Political affairs / EU policies (CAST Permanent) - FG III - Prossed after Computer based test | EU Training

Dear All,

I was wondering if anyone has already passed the computer-based test for the CAST in political affairs and EU policies?

In late July I have been very happy to hear that I passed the computer based test. Now I am waiting for an invitation to interview.

Have anyone been invited for the same type of post? How long have you wanted before you received an interview?

On the interview itself, I know they are rather structured and competency-based. Would you be happy to share some of the key questions or blocks of questions that you have answered to?

Many thanks for any help!

Silvia

Hi Silvia

limusina3_122080 Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:40

Hi Silvia
First congrats for passing the computer test. I just wanted to know how much did you practice and where did you hey the test from, overall abstractos.
Thanks!

Hi Limusina,

silvia.nanni5@studio.unibo.it Tue, 08/21/2018 - 15:36

Hi Limusina,
Nice to meet you and thanks!
In terms of preparation, I practiced several weeks and more intensively on the tests that were a bit more obscure to me, e.g. abstract reasoning and numerical, while I felt more confident in the others. I has already prepared for other tests of the kind, and therefore I have also relied on that preparation, which was really helpful. The test that I suggest 'practicing' (or at least going through in more detail) is the competency test, for which I would suggest reading EU news, going through the main articles of the Treaties and in generally famiarising with the key EU concepts from an EU law manual (e.g. the EU institutions, the formation of political parties in the EP, etc).
Hope this helps!

Silvia

Hey Silvia! Congratulations

raluca.manea17_122113 Sat, 08/18/2018 - 20:52

Hey Silvia! Congratulations for passing the computer test and lots of luck from now on!

I am wondering whether you could share some impressions on the sections of the test concerning types of questions/level of difficulty & so on? Any kind of information would be much appreciated. Furthermore, some advice on how to properly prepare and/or recommendations for training materials (particularly for the competency part) would be very useful.

Thank you very much in advance!

Hi Raluca,

silvia.nanni5@studio.unibo.it Tue, 08/21/2018 - 15:55

Hi Raluca,
Thanks and nice to meet you!

With regard to your question about the various sections, I feel that the key thing for me was to keep focus for the entire 2 hour lenght of the test. That would be one of the main things that I would focus on in your preparation - take the 10 minute pause, if you feel it is worth doing for you and set your mind on other things, don't rush to get to the end. The most challenging section for me where the abstract reasoning and the numerical, not much because they are super difficult in themselves, but because these are the one that I struggle the most. All section were feasible within the time available to me, although I very much tried to focus on the two that I felt were most challenging to me. Maybe one thing to stress is that the abstract reasoning and the the numerical have a joint threshold (10 out of 20 together), so you need to score that much to pass on both.

I relied on previous preparation for other tests of the kind, which were pretty similar, especially the Baneth testbook for exercising the multi-choice test. They are pretty similar to those that are used for the AD concour. Once you get used to those in the testbook and particularly the speed at which you need to answer, then you are already pretty well positioned to pass the CAST. In terms fo competency test, I prepared by reading the EU treaties and going through the main features of the EU, e.g. you could go through an EU law testbook if you have it already. I think this is pretty used, and also some EU news in relation to the current EU Commission, who's the President, and so on.

I hope this useful and good luck with your test!
Silvia

Dear All,

silvia.nanni5@studio.unibo.it Tue, 08/21/2018 - 15:57

Dear All,

If anyone having passed the CAST Political affairs/EU policies (FG III) has any views on how long may pass (in your experience) before receiving an interview offer, that would be much appreciated!

On the interview itself, I know they are rather structured and competency-based. Would you be happy to share some of the key questions or blocks of questions that you have answered to?

Thanks all!
Silvia