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.

Los 10 mandamientos del opositor

Semos unos clásicos melodramáticos y aquí va la imagen para que te grabes nuestros mandamientos de opositor

Nuestra croqueta se ha puesto bíblica y ha sacado los 10 mandamientos del buen opositor y futuro currito (también llamado funcionario) de las instituciones europeas. Estos mandamientos aplican al CBT y también al resto de la oposición, ya sea el Assessment centre o pruebas como el E-tray.  ¿Son una broma? cierto, esto se publica un 28 de diciembre y por eso mismo lo escribe nuestr croqUEta con su mejor tono dicharachero, pero prueba a leerlos mañana y nos dices (Gracias H**** por la inspiración de este artículo 🙂

Primer Mandamiento: Seguirás la convocatoria publicada sobre todas las cosas  

Aquí un ejemplo de la cábala, confirmamos, que no es un ejercicio de abstracto, ni de númerico.

Deja de leer el último comentario en redes sociales como si fuera una filtración de Von der Leyen (si, la presidenta de la Comisión) o que encontrarás la solución a todos los test un mensaje místico de la cábala. En la convocatoria está todo lo que tienes que saber sobre la oposición a la que te presentas. Si exacto, incluso te dicen que títulos valen, nacionalidad u otros detalles (prueba a leer hasta el final 😉 Y sino te lo crees, mirate nuestras preguntas y respuestas más frecuentes. y la continuación.

Segundo Mandamiento: No te presentarás a las oposiciones en vano

A ver, uno se inscribe para presentarse, inscribirse para dejar pasar la oportunidad es tontería (es como cocinar croquetas para después dejarlas ponerse mustias en el frigorifico porque ya no nos apetecen). Que por circunstancias de la vida, desde que nos inscribimos, es la última vez que tocaste la preparación de los test CBT y te avergüenza o piensas que te mirarán mal por hacerlo de pena, pues no pasa nada, te presentas igualmente. Aclaramos, no te van a mirar con mala cara, no te la van a guardar para la siguiente y es una buena oportunidad de aprender ( ver cuarto mandamiento). Si es por tiempos, este artículo puede ayudarte para evitar los agobios de último minuto.

Tercer Mandamiento: Santificarás las fiestas y no te pondrás hasta las cejas de hacer ejercicios

Recuerda que la gula es pecado capital y también aplica a los ejercicios de CBT de las oposiciones europeas.

Tenemos la tendencia, una servidora antes también pensaba eso, que la clave era la cantidad pero ¡no es así!, la virtud (o el nirvana de las oposiciones) está en la calidad. Hacer 1000 test a lo loco no es garantía de nada, descansar, cuidar los tiempos es clave para mejorar resultados. Recuerda que esto es de razonamiento , no de conocimientos , así que cuanto mejor razonemos, los resultados irán en la misma linea.

Cuarto Mandamiento: Honrarás los errores cometidos aprendiendo de ellos

Meter la pata y hacer click en otra respuesta, cagarla y quedarse sin tiempo en un test, no dar una en la entrevista, entrar en pánico (sea la prueba que sea), equivocarse al entregar la convocatoria y más…Todos estos son errores cometidos por la croqUEta que esto escribe (sirva este blog y todo lo que compartimos y os enseñamos como aviso y ayuda a los navegantes opositores). Los errores no son un motivo para fustigarse y torturarse, sino nuevas ocasiones para aprender y no volver a repetir el mismo error, sólo así se consigue superar el proceso de la oposición (si lo haces todo bien a la primera y nunca te equivocas…¿estás mirando en la dirección correcta? )

Quinto Mandamiento: No matarás, ni desearás mal al personal de EPSO (ya tienen bastante con lo suyo los pobres) 

Esta se acerca más a la realidad. Después del 2020, trabajar en EPSO ha sido todo un ejercicio de paciencia y resignación. (foto por anastasia-intishar)
Estás pensando que esta es la foto de perfil de los que trabajan en EPSO, pero está lejos de la realidad (foto por Alessandro Giangiulio)

