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Can I declare all the languages I know?

Yes, during the first phase of the application, you can declare all your languages (minimum 2 and maximum 10) amongst the official languages of the European Union.

For example, let’s suppose you speak the following languages:

  • French (excellent level - C2)
  • Dutch (excellent level - C2)
  • English (very good level - C1)
  • German (intermediate level - B2)
  • Portuguese (beginner level - A1)

First of all, congratulations on being so multilingual! You can declare all these languages during the first phase of your application.

After the first phase of application, EPSO will draw up the list of the 5 languages most frequently declared by candidates and for which they have a minimum level of B2.

In the second phase of application you have to declare the 2 languages for your tests (chosen only from the languages you had previously declared during the first application phase):

  • Language 1: Most of the multiple-choice question tests (MCQ - verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests) will be in the candidate’s Language 1, which must be one of the 24 official languages of the European Union.
  • Language 2: One multiple-choice question tests (MCQ – situational judgment test), the e-tray test and the assessment centre tests will be in one of the other languages indicated in the candidate’s application. The candidate will have to choose his or her Language 2 from the five languages identified by EPSO as the languages most declared by the competition candidates.

According to our example above, you cannot sit any tests in Portuguese because your level is too low.

Note that you can not add languages after validating the first phase of application. This means that if you didn't declare at least one of these 5 languages in the first phase of the application, you are not allowed to take part in the competition.

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