Want to get your hands on the best resources to gain the highest possible EPSO competition exam score? Look no further!
The EPSO selection process is not easy to navigate, but the more knowledge and practice you have up your sleeves, the better your chances of reaching your dream EPSO exam score. To help you with this mission, we have compiled a list of resources you should consult on your journey towards an EU job.
If you are totally new to the EPSO selection process we recommend that you first watch this short introductory video before reading the rest of this article.
#1 EPSO Notice of Competition (free)
Always start with the official source. Each EPSO competition’s Notice of Competition should be your key point of reference. This is where everything you need to know about your specific competition will be stated. Study this document very carefully so you know, with full confidence, what test types you will need to prepare for, how many questions will be asked in each test and what the time limits will be. It will clearly outline the various stages that you will have to complete to get onto the Reserve List, what qualifications and work experience is needed, language requirements, how many successful candidates are being sought and a whole lot more. In short it is your EPSO competition’s manual. Once you know all the details of your EPSO competition, it is time to familiarise yourself with what each test will look like and start to prepare a preparation schedule.
#2 Webcasts (free)
Every time a major EPSO competition is released, EU Training holds a free information webcast to help candidates get up to speed with all the requirements. The aim of these sessions is to simplify all the cumbersome information presented in the official Notice of Competition, highlight any changes that may have occurred from the previous year’s competition and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions from our EPSO expert during the live session. The recordings of these sessions and their transcript are available to view any time here.
#3 EPSO’s Sample Questions (free)
To get an idea of what each EPSO test will look like, check out EPSO’s sample test questions. While there is only a limited amount of sample questions on offer, and certainly not enough for extensive preparation, they do give a good insight into what each test will be like and what you can expect.
#4 The Ultimate EU Test Book (paid)
The Ultimate EU Test Book comes highly recommended by many EPSO candidates and is a popular paper resource for those that prefer to study offline. This book is available in a number of versions - some are tailored to specific EPSO profiles (Administrator (AD) edition, Assistants (AST) edition), while others to a specific EPSO competition stage (Assessment Centre Edition). If you are keen to get a taste of what these books are like, you can download the 14 page Readers Guide FREE here.
#5 EU Training Trial Test Packages & Demo Tests (free)
While EU Training has a huge database of over 25,000 EPSO style exam questions on offer through its practice packages, did you know that some of these are totally free? Before committing and purchasing a practice package, look for your EPSO competition profile under the ‘Products’ section on our website. Each profile has a FREE package on offer for you to access once you’re registered. How good is that?!
You’ve probably already checked out EPSO’s sample questions, but make sure you also check out our Free Demo Test which shows samples of all the different types of EPSO tests available via the EU Training platform.
#6 EU Training Test Packages with Progress Statistics (paid)
Ready to start practicing seriously for your upcoming EPSO competition? You’ve come to the right place. For over a decade now, EU Training has helped thousands of participants prepare for the EPSO exams, and find that those who are successful tend to follow a simple rule. The most prepared candidates succeed and their success is attributed to consistent and regular practice. This is where EU Training can help – we offer you access to a huge database of practice questions in 19 languages and resources for every stage of your EPSO competition.
Those that make the effort to train their brain for the tasks required enter the exams feeling more relaxed, confident and prepared. Avoid surprises on the actual exam day – train with practice tests that have been developed to simulate the EPSO exams in design, difficulty level and style. Our ‘Practice Centre’ offers you the choice to prepare in ‘practice mode’ (each question is accompanied by a detailed explanation) or ‘exam mode’ (realistic test conditions with strict time limits). And to top things off, our powerful analytics monitors your practice history and compares your results with others, so you can highlight areas of weakness and improve.
What about the EPSO Case Study? There are Case Study simulations available for you to complete in both English and French. But, if you want to further improve and get even better results, send your completed answers off for evaluation. Our EPSO experts will review it, score it and give valuable feedback on where you can improve.
