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Situational Judgement Test: This test requires candidates to choose the most favorable and least favorable course of action in a given situation. Candidates are expected to have a basic understanding …

Situational Judgement Test: This test requires candidates to choose the most favorable and least favorable course of action in a given situation. Candidates are expected to have a basic understanding of corporate culture and code of conduct to successfully pass the test. There are 20 situational judgement questions in a competition, and the allocated time is 30 minutes.

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  • 1. 04 Situational Judgment Sample Tests - EU EPSO Tests Series Copyright © 2013 Training4EU Team
  • 2. Preface EU / EPSO TESTS To assist you in preparing for the EPSO exams Training4EU Team provides you with a series of sample tests with exam- ples of verbal, numerical, abstract, situa- tional judgment, accuracy & precision, and prioritizing & organizing questions. 1. Verbal Reasoning: Using a short para- graph of text on virtually any topic, this test requires to choose from 4 or 5 an- swer options the one that fully matches the statements in the original text. There is always only one correct an- swer because other options may con- tain insufficient information or false statements. There are 20 verbal reason- ing questions in a competition, and the allocated time is 35 minutes. 2.Numerical Reasoning: In the form of multiple-choice this test requires data interpretation and mathematical calcula- tions. Using information presented through tables and graphs, you will be required to draw conclusions and calcu- late changes within these data sets. Ba- sic mathematical skills such as percent- ages, arithmetic operations, and ratios must be reviewed prior to taking the test. There are 10 numerical reasoning questions in a competition, and the allo- cated time is 20 minutes. 3. Abstract Reasoning: Using a series of images, this test requires candidates to identify which one should be next in the row, based on an inherent logic be- iCopyright © 2013 Training4EU Team
  • 3. tween the presented images. There are 10 abstract reasoning questions in a competition, and the allocated time is 10 minutes. 4. Situational Judgement Test: This test requires candidates to choose the most favorable and least favorable course of action in a given situation. Candidates are expected to have a basic understand- ing of corporate culture and code of con- duct to successfully pass the test. There are 20 situational judgement questions in a competition, and the allocated time is 30 minutes. 5. Organizing and Prioritizing Test: This test requires candidates to check a table with various information about sched- ules, timetables, agendas, vehicle ca- pacities and other practical information and find the best solution to a practical organisation or logistics problem. There are organizing and prioritizing 20 ques- tions in a competition, and the allocated time is 24 minutes (AST level only). 6. Accuracy and Precision Test: This test requires candidates to identify, based on a table and various icons, mis- takes, errors, typos or other ‘inaccura- cies’ in a control line under a heavy time-pressure. There are 40 accuracy and precision questions in a competi- tion, and the allocated time is 6 minutes (AST only). iiCopyright © 2013 Training4EU Team
  • 4. Sample Tests Sample tests can give you an idea of the type of questions and level of difficulty you will face during the competitions. Time Limits: Contrary to the actual EPSO tests where they have to be com- pleted within an allowed time, the pro- vided sample tests have no limit for an- swering the questions. The purpose is to get yourself familiarized with EPSO questions concept, and understand their reasoning within a stress-free pace. Great features of these sample tests: No internet connection is required No expiration limit or date for the tests No personal data is extracted No account or registration needed Yes, it helps you practice at your own pace, with helpful hints and solution tips. A great way to enhance your learn- ing About Training4EU Training 4EU Team provides Coaching and Training Services on potential candi- dates who would like to become tomor- row’s permanent EU Officials. With a mix of theory, exercises, and simulation tests we support you οn both stages of the EPSO exams, i.e. Pre- selection Tests and Assessment Centre. Our Team consists of a group of profes- sionals with extensive experience on EPSO Competitions that can prepare you in an effective and timely profession- ally manner. iii
  • 5. iv Training4EU Publications Training4EU publications available for free downloading iTunes slideshare
  • 6. © 2013 Training4EU Publication Team Training4EU is independent from the European Union institutions. The sample tests have been extracted from the EPSO official web site. v
  • 7. Success Tips - Failure Mistakes1 Copyright © 2013 Training4EU Team Practice makes perfect
