EPSO Secretary Exam Preparation Services

Focused heavily on the practical side of the EPSO exams, EU Training’s classroom training sessions are designed to enhance a candidate’s confidence by simulating EPSO test conditions before the real thing. Offered in both Pre-Selection and Assessment Centre format.

Important information: Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for full Terms and Conditions regarding these training sessions.

 

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Ambiorix Center
7 Square Ambiorix
1000 Brussels
Belgium
26 May 202009:30 - 18:30
Jan De Sutter's picture
8

26 May

€385.00 

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If you have been invited to an EPSO Assessment Centre as part of a Specialist competition or Audit competition, this is the session for you.  ​

Focused heavily on the practical side of the EPSO exams rather than the theory, EU Training’s classroom training sessions are designed to help calm nerves and to build candidates’ confidence by simulating EPSO test conditions before the real thing. This training session presents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with our highly experienced instructor and to engage with other candidates without being ranked against them.

PLEASE NOTE: The event will only take place if we have at least 5 participants a week before the date of the event.

What's included in the price?

  • Hands-on assessment centre preparation for EPSO competitions
  • A full day (9 hours) of real EPSO-simulation 
  • Printed handouts and prep materials for Assessment Centre training and preparation
  • Insights into the Interview in the Field
  • Competency Based Interview simulation with camera and feedback
  • Group Exercise simulation
  • Presented by a professional trainer
  • Maximum 8 participants for exclusive, personalised simulation
  • Light lunch of sandwiches, salads, pastries
  • Coffee and tea

What is the schedule? (timing and planning is indicative)

  • 09:30 - 09:45    Introduction
  • 09:45 - 10:15    The Assessment Centre: What is it? How does it work? Competencies vs Knowledge
  • 10:15 - 11:00    Field-Related Interview: What to expect?
  • 11:00 - 11:15    Coffee break
  • 11:15 - 13:00    The Competency-based Interview (Simulation session 1)
  • 13:00 - 14:00    Lunch break
  • 14:00 - 15:15    The Competency-based Interview (Simulation session 2)
  • 15:15 - 15:30    Coffee break
  • 15:30 - 18:00    The Group Exercise (including simulation)
  • 18:00 - 18:30    Opportunity for individual feedback 

How can I apply?

  • Click on the 'Apply' button to the right and proceed to checkout for payment.
  • We will send notification emails with detailed instructions before the event

Who should attend?

  • EPSO Specialists and Audit candidates preparing for the EPSO Assessment Centre phase

Who is the trainer?

  • Mr. Jan De Sutter, EU Training Partner
  • Former President of an EPSO Selection Board
  • Trained assessor
  • He has already helped over 2000 candidates bring out their best for the Assessment Centre
  • Co-author of The Ultimate EU Test Book – The Assessment Centre Edition

What do past participants have to say about this course?

"Yes, I would recommend this course. It was very comprehensive, very focused and there were a lot of practical simulations." (Elisabetta from Italy attended the 14 February 2020 AC Simulation)

Ambiorix Center
7 Square Ambiorix
1000 Brussels
Belgium
28 May 202009:30 - 13:00
Jan De Sutter's picture
11

28 May

€175.00 

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Getting ready for your EPSO Assessment Centre?

This session is heavily focused on and simulates the Competency Based Interview component of your upcoming EPSO Assessment Centre.

With a practical, hands-on approach we will help build your confidence by simulating EPSO test conditions. You will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with our highly experienced instructor and build awareness of where you stand today.

PLEASE NOTE: The class will only take place if there are at least 5 participants a week before the date of the event.

What's included?

  • EPSO Assessment Centre preparation focused on the Competency Based Interview
  • 3.5 hours of CBI EPSO-simulation with camera & feedback - participants will be asked to answer a number of 'likely' interview questions
  • Held by a professional trainer
  • Limited to 12 participants for maximum interaction

PLEASE NOTE: Although each person will get a chance to participate and have a go in the 'hot seat' at least once, this style of training is tailored to collective learning and group feedback.

How can I apply?

  • Click on the 'Apply' button to the right and proceed to checkout for payment.
  • We will send notification emails with detailed instructions before the event

Who should attend?

