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Administrators (AD–Specialists)

On this page you will find the different tests that candidates may have to pass when taking part in the Administrators (AD-Specialists) competition.


Reasoning skills tests

Reasoning skills tests:

  • Verbal (assesses your ability to think logically and understand verbal, numerical information).
  • Numerical (assesses your ability to think logically and understand numerical information).
  • Abstract (assesses your ability to think logically and understand the relations between concepts involving no linguistic, spatial or numerical elements).

Reasoning and situational Judgement samples tests for AD, FG IV ( CAST P).

Situational judgment test

This test assesses your typical behaviour in a working context.

samples: EnglishFrenchGerman and scoring example 

Language comprehension tests

The language comprehension test includes a series of 12 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), which are designed to assess your linguistic abilities in terms of vocabulary, grammar/syntax constructions and style. They are not in the field of a specific institution/agency/service. Each question is based on a scenario linked to four different answer options, only one of which is correct. Each question yields one point and wrong answers are not penalised. Candidates have 30 minutes in total at their disposal to answer to the 12 multiple-choice questions.  While the time factor is part of the assessment as well, the tests are designed in a way to allow candidates to possibly answer all questions within the allocated timeframe. Questions do not require additional knowledge and are only based on the information provided in the text.  

samples in 24 languages for AST

samples in 24 languages for AD

Role Play

During this test, the candidate plays a role in a one-to-one interaction with a role player.

The role play itself lasts around 15 – 20 minutes and allows testing several general competencies.

It consists in a meeting with the role player about the situation. The trained role player may provide additional information during the meeting, according to a semi-structured script. 

Situational Competency Based Interview (SCBI)

An interview that aims to assess general competencies by asking the candidate how he/she would react in a specific situation.

samples: EnglishFrench for AST

samples: EnglishFrench for AD

Oral presentation

This is an individual test of analysis and presentation, in which you are asked to give a presentation and answer questions on a hypothetical work-related situation. 

Ahead of the interview, the candidate is invited to consult, read and analyse all available versions of an online written assignment and background information in order to prepare for the exercise.

At the beginning of the interview, you will be told which version of the assignment you have to present (without the help of visual support) and you will answer questions.

The oral presentation lasts 20 minutes and tests a number of competencies, as indicated in the Notice of Competition.


Case study

This is a computer-based test based on a relevant scenario, in which you are faced with various problems that you are asked to solve or to which you must react, relying solely on the material provided.

AST samples: EnglishFrench

AD Specialist samples: EnglishFrenchGerman 

AD Generalist samples: EnglishFrenchGerman

Competency based interview (CBI)

The competency-based interview is designed to evaluate a number of selected general competencies, depending on the competition and grade the candidate has applied for, as specified in the Notice of Competition.

Candidates are interviewed for about 10 minutes per competency.

The questions are structured to allow the assessors  to evaluate the candidate’s selected general competencies.

Field related interview

The test is designed to evaluate some or all (see the Notice of competition) of the competences inherent to the duties required for a specific profile. It is a structured interview by two members of the Selection Board. The interview is in the candidates' second language. The pass mark is indicated in the Notice of competition. The specific competency-based interview/field related interview should not be confused with the general competency-based interview, which is also structured but which focuses on general competencies rather than specific duties.

Written test in the field

The test is designed to evaluate some of the competences inherent to the duties required for a particular profile.

A specific situation is provided in the form of a short written briefing, and candidates are asked to write about the ways to address this situation.

The test is on computer and must be taken in the candidates' second language. The pass mark is indicated in the Notice of competition.

Field-related test

The field-related test includes a series of multiple-choice questions (MCQ) which are designed to test the inherent competence to the duties required for the specific profile. Each question is linked to four different answer options, only one of which is correct. 

Further information is indicated in the notice of competition and in the invitation letter.