EPSO tiene un objetivo…¿hacerte la vida peor? frio frio, su objetivo es seleccionar las personas más adecuadas para trabajar en las instituciones europeas.  ¿Eres una de ellas? si no se lo demuestras no lo sabrán. así que no te tomes las pruebas como una afrenta personal contra tu persona. Las pruebas son una oportunidad para mostrar lo que vales y en EPSO curran para que así sea. Como todo, en EPSO pueden cometer errores, son humanos y tienen sentimientos, así que no les desees mal 

Sexto Mandamiento: No te pondrás hasta las cejas de  bebidas energéticas antes de un examen 

Para razonar correctamente, uno necesita tranquilidad y descanso. Si vas hecho un manojo de nervios o te has puesto hasta las cejas de Red Bull o similares, pues no lo vemos, la verdad. Incluso ponerse tibio de croquetas antes del examen puede ser contraproducente. Reservarlas para la salida o ¡mejor aún! para cuando te lleguen los resultados y te comuniquen que pasas a la siguiente fase o has entrado en la lista. 

Séptimo Mandamiento: No copiarás al vecino de cubículo cuando realices el examen  

Tienes más posibilidades de encontrar las respuestas en tu pantalla y centrandote en ellas que mirando a las pantallas vecinas . Es más ¿estás seguro que es el mismo ejercicio? que se le parezca no es garantía de que así sea. Centrate en lo tuyo que ahí está la clave del éxito

Octavo Mandamiento: No mentirás al rellenar la inscripción en la oposición 

Lo dicho, si no eres el de la foto, no te pongas méritos que no son (foto de SDASM Archives)

Lo dicho, si mientes te acabará pesando y puede que mucho. Eso no impide que tengamos un poco de sentido común, no es necesario poner hasta nuestro título de EGB o secundaria en todas las convocatorias (sólo en aquellas que nos lo exija – ver primer mandamiento) y que no perfilemos la explicación de nuestra experiencia profesional al perfil buscado por la convocatoria, pero de ahí a decir que habiendo estudiado y trabajado de economistas (por ejemplo), cumplimos los criterios de una oposición para Ingenierios Aerospaciales con experiencia en el manejo de transbordores de la NASA, puede que haya mucho trecho.

Noveno Mandamiento: No te dejarás llevar por el sueño de tener una plaza incluso antes de terminar la inscripción.

A ver, no hay temario, no hay que estudiar hasta morir, pero algo hay que esforzarse, así que nade de perder el tiempo en ensoñaciones. Uno se lo curra y poco a poco va avanzando. Cuando estamos en una fase (CBT, E-tray, Assessment) nos centramos en ella y cuando la superamos pensamos en la siguiente. Al llegar a la lista de reserva (aprobar la oposición dicho de toda la vida), no te preocupes, también podremos ayudarte.

Décimo Mandamiento: No codiciarás los éxitos ajenos (aprenderás de ellos)

Si has llegado hasta aquí, te mereces nuestro pequeño resumen de los 10 mandamientos

Si alguien entra en la lista de reserva, algo ha hecho bien. Si no has sido tú, pues algo has hecho mal.  No podemos confirmar que Belcebú, Lucifer, la bruja del este, Freddy Kruger o Jason sean miembros del tribunal de la oposición (en las instituciones trabaja gente con nombres peculiares, como en cualquier gran institucion). Sabemos que te encantaría pensar que son las fuerzas del más alla, pero tú éxito está más acá. Tu plaza está vinculada a tus aciertos y tus errores, no a lo que hagan los demás.  

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  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

¿Cuándo preparar las oposiciones europeas? (edición especialistas)

Hola a todos,

Muchas veces nos preguntáis ¿cuánto duran esto de las oposiciones europeas? ¿Cuándo recomendáis comenzar a preparar? ¿me puedo preparar la última fase ahora que me estoy inscribiendo en la primera? ¿Cuándo empezaría a trabajar en las instituciones? Y otras versiones de las mismas dudas. (si habéis leido nuestra entrada de generalistas, no es un deja vu, hemos copiado el mismo parrafo en las dos entradas)

Este artículo está especialmente indicado si buscas información del proceso de AD5, AD7 para especialistas de distinto tipo y otros procesos AD con Talent Screnner

El análisis lo haremos en base a las convocatorias de los últimos años, aunque para croqUEtizar el asunto haremos referencia particular a las oposiciones de 2018, ya que las de 2019 aún no están concluidas y el COVID ha dejado el calendario habitual para el arrastre. ¡Vamos allá! 