  • Candidate of any EPSO competition preparing for the EPSO Assessment Centre Competency Based Interview

Who is the trainer?

  • Mr. Jan De Sutter, EU Training Partner
  • Former President of an EPSO Selection Board
  • Trained assessor
  • He has already helped over 2000 candidates bring out their best for the Assessment Centre
  • Co-author of The Ultimate EU Test Book – The Assessment Centre Edition

What do past participants have to say about this course?

"I would recommend this in the 'compulsory' category. Many thanks to Jan!​" (Catalin attended the 19 November 2019 CBI Master Class)

Ambiorix Center
7 Square Ambiorix
1000 Brussels
Belgium
28 May 202014:00 - 18:00
Jan De Sutter's picture
8

28 May

€175.00 

Apply

Getting ready for your EPSO Assessment Centre? 

This session heavily focuses on and simulates the Group Exercise component of your upcoming EPSO Assessment Centre. With a practical, hands-on approach we will help build your confidence by simulating EPSO test conditions. You will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with our highly experienced instructor and build awareness of where you stand today.

PLEASE NOTE: The event will only take place if we have at least 5 participants a week before the date of the event.

What's included?

  • EPSO Assessment Centre preparation focused on the Group Exercise component
  • Four hours of EPSO Group Exercise simulation with feedback
  • TWO full simulations during the session, guaranteed participation in at least one.
  • Held by a professional trainer
  • Limited to 12 participants for maximum interaction

PLEASE NOTE: Although each person will get a chance to participate in a simulation at least once, this style of training is tailored to collective learning and group feedback.

    How can I apply?

    • Click on the 'Apply' button to the right and proceed to checkout for payment.
    • We will send notification emails with detailed instructions before the event

    Who should attend?

    • Candidate of any EPSO competition preparing for the EPSO Assessment Centre Group Exercise component

    Who is the trainer?

    • Mr. Jan De Sutter, EU Training Partner
    • Former President of an EPSO Selection Board
    • Trained assessor
    • He has already helped over 2000 candidates bring out their best for the Assessment Centre
    • Co-author of The Ultimate EU Test Book – The Assessment Centre Edition

    What do past participants have to say about this course?

    "Yes, I would recommend this course. It was good to test my behavior in this type of exercise!"  (Joan from Belgium attended the 19 November 2019 GE Master Class)

    Ambiorix Center
    7 Square Ambiorix
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium
    29 May 202009:30 - 18:30
    Anna Schmidt's picture
    5

    29 May

    €385.00 

    Apply

    EPSO Graduate Administrators - this session has been specifically designed for you with your Assessment Centre needs in mind.  ​

    Focused heavily on the practical side of the EPSO exams rather than the theory, EU Training’s classroom training sessions are designed to help calm nerves and to build candidates’ confidence by simulating EPSO test conditions before the real thing. This training session presents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with our highly experienced instructor and to engage with other candidates without being ranked against them.

    PLEASE NOTE: The event will only take place if we have at least 5 participants a week before the date of the event.

    What's included in the price?

    • Hands-on assessment centre preparation for EPSO competitions
    • A full day (9 hours) of real EPSO-simulation 
    • Printed handouts and prep materials for Assessment Centre training and preparation
    • Insights into the Motivational Interview
    • Competency Based Interview simulation with camera and feedback
    • Oral Presentation simulation 
    • Group Exercise simulation
    • Presented by a professional trainer
    • Maximum 8 participants for exclusive, personalised simulation
    • Light lunch of sandwiches, salads, pastries
    • Coffee and tea

    What is the schedule? (timing and planning is indicative)

    • 09:30 - 09:45    Introduction
    • 09:45 - 10:15    The Assessment Centre: What is it? How does it work? Competencies vs Knowledge
    • 10:15 - 11:00    Motivational Interview: What to expect?
    • 11:00 - 11:15    Coffee Break
    • 11:15 - 13:00    The Competency Based Interview (including simulation)
    • 13:00 - 14:00    Lunch break
    • 14:00 - 15:30    The Oral Presentation (including simulation)
    • 15:30 - 15:45    Coffee break
    • 15:45 - 18:00    The Group Exercise (including simulation)
    • 18:00 - 18:30    Opportunity for individual feedback

    How can I apply?

