You can get hold of aptitude practice tests just like the ones employers use here.
Preparing for the EPSO Tests
Are you applying for a job in the European Union and are expecting to take the EPSO tests? Here we will give you a quick run-through of the different positions and tests you are likely to take in your application.
There are essentially two modes of entry into the European Union for job applicants; the assistant level (AST) and the administrator (AD) level of tests. For each of these categories and subcategories there are specific requirements which you need to meet in order to start your application. Once you have done so, you have to take the EPSO tests which are what we are going to focus on here.
Both AST and AD levels have to take the following tests:
EPSO Verbal Reasoning Test: In this test you have 35 minutes to answer 20 multiple choice questions. You will be presented with a paragraph of often terse information that relates to life and geography around Europe. You have to use your analytical skills to use the information contained within the passages in order to answer the questions as they relate to your ability to come to correct conclusions based on the text.
EPSO Numerical Reasoning Test: In this test you have 20 minutes to answer 10 questions. The questions in the EPSO numerical reasoning test assess your ability to work with complex tables, combining together different items in the table to come up with the correct solution. Practicing for these tests is essential to your success as you cannot fully prepare without taking these tests.
EPSO Abstract Reasoning Test: You have 10 questions to answer in a 10 minute window. You are presented with a series of images that have a particular pattern running through them. You have to identify this pattern and use it to select the correct answer option.
EPSO Situational Judgement Test: In this test you are presented with short stories that are likely to happen in your applied field. Based on these “situations” you are given a number of different options where you have to choose the best one for the situation. This isn’t time limited but you need to know how to answer these situations in the way that EPSO are looking for.
This is a skill that can be learnt and you can do it with practice tests.
AST level candidates also need to take the following EPSO tests:
EPSO Accuracy and Precision: This test is a form of error checking test where you are given a table of information and have to compare it to a snapshot of it. You have to see where the errors are, if any and select the correct answer option from five different choices.
EPSO Organising and Prioritising: In this test you have to use your ability to select the best option for an activity. You are given a table with all the relevant information needed in order to arrive at the solutions. You will need some rudimentary numerical skills
EPSO Skills Tests: There are other skills based tests that different positions need to take such as computer skills in Microsoft programs and the like.
Preparing for the EPSO tests
One thing is very clear and that is that EPSO tests are not generic. They are specific in their format and skill level required. Therefore it is imperative that you practice personalised tests. This gives you the skills and confidence level to know that when you come to take the tests for real you will score your highest possible mark.
You can get hold of EPSO practice tests from JobTestPrep.
We constantly get asked the same question: “How do you get a visa/work permit for Europe?”
Let’s clear one misconception first. A visa is not a work permit. If you are from outside the EU you might need a visa in order to enter a European country to visit it for a business meeting, holiday, family visit, etc. This does not mean you can work and live in the country you want to go to.
Yup, that was a slogan from the good old days when Google’s founders were still idealistic scientists. Since then Google has grown a bit (in importance and value) and it looks like their slogan needs adapting slightly. It seems that it needs to be “Do no evil to our bank account.”
Google has recently changed their algorithms so that their own products appear on top of the SERPS and are difficult to distinguish from organic results. You’ll have to weed through Google originated advertising in order to find what you want these days.
The European Union has cottoned on to this and are investigating Google;
Is this the reason why Apple has added DuckDuckgo.com as one of their preferred search engines?
The Dutch have now agreed to actually look into the case of Abdul Ghafoor Ahmadzai and not extradite him at short notice.
They insisted previously that there was no need to review the case and check the facts. Duh? The least they could have done was just that. And now after huge pressure from parliament and a public outcry, Mr. Teeven, the Minister responsible for this case, has agreed to look into it and cooperate with the Norwegians in order to decide whether Abdul Ghafoor Ahmadzai should be extradited or not.
It really is shameful behaviour of a nation that prides itself of being humane and liberal.
In case you don’t know who Abdul Ghafoor Ahmadzai is, he is an Afghan translator who worked for the Dutch and US army in Afghanistan. He risked his life working for them and had to flee Afghanistan when his brother was killed by the Taleban thinking it was him. He had to leave his 4 day (!) old son behind.
The debate about Scottish independence is heating up and politicians are doing what they generally do. They peddle hope, illusions, visions or sometimes, plain lies. No one is giving a straight answer as to whether independence is viable.
So, in comes Jim Swift, a Scottish economist. Listen to what he has to say. His views are delivered in a rather factual manner.
This might also be of interest to people in Andalucia…..
No problem if you’re a EU citizen, but what to do if you’re not?
The UK government has published a list of jobs they deem ‘critical’ to the UK economy and are willing to give those specialists a work permit (or at least will consider it when the employer applies for it)
One drawback though, you have to stick with that job until the cows come home. You’re not allowed to move jobs, as the whole circus of applying for a permit will start all over again. (And the chance of not getting one….)