Introducción general

Una idea general del asunto

La cosa como se ve en la imagen, los procesos por normal general constan de la inscripción, la fase de test o CBT (si hay muchos inscritos) o de talent screener (revisión de méritos para le puesto) si hay pocos. Luego ya vendrá el examen intermedio o el talent screener (si antes se hizo el test CBT) y finalmente el Assessment que se hace en Bruselas (lo más probable) o Luxemburgo .

fijarse en la fecha del Case Study

Normalmente EPSO va publicando un calendario aproximado con cada oposición, en la imagen podéis ver el calendario de Administradores científicos y Aduanas que salieron en 2019 y 2018 respectivamente.  

Aquí también, el caso práctico tiene fecha peculiar

Por lo general los concursos de especialistas necesitan más de nuestro tiempo para rellenar la solicitud, ya que suelen incluir un Talent Screener, que puede ser valorado al principio o a la mitad de la competición

¿Qué es un talent screener?

Una serie de preguntas, que aparecen recogidas en la propia convocatoria (uno de los anejos) que sirven para valorar nuestra experiencia en el área de especialidad de la oposición.  Tienen espacio limitado y nos suelen pedir que sea una respuesta esquemática y concisa (nada de poner blablá). Se valora por si sola, sólo se tiene en cuenta lo que hayáis puesto ahí y no en otra parte de la aplicación (por lo general, en la convocatoria os indicarán estoy y el resto de detalles)

Fase Inicial- Talent o CBT

Una vez rellena la inscripción, nos dan unas 4-5 semanas, nos llegará a los pocos días un email diciendo si hay que hacer a continuación el CBT (razonamiento verbal, numérico y abstracto)  sin la prueba de situacional. O directamente pasamos a la evaluación del Talent Screener. Que sea una u otra dependerá del número de candidatos y de plazas. Si hay muchos candidatos, vamos al test, si hay pocos, vamos a los Talent.

Si vamos al CBT la cosa dura entorno a 6 semanas, entre semana para elegir fecha, luego las 2 o 3 para hacer las pruebas. Al acabar, tocará esperar al menos 3 semanas para tener los resultados. Después, irán pasando a la fase de Talent (por mucho que queráis, no os libráis de este) .

Una vez pasado el CBT, `por orden de puntuación irán mirando nuestro Talent hasta completar un cierto cupo. Si no hubo CBT, revisarán todos los Talent. En ambos casos la espera se hará  larga, según volumen de candidatos puede ser desde 1,5 meses a 4 meses ( a tener en cuenta si entre medias cae la navidad, semana santa u otra fiesta de guardar que alarga el proceso) hasta saber los resultados y tener nuestra bien merecida invitación al Assessment.

Fase final – El assessment Centre

Ya estamos casí en la lista de reserva, un último esfuerzo

Estamos en el assessment, aquí la cosa se pone aún más interesante aún ¿razón? el Caso Práctico irá dando saltos, si en las competiciones de generalistas suele ser al principio, en las de especialistas, lo mismo te va al principio, en medio o al final. Las otras pruebas a las que nos enfrentaremos serán dinámica de grupo, entrevista de competencias, entrevista de campo (y en algún caso particular, caso práctico de especialidad)  

Dos advertencias bien gordas para esta fase

  • Como el volumen de candidatos es mucho más reducido, la evaluación se hará más rápido, en cuestión de un par de semanas podría estar acabado el proceso de assessment. Los resultados tardarán 4 semanitas al menos.
  • Aquí también hay que estar atentos, si no hemos hecho CBT al principio, tocará hacerlo con el resto de pruebas. Lo bueno que sólo habrá que aprobarlo.

Si os ha gustado este artículo, aquí explicamos el proceso para oposiciones de especialistas y no olvideis seguir en el blog y nuestras redes (twitter instagram o canal de telegram) para ir estando al tanto de nuestros análisis de las mismas.  Si lo que os interesa es que os ayudemos más con nuestras formaciones, aquí toda la información.  

¡Ánimo a todos y buena preparación!

