Are you a candidate in an EU-competition facing a proofreading tests? Or a finalisation of a text? Some useful ideas on how to prepare them

Dear all,

We know that among our readers there are candidates of the competition of proofreaders/language editorsGreek, Spanish, Estonian, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese (EPSO/AST/148/21) and Linguistic Assistants EstonianCroatian(HR)ItalianDutch(NL)PolishPortuguese (EPSO/AST/152/22) EPSO/AST/152/22. Some of you even asked for some help to prepare the specific tests that you will have to face in these competitions. Let’s bring our expertise and share with you some tips and trick to prepare this.

Proofreaders/language editors – Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese (EPSO/AST/148/21)

After the summer break, the Assessment Centre will be rolling full steam, but be careful!!! You will face 2 different computer-based tests, one of them being the usual CBT (verbal, numerical, abstract reasoning), and the other one a Proofreading and correcting test. As there are two tests, there are two booking dates:

  • for the CBT you have to book the date between 09-13 September and take the exam 17-18 October (at home or in a Prometric/EPSO facility);
  • for the Proofreading and correcting test you have to book between 29 September-5 October and take the exam 31 October – 4 November (only in a Prometric/EPSO facility).

Don’t forget to read carefully all the indications you receive from EPSO when doing the bookings (believe it or not, they contain a lot information). Check the starting dates for the rest of the tests, as for each language they begin on a different day between mid September and mid October and the interview phase will last 1 month. If you want to know more about the Assessment Centre as a whole, read our previous post.

Fresh from the notice

How can I prepare the Proofreading and correcting test test?

Our recommendation would be to practice. Try practicing with the Reform of the European Ombudsman’s Statute, you can divide it into two parts and you have it in several languages (SpanishFrench; ItalianGerman). Another example which is available in the 24 official languages are the Factsheets of the European Parliament as they cover a wide list of subjects and allow you to practice with some legal & policy terms. This test just implies translation, so any document from the institutions officially translated to our language 2 can help us practice.

Of course, we can’t forget about the State of the Union 2021 (which is available in the 24 official languages), or any SOTEU speech from previous years (here for instance 2020 and 2018). Finally, you can check the documents about the Political priorities of the Commission or other similar documents, as well as the official journal with all its texts published in the 24 official languages. Overall, they want to be sure you know how to do the following:

  • proofreading electronic manuscripts in terms of typography and inputting authors’ corrections,
  • preparing and checking proofs for publication in various formats and media,
  • preparing manuscripts in electronic format or on paper in terms of spelling, grammar and syntax, and checking texts for their coherence and uniformity,
  • checking compliance with stylistic conventions and rules, and the compliance of the texts with the Interinstitutional Style Guide adopted by all the European Union institutions,
  • checking the quality of work performed by outside contractors in the field,
  • preparing the Institution’s documents for publication and finalising texts in typographical terms,
  • checking texts translated into the language of the competition for consistency with the original language,
  • monitoring linguistic developments and changes and informing colleagues of them,
  • taking part in terminology work and in the quality control process for translations of documents,
  • various other types of language work, such as moderation of content of website pages.

Considering this, the practice with the documents previously listed is simple.

  1. First step: copy the two texts to be reviewed in a Word document,
  2. Second step: ask someone to introduce small changes of format, typos, etc. Proofreading will cover both the linguistic aspects (grammar, spelling and punctuation) and typography. If this person is another colleague in the same competition even better, you can prepare the documents for each other. Save it with and without track changes.
  3. Third step: follow the same principle as indicated in the Notice of Competition. Take the text nº1 in language 1 and correct it while comparing it to the source text in Language 2. Then take text nº2 to make the proofreading without the comparison to the source text in Language 2. AND don’t forget to reason/justify your corrections. In total, you can’t use more than 2h 30 min to do this.
  4. Fourth step: correct the texts by comparing them to the original text. Analyse the part where you have made mistakes and why.
  5. Fifth step: go back to the first step and repeat

2.-EPSO/AST/152/22 Linguistic Assistants Estonian; Croatian(HR); Italian; Dutch(NL); Polish; Portuguese

The linguistic assistants competition is currently organizing the CBT (verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning) with two language comprehension tests. In total, about 4137 candidates (for 76 final spots) will take this exam in the last week of August and the first one of September.

We all know the verbal, numerical and verbal reasoning tests, but what will the language comprehension tests look like? They will consist of 12 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), which are designed to assess your linguistic abilities in terms of vocabulary, grammar/syntax constructions and style. To see real examples, check EPSO web page.

So far, all the dates and web are the same for the 6 languages, so we felt lazy and uploaded only one screenshot 🙂
You need a high score in both language comprehension test!! 7 is not enough.

We need to excel in the part of the comprehension test, as only the files of the candidates who obtained the pass mark in the reasoning tests and one of the highest overall marks in the language comprehension tests will undergo the eligibility check. That is, the eligibility check will be performed in the descending order of candidates’ overall marks obtained in the language comprehension tests. The files will be checked until the number of candidates deemed eligible reaches three times the number of successful candidates sought for each language, i.e. 36 for Estonian, 42 for Croatian, 30 for Italian, 42 for Dutch, 36 for Polish and 42 for Portuguese. A proportion in line with the old times of generalist AD5 competition.

Once we make it to the Assessment Centre, we will be required to «finalise» a text… what does that mean?

About the finalisation of a text: This test is about correcting formatting mistakes in a translation. The source text in language 2 will be provided on screen. A translation of this text into language 1, provided as an editable text, contains mistakes in the language and the format in comparison to the source text. The candidate is asked to detect and correct these mistakes, in order to match the source text. The test lasts one hour. [EPSO dixit]. So to train for this, we propose the same strategy as we did above (check above for the source texts) and to follow these steps :

  1. First step: copy a text (1000 words should do it) to be reviewed in a Word document,
  2. Second step: ask someone to introduce small changes of format, typos, etc . If this person is colleague in the same competition even better, you can prepare documents for each other. Save the document with and without track changes.
  3. Third step: follow the same principle as indicated in notice. Take the text in language 1 and correct it while comparing it to the source text in Language 2. In total, you can’t use more than 60 min to do this.
  4. Fourth step: correct the text by comparing it to the original text and the track changes version. Analyse the part where you have done mistakes and why.
  5. Fith step: go back to the first step and repeat.

Can you help me further with my tests?

Of course, if you think we can help you with our training, you can check out our next sessions or register for the next ones. And yes, we also prepare the field-related interview, it’s all about the methodology. Remember you can join our Telegram information channel too where we’ll alert you of any news regarding your competition.

Finally, let’s share some useful links for this competition and any other.

List of useful resources for EU competitions

  1. El CBT o los test psicotécnicos (ES)
  2. The Assesment centre (EN)
  3. 10 free resources (EN/ES).
  4. YSE trainings (English and Spanish) :
    1. CBT (in Spanish)
    2. Assessment sessions – for all the Assessment test (Theory in English or Spanish. Practice can be done in EN,FR,ES)
    3. Application review (EN/ES/FR/IT/DE)
    4. CAST Sessions -have you been invited to a job interview? Do you want to improve your chances of being selected in a CAST process?

Who said Holidays? EPSO and the competitions keep moving forward

Dear all,

Yes, believe it or not, this time EPSO has not hung the «closed for holidays» sign and keeps working. Competition results are being published one week after another. On this, let us stop for a just a moment and say Congratulations to all of our more than 30 «croquetillas» (our candidates) who passed EU Law and Agriculture competitions. August is a lovely month to celebrate the success and recharge your energy to apply for Officer positions in the European Institutions back in September.

Summer trip to the Assess-ment centre

Ok, but you are not here to read about the success of others but about yours, because you have received excellent news from EPSO and you have been invited to the Assessment Centre. Still you feel a bit lost and you are not sure what you can expect in your competition, right? Keep reading, we’ll tell you what will happen with all the EPSO competitions that will have their Assessment Centre exams between 1st September – 31st December 2022 (and if you want to know how good we are with foreseeing the EPSO-future, check our previous post on the topic). Let’s try to answer to all of you with the latest information available. In this post, you will find the information by reference number order, just scroll down until you find the ones of interest to you :

AD-Administrators competitions

  1. EPSO/AD/376-7-8/20 – Greek-Language (EL) Lawyer-Linguists French-Language (FR) Lawyer-Linguists Polish-Language (PL) Lawyer-Linguists
  2. EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7) -Administrators in the field of external relations
  3. EPSO/AD/396/21 Irish-Language (GA) Lawyer-Linguists
  4. EPSO/AD/397/21 Administrators in the field of maritime affairs and fisheries
  5. EPSO/AD/398/22 –Administrators -ICT infrastructures, cloud, networks and middleware ; Administrators – Digital workplace, office automation and mobile computing ; Administrators – IT and data governance, programme/portfolio and project management, project management office (PMO), business and enterprise architecture Administrators – ICT security
  6. Bonus – Schengen acquis

AST and AST/SC competitions

  1. EPSO/AST/148/21 Proofreaders/language editors – Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese
  2. EPSO/AST/150/21 ( AST3) Technicians in Audiovisual, Building and Laboratory.
  3. EPSO/AST/151/22 – Assistants – ICT infrastructures, cloud, networks and middleware Assistants – Digital workplace, office automation and mobile computing Assistants – Development/configuration, testing, operation and maintenance of IT applications and off-the-shelf solutions; Data management, data analytics and artificial intelligence Assistants – ICT security
  4. EPSO/AST/152/22 Linguistic Assistants ET- HR-IT.NL-PL-PT
Classic description on how candidates see themselves when they get an invitation to the Assessment Centre.

WARNING – as we see too much drama around the competitions, we have made an extra effort to make all this a bit more palatable and funny. You can pass the competitions with a smile! (Still, note that the information is as accurate as EPSO competitions allow us to be).

What about my competition?

Let’s go competition by competition (from highest to lowest EPSO reference number). Please be aware that the following analysis is done based on the information published on the EPSO web-page and our experience as candidates (yes, once we were where you are now) and trainers.

1.- Greek-Language (EL) ; French-Language (FR) ; Polish-Language (PL) Lawyer-Linguists EPSO/AD/376-7-8/20 –

Believe it or not, this one is taking more time than external relations 2.5 years since it began!

Status: At the moment where we are writing this, a total of 70 candidates have made into the Assessment Centre (26 in Greek, 21 in French and 23 in Polish) after passing the Eligibility Check and the preliminary translation test (after 2 years, only!). An optimal number if we remember there are 45 spots (15,20 and 10 respectively), what makes a proportion of one spot per 1,5-2 candidates in each competition, not bad at all! So it’s expected all the candidates can be tested in just one month (one test per week). Remember that in the online Assessment Centre, you will do each test on a different day, not all the tests at the same time. However, don’t forget to check your invitation to the Assessment Centre for the full details (believe it or not, EPSO provides a lot of info in their communication to you – hint: click on the links of the letter!!!)

About the assessment: First, our old classic test the General competency-based interview in the company of another classic since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Situational Competency base interview (CBI). On top of that, you will have to sit the Field test interview. Careful!!! This is a particular one, in your competition the Field-related interview is aimed to assess your specialist knowledge and command of the language in the field of national law and European Union law. During the interview, you will also be asked to give an oral presentation.

Another aspect to remember in this competition is that your final mark will be composed of your results in the following tests: Translation into the competition language (from language 2 and language 3 – up to 120 points) + CBT (up to 40 points) + Translation review (up to 40 points) + Assessment competences (up to 80) and finally the field related interview (up to 20) , in total 300 points.

Of course, if you think we can help you with our training, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones. And yes, we also prepare the field-related interview, it’s all about the methodology 😉 Remember you can join our Telegram information channel too where we’ll alert you of any news regarding your competition.

2.-Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

Yes! 2 year later, the assessment is here…and plenty of international crisis too. get ready!

Status: After a very long wait (check the analysis we did long time ago), candidates received their results of the Talent Screener. Kindly enough they did this before the summer so now it’s time enjoy the summer and the Assessment Centre all together. Who said you can’t practice an EPSO interview in the swimming pool? So the lucky 105 in AD7 and 165 in AD5 candidates remaining (+/- 3 candidates per 1 place) will have the opportunity to try this original method of training.

About the assessment: The trick here is the candidates will face a double written test, first the Case study (competences, not related to external relations) and then the written test in the field (yes, this one will be about competences for external relations, not knowledge). Be ready for an, at least, 5-hour exam (or even longer) between the two tests combined. The other tests you will need to take are and General competency-based interview; and the Field-related interview, which will be organised in different dates. Do you need help with the written tests? Or the interviews? Check the info about our next training sessions if you think we can help you (we don’t provide a swimming pool, but we give you all the EPSO stuff). Another way of staying tuned is to join our Telegram channel where we’ll alert you on more details.

3.- Irish-Language (GA) Lawyer-Linguists EPSO/AD/396/21

Not the fastest competition but still taking place in 2022. Be careful , you got the CBT first!

Status: This one is moving a bit faster, it helps when you only have 40 candidates for 35 spots (yes, 35 spots) who have completed and submitted their application by the end of January 2022. Since then, the translation test have passed and now they are eagerly waiting to take the CBT in October to end the year with the Assessment Centre.

Remember the number of test in the assessment was reduced to one test per competence.

About the assessment: First, you will have to face the General competency-based interview together with the Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and the Field test interview. Careful with the last one!!! In your competition, the Field-related interview is aimed to assess your specialist knowledge and command of the language in the field of national law and European Union law. During the interview, you will be asked to give an oral presentation too.

