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Translators (AD)

On this page you will find the different tests that candidates may have to pass when taking part in the Translators (AD) 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 

Translation tests

samples: GermanEnglishSpanishFrenchItalian for Lawyer-Linguists 

samples in 24 languages for Translators 

Revision test

This test consists in a revision of a text that has been translated from Language 2 into Language 1.


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

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.

Prior to the interview, the candidate is invited to consult and read an online written assignment and background information in order to prepare for the exercise.

The situation described in the assignment will be discussed during the interview and additional situations, not based on the assignment, will also be included. 

The SCBI takes place remotely using a videoconferencing tool. During the interview, the candidate may consult the written assignment and background information.

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.


Main language skills test

The main language skills test is a multiple-choice test made up of 25 independent questions.

Each question comprises 4 options, out of which only one (A, B, C or D) is the correct answer.

Candidates have 25 minutes to finish the test. The questions may target any of the following competencies: grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic usage, spelling and punctuation.