Como si fuera una peli de superheroes Marvel, os dejamos un extra al final que puede resultar de interés 😉

Listado de Recursos útiles

  1. El CBT o los test psicotécnicos
  2. El Assesment centre
  3. 10 recursos gratuitos para preparar esto.
  4. los Cursos YSE

10 Recursos gratuitos para el EPSO

Hola a todos,

¿Quién dijo que hay que dejarse un riñón u otra parte de nuestra anatomía para preparar estas oposiciones? Aquí os dejamos unos cuantos recursos para que vayáis familiarizando con el asunto, prometemos que iremos alimentando esto para que de 10 pase a alguno más

  1. EPSO – ejemplos oficiales : en su web, los chic@s del EPSO dan ejemplos de de todas las pruebas y permiten realizar on line unos test para ir practicando. Os serán de mucha utilidad para ir conociendo el interfaz , el tipo de prueba (CBT) y la dificultad lingüística (ideal para responder a la pregunta ¿en que idioma es mejor hacer las pruebas?
  2. EPSO – e-learning platform– otro recurso gratuito de la Oficina de Selección de Personal Europea, pero requiere dedicarle un poco más de tiempo, para aprender más sobre las pruebas, sus lógicas y encontrar más ejemplos con los que prácticas (nosotros con el blog tenemos algo parecido, no tan oficial pero más divertido sin duda 🙂
  3. YSE -test online : Ya que estamos, aquí podeis prácticar unos test en nuestra plataforma. No queremos vuestro email, ni ningún dato. Está ahi para que practiquéis un poco y con el tiempo irá creciendo.
  4. YSE- canal youtube : Pues si,»semos» youtubers también. Ahí iremos subiendo algunos videos explicando ejercicios varios, esperamos os guste.
  5. Ejercidos con soluciones : Aqui tienes nuestra explicación de los ejercicios de razonamiento numérico que EPSO pone en su web.
  6. Para la entrevista motivacional – te recomendamos todos los enlaces que pusimos en nuestra entrada. Nos consta que fueron de gran utilidad y dieron en el clavo de lo que se pidió en la entrevista.
  7. Tablas y gráficas – nunca estás de más echarle un vistazo a Eurostat . Tienen un montón de tablas y gráficas de todo tipo de temas, familiarizarse con ellas y saber «leerlas» es siempre útil , para el CBT (razonamiento numérico ) y para los pruebas de Assessment.
  8. TALEN SCREENER – para ayudaros a rellenarlo, os dejamos aquí la presentación que hicimos para el Generación2004 (sindicato de la Comisión Europea) al respecto.
  9. UDA-REPER – la representación de España ante la UE , dispone de una unidad de apoyo para todos aquellos que quieren desarrollar una carrera en las instituciones. De vez en cuando organizan cursos o reparten material para ciudadanos españoles de manera gratuita. Si no eres español, consulta en tu embajada o ministerio correspondiente de tu país ante la UE.
  10. Grupos de Estudio y entidades de apoyoAEFICE (Asociación de Españoles trabajando en las instituciones) y BECUE (Asociación de Becarios españoles en la UE) disponen de grupos de estudio y apoyo para las competiciones. Si no sois españoles, buscad si hay entidades equivalentes para vuestra nacionalidad. Existen otros recursos, como los grupos de Facebook, pero esos los desaconsejamos hasta que tengáis un criterio propio bien formado, tienden a acumular los nervios de todos candidatos metidos en ellos.

Bueno, si te han gustado nuestras sugerencias, dinero no te vamos a pedir por ellas, pero un like en nuestras redes sociales (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) o seguirnos para estar informado de lo que hagamos, nunca estaría de más. Es triste de pedir pero más triste es no tener likes.

Rellenando la convocatoria de generalistas AD5 en 8+1 pasos (fase 2)

¡Hola a todas las croqUEtillas candidatas y demás almas en pena que disfrutareis del EPSO este verano!

Aquí volvemos a la carga para ayudaros a rellenar la dichosa segunda parte de la inscripción de AD5 -generalistas 2019 (también vale para otras convocatorias de EPSO). No nos enrollamos más y vamos a lo que os interesa.