    • Click on the 'Apply' button to the right and proceed to checkout for payment.
    • We will send notification emails with detailed instructions before the event

    Who should attend?

    • Candidates of the EPSO AD5 Generalist Competition preparing for the Assessment Centre phase

    Who is the trainer?

    • Mrs. Anna Schmidt
    • Former recruiter and EU career expert
    • Extensive HR experience within the EU Institutions  
    • Participated in a large number of selection procedures and has interviewed thousands of candidates  
    • Has helped countless candidates bring out their best for the EPSO Assessment Centre

    What do past participants have to say about this course?

    "Recommend it? Very much so. It does give a very good overview of what to expect" (Spyros from Greece attended our 5 March 2020 Assessment Centre Simulation)

    PLEASE NOTE - IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • Only full payment of the participation fee will secure a place at the training session
    • A training session is only confirmed once minimum numbers are reached and a confirmation email is sent.
      • Please do not book flights or hotel until the training session has been confirmed.
    • Mastering The EPSO Computer-Based Tests / Mastering the EU Commission's Internal Competition Oral Test
      • Maximum 18 participants 
      • Minimum 10 participants needed to confirm
    • Intensive EPSO Assessment Center Simulation
      • Maximum 8 participants
      • Minimum 5 participants needed to confirm
    • Master Classes (EPSO AC Competency-based Interview / Group Exercise)
      • Maximum 12 participants 
      • Minimum 5 participants needed to confirm
    • Training sessions will be cancelled and full participation fees refunded if the number of registered attendees does not reach the minimum required
    • EU Training reserves the right to cancel the event at any time. In this case EU Training will refund the participation fee in full.
    • Cancellation Policy if you choose to withdraw from a classroom session booking:
      • Cancellation up to 8 working days before the classroom training session's date: 100% refund
      • Cancellation 7-6 working days before the classroom training session's date: 50% refund
      • Cancellations from 5 or less working days before the classroom training session's date: NO REFUND
    • Unlimited Revision
    • Practice / Exam mode
    • Realistic Simulations
    • 24 Hour Support

    “Happy news from me - I have just been notified that I have passed!!! Many thanks for all your support and patience, and of course your expertise, I am convinced that it made all the difference!"

    Dana from Italy

    “Your online simulations are by far the best available prep tool for succeeding in the EPSO pre-selection and your AC coaching sessions helped me achieve higher scores than I ever hoped. Best invested time and money ever!”

    Lana from Croatia

    “Thanks for the outstanding preparation you offer for the EPSO AD preselection screening. Your tests really cover all the areas of the screening and enabled me to assess and enhance my skills significantly.”

    Marco from Italy

    I need some general information on the EPSO (EU Career) competitions.

    Check out the New To EU Exams section of our website.
    If you have specific questions or need free advice, please contact us directly any time!

    How can I register on the EU Training website? Where is the registration form?

    You can register on our website for free via the following link.
    Once you register you will have access to our FREE packages and webinars!

    What forms of payment are accepted? Is payment safe?

    Regarding payment, the system will offer you online credit card payment (immediate access), payment via PayPal (immediate access) or Virtual Euro Account (immediate access).

    Online credit card payment: (immediate access)

    Accepted cards:  Mastercard, Visa (please note that Visa Electron card is not always supported).

    Credit card payment is real-time, the transaction is secured by a 128-bit SSL coded system, verified by the most trusted seal, Verisign and provided by the two leading payment providers, PayPal and Realex Payments.

    Virtual Euro Account: (immediate access)

    Sometimes we offer customers virtual euros as a form of compensation, reward or as a special deal. If you have been allocated virtual euros by us you can use that amount to pay for your next purchase, or pay for a part of it (if you don't have enough virtual euros on your account) and pay for the rest via the other methods.

    For further information, please check our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy or feel free to contact us anytime.

    What are the different exam types that I can set when composing a test? How does this relate to the diffficulty of the questions that will appear in the test?