Another aspect to remember in this competition is the marking. Your final mark will be composed of you results in Translation into the competition language (from language 2 and language 3 – up to 120 points) + CBT (up to 40 points) + Translation review (up to 40 points) + Assessment competences (up to 80) and finally the field related interview (up to 20) , in total 300 points.

If interested in our CBT training in English, write us to yasemoseuropeos@gmail.com, remember you can join our Telegram information channel too where we’ll alert you of any news regarding your competition. Of course, If you think we can help you with our training, you can register for the next ones. And yes, we also prepare the field-related interview, it’s all about the methodology 😉

4.-Administrators in the field of maritime affairs and fisheries EPSO/AD/397/21

Status: Do you remember the analysis we did? You should, it’s from the end of 2021, so not too long ago. This competition provides fresh evidence that EPSO competitions are sailing forward once the tsunami of the COVID has passed :). Initially, there were 913 candidates for 86 spots. After the Eligibility Check and the evaluation of the Talent Screener, only 260 candidates are left and even a lower number (as the CBT took place in June and not everyone passed it) got his/her invitation to the Assessment Centre. Now, starting on the 13th September (your new lucky day), with the case study, the competition-ship is arriving to its final ePsORT.

About the assessment: First you will face the Case study (competences, not related to fisheries) and then the interview, including the field related interview (yes, this one will be about competences in the domain of maritime affairs and fisheries, not knowledge) and the general competency-based interview. Do you need some help to row stronger in this competition? check the info about our next training sessions if you think we can help you (we have navigated these waters). And don’t worry, the bad jokes will be kept at bay during the sessions or we’ll throw ourselves overboard… oops!

5.-EPSO/AD/398/22 -All ICT competitions (AD Level) : Administrators -ICT infrastructures, cloud, networks and middleware ; Administrators – Digital workplace, office automation and mobile computing ; Administrators – IT and data governance, programme/portfolio and project management, project management office (PMO), business and enterprise architecture Administrators – ICT security

Status: Do you remember the analysis we did? Still fresh from February this year. The 5 different profiles collected a total of 2620 applications (respectively 404-186-769 -986 -375) for a total of 350 spots (by profile 71-49-70-73-87). While the ratio of candidates to spots is favourable, this competition requires excellent technical skills. Also, the complexity of the applications is rather high, which means that EPSO will need more time to evaluate them. Most likely, the Eligibility Check will be conducted shortly, but then they will need to evaluate the Talent Screener. Expect to hear news about the Assessment Centre by end of Autumn 2022.

About the assessment: First, we’ll have the computer-based tests (CBT). We know, you thought you had escaped it… keep dreaming. Still, there is no need to get a high mark, only passing it is enough (like it is the case for CAST exams).

Easy one, just an overall of 20 points to pass it.

In addition, you will have to pass the following tests at the Assessment Centre: Case Study and Situational Competence Based Interview. Between the two tests you can gather a total of 80 points, with the particularity that you need and overall 40/80 to pass, but not minimum marks per competence. Anyway, although the more points we get in competences part the better, the key part is the field-related test where you will have to demonstrate your capacities on the area of it (not exactly your knowledge), and above all, your relevant experience for this position. To do so, you will have the Interview in the Field (also structured but with clear focus on your work experience) up to 100 points in that test. Remember to visit this link when you are invited to the assessment. We can help you to prepare all the test or you can join our Telegram information channel where we’ll alert you of any news regarding your competition.

BONUS TRACK.-Experts in technical support to Member States’ Structural Reforms EPSO/AD/391/21 – 1 and Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21 – 2 (only this)

You are seen right. The competition is still on, while for structural reforms it ended in July.

Status: As you remember, the candidates applying for the Structural Reforms competition were far more than expected and the CBT was called upfront. Results were out at end of October and candidates waited for the results of the Talent Screener. Finally, the results came out (more or less as expected) and 140 candidates for structural reforms (with 45 places) and 75 (with 25 places) for Schengen acquis have been invited.

Assessment distribution after February modification

About the assessment: We got a mix of items for the Summer, classic competence interviews : General competency-based interview (CBI), Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and then the Field test (interview and written test) despite the cuts in the assessment. For the moment, the written test in the field was held the 30th May. and the SCBI test is still in coming in September!

AST competitions

1.-Proofreaders/language editors – Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese EPSO/AST/148/21

Do you recognize yourself?

Status: It has been a while since candidates were informed that this competition was moving towards the Talent Screener evaluation and now their patience bore fruit. The initial number of candidates who applied were high, specially for some languages as we got 732 candidates for Greek, 871 Spanish, only 67 for Estoninan, the record for Italian with 992 and more regular number 241 for Portuguese. Of all of them, only 51, 54, 33, 54, 42, 51 respectively have been invited to the assessment. How do we know? remember what is said in the notice «A maximum of 3 times the number of successful candidates sought for each language will be invited to this phase».

About the assessment: Now, right after the summer break, the Assessment Centre will be rolling full steam, but be careful!!! You will face 2 different computer test , one the classic CBT (verbal, numerical, abstract reasoning) then you need to take the Proofreading and correcting test. So as there are two test, there are two booking dates ; for the CBT you have to book between 09-13 September and take the exam 17-18 October (at home or in a Prometric/EPSO facility) ; for the Proofreading and correcting test you have to book between 29 September-5 October and take the exam 31 October – 4 November (only in a Prometric/EPSO facility), Don’t forget to read carefully all the indications from EPSO and when doing the bookings (believe it or not, they contain a lot information).

The tests you will sit besides the ones mentioned above are the General competency-based interview (which will take about 2 weeks for all the candidates to complete), as well as the Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) (another 2 weeks). Check the starting dates, as each language begins in a different one between mid September -mid October and their interview part last 1 month.

How can I prepare the Proofreading and correcting test test?

Our recommendation would be to practice with the Reform of the European Ombudsman’s Statute, you can divide it in two parts (it’s longer than 450 words) and you have it in Spanish ; French ;Italian German . Another example available in the 24 official languages are the Factsheets of the European Parliament as they cover a wide list of subjects and allow you to practice with some legal & policy terms. This test just implies translation, so any document from the institutions officially translated to our language 2 can help us practice.

Of course, we can’t forget about the State of the Union 2021 (which you have in the 24 official languages), or any SOTEU speech from previous years (here for instance 2020 and 2018). Finally, the documents about the Political priorities of the Commission or other similar documents can also help you practice for the test and the official journal with all its texts published in the 24 official languages. Overall, they want to be sure you know how to do the following:

  • proofreading electronic manuscripts in terms of typography and inputting authors’ corrections,
  • preparing and checking proofs for publication in various formats and media,
  • preparing manuscripts in electronic format or on paper in terms of spelling, grammar and syntax, and checking texts for their coherence and uniformity,
  • checking compliance with stylistic conventions and rules, and the compliance of the texts with the Interinstitutional Style Guide adopted by all the European Union institutions,
  • checking the quality of work performed by outside contractors in the field,
  • preparing the Institution’s documents for publication and finalising texts in typographical terms,
  • checking texts translated into the language of the competition for consistency with the original language,
  • monitoring linguistic developments and changes and informing colleagues of them,
  • taking part in terminology work and in the quality control process for translations of documents,
  • various other types of language work, such as moderation of content of website pages.

Last but not least, check our next training sessions if you think we can help you with the assessment interviews and write an email to yasemoseuropeos@gmail.com if interested for a training of the CBT in English.

2.-Technicians and support workers- Technicians( AST3) EPSO/AST/150/21 In 3 fields: Field 1: Audiovisual and conference technicians; Field 2: Building technicians; Field 3: Laboratory technicians.

Status : Do you remember our analysis laboratory technicians and for Audiovisual and Building? Yes, at that time we used to write more in Spanish but the audience became more international and so did we. Ok, stop the chit-chat. We knew the number of applications (389 candidates for 92 spots in Audiovisual, 663 for 114 spots in building, 378 for 20 in Laboratory spots and 176 for 15 spots on laboratory support) but now we know that 265, 340 and 65 respectively (670 candidates in total) have been invited to the assessment that will take place from mid-September until mid-December i.e Winter is coming!!!!

About the assessment: With the case study already done (last 4 July), only two tests remain pending, but they account for 130 out of the total of 170 points. The Situational competency based interview will be 30 points and the booklet for the exam should be published, at least, a couple of weeks before the exams begin, stay alert! For the field-related interview, 100 points are at stake, so make sure you prepare well to guarantee a good performance. The key factor is the structure of your information, no need to be an expert to talk about any topic but you need an expert to know what matters and how to explain it clearly and to the point. Remember you can join our Telegram information channel too where we’ll alert you of any news regarding your competition. Of course, If you think we can help you with our training, you can register for the next ones.

3.-EPSO/AST/151/22 – Assistants – ICT infrastructures, cloud, networks and middleware Assistants – Digital workplace, office automation and mobile computing Assistants – Development/configuration, testing, operation and maintenance of IT applications and off-the-shelf solutions; Data management, data analytics and artificial intelligence Assistants – ICT security

It doesn’t matter which Assistant ICT profile you check, all are in the Talent Screener phase.

Status: Do you remember the analysis we did? The 4 different profiles collected a total of 1300 applications approximately (221-260-721-117 respectively) for a total of 205 spots (by profile 47-55-74-29). While the ratio of candidates to spots is favourable, this competition requires excellent technical skills. Also, the complexity of the applications is rather high, which means that EPSO will need more time to evaluate them. The Eligibility tests have finished and now the Talent Screener evaluation is ongoing, so expect news on your Assessment Centre by mid or end of Autumn, not earlier.

About the assessment: First, we’ll have the computer-based tests (CBT). We know, you thought you had escaped it… keep dreaming. Still, there is no need to get a high mark, only passing it is enough (like it is the case for CAST exams).

Easy one, just an overall of 20 points to pass it.

In addition to the CBT, you will have to pass the following tests: Case Study (40 points) and Situational Competence Based Interview (30 points). Between the two tests you can gather a total of 70 points, with the particularity that in total you need 35 out of 70 to pass, but no minimum marks per competence are required.

Anyway, although the more points we get in competences part the better, the key part is the field-related test where you will have to demonstrate your capacities in your field (not exactly your knowledge), and above all, your relevant experience for this position. To do so, you will have the Interview in the Field (also structured but with clear focus on your work experience), where up to 100 points are in stake with a minimum score of 60 points, the bar is high! Remember to visit this link when you are invited to the Assessment Centre. We can help you to prepare all the test or you can join our Telegram information channel where we’ll alert you of any news regarding your competition.

4.-EPSO/AST/152/22 Linguistic Assistants ETHRITNLPLPT

So far, all the dates and web are the same for the 6 languages, so we felt lazy and uploaded only one screenshot 🙂

Status : Last but not least, the linguistic assistants is in the moment of organizing the CBT (verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning) with two language comprehension test. In total, about 4137 candidates (for 76 final spots) will take this exam in the last week of August and the first one of September.

You need a high score in both language comprehension test!! 7 is not enough.

We need to excel in the part of the comprehension test, as only the files of the candidates who obtained the pass mark in the reasoning tests and one of the highest overall marks in the language comprehension tests will undergo the eligibility check. That is, the eligibility check will be performed in the descending order of candidates’ overall marks obtained in the language comprehension tests. The files will be checked until the number of candidates deemed eligible reaches three times the number of successful candidates sought for each language, i.e 36 for Estonian, 42 for Croatian, 30 for Italian, 42 for Dutch, 36 for Polish and 42 for Portuguese. A proportion in line with the old times of generalist AD5 competition.

So, this is how you can get up to 170 and get your name into the reserve list.

About the assessment: It will take some time to come, maybe you will hear of your invitation at the end of the year. If this is indeed the case, expect a single date for all profiles on the case study test and the finalisation of a text (check what we posted above for the proofreaders text, it may be of help). In addition, you will have to sit the General competency-based interview, where only 30 points are at stake and which will probably executed very quickly (over the span of few weeks). So be sure the day of the case study and the finalisation of a text is your best day here.


When will EPSO contact me?

All the situations under which EPSO will write you in your profile, not by email, although sometimes we may get a warning message.

Many of you ask about when EPSO will tell you that you have passed to the next phase, or have been invited to the Assessment Centre, or…. you read/heard rumors about the development of the competitions somewhere. Better to isolate yourself from that noise and focus on the real messages. EPSO commits itself (it’s in Annex II of the notice of competition) to communicate with you after the Talent Screeners have been evaluated to inform you on the results and to invite you to the Assessment Centre. In the meantime, it can take weeks or months to receive any information or being notified that we have passed to the next phase of the competition, so keep calm. If you are feeling desperate for the lack of news, you can always contact EPSO too, as candidates you are entitled to do so but be careful, replies can be a bit cryptic or copy/paste from the notice.

What can I expect of this job? How much will my salary be?

Table of the amounts of basic monthly salaries for each grade and step in function groups AD and AST referred to in Article 66 of the Staff Regulations, applicable from 1 July 2022

Both are typical questions of the candidates, therefore we invite you to check Annex I and Annex II from the notice of competition. As you can see from the images above, go to Annex I of the notice to find all the details of your expected tasks to be performed once you are an administrator in the area of ICT (The Commission counts on you!!!). And last but not least, let us remind you an AD7 (step 2) will join the institutions with a net salary above 6.000 € and this can be higher depending if you have family dependent on you and other conditions.

Can you help me?