Paso 1 -Reabriendo el asunto

abrimos nuestro perfil epso y vamos a la convocatoria. ¡Ojo! si teneis algunas convocatorias acumuladas en vuestro perfil, puede que esta convocatoria os salga abajo, no la primera, así que ¡sin despistes! Como podeis ver en la imagen de la derecha, la convocatoria que nos interesa está abajo, después de unas cuantas otras. Ahora haced click en el número(No) de Aplicación y os llevará al menú que rellenamos en la primera fase de la inscricpción

Paso 2 – Los idiomas, el eterno dilema

Este año EPSO nos trae una novedad en la convocatoria, no tenemos 2 sino 3 idiomas a elegir ¡¡¡Cómo!!!

Sin caer en el pánico, la cosa está en que tenemos

  • lengua 1 – en la que haremos el razonamiento verbal, numérico y abstracto
  • lengua 2 – en la que haremos el situacional, e-tray y el assessment centre
  • lengua del formulario de la candidatura – en la que relleneramos la candidatura.

Lengua del formulario de la candidatura

Esta puede ser cualquiera de las 24 lenguas oficiales de la unión ¡PERO! antes de rellenarlo alegremente, tenemos que tener en cuanta lo siguiente(sacado de la convocatoria) :

Tengan en cuenta que accederán a todas las secciones de su formulario de candidatura el tribunal (durante la oposición) y los servicios de recursos humanos de las instituciones europeas (para la contratación de los candidatos aprobados), que trabajan en un número limitado de lenguas vehiculares, tal como se ha explicado anteriormente.

En caso de que aprueben la oposición y pasen a figurar en la lista de reserva, se pedirá a los candidatos que faciliten a los servicios de contratación una traducción del formulario a la lengua 2 (elegida de entre las cinco lenguas ofrecidas) si han utilizado otra lengua para cumplimentar el formulario de candidatura.

Dicho esto, decidimos la lengua a rellenar la inscrición. Como las croquetas, cada uno es libre de rellenarla en el idioma que le venga, nosotros apostamos por algo práctico, es decir , alguno de los idiomas 2 (Español, Inglés, Francés, Alemán o Italiano) no vaya a ser que tengan que mirar nuestra candidatura y traducirla deprisa y corriendo , mejor ser nosotros que pongamos lo que queremos poner.

En cuanto elijamos lengua, el aviso que hay en la cabecera de la candidatura nos recordará el idioma en la que la debemos rellenar.

Y ahora un par de detalles técnico

Si vuestro menu para rellenar la candidatura no sale en el idioma que quieres, fácil, tienes que cambiarlo ahi donde te monstramos en la imagen (flecha roja)
En todos la inscripción abajo a la derecha, os aparecerá el botón «Editar» o «Edit», darle al clic si queréis modificar algo, de otro modo, por mucho que le chilléis al ordenador (da igual el idioma), no podréis modificar o añadir nada.

Lengua 1

Al darle al click os saldra un mensajeito como ese de la imagen. Es un aviso de EPSO para avisaros de la posibilidad de escoger ¡Sera por información! Asi que elegid la lengua que más os convenga

Lengua 2

Sólo 5 opciones, os tocará tomar una decisión. ¿nuestro consejo? haced una lista con los pros y contras que veais a escoger cada idioma, en todos los ámbitos que se os ocurra. Con esos sobre el papel, será más fácil ver cual os conviene y sobretodo sereis capaces de actuar en consecuencia. Por ejemplo : Español lengua 2

  • pro : mi lengua nativa
  • contra : no es la lengua nativa de los evaluadores en el Assessment
  • y seguimos…
¡OJITO! nada de poner la misma lengua para lengua 1 y 2, o tendréis un aviso de EPSO al respecto

Paso 3 – Empezamos a rellenar- Diplomas y Formación

Efectivamente, ya hemos elegido los idiomas y vamos a la parte de «mi perfil» y dentro de ella tenemos 3 pestañas «Diplomas y Formación», «Experiencia profesional» e «idiomas» (las estrellitas en la imagen) . Pues vamos con la parte Diplomas y Formación. Es cierto que la convocatoria sólo os exige un titulo universitario, así que sería el mínimo dato a aportar, pero como hemos visto antes, pueden echar un vistazo a nuestra inscripción así que no está de mas currárnoslo un poco y poner todos nuestros diplomas y estudios relevantes, nunca se sabe.

