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The importance of Situation Judgement Test (SJT) in EPSO competition

As EPSO is using more and more SJT in their competition, you need to master them!

Based on the discussions we had with EPSO candidates, we came to the conclusion that many candidates are under estimating the importance of the Situational Judgment Test (SJT) in the EPSO competition. Not focusing enough on this test during the preparation is one of the main reasons of failure during the computer-based test (CBT). Many candidates think that SJT do no required a specific preparation and assume that they will succeed it. But we will demonstrate that in the computer-based test (CBT) system used by EPSO, the SJT is the most important test to succeed.

With the SJT, it is not complicated to get a score between 50%-80%, also thanks the scoring system used by EPSO. But get a score higher than 85% is challenging. If you want to maximize your chances to be invited to the EPSO Assessment Centre (AC), your score on SJT should be at least 85%.

What is the reason behind?

In the computer-based test defined and user by EPSO, the tests do not have the same weight in the final scoring. EPSO has adapted the recruitment procedure to focus more on the skills/competences to identify the strong performers and talents that will work for the EU institutions. Therefore, the Situational Judgment Test has the higher weight in the final scoring: 50% for the AD5/AD7 competition and 33% for the AST3. The graph below is showing the importance of each test for both profiles.

To succeed the first step of the EPSO competition, it is important to understand and master all parameters and maximize your chances. Because even if you have perfect scores (at least 90%) on the tests numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning, if you have less than 85% in SJT, your chances to be invited to the AC are limited. And in particular for the profiles having a high number of candidates (European Public Administration for example).

Let's have a look to the last AD5/AD7 competition.

When looking at the thresholds of the competition done in 2012, a candidate needs a final result higher than 89% to be sure to get an invitation to the Assessment Centre.

Now let's take a real example showing the importance of SJT, with two candidates.
- John is a candidate who has focused his preparation on the 3 classic tests (reasoning, abstract and numeric) in order to get a score higher than 90% on them. He did not prepare SJT, as he assumes that it won't be hard to get 75% on it.
- Marie is a candidate who has focused her preparation on the 3 classic tests, along with the Situational Judgment Test. She has prepared SJT during 6 weeks to get an excellent score on it (at least 90%).

Who do you think will have more chances to succeed the CBT?

When looking at the final results of the two candidates, Marie's strategy is the most effective. As the SJT is representing for 50% of the final score, the candidates which are well prepared also on SJT will strongly maximize their chances to be invited to the EPSO Assessment Center. While other candidates which are strong on verbal, reasoning and abstract but show a weaker performance on SJT (less than 85%), the chances are much more limited.

The same demonstration can be done for the AST3 competition as in both competitions, SJT is the most important test for EPSO. Moreover, over the years, candidates are also being much more prepared to take the exams. Successful candidates are minimizing the luck factor and prepare all the tests. These candidates have more significant chances to succeed the EPSO competition.

So, what does it mean for you?

With this article, we hope that you understand the importance of SJT and do not replicate the same mistake as the majority of the candidates. The SJT is really important and you should also focus on it. To succeed the EPSO CBT, Situational Judgment Test should be also strength. You should be excellent at it and cannot under-estimate its importance. It means that you need to understand in detail the functioning of the test, the definitions of the core competencies, the right/wrong behaviours to solve this test. And last but not least, you should practice as much as you can.

Without any preparation, the average score on Situational Judgment Test is 67%. After one month of practice, the average is 88%!

ABILITUS is your partner to support your preparation. For an effective preparation on SJT, you should start at least 2 months in advance. ABILITUS has a database with a large number of practice tests, with 200 questions. Check our packages here. After buying a package, you will also have access to other e-book with advanced methods to solve SJT.

You can always contact our team if you have questions.

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