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ORSEU Competitions took the MCQ computer-based tests

EPSO trainingOn Tuesday 5th June, we went to Rue du Commerce in Brussels to take the EPSO tests for the 2018 AD5 competition. The test centre was almost empty! This is quite normal when the test period just started the day before.
Many candidates wait for the last days before taking the tests. A few additional days or weeks of revision can clearly be useful, especially when it is the first time you take the test.

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Abstract reasoning: is the test getting harder and harder?

Until 2015, you may have reached high marks in the abstract reasoning test of EPSO competitions. However, since then, it’s been a nightmare: you no longer see anything and you can hardly reach 50% of correct answers. What has happened since 2015? Have test creators invented new logical sequences? Do elements go through new transformations?

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Numbers do not scare me anymore

You’ve decided to register for a competition or exam and you have to sit a numerical reasoning test. Don’t panic. We can help you!

You’ve decided to register for a competition or exam. You start looking at the content of the tests. No chance! You have to take a numerical reasoning test! You feel gripped by panic. You can’t remember how to set out a division or work out an average. Words like fraction and percentage leave you unable to think straight. You start remembering the poor marks you got at school…

But you’re good in the other areas and have all the skills required to fill the post or get into your chosen school. All you need are a few more marks in numerical reasoning to pass the competition or exam. So why give up?

First of all, ask yourself why you have problems with maths. Maybe it’s because you find the language of maths a bit like double Dutch (and you don’t speak any Dutch at all!). And yet you use this language every day – when you withdraw money from your bank account, when you get a discount in a shop, when you’re following a recipe … and so on.

maths difficult numerical understand GRE GMAT Selor EPSOAll you need is a method. If you’re not a mathematician at heart, you may find learning and applying a formula hard going. But, if it’s explained to you in a simple and fun way it will suddenly seem much more obvious and you’ll end up using it quite naturally.

ORSEU’s latest publication: ‘http://www.orseu-concours.com/en/epso-eu-training-books/375-book-numerical-reasoning-a-training-guide.html’, is specially designed for those who have (or believe they have) a poor level of maths. This book explains in detail the basic concepts of numerical reasoning: performing mathematical operations, calculating percentages, completing number sequences logically…and so on. It is the ideal way to prepare for EPSO, Selor, GMAT and GRE tests.

EPSO Reasoning Tests

Ability Concept on Black with Golden Compass. The 3 reasoning tests – verbal, numerical and abstract – can be found at different stages of the EU competitions organised by EPSO.

Verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning as part of the computer-based multiple choice tests.

For the generic Administrator or Assistant competitions and for the Translator competitions, the candidates will sit these 3 reasoning tests as part of the competitions’ first stage called computer-based multiple choice question (MCQ) test or CBT (Computer-based tests).

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Translating for Europe

Online translation service concept With 28 EU member states and 24 official languages, multilingualism is an important part of the EU’s cultural diversity to give equal access to information to all member states. There are several bodies in charge of translation: the two Directorates General for Translation of the European Commission and of the European Parliament, and the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union based in Luxembourg, which serves the EU agencies. The other EU institutions also have their own translation units.

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