Ya sabéis que toca poner todos los datos del centro educativo, detalles de la formación recibida y etc. Toda esa información podéis encontrarla en vuestro informe de asignaturas cursadas, o si no lo tenéis a mano, buscando en internet vuestro programa de estudios y los datos de la Universidad, entidad correspondiente.

Todos los item con asterisco son obligatorios y al acabar de rellenar, no te olvides de darle a «guardar»/»save this page» (flecha verde) si quieres seguir añadiendo nuevas formaciones o «Guardar esta página y continuar» /»Save this page and next» (flecha roja) si quieres ir a la parte de experiencia profesional . Si eres de los valientes, ten en cuenta que no serías la primera croqUEtilla en tirar por la ventana unas horas de trabajo por no salvar de vez en cuando, siempre puedes corregirlo más tarde.

Paso 4 – Experiencia profesional

Si vale, esto es una AD5, así que no la necesito, puedo pasar con elegancia del tema, por si las moscas, los sufridos de EPSO nos recuerdan que estamos en nuestro derecho de no indicar nada, PERO que debemos indicar que no queremos indicarlo

le damos a editar y marcamos la X donde me dice «Marque la casilla si no desea incluir su experiencia profesional»

Lo sentimos, pero soportar a vuestro familiar «favorito» no entra en la categoría de trabajos demostrables, menos aún, en la categoría de trabajos peligrosos.

Pero si somos gente valiente y decidimos poner nuestra experiencia, más allá del tiempo que nos lleve indicarla, puede ser una cosa positiva a largo plazo, para destacar entre otros candidatos que compartan lugar en la lista final de aprobados (vale queda un rato, pero mejor un por si acaso, ¿no?) y si no tenemos experiencia, pues nada, haremos valer nuestras valiosas virtudes y habilidades de otra manera ¡Hasta la UE! y más alla! 🙂

Recordad que tanto en la parte de educación, como de experiencia profesional , tendréis que entregar justificantes de los mismos, asi que nuestra recomendación es que pongáis sólo trabajos demostrables, sea por certificado de la seguridad social, copia del contrato, carta firmada de vuestro empleador u otros medios (EPSO os dirá cuales cuando lleguéis al assesment). Un poco de paciencia y recopilación de papeles nunca viene mal.

lleva un ratín rellenar todos esto, pero que le vamos a hacer.

PASO 5 – Idiomas

Aquí nos ahorramos la tarea, ya esta hecho de la primera inscripción, así que pasamos casilla hasta el paso 6 y nos vamos a «motivación y puntos fuertes» otra de las estrellitas que marcamos al principio

Tengáis lo que tengáis, si está inglés nivel B2 o más y el vuestro (pongamos Español, c1) nos basta para seguir en esta aventura.

Paso 6 – Motivación y Puntos fuertes

El concepto punto fuerte no se refiere a doblar barrotes, es algo más bien mental.

Nada, no penséis que se trata de haber ido al gimnasio mucho para tener muchos puntos fuertes. Esto más bien es una presentación de nosotros mismos y de paso una introducción al sistema de evaluación EPSO basado en habilidades. Para cada pregunta tenemos 2000 caracteres, no es ni mucho ni poco, es lo justo para poder responder de manera cocreta a las preguntas que nos hacen. Recordad que lo que podáis explicar en 2 frases es mejor que en 20.

Las preguntas son :

  • Experiencia y formación – ¿Cómo responde su formación/experiencia a este perfil concreto?
  • Interés de la candidatura – ¿Cuál es su motivación para presentarse a este perfil en concreto? Explique también porqué le interesa este perfil específico. ¿Qué cree que puede aportar a las instituciones y agencias de la Unión Europea?
  • Contribución a la UE – ¿En qué función podría aportar más? ¿Cuáles serían los puntos fuertes específicos que podría aportar a las instituciones y agencias de la Unión Europea?
  • Puntos fuertes -Resuma dos de sus principales logros. Describa en qué consisten, qué procedimiento siguió para conseguirlos y los beneficios que han supuesto para usted y para los demás.