  • 8. Success Tips 1. Prepare well 2. Know the test format 3. Use only the information provided in the question. Do not make as- sumptions 4. Bear in mind that you are not being asked to judge if an option is right or wrong, just to evaluate which is the best (and worst) option available to you from those provided 5. Understand 6. Be focused 7. Budget your time 8. Avoid stupid mistakes – Make sure to avoid stupid mistakes that could cost you precious points. It is important that you read each scenario and each possible response, before answering the ques- tion or assigning rankings. The first option available may seem very sensible, but it is important to avoid assigning any rankings until you have considered each option carefully 9. Revise if time allows it 10. Practice, practice, practice. Practice makes perfect 7Copyright © 2013 Training4EU Team
  • 9. Failure Mistakes 1. Not preparing for the format of the test 2. Advance fear of the test 3. Worrying about the past 4. Obsession with test score 5. Obsession with accuracy 6. Using poor question solving strategy 7. Not reading the entire statement 8. Marking the wrong answer 9. Insufficient preparation 8Copyright © 2013 Training4EU Team
  • 10. Situational Judgment tests2 Practice makes perfect Copyright © 2013 Training4EU Team
  • 11. 10Copyright © 2013 Training4EU Team Most effective Least effective A. Inform your Team Leader of the progress made on the file and the reasons for blocking. B. Inform your Team Leader of the file progress, and ask for someone else to work with you on the file. C. Wait the return of your colleague. Your part of the work is anyway done. D. Extend your working hours during one week to finalize the file and sent it. Q1 - You are working on a file with a colleague, who is currently on sick leave. The file is for another Unit. You learn that the sick leave of your colleague is extended by four more weeks. The treatment of the file is blocked. How do you react? Choose the most effective and the least effective answer.
  • 12. 11Copyright © 2013 Training4EU Team Most effective Least effective A. Decrease your availability and work more independently. B. Closely monitor the quality of your work, to show to your Team Leader that you can handle it alone. C. Ask for a meeting with your Team Leader to discuss your working relationship. D. Ask for advice to a more experienced colleague after an assessment of your performance. Q2 - You have joined a new team. During the first months, your Team Leader was taking some time to give you the guidelines and coach you. Now you feel that you need for more autonomy and independence to do your work. Choose the most effective and the least effective answer.
  • 13. 12Copyright © 2013 Training4EU Team Most effective Least effective A. Indicate to your Team Member that the training is mandatory and that he must attend it. B. Go through his workload and indicate which files are less priority so he can attend the training. C. Transfer some of the files to another Team Member so he can attend the training. D. You empower him on the importance of the training in his job and let him take the final decision on his participation to the training. Q3 - You are Team Leader. Your team is under pressure with a heavy workload. A training session is planned for the entire team to improve the speed of treatment. One of your Team Members tells you that he does not wish to follow the training, citing his heavy workload. Choose the most effective and the least effective answer.
  • 14. 13Copyright © 2013 Training4EU Team Most effective Least effective A. Inform your Team Leader of the progress made on the file and the reasons for blocking. B. Wait the return of your colleague. Your part of the work is anyway done. C. Extend your working hours during one week to finalize the file and sent it. D. Inform your Team Leader of the file progress, and ask for someone else to work with you on the file. Q4 - You are working on a file with a colleague, who is currently on sick leave. The file is for another Unit. You learn that the sick leave of your colleague is extended by four more weeks. The treatment of the file is blocked. How do you react? Choose the most effective and the least effective answer.
  • 15. 14Copyright © 2013 Training4EU Team Most effective Least effective A. Ask for a personal a day off from work. Attend the workshop and not tell the supervisor. B. Request approval for the workshop from the owner of the company as the owner likes you. C. Talk with the new supervisor about the benefits that information from the workshop will provide to the department and request permission to attend. D. Forget about attending the workshop, since the supervisor will never approve Zach attending. Q5 - You work for a new supervisor. The supervisor has implemented new rules for the department. You do not like the new rules. However, you like your job and other people at the company. You want to attend a state-sponsored workshop. You are not sure whether his new supervi- sor will approve. What should he do? Choose the most effective and the least effective answer.
  • 16. 15Copyright © 2013 Training4EU Team Answers 1. Most Effective: B Least Effective: D 2. Most Effective: C Least Effective: A 3. Most Effective: B Least Effective: D 4. Most Effective: D Least Effective: C 5. Most Effective: C Least Effective: B
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