Let share some useful links for this competition and any other.

List of useful resources for EU competitions

  1. El CBT o los test psicotécnicos (ES)
  2. The Assesment centre (EN)
  3. 10 free resources (EN/ES).
  4. YSE trainings (English and Spanish) :
    1. CBT (in Spanish)
    2. Assessment sessions – for all the Assessment test (Theory in English or Spanish. Practice can be done in EN,FR,ES)
    3. Application review (EN/ES/FR/IT/DE)
    4. CAST Sessions -have you been invited to a job interview? Do you want to improve your chances of being selected in a CAST process?

They are here!!! EPSO opens the Assessment Centre for more 10 competitions (major update of all competitions)

Dear all,

We don’t know if it was the sun over brussels during the first weeks of the Spring season that made the competition flourish or simply the willingness to end the traffic jam of competitions caused by the pandemics, but in last weeks, the candidates of more than 10 different competitions have received excellent news and have been informed they made it to the Assessment phase. With all the changes that have taken place and the sudden rush, many of you are are asking about what will happen in your competitions, particularly: what are the next steps? How should I prepare my Assessment Centre? Then let’s try to answer to all of you with the latest information available. In this post, you will find the information for the following competitions (by reference number order, just scroll down until you find the ones that interest you):

AD-Administrators competitions

  1. Administrator – Anti-fraud investigations EPSO/AD/394/21 4 profiles (AD7 & AD9)
  2. Administrator in the field of Data protection EPSO/AD/393/21
  3. Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health, food safety, auditing inspection and evaluation EPSO/AD/392/21
  4. Member States’ Structural Reforms and Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21
  5. Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21
  6. Lawyer-Linguist – (BG); (CS); (FR); (GA); (HU); (PL) EPSO/AD/383 to 388/21
  7. Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

AST and AST/SC competitions will be in a different post.

Almost finalised Competitions

  1. Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6
  2. Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20
  3. Administrators in international cooperation and managing aid to non-EU countries EPSO/AD/380/19 – AD7 and AD7
How candidates see themselves when they get an invitation to the Assessment Centre.

WARNING – as we see too much drama around the competitions, we have made an extra effort to make all this a bit more palatable and funny. You can pass the competitions with a smile! (Still, note that the information is as accurate as EPSO competitions allow us to be).

Will the new competences change anything in my competition?

Business as usual, no changes here. The fact the old competences are defined in the notice of competition guarantee they will remain stable for your competitions, otherwise EPSO should amend it to introduce the new ones. Probably, they will wait until these competitions come to an end before introducing changes to the competences that will be evaluated. We expect to see the new competences in future competitions as Space & Defense, we’ll keep you posted.

What about my competition?

Let’s go competition by competition (from highest to lowest EPSO reference number). Please be aware that the following analysis is done based on the information published on the EPSO webpage and our experience as candidates (yes, we once were where you are now) and trainers.

1.- Administrator – Anti-fraud investigations EPSO/AD/394/21 4 profiles (AD7 & AD9)

This is how it looks the situation of the competition

Status: At the moment we are writing this, a total of 205 candidates have made it to the Assessment Centre for 68 spots (if you want to see the precise data, check the table on the left), what leaves a proportion of one spot per three candidates, not bad at all! The case study has a date (5 of May), the rest of the assessment will take place between end of April and end of June. Remember that the on-line strategy for the Assessment Centre is to do each test at a different moment, not all the tests at once, but don’t forget to check your invitation to the Assessment Centre for the full detail (believe it or not, EPSO provides a lot of info in their communication to you – hint- click on the links!!!)

About the assessment: First, our old classic test – the Case Study (of competences) with 40 points. Then another classic among the classics, the Competency base interview (CBI) with another 40 points. Together they should add, minimum, 40 points (out of 80). On top of that, the Field test interview (it counts 100 points out of which you need 50 points. Of course, If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones. And yes, we also prepare the field-related interview, it’s all about the methodology 😉 Remember you can join our Telegram information channel too where we’ll alert you of any news regarding your competition and our trainings.

2.-Administrator in the field of Data protection EPSO/AD/393/21

That’s all the info we got. EPSO is publishing some dates step by step and updating

Status: At the moment we are writing this, 230 candidates passed the MCQ (multiple choice questionnaire) on data protection and (a quite fast evaluated) Talent Screener. As we write this, only the case study has indicative date (20 of May), the rest of the Assessment Centre tests are expected to take place from mid May until the end of June. Also, don’t forget the CBT Test, this competition has the particularity where there is no passing mark of CBT but its results (up to 40 points) is added to the total. Then a candidate can get up to 300 points (40 from CBT + 40 from MCQ on Data protection + 80 competences + 140 field related). Also, don’t forget to check your EPSO profile twice per week! We did our full analysis of this competition here that we suggest to read, specially because the marking system is a bit different from what we are used to.

About the assessment: Old classic test the Case Study (of competences), scheduled originally for May, now it seems to be for June and in May only the CBT. Complementarily we got the Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and on top of that the Field test interview that counts almost double than the competence test (so you know where you need to put your higher effort). All things considered, better to be a proven expert in Data protection to have a fair chance of passing this competition but don’t undervalue the points from the other test. Of course, If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions to prepare all assessment test or register for the next ones and don’t miss the opportunity of adding some points with the CBT (all points count!).

3.-Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21 – 1 food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 2 auditing inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 3

We have chosen the profile 1 for the photo (lazy day) but it’s the same dates for profile 2 and 3.

Status: Remember our analysis of this competition (profile 1, profile 2 and profile 3)? Well, not much has changed. In total, there has been 1454 applications (split in 710, 465 and 289 respectively on each profile). As for the spots available, there are 47, 30 and 30 respectively. So the wise EPSO decided to do the eligibility check first (CV screening) and then continue to the Talent Screener evaluation. Now, 125, 90 and 90 candidates for profile 1,2,3 respectively have been invited to the Assessment.

Remember the number of test in the assessment was reduced

About the assessment: It’s becoming tendency to begin in specialist competition with the CBT. For this one in particular, candidates will have between 27 and 29 of April to take the test and obtain 10 points verbal and 10 points (minimum) from numerical and abstract test combined to pass (if you need some hints, we got our post about the CBT) . When the Assessment Centre comes, you will have to prepare the following: Case Study (scheduled for the 5 of May. The rest will come between May and June: Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and Field related interview in two different days. If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones.

4.-Experts in technical support to Member States’ Structural Reforms EPSO/AD/391/21 – 1 and Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21 – 2

Dates also apply to Structural reforms

Status: As you remember, the candidates applying for the Structural Reforms competition were far more than expected and the CBT was called upfront. Results were out at end of October and candidates waited for the results of the Talent Screener. Finally the results came ( more or less as expected) out and 140 candidates for structural reforms (with 45 places) and 75 (with 25 places) for Schengen acquis have been invited.

Assessment distribution after February modification

About the assessment: We got a mix of items for the end of Spring and beginning of Summer (June-July) , classic competence interviews : General competency-based interview (CBI), Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and then the Field test (interview and written test) despite the cuts in the assessment. For the moment, the written test in the field is confirmed as the first test on the 30th May. Get ready!!! If you think we can help you with our training (including the field related part, as many of our successful candidates can confirm), remember to check our next sessions (case study + written test on the 26th April) or join our Telegram information channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

5.-Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21

With so many different dates, looks like the EPSO-assessment molecule

Status: It has been a long time since we did our analysis of this competition but it’s still valid. The eligibility checks were done and the Talent Screener evaluation results for 518 candidates were long expected. Finally 140 have been invited to the assessment.

Remember there is a new Assessment distribution after February .

About the assessment: This time, the calendar for this competition is full of particularities. First the CBT test will take place beginning of June (2nd and 3rd to be precise) but much earlier, will be the written test in the field, on the 26th April. Candidates will face the following tests: General competency-based interview (CBI); Situational competency-based interview (SCBI) and the Field-related ones (Interview and written test). Check our next training sessions if you think we can help you (we think we can).

6.-LAWYER-LINGUISTS (AD 7) EPSO/AD/383/21 – Bulgarian (BG); EPSO/AD/384/21 – Czech (CS); EPSO/AD/385/21 – French (FR); EPSO/AD/386/21 – Irish (GA); EPSO/AD/387/21 – Hungarian (HU); EPSO/AD/388/21 – Polish (PL)

This is valid for French, Czech, Bulgarian and Hungarian profiles

Status: The brave candidates of this competition faced the CBT last summer and then were called to to the Translation Test in December. After that test, those candidates with the highest marks (up to 4 times the number of spots) have been invited to the Assessment Centre, starting with the Summary test the 12th May.
About the assessment: After a long wait, the Assessment Centre is here, as we foresaw. Remember it has a new configuration and the Situational competency-based interview is gone but the classics remain: General competency-based interview and the Oral presentation, where the minimum mark per competence disappears, you only need to obtain 40 points or more in total. As for the the Field-related tests, there will be another Oral presentation and a summary in language 1 from the Language 3 without dictionary (that will be tough). Glad to help you to prepare all these test. Check our next training sessions if you are interested.

7.-Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

This is how the Assessment of external relation will look like.

Status: After a very long wait, candidates received their results of the elegibility checks in April. But no further information was provided. EPSO is currently running the Talent Screener checks and we expect to know who will pass to the Assessment Center soon. Considering this, we don’t expect the Assessment Centre will take place before September 2022 (we indicate the year as the competition started in September 2020). Please, consider the evaluation of the Talent Screeners will take a couple of months (at least), so we bet its results will be published right before or right after the summer break (yes, not very concrete but this is EPSO, we mean c’est la vie!) .

About the assessment: After all the struggle, could it be EPSO accelerates and releases the results of the talent so the approximately 258 candidates (AD5+AD7) invited to the assessment can receive their invitations before Easter? Fingers crossed. Meanwhile, Situational competency-based interview and the minimum mark per competence are gone, instead the Case study and the General competency-based interview remain and you will need to obtain 40 points or more in total in the competence part; For the Field related tests (Interview and written test) all remains the same, up to 50 points each.

Some of you having asking when to prepare the Assessment, our best advice, if you are not in any other competition that allows you to create synergies, wait until summer. Of course, stay tuned for our next training sessions if you think we can help you with them. Another way of staying tuned is to join our telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

Almost finalised

1.-Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6

Remember this was the Assessment distribution after February .

Status: So the Assessment Centre started in February 2022 then, during the Spring time, the candidates have been working hard to get it done despite the changes in the assessment distribution. The written test part was tough and long with two tests (and the agriculture part not exempt of controversy).

We thought about putting a screenshot from the competition but you know that one too well so we found our Agri-croqueta funnier and more encouraging.

What is left: As we speak, a bunch of the very last few candidates are taking their Assessment interviews. So now it’s a matter of patience (guess people in the area of agriculture cultivate plenty of it… sorry) and expect the results germinate but as late fruit, don’t wait for them until the summer break is over.

2.-Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

This is how the Assessment test distribution looks after February modification

Status: It looks like yesterday when we shared our analysis and the sources to study EU law. Then, we spent the summer of 2021 struggling with the intermediate EU Law test (big applause for the 70 candidates who spent this summer with us and suffered our hard tests to prepare for this phase), and then came the long wait to get the results. Finally, as a snow storm in the middle of the hard winter, candidates got their invitation to the Assessment Centre and have spent the last 3 months working hard to prepare them.

EU law results are in the balance. Hope it will be swing in your favour!


What is left: After the modifications to the test in February, we missed the opportunity to see the role play in action but still the General competency-based interview and a very interesting Oral Presentation were left. And last but not least, well it’s even more important, the Field Written test with its dose of controversy. We did our best to help more than 60 candidates (1 out of 5) in this final phase. And now we’ll be expecting the results as they do but better not to expect them before September. They take their time.

3.-Administrators in international cooperation and managing aid to non-EU countries EPSO/AD/380/19 – AD7 and AD7

Evidence of the last try to publish the results. We don’t post all the previous attempts or this will look like an never ending soap-opera.

Status: Your are right, this competition opened in December 2019 and we have been reporting about it since then. However, as international cooperation projects experts know, nobody said it would be easy or short. The COVID crisis made things quite difficult and this competition got stuck for many months. Then the Assessment Centre was organised on a test by test basis, instead of taking all the Assessment Centre tests in the same day, which took a big part of 2021. But the «best» came at the end: the Case study and the Field written test, put the candidates in a very difficult situation as the interface/platform of the exam didn’t work as expected (or at all) and many candidates have to repeat the exam that finally took place by November 2021.
What is left: Patience and resignation. Counting the days to see if EPSO releases the results by April (8 days left as we write this post) or a new date will be set on the web, after all, the dates on the web are indicative, only those received through official EPSO communication in your profile are valid and «cast on stone?»… better say «official».

Get ready!!!

Revolution in the Assessment – EPSO cuts them in half in several competitions

Dear all,

Last Tuesday (1st February), the afternoon coffee ended on our trousers rather in our stomach, as EPSO announced changes. Which ones? Easy, as they acknowledge the long long backlog of some competitions (see the list below) they have decided to cut a big chunk of the Assessment test to make the process faster without harming your chances or passing it. Is that true? Will my chances remain the same? In principle yes, as the core of the evaluations (competences) remains, this time assessed through one single test rather than two tests, your chances should remain intact. Then what’s different? The margin of error. Now, you need to perform well or excellent in each one of the tests, no margin to make mistakes or obtain a low mark in one competence. Also bear in mind a reference for the uploading of the scanned documents (instead of bringing them in a USB) has been added.