Estos puntos podeis considerarlos una introducción al mundo EPSO de evaluación de habilidades, además de un buen entrenamiento para la prueba que se introdujo el año pasado, la entrevista motivacional. Ahora lo traducimos para todos vosotros (y que os ayude a responder)

  • Experiencia y formación – ¿te has leído el anexo 1 de la convocatoria?¿sabes lo que hace un ad5 administrador? ¿Qué tienes que se corresponda con esas actividades?
  • Interés de la candidatura – ¿has respondido a la pregunta anterior? A lo mejor esta parte es un buen momento para ampliar la respuesta e identificar que te llama más a ti la atención del puesto con respecto a tu CV y habilidades.
  • Contribución a la UE – ¿Qué sabes de la UE ? ¿de su funcionamiento? sólo así podre identificar mi lugar en ella. Si no tienes ni idea, echale un vistazo a nuestra guía para la entrevista motivacional
  • Puntos fuertes – Pues eso, dos logros principales explicados con estructura (esta es la parte más difícil, tenemos un espacio limitado para explicarlo todo). Una buena práctica del STAR system (más datos aquí)

Ahora respondemos (en el idioma que hemos marcado que vamos a responder la solicitud y que nos recuerdan en el encabezado) , guardamos y listo. Ejem…si le dedicáis un poco de tiempo /unas horitas, no unos minutos) y cariño a responder mejor, os será de utilidad (de verdad) .

¡Atención! ¿lo hemos dicho ya? respondemos en el idioma que hemos marcado que vamos a responder la solicitud y que nos recuerdan en el encabezado. ¡Atención!

Paso 7 – Condiciones de Admisión

Vale, nada que hacer aquí. Revisamos que todo es ten en «Si, cumplo»

Paso 8 – Revisamos

Ahora le damos al clic en la pestaña que pone «resumen». En ella veremos toda nuestra inscripción , con todos los campos que hemos rellenado , o no. En caso de faltar algo para poder considerar completa la inscripción , el sistema nos lo indicará, tanto en la parte de «resumen» , como en la pestaña siguiente de «declaración» como se ve en las imágenes. además , el botón de validar candidatura no dejará marcarlo.

Ahora bien , hemos corregido, o añadido (más habitual) todo lo que faltaba y nos saldrá en la pestaña «resumen» y en la «declaración» el mensaje que está todo listo para validar

Revisamos otra vez, mejor revisar 2 o 3 veces que ninguna. Y le damos a validar. Os saldrá un aviso como el de la foto : ¿ESTAMOS SEGUROS?

¡SIIIIII! lo estamos, pues nada , le damos a aceptar y nos pedirá que metamos de nuevo nuestra clave y al hacerlo , de nuevo, nos preguntará si estamos seguros de querer validar la candidatura . Estaréis pensando ¡Que pesados! estos de EPSO, la realidad es que aún con este sistema, los hay que meten la pezuña y luego protestan, así que ¡ojito!

Finalmente, lo hemos logrado, hemos acabado la inscripción y tenemos nuestro número de candidato, además de salirnos un mensaje como la image.

Imprimir la inscripción o guardarla como pdf no estaría de más ¿no crees?

Y con esto ya estamos listos. Ahora solo queda esperar al 28 de agosto para la apertura de plazo para elegir lugar y fecha de examen. Tal como se nos indica en el calendario provisional dado por EPSO .

Paso 9 – ¡ESPERA!

¡ESPERA! ¿y el examen? ¿cómo lo preparo? ¿una ayudita? Bueno para eso estamos y en estos enlaces teneis una buena dosis de ayuda para los 4 test

Y si sois gente aplicada que ya os habéis mirado de arriba abajo las entradas anteriores y queréis más o pensais que podemos ayudaros a preparar el examen en este duro verano que se avecina, aquí os dejamos la información de nuestro cursos veraniego-online, compatible con poder estudiar en la playa

Rellenando la convocatoria de generalistas AD5 (fase 1 de 2)

Hola a todas las almas epso-perdidas,

Algunos ya nos habéis hecho llegar vuestras dudas al respecto de la inscripción, a veces despita que vaya en dos fases, así que vamos con unas pequeñas orientaciones que os pueden ayudar a completar con éxito la primera fase de la inscripción (Aquí la segunda parte por si ya os sabéis esta).