#7 Methodology Webinars (free or paid)
Not understand EPSO exam methodology is a big mistake many EPSO candidate make. By understanding the methodology behind each EPSO test, you gain so many advantageous insights and strategies of how to optimally take these tests. Without it, you are missing out on a golden opportunity to excel. While some of the methodology webinars on offer can only be accessed for a fee, there is a series of FREE ‘Beginner’s Guide’ webinars that cover a whole range of topics, including Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Situational Judgment Test, Organising & Prioritising and even Language Comprehension. Also, don't miss our FREE Introduction To The EPSO Assessment Centre webinar - that gives a great overview of the different tests you could encounter at an EPSO Assessment Centre.
#8 Classroom Training Sessions and Personal Coaching Sessions (paid)
If you are looking for a personally tailored consultation session or a learning environment where you can engage face-to-face with an EPSO expert to tackle specific areas of weakness and improve, then these are the options designed for you. Our Classroom Training Sessions regularly take place in Brussels and are offered for both the Pre-Selection and Assessment Centre stages of the EPSO competitions. Personal Coaching Sessions can take place face-to-face in Brussels or via Skype. These coaching sessions are also tailored to the specific EPSO competition stage that you are at and can focus on the areas that you need the most help with.
If you are at the very start of your EPSO application and need assistance to polish your Talent Screener submission, our EU career adviser can help you via the Application Assistance service.
#9 E-books (free)
Check out our library of free e-books to find valuable reading materials that delve deep into key EPSO topics. You can download all of these for free, as well as a Reader's Guide for the Ultimate EU Test Book!
#10 Tips & Tricks Articles (free)
We are constantly adding to our collection of insightful Tips & Tricks articles, covering any topic imaginable concerning the EPSO selection process and exams. Examples include:
- 6 Reasons Why EU Exam Candidates Fail,
- How I Passed The EPSO Administrator (AD) Exam,
- One Numerical Reasoning Tip That Will Save You 20 Seconds Per Question,
- How To Make The Most Of Your EPSO Talent Screener,
- The Motivation Challenge - What To Write In Your EPSO Application?
- What EU Job Applicants Should Always Keep In Mind
Use the insights gained via these short articles to your advantage during your EPSO exam preparation.
#11 EPSO Online Communities and Forums (free)
Look for online communities to engage with that focus on EPSO competitions. These platforms offer the opportunity to engage with other EPSO candidates, are great sources of news/updates and are fantastic for sharing experiences and to have open discussions on trending topics. Some online communities that you may be interested in checking out are:
- Online EU Exams and EPSO-style Preparation Tests page
- Graduate Administrators (AD5) Group
- E-tray Group
- Assessment Centre Group
- EPSO CAST Group
- EPSO AST and SC Exams
- 2018 EPSO Translator & Linguist Exams
- EU Commission Internal Competition Exams
The groups listed here are the bigger ones but it is also worth doing a search for smaller pages dedicated to specialist competitions as well. Also, don't forget about EU Training’s EPSO Competitions Forum!
#12 EU Courses (free)
Are you looking for some additional information to get up to speed about the EU Treaties, EU Commission and a whole lot more? These 5 free e-learning courses on EU institutions and policies are ideal for acquiring EU knowledge for the EPSO Assessment Centre.
#13 EU Jobs Listing & Newsletters (free)
In addition to our comprehensive EU Jobs listing, you can choose to have all the latest EPSO news and developments sent straight to your inbox. EU Training has three informative newsletters that you can subscribe to:
EU Training’ Monthly Newsletter: get the latest news, EPSO competition updates and helpful tips and tricks sent monthly to you via email.
EU Jobs Newsletter: get bi-weekly updates on upcoming EPSO competitions and job vacancies at EU Institutions.
Webinars & Courses: get notifications on scheduled live webinars and training sessions presented by EPSO experts.
You can sign up to these publications via your Practice Centre once you have logged into your EU Training. Scroll down to the "Get EPSO Tips & Tricks by email" block.
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If you have a question or need additional help in understanding the EPSO processes, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. We will always happily reply with FREE advice within 24 hours or less.