If you are looking for the piece of news, here you have it.
Breath and keep reading, help is on its way (or at least more info).

Warning! as EPSO indicates, the information shared is intended for publication in the Official Journal (OJ) of the EU. It is made available in advance to information the candidates, but please make sure you check the text published in the DOUE to verify there are no differences (i.e we’ll check the final publication and update this post accordingly)

Can you be more specific about the changes? Sure! In this post, you will find the information for all the competitions affected by the change (by reference number order, just scroll down until you find the ones that interest you) and what is the new and how to tackle it. Also we have made an extra effort to make all this a bit more palatable and funny. You can pass the competitions with a smile!

AD-Administrators competitions

  1. Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health, food safety, auditing inspection and evaluation EPSO/AD/392/21
  2. Member States’ Structural Reforms and Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21
  3. Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21
  4. Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6
  5. Lawyer-Linguist – (BG); (CS); (FR); (GA); (HU); (PL) EPSO/AD/383 to 388/21
  6. Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)
  7. Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

AST and AST/SC competitions

  1. Proofreaders/language editors – Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese – EPSO/AST/148/21
  2. Secretaries SC 1 and SC2 EPSO/AST-SC/10/20

What about my competition?

Let’s go competition by competition (from highest to lowest EPSO reference number). Please be aware that the following analysis is done based on the information published on the EPSO webpage and our experience as candidates (yes, we once were where you are now) and trainers.

1.-Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21 – 1 food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 2 auditing inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 3

The new menu of tests for the 3 profiles
  • Situation : Remember our analysis of this competition (profile 1, profile 2 and profile 3)? Well, not much has changed. In total, there has been 1454 applications (split in 710, 465 and 289 respectively on each profile), after the initial eligibility check, the numbers of those who passed to the Talent were 240, 245 and 190 respectively for 47, 30 and 30 spots (then up to 141,90 and 90 can be invited to the Assessment). At this moment the Talent Screener evaluation is ongoing.
  • What to expect: This was one of the competitions less impacted by the changes. When the Assessment Centre comes, probably March or April, you will have to prepare the following: Case Study (of competences) and the Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and Field test interview. The Written test in the field is gone and its points transferred to the Field test interview (now it counts 100 points). If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones.

2.-Experts in technical support to Member States’ Structural Reforms EPSO/AD/391/21 – 1 Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21 – 2

Nothing to write on this assessment
  • Situation: As you remember, the candidates applying for the Structural Reforms competition were far more than expected and the CBT was called upfront. Results were out at end of October and (again) candidates must be patient and wait for the results of the Talent Screener. After that, for those of you with the highest marks, around 135 for structural reforms and 75 for Schengen acquis will be invited to the Assessment Centre (Spring of 2022 most likely).
  • What to expect: When the Assessment Centre comes, you can forget about the Case Study . The General competency-based interview and Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) both remain and split the competences to evaluate them in one single round and the minimum mark per competence disappears, you only need to obtain 40 points or more in total. What remains the same is the Field test (interview and written test). If you think we can help you with our training, remember to check our next sessions or join our Telegram information channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

3.-Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21

This assessment is still about mixing the right elements to pass it.
  • Situation: It has been a long time since we did our analysis of this competition but it’s still valid. The eligibility checks were done and the Talent Screener evaluation results for 518 lucky candidates are …….expected in any of 2022. EPSO announced the delay of the Talent screener results without a clear hint of when the publication of the results, so the 135 candidates to be invited to the Assessment Centre will have to wait
  • What to expect: When the Assessment Centre comes, you can forget about the Case Study . The General competency-based interview and Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) both remain and split the competences to evaluate them in one single round. The minimum mark per competence disappears, you only need to obtain 40 points or more in total. What remains the same is the Field test (interview and written test). If you think we can help you with our training, remember to check our next sessions or join our Telegram information channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

4.-Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6

In this one, the case study has growth strong roots
  • Situation : So the CBT was done in summer but results took time to settle on the earth and germinate (bad joke). Then, the new year brought the results of the Talent Screener and 175 brave candidates were invited to the Assessment…and its first test will take place 8 of March
  • What to expect: The Assessment Centre is coming in Spring just as we predicted and the winter is there to prepare ourselves. In this competition, Situational competency-based interview is gone with the wind, but Case study and General competency-based interviews remain, which are the two big classic test are ready to evaluate our competences. Besides, to assess your knowledge in the Field, you will face the interview and the written test in the filed. For all this test, we’ll offer further trainings , stay tuned on our next sessions .

5.-LAWYER-LINGUISTS (AD 7) EPSO/AD/383/21 – Bulgarian (BG); EPSO/AD/384/21 – Czech (CS); EPSO/AD/385/21 – French (FR); EPSO/AD/386/21 – Irish (GA); EPSO/AD/387/21 – Hungarian (HU); EPSO/AD/388/21 – Polish (PL)

Some changes but not too many… perhaps
  • Situation : The brave candidates of this competition faced the CBT in summer, then in Autumn, almost winter, were called to to the Translation Test (up to 8 times the number of available spots). After its evaluation, those with the highest marks (4 times the number of spots) will be invited to the Assessment Centre.
  • What to expect: The correction of this kind of test takes time, we don’t expect further news until end February or later, and the Assessment Centre for Spring. For that, the Situational competency-based interview is gone and the classics remain: General competency-based interview and the Oral presentation, where the minimum mark per competence disappears, you only need to obtain 40 points or more in total. As for the the Field related tests, there will be another Oral presentation and a summary in language 1 from the Language 3 without dictionary (that will be tough). Don’t forget to stay tuned for what will come next by joining our telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

6.-Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

Yes! One day, you will enjoy this assessment.
  • Situation: After a very long wait, candidates received their results by the end of September. But no further information was provided. EPSO is currently running the eligibility checks (yes, since September) and we expect to know who has passed to the Talent Screener evaluation phase one day.
  • What to expect: After all the struggle, could it be EPSO accelerates and releases the results of the talent so the approximately 258 candidates ( AD5+AD7) invited to the assessment can receive their invitations before Easter? Fingers crossed. Meanwhile, Situational competency-based interview and the minimum mark per competence are gone, instead the Case study and the General competency-based interview remain and you will need to obtain 40 points or more in total in the competence part; For the Field related tests (Interview and written test) all remains the same, up to 50 points each. Don’t miss the opportunity! Of course, stay tuned for our next training sessions if you think we can help you with them. Another way of staying tuned is to join our telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

7.-Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

Pity, you won’t longer be able to play the role of the European Perry Mason in the EU court while in the assessment.
  • Situation: It looks like yesterday when we shared our analysis and the sources to study EU law. Then, we spent summer struggling with the intermediate EU Law test (big applause for the 70 candidates who spent this summer with us and suffered our hard tests to prepare for this phase), and then came the long wait to get the results. Good news!!! The results were published mid November and candidates got their invitation to the Assessment Centre at the begining of this year, but only two test were set, the role play remained uncertain.
EU law results are in the balance. Hope it will be swing in your favour!

  • What to expect : Now, forget about the role plays, they are gone, the Oral presentation and General competency-based interview remain at the same time that the minimum mark per competence disappears, you only need to obtain 40 points or more. What is even more important, the Field Written test is still marked up to 100 points and set for the 11 of February. Get ready!! In case you have skipped the previous clarifications, let us say that If you think we can help you with our training, you can check or register for the next ones or join our Telegram channel where we’ll alert you when more are available.

AST and AST/SC competitions

1.-Proofreaders/language editors – EPSO/AST/148/21 – Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese

Please, don’t proofread this article, enjoy the sunny day outside.
Do you recognize yourself?
  • Situation: It has been a while since candidates were informed that this competition was moving towards the Talent Screener evaluation. Results should be soon published.
  • What to expect: Sooner than later the results of the Talent Screener should be published and the invitation to the Assessment Centre should arrive for 135 candidates. Stay alert and ready! Regarding the test, Case study is gone for good and you will face the General competency-based interview and the Situational competency-based interview where the minimum mark per competence disappears, you only need to obtain 35 (over 70) points to pass but better if you get more. Above them, the Field related tests (Proofreading and correcting a text) will set the real threshold. Check our next training sessions if you think we can help you (we think we can).

3.-Secretaries EPSO/AST-SC/10/20 – SC 1 and SC2

  • Situation: After a long summer struggling with the Word test, (Word-MS Office skills to be EPSO-precise) and a long waiting until some candidates left behind could take their exam (their Prometric centre was not available), the results were published , without further notice until the eligibility checks were performed
  • What to expect: end of winter should be the right time to get the invitation for the Assessment Centre, remember that if you pass the Word test and have a CV that matches the profile of this competition, your chances of being invited to the Assessment Centre are quite high (the number of candidates who took the Word test was relatively low, nearly 2 times those who will be invited to the Assessment Centre). Then, when the Assessment Centre comes, you will face only ONE role play test (yes, a new type of test but not such a big deal ;-)) and the Field-related interview, which, in addition to your knowledge of the field, this time will also assess some other competences (Resilience, Communication, Analysis and Problem Solving) at the same time. The positive thing about this Assessment Centre is still that you can focus all your strengths on the preparation on only two types of tests. Of course, if you think we can help you with our training, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones or join our Telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

When should I start to prepare the Assessment Centre?

We found the way to the way to the Assessment!!!

This a recurring question and very relevant to prepare successfully for the Assessment Centre. Our answer is based on our experience and the experience of our successful candidates. We would advise you to begin the preparation for the Assessment Centre the moment you get an invitation for it. Assessment Centres (or at least the EPSO ones) are based on (or aim to measure your) competences and your expertise on a certain domain, they don’t require you to show knowledge, you will rather have to present to the board all that you can offer to the European institutions. To do so, you need practice above all.

What if I start to prepare as soon as I get a message saying that my competition is in the Talent Screener phase? Well, of course you can do it. However, you need to consider several elements :

  • It can take months until the Talent Screener evaluations are over . EPSO doesn’t have a standard duration so you study without a clear horizon and you may run of stamina before the process really begins.
  • There are more candidates than spots in the Assessment Centre. Depending on the competition, the proportion of candidates who make it to the Talent Screener evaluation phase varies from 8 up to 12 times the number of openings. So it’s not easy. You can end up studying without being selected afterward. Is this a waste of time? NO! It can be reused in other EPSO competitions and other selection processes but it could also trigger some lose of hope in our chances to work in the EU. Lack of motivation is probably your worse enemy in this process.
  • Waiting time can be used to set up an action plan when you get the invitation for Assessment Centre. Because the moment you get the invitation, you have to run! Time and energy must be devoted to this goal. And don’t mind if EPSO is ruining your holidays because you have to prepare for the Assessment Centre. It is for your own good! (it happened to us too!)

If you missed them- all of our 2021 posts in one list (from older to more recent)

we know, 2021 is already gone but it’s always good to have some perspective about it and its competitions
  1. The CBT tests are back : EU law, Secretaries, External relations and more!
  2. Analizamos la convocatoria de Administradores AD6 en el ámbito de la agricultura- EPSO/AD/389/21
  3. Analizamos la convocatoria de Correctores de pruebas / verificadores lingüísticos EPSO/AST/148/21
  4. Analysis of the Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy- EPSO/AD/390/21
  5. La Agencia Europea de Investiación (REA) saca ¡¡¡65 plazas!!!
  6. Análisis de la oposición de Administradores AD6 en el área de la política de sustancias y preparados químicos- EPSO/AD/390/21
  7. Análisis de la oposición para Inspectores Nucleares AST – EPSO/AST/149/21
  8. Análisis de la oposición de Administradores AD7 – Expertos/as en apoyo técnico a las reformas estructurales de los Estados miembros y expertos/as en el acervo de Schengen- EPSO/AD/391/21
  9. Análisis al anuncio de EPSO para AD5 generalistas
  10. Administrators (AD 7) in the Field of HEALTH & FOOD SAFETY – Profile policymaking and law-making in the field of food safety- EPSO/AD/392/21 – 2
  11. Administrators (AD 7) in the Field of HEALTH and FOOD SAFETY – Profile policymaking and law-making in the field of health- EPSO/AD/392/21 – 1
  12. Administrators AD7 in the Field of HEALTH & FOOD SAFETY – Profile in auditing, inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety- EPSO/AD/392/21 – 3
  13. The competitions are moving!! EU law, Secretaries, External relations and more!
  14. Analysis of the Administrators (AD 6) in the field of DATA PROTECTION -EPSO/AD/393/21
  15. Analizamos la convocatoria de Técnicos y asistentes EPSO/AST/150/21-ámbito 1-Técnicos audiovisuales y 2- Técnicos de construcción.
  16. Analizamos la convocatoria de Técnicos y asistentes EPSO/AST/150/21-ámbito 3 Técnicos de laboratorio y EPSO/AST-SC/11/21 asistentes de laboratorio
  17. Analysis of ANTI-FRAUD INVESTIGATORS (AD 7) AND ANTI-FRAUD EXPERTS (AD 9) competition-EPSO/AD/394/21
  18. Analysis of Administrators in digital forensics and in operational and strategic analysis competition-EPSO/AD/395/21
  19. Winter is coming!!! Well… Assessment Centres are coming (major update of all competitions)
  20. Guide to practice(for free) the translation test of the European Parliament Language Professional competitions
  21. Analysis of the Administrators in the field of maritime affairs and fisheries competition- EPSO/AD/397/21

Winter is coming!!! Well… Assessment Centres are coming (major update of all competitions)

Dear all,

We found the way to the way to the Assessment!!!