Antes de empezar

Lo primero, damos por hecho que os habéis hecho vuestro perfil EPSO…¿eso qué es? ..ejem..id a esta entrada y luego volved. A continuación, echad un vistazo a la foto y os diremos que en caso de persistir las dudas al comenzar a rellenar, en vuestro menú de aplicación hay una pestaña que pone INFO y que efectivamente, os da un enlace a la guía de EPSO de como rellenar la solicitud. (Pista : Si no lo has visto, es donde apunta la flecha roja.)

Datos personales

En esta fase sólo tendréis que rellenar vuestro nombre, apellidos y DNI, de cara a la convocatoria. De regalo, os vienen unas preguntas más abajo, más croquetamente :

  • Si queréis ser contactados por vuestras representaciones nacionales para ofreceros ayuda
  • Si estáis dispuestos a trabajar fuera de Bruselas. Este punto lo preguntan de diversas maneras, ya que después os preguntan si estais dispuestos a trabajar en Esstrasburgo y Luxemburgo.

Como la convocatoria no pone nada la respecto, estas son preguntas estadísticas, no tienen trampa ni cartón, así que responded libre y honestamente. Nuestra apuesta es que EPSO va a recabar datos que podrá tener en cuenta en próximas convocatorias (concursos específicos para un lugar y un perfil, por ejemplo) , pero es nuestra apuesta y para esta convocatoria como que os dará igual

Rellando los idiomas

A ver, no es que tengáis que poner todos los idiomas que chapurreais ( mi ultim@ novi@ era bulgar@ y se 4 palabras, entonces pongo búlgaro a1)  porque no servirá de mucho. Teneis que poner todos los idiomos para los cuales vuestro nivel hablado, leído, escrito y escuchado sea superior a B2 (almenos 1) y a C1 (al menos 1) . Con esta información EPSO definirá cuales son los 5 idiomas más demandados que podrán servir de lengua 2.

Así que aseguraros que, al menos 1 , de vuestros idiomas es Inglés, Francés, Italiano o Aleman (que en otros años fueron los más demandados) además de castellano/español,. Otra cosilla, ni se te ocurra poner un idioma tipo :

Inglés : Escucha- b2; Lectura – b2; habla- b2; ¡¡¡Escrito – b1!!!

ya que el sistema os eliminará automáticamente en todos las partes se exige al menos b2, no se promedia. Si se cumple , se cumple con todo, no nos pasemos de críticos.

Fijaos también que en la primera pestaña, la parte donde hay que indicar el idioma 1 e idioma 2 pone que es no debéis hacerlo ahora, sino que será en la segunda fase (julio)

Requisitios básicos

No se trata de hacer una promesa a la virgen, sino asegurarse que no hemos metido la pata con los requisitios.

Aquí es donde prometeis por la vuestro honor que cumplis los requisitos básicos : titulo, haber hecho la mili, etc.. de no cumplirlo , mejor no mentir o traeréis la ira de EPSO sobre vuestras cabezas así que nadie se le ocurra hacer la gracia de decir que si a algo que no. Según el país, podría ser el haber realizado el servicio militar, pero lo normal es que sea cuestión del titulo universitario necesario para presentarse

Confirmando la aplicación

Ahora llega el momento , hemos dicho que cumplimos, revisamos toda nuestra inscripción de nuevo , verificamos que es correcta

y le damos a validar.

Os pedirá confirmar que estáis seguros de queréis validar y deberéis introducir de nuevo el password para poder hacerlo, ¡ Que nadie diga que se equivocó! o ¡No sabia lo que hacía!

¡Si! lo hemos hecho bien y nos sale la siguiente imagen

¡Listo! la pantalla os informará que vuestra candidatura ha sido validada y que vuestro número de candidato es XXXXXXX. Ahora solo tenéis que esperar a que se abra el plazo de la segunda parte de la inscripción (en julio) y a leer nuestra (futura) entrada al respecto de como rellenarla

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Por último, si sois croqUEtillas precavidas y quereis que no pille el tenedor en sitio delicado cuando llegue el examen, podeis iros preparando con nuestras explicaciones del test cbt o si para los más atrevidos, podéis apuntaros a alguno de nuestros cursos (info aquí, junto con más información de la convocatoria)