    When composing a test, you can select the exam type you wish to simulate. From the "Select Competition" drop-down list you can either pick "Compose Custom Test" or the competition type you are undertaking: Administrator, Assistant, Secretary, Linguist, Specialist Competition, CAST.

    Each simulation test contains a mix of questions of varying difficulty, just like in the real EPSO exam. A few easier questions to build confidence, a number of mid-level difficulty questions that make up the bulk of the test, and a few hard questions to differentiate between really strong-performing candidates and those with a more average level of performance.

    The exam type you select will affect the mix of questions that will be included in the test. For example:

    • AD Pre-Selection simulation exams will have a pre-set of 10% easy questions, 40% regular difficulty questions and 50% hard/complex questions for each test type.
    • AST Pre-Selection simulation exams will have a pre-set of 20% easy questions, 50% regular difficulty questions and 30% hard/complex questions for each test type.

    The exam profile type applied does not depend on the package you purchased. You can change the exam profile of your test any time you start a new test. If you feel that a particular pre-set is more or less challenging than you expected, we encourage you to experiment with the other presents as well.

    The tests you would like to practice and the quantity of questions for each can be set manually for each simulation exam separately or, when using the quick exam selector feature (Select Competition drop-down menu), it is set automatically for each test type by the system.

    How many times can I use a question? And how many times can I revise a test?

    Our questions have no expiration date, your question balance has no expiration date. You can compose new tests as long as you have new questions on your account, and you can revise previous tests without any time limitation.

    We created a system that helps your EU exam preparation in the best possible way:

    • After you buy an EPSO exam preparation package, you can use these questions to create new tests in any composition and language you wish.
    • Once you launch a new test, the number of questions that you put in there will be deducted from your account and you can use each question once, similarly to a test book where you mark your answer options.
    • However, as a special gift to our customers, we created a system where you can re-take any of your previously composed tests as many times as you like (you can do this by finding the test you wish to re-take via the Practice Activity block of your Practice Centre).
    • You can monitor your progress via the Statistics block as well.
    • After submitting or re-taking a test, you can revise all your previous tests in review mode where, as a special feature for our customers includes an option to turn off the 'show explanation' feature to further improve the revision experience.
    • Moreover, revision is not limited in any way. You may revise previous tests and questions for an unlimited period and for an unlimited number of times.

    How do I buy test questions in the language I want to practice in? And do I get the same questions repeated in all the languages I select?

    When buying questions packages, you are buying a quota of questions from our database and not a specific question. This means that in the Start New Test block you can choose which language(s) you want to do your practice tests in. You do not pick this at the time of purchase.

    TIP: make sure you click on the little (i) in the table on the Products tab to see how many questions we have in a particular language per test so you don’t over purchase.

    No, you will not experience repeat questions regardless of which language you practice in. Our database is large enough to ensure that questions in various languages do not overlap. Those questions that are the same, but have been translated into different languages all appear on the same question id code. This means that our database knows if you have already been allocated a certain question in a particular language and will not re-allocate that same question to you in a different language. The system stores which questions you have used and makes it impossible for you to get the same question in a different language.

    One exception is if you are an enthusiastic candidate and have used up the entire database of questions in a particular test/language. If you experience this please get in contact with us immediately so we can address any problems.

    We work hard to ensure that you do not experience disappointment with our products/service and always get the number of fresh questions that you have paid for.

    Are you planning to introduce tests in new languages?

    At present, we offer most of our test questions in English and French. In addition, we offer verbal reasoning tests in 19 languages:

    • Bulgarian (BG)
    • Croatian (HR)
    • Czech (CS)
    • Danish (DA)
    • Dutch (NL)
    • English (EN)
    • French (FR)
    • German (DE)
    • Greek (EL)
    • Hungarian (HU)
    • Italian (IT)
    • Lithuanian (LT)
    • Polish (PL)
    • Portuguese (PT)
    • Romanian (RO)
    • Slovak (SK)
    • Slovenian (SL)
    • Spanish (ES)
    • Swedish (SV)

    We are constantly expanding our language database and hope to add new languages to the list soon.

    Do the questions have an expiration date?

    Absolutely not. All your questions will remain in your account until you use them. You can start a new test as long as you have questions in your account.