The cold is coming but EPSO is warming up and speeding up all the competitions. As many of you are asking about what will happen in your competitions, particularly : what are the next steps? When will I be invited to the assessment? When should I start to prepare the assessment? How should I prepare? Then let’s try to answer to all of you with the latest information available and our prediction for the calendars of each competition. In this post, you will find the information for the following competitions (by reference number order, just scroll down until you find the ones that interest you):

AD-Administrators competitions

  1. Administrator in the field of Data protection EPSO/AD/393/21
  2. Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health, food safety, auditing inspection and evaluation EPSO/AD/392/21
  3. Member States’ Structural Reforms and Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21
  4. Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21
  5. Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6
  6. Lawyer-Linguist – (BG); (CS); (FR); (GA); (HU); (PL) EPSO/AD/383 to 388/21
  7. Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)
  8. Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

AST and AST/SC competitions

  1. Technicians and support workers- Technicians( AST3) EPSO/AST/150/21 In 3 fields and Laboratory support workers (AST-SC EPSO/AST-SC/11/21)
  2. Proofreaders/language editors – Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese – EPSO/AST/148/21
  3. Secretaries SC 1 and SC2 EPSO/AST-SC/10/20

Almost finalised Competitions

  1. Administrators in international cooperation and managing aid to non-EU countries EPSO/AD/380/19 – AD7 and AD7
  2. Nuclear inspectors EPSO/AST/149/21
How candidates see themselves when they get an invitation to the Assessment Centre.

WARNING – as we see too much drama around the competitions, we have made an extra effort to make all this a bit more palatable and funny. You can pass the competitions with a smile! (Still, note that the information is as accurate as EPSO competitions allow us to be).

When should I start to prepare the Assessment Centre?

This a recurring question and very relevant to prepare successfully for the Assessment Centre. Our answer is based on our experience and the experience of our successful candidates. We would advise you to begin the preparation for the Assessment Centre the moment you get an invitation for it. Assessment Centres (or at least the EPSO ones) are based on (or aim to measure your) competences and your expertise on a certain domain, they don’t require you to show knowledge, you will rather have to present to the board all that you can offer to the European institutions. To do so, you need practice above all.

What if I start to prepare as soon as I get a message saying that my competition is in the Talent Screener phase? Well, of course you can do it. However, you need to take several elements into consideration :

Your face when you get the invitation for the Assessment.
  • It can take months until the Talent Screener evaluations are over . EPSO doesn’t have a standard duration so you study without a clear horizon and you may run of stamina before the process really begins.
  • There are more candidates than spots in the Assessment Centre. Depending on the competition, the proportion of candidates who make it to the Talent Screener evaluation phase varies from 8 up to 12 times the number of openings. So it’s not easy. You can end up studying without being selected afterward. Is this a waste of time? NO! It can be reused in other EPSO competitions and other selection processes but it could also trigger some lose of hope in our chances to work in the EU. Lack of motivation is probably your worse enemy in this process.
  • Waiting time can be used to set up an action plan when you get the invitation for Assessment Centre. Because the moment you get the invitation, you have to run! Time and energy must be devoted to this goal. And don’t mind if EPSO is ruining your holidays because you have to prepare for the Assessment Centre. It is for your own good! (it happened to us too!)

What about my competition?

Let’s go competition by competition (from highest to lowest EPSO reference number). Please be aware that the following analysis is done based on the information published on the EPSO webpage and our experience as candidates (yes, we once were where you are now) and trainers.

1.- Administrator in the field of Data protection EPSO/AD/393/21

That’s all the info we got. EPSO is publishing some dates step by step
  • Status: At the moment we are writing this, no news from this competition, but the Computer-based field-related Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) test is expected before the year ends announced for the beginning of 2022, good! few more weeks to study with the risk of Christmas time in the middle (mind that!). Also, don’t forget to check your EPSO profile twice per week!. We did our full analysis of this competition here that we suggest to read, specially because the marking system is a bit different from what we are used to.
  • Next steps: Computer-based field-related Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) test from EPSO’s accredited centres or remotely.
  • What to prepare: obviously the field test. As regards the material you should study, we suggest to have a look at all the regulations and procedures on data protection quoted in the point «WHAT TASKS CAN I EXPECT TO PERFORM?» from the notice of competition and the Annex- I.

2.-Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21 – 1 food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 2 auditing inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 3

  • Status: Remember our analysis of this competition (profile 1, profile 2 and profile 3)? Well, not much has changed. In total, there has been 1454 applications (split in 710, 465 and 289 respectively on each profile). As for the spots available, there are 47, 30 and 30 respectively. So the wise EPSO decided to do the eligibility check first (CV screening) and then continue to the Talent Screener evaluation.
  • Next steps: CV screening and Talent Screener evaluations will take a while so we expect the Assessment Centre not sooner than the beginning of 2022, even later in Spring, considering there are other competitions a bit ahead of this one and will overlap in time.
  • What to prepare: When the Assessment Centre comes, you will have to prepare the following: Case Study , Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and Field test (interview and written test). If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones.

3.-Experts in technical support to Member States’ Structural Reforms EPSO/AD/391/21 – 1
Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21 – 2

  • Status: As you remember, the candidates applying for the Structural Reforms competition were far more than expected and the CBT was called upfront. Results were out at end of October and (again) candidates must be patient and wait for the results of the Talent Screener. After that, for those of you with the highest marks, around 135 for structural reforms and 75 for Schengen acquis will be invited to the Assessment Centre (end 2021 or most likely beginning of 2022).
  • Next Steps: drink some hot mild tea to relax, this will take a while. We don’t expect the results of the Talent Screener evaluations and the invitations to the Assessment Centre until Spring 2022 (if lucky by the end of winter 2022)
  • What to prepare: When the Assessment Centre comes, you will have to prepare the following: Case Study, General competency-based interview, Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and then the Field test (interview and written test). If you think we can help you with our training, remember to check our next sessions or join our Telegram information channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

4.-Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21

  • Status: It has been a long time since we did our analysis of this competition but it’s still valid. The eligibility checks were done and the Talent Screener evaluation results for 518 lucky candidates are expected in any moment of the coming days (early November).
  • Next Steps: EPSO usually prefers to execute the Assessment Centre in single blocks, without any holidays in the middle. Considering there are 135 candidates to be invited to the Assessment Centre, it will be difficult to get them through the oral test before Christmas. However, the written part could come before or right after Christmas time. Stay alert and ready!
  • What to prepare: Candidates will face the following tests: Case study; General competency-based interview; Situational competency-based interview and the Field-related ones (Interview and written test). Check our next training sessions if you think we can help you (we think we can).

5.-Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6

We thought about putting a screenshot from the competition but you know that one too well so we found our Agri-croqueta funnier and more encouraging.
  • Status: So the CBT was done in summer but results took time to settle on the earth and germinate (bad joke). So first, candidates got the CBT results and then the eligibility checks were performed (whole analysis here). The last week of October candidates got their results for that and were informed about who made it to the Talent Screener evaluation phase.
  • Next Steps: Now EPSO has to evaluate more than 500 Talent Screeners, so this will take a while. We don’t count to see any results until February next year (at least), so your Assessment Centre invitations will blossom with the Spring lights.
  • What to do: Wait for the formal invitation to the Assessment Centre, then the hard work begins! Make some slots in your agenda for the time the Assessment Centre comes. You will have to prepare tests such as: Case study ; General competency-based interview; Situational competency-based interview and the Field related ones (the interview and the written test). And stay tuned to any news by joining our Telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

6.-LAWYER-LINGUISTS (AD 7) EPSO/AD/383/21 – Bulgarian (BG); EPSO/AD/384/21 – Czech (CS); EPSO/AD/385/21 – French (FR); EPSO/AD/386/21 – Irish (GA); EPSO/AD/387/21 – Hungarian (HU); EPSO/AD/388/21 – Polish (PL)

  • Status: The brave candidates of this competition faced the CBT in summer and now have been called to to the Translation Test (up to 8 times the number of available spots). It will take place in December and after its evaluation, those with the highest marks (4 times the number of spots) will be invited to the Assessment Centre.
  • Next Steps: The correction of this kind of test takes time, we don’t expect further news until end February or later, and the Assessment Centre for Spring.
  • What to do: Once the Assessment Centre becomes a reality, candidates will face: General competency-based interview; Situational competency-based interview and the not so common Oral presentation. As for the the Field related tests, there will be another Oral presentation and a summary in language 1 from the Language 3 without dictionary (that will be tough). Don’t forget to stay tuned for what will come next by joining our telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

7.-Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

Yes! EPSO committed itself with an indicative date for the results, we hope this will be the good one.
  • Status: After a very long wait, candidates received their results by the end of September. But no further information was provided. EPSO is currently running the eligibility checks and we expect to know who has passed to the Talent Screener evaluation phase in the second half of November.
  • Next Steps: Still in the preliminary phases, the evaluation of the Talent Screeners will take a couple of months (at least), so we bet its results will be published at end of winter (end-feb/begining march) and the Assessment Centre will come in Spring.
  • What to do: Once the Assessment Centre becomes a reality, Candidates will face: Case study ; General competency-based interview; Situational competency-based interview and the Field related tests (Interview and written test). Stay tuned for our next training sessions if you think we can help you with our training. Another way of staying tuned is to join our telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

8.-Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

EU law results are in the balance. Hope it will be swing in your favour!
  • Status: It looks like yesterday when we shared our analysis and the sources to study EU law. Then, we spent summer struggling with the intermediate EU Law test (big applause for the 70 candidates who spent this summer with us and suffered our hard tests to prepare for this phase), and then came the long wait to get the results. Good news!!! The results were published mid November and now candidates are waiting to know the passing mark and with it, the invitation to the Assessment Centre.
  • Next Steps: We can expect this Assessment Centre to be the first of the year and begin in January (there is no time to do it before Christmas). So make sure you devote some time during the Christmas season to prepare all the tests. After that, there won’t be any time.
  • What to do: Right, after cheering for the new year, we can expect to face the following tests in the Assessment Centre: General competency-based interview; Role Play (yes, the new test); Oral Presentation and last but not least, well it’s even more important, the Field Written test. If you think we can help you with our training, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones or join our Telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

AST and AST/SC competitions

1.-Technicians and support workers- Technicians( AST3) EPSO/AST/150/21 In 3 fields : Field 1: Audiovisual and conference technicians; Field 2: Building technicians; Field 3: Laboratory technicians and Laboratory support workers (AST-SC 1) EPSO/AST-SC/11/21

  • Status (updated after EPSO info release): At the moment we are writing this, the application period has just closed and no disclosure of the number of applications has just been released (389 candidates for 92 spots in Audiovisual, 663 for 114 spots in building, 378 for 20 in Laboratory spots and 176 for 15 spots on laboratory support) , and we know that EPSO will start with the Talent Screener evaluations, the computer-based MCQ tests (also known CBT for friends) will take place during the assessment. Full analysis here: 1st part, 2nd part.
  • Next steps: check your EPSO profile regularly. In the unlikely scenario of the CBT coming first, it could be done by December. The most likely scenario is that the first thing to come will be the CV/eligibility check and then the Talent Screener evaluation. If so, don’t expect your Assessment Centre until end of Spring 2022.
  • What to prepare: Good moment to briefly review your CBT notes and warm up a little, just in case, but don’t exhaust yourself practicing. Remember that the formula for success in the CBT is 3/4 of calm and 1/4 of practice.

2.-Proofreaders/language editors – EPSO/AST/148/21 – Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese

Do you recognize yourself?
  • Status: It has been a while since candidates were informed that this competition was moving towards the Talent Screener evaluation. Results should be soon published.
  • Next Step : EPSO usually prefers to execute the Assessment Centre in single blocks, without any holidays in the middle. Considering there will be135 candidates invited to the Assessment Centre, we see difficult to get them through the oral test before Christmas but the written part could come before or right after Christmas time. Stay alert and ready!
  • What to prepare: Candidates will face: Case study ; General competency-based interview; Situational competency-based interview and the Field related tests (Proofreading and correcting a text). Check our next training sessions if you think we can help you (we think we can).

3.-Secretaries EPSO/AST-SC/10/20 – SC 1 and SC2

  • Status: After a long summer struggling with the Word test, (Word-MS Office skills to be EPSO-precise) and a long waiting until some candidates left behind could take their exam (their Prometric centre was not available), the results are expected in the second half of November, in December (following EPSO information) fingers crossed for all of you.
  • Next step: If not done when they publish the results, they have to perform the eligibility check afterwards so the process will put us in the beginning of 2022 to get the invitations for the Assessment Centre.
  • What to prepare: If you pass the Word test and have a CV that matches the profile of this competition, your chances of being invited to the Assessment Centre are quite high (remember that the number of candidates who took the Word test was relatively low, nearly 2 times those who will be invited to the Assessment Centre). Then, when the Assessment Centre comes, you will have to prepare 2 role play tests (yes, a new type of test but not such a big deal ;-)) and the Field-related interview. The positive thing about this Assessment Centre is that you can focus all your strength in the preparation on only two types of tests. Of course, if you think we can help you with our training, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones or join our Telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

Almost finalised

1.-Administrators in international cooperation and managing aid to non-EU countries EPSO/AD/380/19 – AD7 and AD7

Evidence of the last try to do the Case Study. We don’t post all the previous attempts or this will look like an never ending soap-opera.
  • Status: Your are right, this competition opened in December 2019. However, as international cooperation projects experts know, nobody said it would be easy or short. The COVID crisis made things quite difficult and this competition got stuck for many months. Then the Assessment Centre was organised on a test by test basis, instead of taking all the Assessment Centre tests in the same day, which took a big part of 2021. But the «best» came at the end: the Case study and the Field written test, put the candidates in a very difficult situation as the interface/platform of the exam didn’t work as expected (or at all) and many candidates have to repeat the exam now.
  • Next Steps: Only the case study is left for those candidates taking it again. We really hope this N-time will be the good one. Perhaps you will be lucky and get the results of this competition before the Christmas break (crossing our fingers for you!).
  • What to prepare: to wish all the best of luck (with the IT platform) to the candidates for their exam and for those who trusted us to help them with preparation of the test: Do it as you know! You have prepared hard for it and you are more than ready.

