows it come back to it in the end. If there’s no time, don’t leave the question unanswered and make an educated or a lucky guess.

 3. Read the statements carefully – It is essential for the epso numerical reasoning test to make sure you have clearly understood what is wanted from the statement. Double check the tables with the data from which you deduct the answer.

 4. Make use of given items – In the CBT exam room you will receive rough paper, marker and a calculator. Mark down complex calculations on the rough paper so that when you would need to go back to that value it stays written. Also, if you would want to revise a particular question, you would have the data already calculated on the rough paper. (more…)

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EPSO Multiple Choice Exam Strategy – EPSO Exam

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We tried to compile a list of most effective tips to tackle the difficult Epso preselection exam. If you think that we should add more to this epso exam strategy list comment to this post:

  • Read questions and answer choices
  • Many wrong answers are due to an incorrect understanding of the question

 

  1. i.e. which statement is not correct…
  • Process of elimination
  1. Get rid of wrong answers as early as possible
  2.  Will make it easier to answer
  3.  May arrive at answer through process of elimination (more…)

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EPSO Abstract Reasoning Tips and Tricks

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Introduction

With the new selection procedure, EPSO has introduced another type of preselection test – epso abstract reasoning tests. These  tests are commonly used worldwide in graduate and managerial selection. They assess ones ability to understand abstract and complex concepts.

Epso Abstract Reasoning Structure

At the EPSO preselection exam you will have 10 abstract reasoning questions in an allotted time of 10 minutes. This means one minute per question. The mark obtained in the EPSO Abstract Reasoning test (more…)