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Contract Agents / CAST Permanent

On this page you will find the different tests that candidates may have to pass when taking part in the Contract Agents / CAST Permanent selection procedure.

All these tests will be computer-based and you will take them at the same time in a test centre of your choice (to be selected from those available). The list of available test centres will be accessible to candidates in their invitation letter.

Reasoning and professional 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).

Professional skills tests:

  • Accuracy and precision (assesses your ability to process information quickly).
  • Prioritising and organising (assesses your ability to organise and prioritise work).

Reasoning and professional skills samples tests for AST, FG I, II and III (CAST P).

Reasoning and professional skills samples tests for AD, FG IV ( CAST P).

Competency-based test for each profile

A multiple-choice question (MCQ) test to evaluate the knowledge in the field of a specific profile. See the call for expression of interest for details.

The competency tests, apart from the Translators/Proofreaders profiles, will be taken in the candidates' second language and it includes a series of 25 multiple-choice questions.

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 50 minutes in total at their disposal to answer to the 25 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.

The pass mark is 13 out of 25 points for both function groups II and III whereas for function group IV candidates need to score 16 out of 25 points to pass. 

This type of test is applicable to the following profiles:

Finance: questions on financial procedures, accounting management, analysis and advice (audits and controls), which may also cover economic theories and tools to monitor and analyse economic and financial trends, developments and data.  Here a sample question.

Project / Programme Management: questions on knowledge of project/programme management (planning, monitoring, evaluation, etc.) which also cover relevant financial aspects, communication and quality assurance. Here a sample question.

Secretaries/Clerks: questions on a range of secretarial tasks/clerical duties such as organising meetings, preparing missions, filing documents and mail, sorting post, maintaining appointment diaries, etc. Basic knowledge of MS Office software products is also tested. Here a sample question.

Administration / Human Resources: questions mostly related to personnel management and professional training. Here a sample question.

Communication: questions on practical tools such as, but not limited to, briefings, factsheets, online communication, social media as well as on pertinent project management aspects related to e.g. definition/implementation/execution of communication strategies. Here a sample question.

Political Affairs / EU Policies: questions are on knowledge in political areas, both on general and EU level, but can also cover legal and economical subjects. Here a sample question.

Law: questions on knowledge of EU, national and international law which may also cover political and economic subjects. Here a sample question.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT): questions on a variety of ICT related topics such as, but not limited to, the use of programming languages such as JAVA, Visual Basic, Visual C#, etc., user environment administration (e.g. Windows and Unix) and network and telecommunications management. Here a sample question.

Child care staff: questions on childcare in after-school facilities and outdoors (children aged 3.5-14), kindergarten teaching and nursery/nurses and childcare work for children aged 0-3 in cr√®ches. Here a sample question.

Educational Psychologists: questions covering different aspects such as the coordination of work of a nursery or after-school centre and its staff,  the quality of life of the children and interaction with the parents, the development and monitoring of the educational mission statement (including training). Here a sample question.

Building management: questions are related to management of buildings, incl. mainly, but not exclusively Logistics, Project & Facility Management, Energy and environment management, Health and safety management. Here a sample question.

 

Translators / Proofreaders: A test aiming at assessing that candidates have a good comprehension of the L2 (EN-FR-DE) in terms of vocabulary, grammar/syntax constructions and style.

The test includes a series of 12 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) . 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 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. The pass mark is 6 out of 12 points for Proofreaders and 7 out of 12 points for Translators. Here a test sample.

For Manual and administrative support workers profile only the reasoning skills tests are required.