2.-Nuclear inspectors  EPSO/AST/149/21

Most likely status of the candidates in this competition, until the results are out.
  • Status: After a long struggle , this competition is about to end. Also, it is a good example of the evaluation procedure. Applications closed in April, and 440 brave candidates presented theirs. Around 80 didn’t fulfill the eligibility criteria, so 359 went to the Talent Screener phase, of which 118 were invited now to the Assessment Centre that took place this Autumn. As a souvenir, here some images of the process.
  • Next Steps: Wait, then stock some hot drinks, amusements and think of any other activity. If lucky, results will come by the end of this year, otherwise by the beginning of 2022.
  • What to prepare: Get ready for the Christmas holiday and get yourself a bottle of champagne. If you pass, open it to celebrate, if not, open it to close the long wait and boost your morale for next time. Your experience will be very valuable.

Life after the competition… Let’s end with a sweet story

Each of these croqUEtillas has a name and a story behind, we are very happy we helped them to join the reserve list and soon, become AD officials. We’ll be even happier when we can celebrate this properly

There is light at the end of the tunnel!! In the last months we got the results of three competitions, namely Specialists in legal research-Lawyers-EPSO/AD/365/19, to EPSO/AD/370/19, Administrators in the field of Audit EPSO/AD/372/19 – AD 5 and AD 7, and graduate Administrators (AD5 Generalist) EPSO/AD/373/19 AD5. Two dozens of former-candidates, now laurates, to join the reserve lists and become officers in the European Institutions. Despite the challenges, the long waiting periods, the uncertainty and the new SCBI, 24 people (our «croqUEtillas» as we fondly nicknamed them) are now in the reserve list and most of them are already or right in the process of becoming Officers of the European Institutions. They did their best and we helped them to perform at their maximum level, now this effort has its reward. In YaSemosEuropeos (YSE) we’ll remain at your service to help you with the EPSO challenge and sooner or later, to celebrate your success.

The competitions are moving!! EU law, Secretaries, External relations and more!

Dear all,

and more competitions are striking for the first time

The summer break is here but it doesn’t mean we can stop, EPSO moves on and so we do, as we cannot choose what kind of surprises we get, so the best thing we can do is to adapt to them. EPSO is committed to make the competitions possible, And after long struggle, there is an end for each competition, read until the end of this article to see what happened to our candidates SPOILER!!! Believe it or not, there is a happy ending for those of you in the EPSO competitions.

Something you should (absolutely) know

Las 22nd December, a modification (addendum) of several competitions was published that included two relevant facts and one reminder :

  • Fact 1 : All active competitions will be evaluated online. Including CBT (also you can take this test in the old traditional CBT facility /Prometric center)
  • Fact 2 : When they say online, they mean it for all tests (CBT, knowledge test, E-tray, Assessment Centre). Online tests can be done both at EPSO’s test centers or at home (all this possibility should be clearly indicated in the official communications through your candidate profile).
  • Reminder : SCBI or Situational Competence Based Interview replaces the group exercise for online testing (not big deal, let us know when you are there, we know it well and our successful candidates too 😉

In case you are skeptical on these facts, allow us to copy some points extracted from the addendums :

Here you have the reference, online CBT testing is a reality

How is your competition doing among EPSO competitions?

Let’s go competition by competition to clarify it (we’ll follow from highest to lowest EPSO reference number). Please, be aware the following analysis is done based on the information published in EPSO web page and our experience as candidates (yes, we once were where you are now) and trainers.

1.-Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21 – 1 food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 2 auditing inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 3

Remember our analysis of this competition (profile 1, profile 2 and profile 3) ? well, not much have changed. In total there has been 1454 split in 710, 465 and 289 application on each profile respectively. So the wise EPSO has decided to go to the eligibility check (CV screening) and then to the Talent evaluation. It will take a while so we expect the assessment by the beginning of 2022. When the moment for the assessment comes, If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or subscribe for the next ones.

2.-Experts in technical support to Member States’ Structural Reforms EPSO/AD/391/21 – 1
Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21 – 2

Well, finally the expert in Structural reforms were far more than expected and the CBT has been called upfront and literally while we were writting this, EPSO decided to inform on the dates. the 4th August opens the booking period. CBT exams will take place from 2nd to 10th September. After that, for those of you with the highest marks. Let’s say around 450 , 1 out 4 of the candidates who applied for Structural reform support and around 250 for Schengen acquis, 1 out of 1,5 (not bad, eh??) will go the eligibility check (CV screening) and then to the Talent evaluation, After it, the highest mark in the talent, around 135 for structural reform and 75 for Schengen, will be invited to the assessment (end 2021 or most likely beginning of 2022) . If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or subscribe for the next ones.

3.-Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21

Do you remember our analysis of this competition ? well, it has advanced!!! the eligibility checks is done and it moves to the Talent Screener. 518 lucky candidates will be checked thoroughly to evaluate their merits, of which, only the 135with the highest marks in the talent will go to the assessment. It will take a while so we expect the assessment by the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022. And when the moment to prepare the assessment comes, and you think we can help you, check our next training sessions or subscribe for the next ones.

4.-Nuclear inspectors number: EPSO/AST/149/21

This competition is a good example of the evaluation procedure. Applications closed in April, 440 brave candidates presented their application. Around 80 didn’t fulfil the eligibility criteria, so 359 went to the talent, of which 118 are invited now to the assessment that will take place in Autumn. So, it’s time to prepare it! Second half of September will take place the case study (our article on it), then October-November are expected the Competence based interview, field related interview and situational competence interview. If you are interested in our trainings, you can check our next sessions or subscribe for the next ones.

5.-Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6

So the CBT is done (according to EPSO last date was 26th July) and let’s hope everybody got its opportunity to take the CBT. Assuming this, results should be ready by September. Then, those successful candidates with the highest marks will jump into CV screening (approx. the first 550 by ranking in marks) and afterwards Talent Screener evaluation from which , a selected group of 165 candidates will be invited to the assessment. Most probably by end of this year to take the assessment beginning of 2022.

6.-Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

Yes! EPSO committed itself with an indicative date for the results, we hope this will be the good one.

We know all of you (to be precise the 11498 of you) who applied for this competition and almost of all you who took already the CBT, are anxious to get the results, but you will have to wait until the end of the summer break to get them. There may be a few of you that because of the pandemics didn’t have the opportunity to take the test, without them ,the next phase ( eligibility test and talent screener) can’t be launched. The good news are that phase looks closer and results are announce for mid-September. Wait patiently (no other option is possible) and you will be rewarded (finger crossed for all of you)

7.-Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

Here we go! after the summer break, we’ll have our test on EU law, don’t forget to take the treaties with you this summer!

Yes, many of you took the CBT when you were supposed to do so, that is, from end November until mid-December (green square). But still, many (hundreds or even thousands) candidates couldn’t due to Covid-restrictions. In December 2020, EPSO committed itself to give them an opportunity and there it goes (red square). The negative effect of this is that you won’t get your CBT results until all candidates has passed the exam (EPSO said in its 15 December announcement) well…That has been done!!!! We are now facing the EU LAW test (here some free resources and books suggestions) in September, with the linguistic comprehension test. If you think we can help you with the EU LAW test, join our next training, aimed to help you to study during the tempting summer break. .

8.-Administrators in international cooperation and managing aid to non-EU countries EPSO/AD/380/19 – AD7 and AD7

Your memory is right, this competition opened in December 2019 and the CBT was done couple of months later but, as international cooperation projects, nobody said it would be easy or short. Right after the end of the CBT, the lockdown began and this competition went frozen. Now, seems it’s getting warm again but not too much. Case study was announced for January but finally it will take place after the summer break??? (we’ll see, it’s been 3 times since the pushed it back) and the Assessment continues, now with the Competence based interview. The end of it is foreseen by end of October (we really hope so, courage!!)

In the meantime, dear candidates, keep your stamina and resilience up. If you need some help with the case study or with the pending assessment test, check here.

9.-Secretaries EPSO/AST-SC/10/20 – SC 1 and SC2

Well, many have asked about this competition and when the second test (the one about Word-MS Office skills) could take place. Apparently not yet. Still quite a few candidates haven’t taken their CBT test, so a new window is open to book and do the CBT. This opportunity comes with a cost, you won’t get your CBT results until all candidates has passed the exam (EPSO already said in its 15 December announcement). Still, there is light at the end of the tunnel and the intermediate test (Word test) has been announce for September. We are preparing some trainings for it, If you think we can help you with the WORD office 2016 test, inscribe/show your interest in our next training, aimed to help you the moment you will invited to it. .

And the good news are?

Each of these croqUEtillas has a name and a story behind, we are very happy we helped them to join the reserve list and soon, become AD officials. We’ll be even happier when we can celebrate this properly

There is light at the end of the tunnel!! In the last months we got the results of three competitions, namely Specialists in legal research-Lawyers-EPSO/AD/365/19, to EPSO/AD/370/19, Administrators in the field of Audit EPSO/AD/372/19 – AD 5 and AD 7, and graduate Administrators (AD5 Generalist) EPSO/AD/373/19 AD5. Two dozens of former-candidates, now laurates, to join the reserve lists and become officers in the European Institutions. Despite the challenges, the long waiting periods, the uncertainty and the new SCBI. 24 people (our «croqUEtillas» as we fondly nicknamed them) are now in the reserve list. They did their best and we helped them to perform at the maximum level, now this effort has its reward. In YaSemosEuropeos (YSE) we’ll remain at your service to help you with the EPSO challenge and sooner or later, to celebrate your success.

In these challenging times, it’s time to take care of your beloved ones and of yourself, but also there is an opportunity to start (or keep) your next steps on the EPSO competitions. Sooner or later everything will come back to normality, those who took advantage of this time will have better chances of succeeding.

The CBT tests are back : EU law, Secretaries, External relations and more!

Dear all,

The new year is bringing lots of surprises. Apparently we cannot choose what kind of surprises we get, so the best thing we can do is to adapt to them. EPSO is committed to make the competitions possible, despite all odds being against, so they have launched new dates for the exams. SPOILER!!! Believe it or not, there is a happy ending for those of you in the competitions. Keep reading until the end 😉

Something you should (absolutely) know

Las 22nd December, a modification (addendum) of several competitions was published that included two relevant facts and one reminder :

  • Fact 1 : All active competitions will be evaluated online.
  • Fact 2 : When they say online, they mean it for all tests (CBT, E-tray, Assessment Centre). Online tests can be done both at EPSO’s test centres or at home (all this will be clearly indicated in the official communications through your candidate profile).
  • Reminder : SCBI or Situational Competence Based Interview replaces the group exercise for online testing.

In case you are skeptical on these facts, allow us to copy some points extracted from the addendums :

  • For this competition the computer-based Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) tests will now be organised either remotely or in one of EPSO’s accredited test centres. (from Administrators (AD 5/AD 7) in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 addendum).
  • For this competition the assessment tests will now be organised either remotely or in one of EPSO’s accredited test centres ( from Parliamentary ushers EPSO/AST-SC/08/19).
  • For this competition the intermediate computer-based Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) Microsoft Office Word skills test will now be organised either remotely or in one of EPSO’s accredited test centres. + For this competition the assessment tests will now be organised either remotely or in one of EPSO’s accredited test centres ( from Secretaries EPSO/AST-SC/10/20 addendum).

How does the Covid crisis affect your EPSO competitions?

Let’s go competition by competition to clarify it (we’ll follow from highest to lowest EPSO reference number). Please, be aware the following analysis is done based on the information published in EPSO web page and our experience as candidates (yes, we once were where you are now) and trainers.

Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

Always careful with the indicative dates

We know all of you (to be precise the 11498 of you) who applied for this competition are anxious to begin with the CBT, but you will have to wait until the beginning of February???? for the booking opening, and until end February or beginning of March to take the exam. Yes, it’s the 4th time EPSO has delayed the dates (initially the booking opening was intended for December) so we can not be 100% sure about this time. Nevertheless, the fact all other competitions at the CBT stage and with remaining candidates to take the CBT have adopted the same dates gives us some solid hope this time it will be the right one (in case you still need some help with the CBT check this).

Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

Dear law experts, remember to include the word «indicative» in your thoughts

Yes, many of you took the CBT when you were supposed to do so, that is, from end November until mid-December (green square). But still, many (hundreds or even thousands) candidates couldn’t due to Covid-restrictions. In December 2020, EPSO committed itself to give them an opportunity and there it goes (red square). The negative effect of this is that you won’t get your CBT results until all candidates has passed the exam (EPSO said in its 15 December announcement) Be careful and check the current restrictions to know if this try is the good one in case you absolutely want to take the CBT in a Prometric facility, or you need to prepare your home for it. We are not interior experts but for the CBT itself, we can help, check this.

Administrators in international cooperation and managing aid to non-EU countries EPSO/AD/380/19 – AD7 and AD7

Yes, right, this opened in December 2019 and the CBT was done couple of months later but, as international cooperation projects, nobody said it would be easy or short. Right after the end of the CBT, the lockdown began and this competition went frozen. Now, seems it’s getting warm again but not too much. Case study was announced for January but finally it was postponed until February (from home? only the pandemic knows) and after that, well at least a couple of months after that, we can expect the rest of the assessment tests. With the latest update, the case study is scheduled for April (then most likely in the Prometric centers) and after that the rest of the Assessment (April and May).

In the meantime, dear candidates, keep your stamina and resilience up. If you need some help with the case study, check here.

Graduate Administrators EPSO/AD/373/19

The flagship of the competitions, also known as Generalist, is still frozen. The fact its Assessment Centre didn’t begin before the pandemic doesn’t help and 294 of you are testing your resilience to limits you couldn’t imagine. So far, priority has been given to Competition Law and Auditors that had already began (and have far less candidates to assess).

It seems once Audit is moving again, Generalists won’t take long to begin. Winter lasts until 21st of March, so be patient and probably you will be rewarded in mid-February with some good news (or some news, at least). The clever people from EPSO read this post and decided after its publication to release the dates , so brace yourself, in April the competition begins until June. Plenty of time to prepare but better to begin early. If you need some help with the case study, check here.


Administrators in the field of Audit EPSO/AD/372/19 – AD 5 and AD 7

Candidates in the Auditors’ competition were puzzled when the new dates for Assessement were published as they split the Assessment into two events with different dates for AD5 and AD7, and then we got a Remote Assessment and Situational Competency-based interview (SCBI for short). Why? As the Audit competition already started in March 2020 (yes, a long time ago), some candidates only need to take the SCBI , as they already have gone through the Assessment Centre with a group exercise. Being precise, in 2020, 257 candidates in AD5 and 118 in AD7 were invited to the Assessment, now, in 2021, 195 and 111 respectively (so 62 and 7 need to go through the SCBI only, if someone hasn’t retired from the competition or retired from the working life after such a long time).

Specialists in legal research – Lawyers – CY,EL,HU,IT,LV,PL EPSO/AD/365/19 to EPSO/AD/370/19

It’s a bit paradoxical that it takes longer to list all these competitions than the time the Assessment will take for these 6 competitions with 2 profiles each (AD5 and AD7). Restarted recently, their SCBI was publish and the first profile Legal research -lawyers – Cyprus will begin first week of February (between 3-5 February), while the last, Italian and Polish are scheduled for first half of March. No much time to prepare the interviews and SCBI although it should be enough if you focus on the task.

Secretaries EPSO/AST-SC/10/20 – SC 1 and SC2

Mamma mia! here we go again!

Well, many have asked about this competition and when the second test (the one about Word-MS Office skills) could take place. Apparently not yet. Several hundreds, even rumors say couple of thousands haven’t taken their CBT test, so a new window is open to book and do the CBT. This opportunity comes with a cost, you won’t get your CBT results until all candidates has passed the exam (EPSO said in its 15 December announcement).Then, will the exam be in the Prometric-CBT facilities or at home? Stay alert and read carefully the invitation that you will receive in your candidate’s folder. Because of Covid, many restrictions have been imposed in European states so the «at home» modality is getting more likely everyday. Still, the exam will be the same, so get ready! If you think we can help, check this.

Conference Operators EPSO/AST-SC/09/19

Winter is coming…or perhaps Spring…stay tunned

If you are part of this competition and you were waiting for the next exams, you will get them with a vengeance. After several announcement and interruptions, now both, CBT and E-tray are announced for the end of February for the 75 of you who are still in it. Be careful with the length of this exam (65 minutes of CBT + 60 of E-tray can be dangerous if we don’t manage our energies correctly). After that, or perhaps at the same time, more news should come on the Assessment Centre (not too long, just 2 interviews : competence-based and field-related). So be ready to get fresh news right after the CBT and E-tray! Meanwhile we are crossing our fingers to see it becomes real and also thinking you could provide a tip or two to the EPSO staff on how to organise a online conference or an online assessment without technical interruptions .


Parliamentary Ushers EPSO/AST-SC/08/19 – SC 1 and SC 2

Both SC1 and SC2 of Parliamentary Ushers got the same calendar

Well, they say a Parliamentary Usher must be patient with the MEPs, so consider this process (that began in July 2019) a testing method of your patience. Still, in Autum-Winter of 2020 you got the opportunity of taking the CBT and now, 52 in SC1 and 81 in SC2 candidates will go through the Assessment Centre. A role play , competence based interview, language test and field related interview are waiting for you. Scary? Not much. You have until Spring (lets say April or beyond) to prepare it. don’t miss it! (and if you need some help with these test, here our proposal)

And the good news are?

Each of these croqUEtillas (tender nickname for our candidates) has a name and a story behind, we are very happy we helped them to join the reserve list and soon, become AD7 officials. We’ll be even happier when we can celebrate this properly

There is light at the end of the tunnel!! Administrators in Competition Law EPSO/AD/374/19 , which had the privilege to be the first competition restarted in the online-Assessment mode has ended and the results went public. It was particularly challenging as they replaced the group exercise with the SCBI and part of the candidates had already gone through the Assessment in March, despite all this, 10 of our candidates are now in the reserve list. They did their best and we helped them to perform at the maximum level, now this effort has its reward. In YaSemosEuropeos (YSE) we’ll remain at your service to help you with the EPSO challenge and sooner or later, to celebrate your success.

In these challenging times, it’s time to take care of your beloved ones and of yourself, but also there is an opportunity to start (or keep) your next steps on the EPSO competitions. Sooner or later everything will come back to normality, those who took advantage of this time will have better chances of succeeding.

We are really happy about this (the candidates even more). And that’s why we share it with you.

Adiós 2020, bienvenido 2021

Pues si, parece mentira pero el 2020 llega a su fin, con ello nos ponemos un pelín nostálgicos (que fue un año intenso) y nos preparamos para arrancar el 2021 que esperamos nos permita salir de casa un poco más, disfrutar de nuestra gente querida y llegar a conseguir la ansiada plaza en la instituciones europeas.

¿Cómo fue el 2020 para EPSO y todos los candidatos?

La cosa no estuvo fácil. Arrancamos el 2020 con 10 Recursos gratuitos para el EPSO , luego ya vino el COVID y comenzamos a analizar la situación EPSO y Corona-virus ¿cómo nos epso-afecta? . El virus no impidió que siguiéramos respondiendo vuestras dudas (Otras) 6 dudas más comunes para las oposiciones europeas ni tampoco que os informáramos de cuando todo se reactivó EPSO CONTRATACA: viejas y nuevas oposiciones en marcha. La parte final del año, desde la perspectiva Covid y todos los cambios que nos ha traído, lo resumimos aquí EPSO y Covid. El EPSO debe continuar

Con el arranque de nuevas oposiciones, surgió la eterna pregunta ¿Cuándo preparar las oposiciones europeas? (edición generalistas) que respondimos con nuestro mejor experiencia, igualmente lo hicimos para otros perfiles ¿Cuándo preparar las oposiciones europeas? (edición especialistas). En paralelo fuimos analizan las convocatorias que salieron en verano : Analizamos la convocatoria de Secretarios/as SC1-SC2 de la Unión Europea; Analizamos la convocatoria de EU-law; Analizamos la convocatoria de External Relations. Y tampoco podía faltar nuestra ayudita para saber ¿Dónde estudiar EU law? cuyas notas de CBT saldrán en algún momento de enero o principios de febrero y nos llevarán directos al examen de conocimiento de la EU law

Además, mucha gente comenzó a interesarse por primera vez por esto de las oposiciones europeas y nos preguntaba si su perfil tenía cabida, así que decidimos preparar la madre de todas las respuestas ¡Aquí no se queda ningún perfil fuera! Mi perfil es … ¿qué oportunidades tengo de trabajar en la Unión Europea? | Ya semos europeos . Decidimos cerrar el año explicando, con Los 10 mandamientos del opositor las claves que todo buen opositor debe considerar para triunfar y acceder a su plaza

Mientras tanto, nuestros cursos para ayudaros han seguido online a todo ritmo (realizamos más de 9 cursos online de CBT , formaciones de CAST, y perdimos la cuenta de las sesiones de Assessment para preparar CBI, SCBI, presentación oral y caso práctico. Incluso con todo lo ocurrido, nos dio para organizar dos formaciones presenciales en Madrid de CBT y de Assessment en Febrero y Septiembre (con todas las precauciones) .

¿Qué podemos esperar en 2021?

Pues esperamos un año cargadito. El retraso acumulado de la competiciones motiva que arrancamos el año con los exámenes CBT de external relations. Al mismo tiempo, ya tenemos anunciadas y se irán abriendo (situación covid mediante)

  • Traductores (nivel AD5) de Sueco, Finlandés, Alemán, Danés (os recordamos que, en base a las convocatorias de otros años, no se pide tener título o ser nativo de esos idiomas. Para llegar a la lista de reserva «bastará» con superar las pruebas prácticas de traducción, que no serán fáciles, además de las de competencias. ) ¡Anunciada para el 7 de enero! (pero atentos al 3 de enero, fecha de retorno de EPSO de las vacaciones, por si hubiera cambios)
  • Jurístas linguistas (nivel AD 7) en Búlgaro ,Polaco , Checo, , Francés, Irlandés Húngaro – ¡Anunciada para el 21 de enero! (pero atentos al 3 de enero, fecha de retorno de EPSO de las vacaciones, por si hubiera cambios)
  • Correctores de pruebas (nivel AST 3) Griego ,Portugés , Italiano,Irlandés (Gaélico),Estonio , Español pinta bien, pero requerirá presentar méritos de varios años trabajando en tareas similares. Los analizaremos en detalle cuando salgan. Se espera salga entre enero y marzo.
  • Expertos en apoyo técnico a las reformas estructurales de los Estados miembros (nivel AD 7) oposición que requiere un alto nivel de especialización, al menos 6 años de experiencia en este área técnica para poder presentarse. Veremos los detalles. Se espera salga antes de finales de marzo.
  • Inspectores nucleares(nivel AST 3) otra oposición de alto contenido técnico. Si habéis trabajado en este ámbito o en áreas técnicas similares ¡Esta será la vuestra! Se espera salga antes de finales de marzo.
  • Administradores en el ámbito de la agricultura y el desarrollo rural sostenibles (nivel AD 6) el sector agrícola concentra un gran número de profesionales, aunque no lo parezca, así que confiamos será una oposición popular y sobre todo con bastantes plazas para todos los que tengáis experiencia (echarle al menos 3 años) . Se espera salga antes de finales de marzo.
  • Administradores en el ámbito de la política de sustancias y preparados químicos (nivel AD 6) Si la química es lo tuyo y llevas por lo menos 3 añitos dedicándote en cuerpo y reacciones químicas al tema, es una gran oportunidad. Se espera salga antes de finales de marzo.
  • ¿Generalistas? no hay nada confirmado, pero semos optimistas y pensamos que este verano arrancará la oposición de generalistas 2021. Igualmente para otros perfiles, EPSO tiene que recuperar el tiempo perdido. Os iremos informando

¿Y Ya Semos Europeos qué hará?

Pues seguiremos fieles a nuestro compromiso de ayudaros. Iremos publicando nuevas entradas con informaciones relevantes para vuestra preparación, compartiremos nuestros análisis de las nuevas convocatorias y más sorpresas.

Además, podréis apuntaros a nuestros cursos online de CBT, que a partir de ahora, tenéis uno cada mes y siempre adaptándonos a las convocatorias que se vayan publicando y demanden algún tipo de prueba especial en el CBT. En cuanto sea posible volveremos a Madrid son todos los meses. En la fase de assessment , por supuesto, podéis contar con nosotros, incluso para la nueva prueba SCBI que ya hemos preparado con éxito, aquí tenéis nuestras próximas fechas y formaciones.. Y no os perdáis nuestras formaciones de CAST próximas programas el 24 enero y 21 de febrero, habrá más anunciadas en unas semanas, nuestro objetivo es hacer 1 al mes.

¡El 2021 será tuyo!

EPSO y Covid. El EPSO debe continuar

Hola a todos,

puerta epso -cerrada
Aunque parezca mentira, es real. Pero en forma online ¡la fiesta sigue!

Efectivamente estamos viviendo tiempos peculiares, la situación causada por la segunda ola de covid19 nos sigue trayendo de cabeza y además de no dejarnos salir de casa, no nos deja hacer presentarnos a las oposiciones europeas con tranquildad. Las informaciones se suceden a diario y todo es muy cambiante, las instituciones y los profesionales que saben de los virus informan al respecto ( Ministerio salud, Comisión Europea, etc.) así que desde YSE a ellos nos remitimos para hablar de la enfermedad dichosa. Nosotros en cambio os proponemos hablar del EPSO para ayudar a pasar el mal trago y poner un poquito de claridad y esperanza entre tanto nervio y encierro.

¿Qué está pasando en las oposiciones?

Pues bien, vamos por pasos para no perdernos

Paso 1 : las que estaban en fase de assessment (la fase final) se vuelven a poner en marcha.

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la cartita con el aviso de suspensión allá por Marzo 2020, ahora la cosa se reactivó.

Tras un largo parón, las competiciones que estaban en marcha : generalistas EPSO/AD/373/19, auditores EPSO/AD/372/19, etc…han anunciado que recomienzan. La primera la de expertos en el area de legilación de la competencia, legislación financiera,etc (EPSO/AD/374/19). que tendrán su oportunidad a finales de Noviembre y principios de Dicembre. El resto de competiciones en fase de assessment (Generalistas EPSO/AD/373/19 , Audit EPSO/AD/372/19, etc.) tendrán lugar a partir de Enero de 2021. Todas ellas se harán online y desde casa (si, desde casa, ya escribiremos un poco más al respecto)

Paso 2 : ¿ Y las que salían este verano/otoño (secretarios, EUlaw, External relations)? EL CBT se hará contra viento y marea.

Oposiciones como la de secretariado, EU law y External relations, se anunciaron para primavera y luego verano. Tras muchas aventuras, finalmente se abrieron para la inscripción durante el periodo estival hasta el otoño. Ahora, con las inscripciones ya cerradas, toca ir eligiendo fecha para el examen y lo mas divertido ¡examinarse.! La primera en hacer los test es Secretariado, que tienen lugar del 3 al 19 de noviembre, EU law los hará entre el 23 noviembre y el 16 de diciembre y External Relations serán en enero-febrero de 2021. ¿Seguro? ¿me lo juras por croqUEta? o mejor formuladas, estas son las preguntas que se te están pasando por la cabeza: ¿Podre examinarme si en mi ciudad/país estamos confinados?¿Cómo saber lo que pasa con mi centro de examen?¿Y sí me llega un aviso que mi examen ha sido cancelado? Si nos sigues leyendo, las respondemos.

Duda I : ¿Podre examinarme si en mi ciudad/país estamos confinados? SÍÍÍI!!!.

Esta pregunta trae a muchos candidatos de cabeza y da igual cual sea tu oposición. EPSO ya ha avisado que son conscientes de la posibilidad que no todo el mundo pueda examinarse en las fechas establecidas, pero prefieren arriesgarse (sino todos los procesos podrían quedar paralizados más de un año) y seguir con las precauciones debidas. Para ello han abierto la posibilidad de rescatar a aquellos que no se pudieron examinar

Aquí el aviso dado por EPSO tal que un 6 noviembre 2020. Puedes verlo en su web

Duda II : ¿Cómo saber lo que pasa con mi centro de examen?

La primera es verificando el status del centro en la web de Prometric (la entidad que subcontrata EPSO para los examanes). Aquí puedes ver los centros cerrados de Prometric y aquí puedes consultar los centros operativos, verás que la gran mayoría siguen abiertos, aunque con restricciones para garantizar la salud de todos. Recuerda que la mascarilla es obligatoria para realizar el examen en todos los centros.

Duda III ¿Y sí me llega un aviso que mi examen ha sido cancelado?

Algunos de vosotros nos habéis preguntado por esto. Ha habido gente en redes que compartio ese aviso y podemos decir que probablemente sea cierto. Ahora, calma, respira hondo y revisa las duda más frecuentes de Prometric. Ahí verás que en algunos casos, no muchos, los candidatos han visto sus citas (que no sus examenes) canceladas para adecuar el centro a las medidas de especiamiento y seguridad COVID. La oportunidad de examinarse sigue abierta, desconfia de toda información no oficial y acude siempre a la fuente EPSO y Prometric.

Paso 3 : ¿Y las que iban a salir en Otoño?

(Otras oposiciones como Administradores en el ámbito de la agricultura y el desarrollo rural sostenibles (EPSO/AD/389/20) y Administradores en el ámbito de la política de sustancias y preparados químicos (EPSO/AD/390/20) Siguen anunciadas para otoño 2020 (aunque llegaron a tener fecha de salida en Octubre y luego desapareció), es decir que podrían salir hasta el 20 de diciembre pero no descartemos, que con lo excepcional de la situación, salgan ya en enero 2021, con un panorama más despejado, EPSO se lanzará. [ACTUALIZACIÓN] Pues eso, que al poco de escribir esta entrada EPSO actualizó las fechas de salida, será para el primer trimestre de 2021 cuando nos vengan en bloque las oposiciones. Así que atentos a la vuelta de la Navidad.

Como véis, no faltan examenes de CAST en el horizonte ¡ A por ellos!

Paso 4 : ¿y el resto? ¿Qué pasa con los CAST?  Algunos habeis estado realizando vuestros examenes de cast ( los examenes tipo CBT) y la cosa sigue como estaba previsto. En caso que vuestro centro cierre por COVID, EPSO os invitará a la siguiente ronda de examenes en cuanto el centro reabra sus puertas.

Paso 5 :  ¿se volverá a paralizar todo? 

No, pero tiene pinta. Los chic@s de EPSO se están dejando la piel para que todo vuelva a cierta normalidad, pero seguro irá más lento. Recordad que además del examen en si, todo proceso de selección EPSO lleva mucho trabajo interno de las instituciones (y su personal). Ahora mismo todas las instituciones están en teletrabajo forzoso y volverán muy despacio a la normalidad (con sus fases y sus precauciones), así que las formaciones para evaluadores, las revisiones de examen o la publicacion de nuevas convocatorias puede que no lleguen al calendario previsto.

¿Ahora que hacemos?

croqueta _abierta

Desde YSE hemos decidido plantar cara al asunto y ayudaros allá donde estéis. En algún momento toda esta crisis pasará y los competiciones volverán a retomar su ritmo habitual, tal vez sea un buen momento para irse preparando con tiempo ¿a qué si? por eso proponemos varias opciones para aprovechar a tope este periodo de cuarentena (no sólo de probar recetas de cocina nuevas viven los candidatos)

  • Darle a la EPSO-lectura  ¿quieres saber más sobre los psicotécnicos o CBT? pincha aquí. ¿quieres conocer el assessment en profundidad? pues mira aquí. ¿otras formas de trabajar en la UE que no sea funcionario? este es tu hueco.
  • Visitar nuestor canal de youtube . Si te estás dando un atracón de Netflix y te has quedado sin series, aquí va un «documental» (bueno es una charlita que dimos el otro día) con explicaciones del proceso EPSO y como trabajar para instituciones, o  para ser becario de las mismas (como las golondrinas, los becarios volverán a los poblar los despachos de la Comisión). Si vais a lo práctico, aqui 3 (1, 2, 3)  muestras de los ejercicios de razonamiento abstracto (vendrán más en próximos días, tenemos a nuestra croqUEta encerrada en casa con nosotros 🙂
  • Practicar  para los próximos test  ¿cómo? con los recursos disponibles, entre ellos muchos gratuitos . Aquí  teneis nuestra recopilación de 10 gratis.
  • Apuntarse a un curso de CBT o sesiones para preparar el assessment ONLINE  si, nos habéis leido bien, seguimos ofreciendo nuestros cursos y formaciones online (gracias a los que habeis confiado en nosotros en los 10 cursos de CBT online que llevamos desde marzo). A falta de vernos las caras directamente, podemos seguir ayudando on-line con las mismas ganas. Ahora es un buen momento para sacar la «resiliencia» que llevamos dentro y ponermos a preparar lo que se avecina.
  • Pulir nuestra solicitud-aplicación de CAST. EL principal pecado de las candidaturas de CAST suele ser la falta de tiempo invertido para su preparación. Aquí tenéis una pequeña ayuda. Si queréis algo más directo, podeis mostrar vuestro interés o inscribiros en nuestra próxima sesión de formación on-line preparatoria de CAST aquí.

Ya sabéis, son tiempos donde toca cuidarse y cuidar a los que nos rodean, además de ir trabajar para cambiar el mal sueño que vivimos con el covid por nuestro sueño europeo.

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También podríamos haber puesto una bandeja de croqUEtas, pero ¿estás seguro que el trofeo no las tiene dentro?

¿Dónde estudiar EU law?

Hola a todos,

Tras nuestro sesudo análisis de la convocatoria, muchos nos habéis preguntado por recursos para estudiar EU law, así que vamos con una lista de referencias gratuitas y de pago (manuales académicos, nadie se nos asuste), para todos los gustos y que podáis ir estudiando el asunto.

Consejo YSE – Antes de que sigas leyendo, la primera fase es el CBT, psicoténicos nada de EU law, así que asegurate de pasar esa fase o este post será en vano y ni vosotros ni nosotros queremos eso. ¡La croqUEta que avisa no es traidora!

[actualización Julio 2021] ¡Enhorabuena si has aprobado el CBT, ahora a por la siguiente fase, para la cual este post te será de gran ayuda. Si además, quieres una ayuda extra, te dejamos el enlace para apuntarte a nuestro training de EU Law que realizaremos durante el verano.

Estudiar EU law de gratis

¿Es posible? lo es. Os vamos a proponer varias fuentes clásicas y muy completitas, solo con estas y un poco de esfuerzo propio para darle forma a toda la información, sería posible tener toda la información relevante :

Imagen del Museo de la Historia Europea que representa el número de páginas que ocupa impreso el acervo (reglas y leyes) europeo.
  • Los Tratados . ¿hay algo más básico y fundamental en el derecho europeo? dificilmente. En ellos encontrarás el proceso legislativo ordinario, el articulo 50 (el del Brexit), las competencias de cada institución, el principio de subsidiariead y mucho más. Para entender un poco mejor de donde viene todo, aquí una evolución de los tratados,
  • ABCE de la UE Si esto de los tratados te parece muy crudo, siempre puedes leerte el abc de la UE (en todos los idiomas de la UE), que recorre de forma asequilb
  • Las fichas del parlamento. Un clásico para tener una vision global de todas las políticas y acciones de las instituciones europeoas. No obsstante, estas sin duda son las más relevantes para lo que os interesa.
  • Sentencias del TJUE. Que no cuanda el pánico. Vamos a ver, si eres licenciado o graduado en Derecho, seguro que en la carrera vistes algo de derecho comunitario, sobretodo sentencias del Tribunal de Justicia de la UE . Si no te acuerdas de las más importantes, aquí te dejamos un listado elaborado por los Catedráticos Juan Ignacio Ugartemendia Eceizabarrena y Joxerramon Bengoetxea Caballero

Recordad que las instituciones europeas tienen muchas webs con información y recursos gratuitos para aprender sobre las mismas ¡Aprovechadlas!.

Estudiar EU law con manuales.

Tampoco tenemos que llegar a leernos todo esto

Ahora pasamos a la sección más académica. Con la ayuda de una croqUEtilla hemos elaborado el siguiente listado que os servirá de guía. Todos los manuales cubren un contenido parecido así que salvo que queraís contribuir al gremio de los libreros de forma hiperactiva, os bastaría con uno de los manuales de la lista (por eso mismo, evitamos los enlaces a Amazon, esos ya tienen muchos clientes). Os indicamos igualmente cual es nuestra opción favorita en cada idioma.

En lengua española

  • ALCAIDE FERNÁNDEZ, J. y CASADO RAIGÓN, R. Curso de Derecho de la Unión Europea. Tecnos, 3ª edición, 2018, ISBN 9788430972142
  • AA.VV. (coord. ESCOBAR HERNÁNDEZ, C.). Instituciones de la Unión Europea. Tirant Lo Blanc, 3ª edición, 2020, ISBN 9788491192923 (este lo tenéis recién salido, calentito calentito)
  • MANGAS MARTÍN, A. y LIÑÁN NOGUERAS, D. J. Instituciones y Derecho de la Unión Europea. Tecnos, 10ª edición, 2020, ISBN 9788430979592. Hay clásicos y clásicos, descontando los Tratados, el libro de la Profesora Araceli Mangas es lo siguiente a leer. El libro tiene una gran virtud, consigue que las citas a las sentencias del TJUE parezcan recursos a una novela de acción más que un engrudo juridico intragable. Incluso si no opositas pero quieres aprender de la UE, con fundamento, este es tu libro.

En lengua francesa

No puede faltar, que para algo era la de Schuman y Monnet. Realmente también hablaban otras, pero en francés los libros disponibles son buenos y llevan muchos años escribiendo sobre el tema, así que no podíamos dejarlos pasar.

En lengua inglesa

A pesar del Brexit, sigue habiendo vida del derecho europe en inglés, aunque tiene su guasa comprar en UK libros sobre el derecho UE (bueno , realmente los tendrían que haber leido más por allá)

  • BARNARD, C. y PEERS, S. European Union Law. Oxford University Press, 3ª edición, agosto de 2020, ISBN: 9780198855750
  • CHALMERS, D., DAVIES, G. y MONTI, G. European Union Law. Text and Materials. Cambridge University Press, 4ª edición, septiembre de 2019, ISBN: 9781108463591
  • CRAIG, P. y DE BÚRCA, G. EU Law. Text, Cases, and Materials. Oxford University Press, 7ª edición, julio de 2020. ISBN 9780198856641 – Un tocho de más de 1300 páginas. Dificil se les haya escapado algo, salvo el año sábatico para leerlo entero.

Y con esto, tenéis más que suficiente para aprender sobre los vericuetos de la UE y sus detalles juridicos. ¡Mucho ánimo! y ¡dadle duro!

Listado de Recursos útiles

Aquí os dejamos unos enlaces que pueden resultaros interesantes(sobretodo el que pone gratuito 😉

  1. El CBT o los test psicotécnicos
  2. El Assesment centre
  3. 10 recursos gratuitos para preparar esto.
  4. Cuando preparar las distintas fases de las oposiciones especialistas
  5. los Cursos YSE