EPSO E-Tray Test
EPSO looks for employees with a high ability to appropriately prioritise work and handle day-to-day tasks via e-mail. Applicants have to pass an e-tray test before being offered a position.
The EPSO use the following tests in their selection process:
- Numerical reasonings tests
- Verbal reasoning tests
- Inductive reasoning tests
- Situational Strengths tests
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About EPSO E-Tray Tests
E-tray tests are a fair and objective way for the EPSO to assess a wide range of applicants, each having different experiences and different qualifications. By analysing the results of a standardised E-tray test, the EPSO are able to quickly see which candidates are suitable for the role and which are not. This sort of information about candidates’ skills is difficult to glean from interviews and qualifications alone, so they use professional psychometric tests.
Often, the EPSO will ask applicants to take a E-tray test online, which you can take from home. When the E-tray test is used early on in the application process like this you will have to achieve a minimum score before you progress to the next round (typically a score in the top 50% of applicants is required however this does vary role to role). Further along in the selection process you might be asked to attend an assessment centre or interview where you will be asked to sit a E-tray test again. This is so the EPSO can verify the person scoring highly in the test is indeed the person applying for the job.
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The EPSO E-tray Test Questions
Like most e-tray tests, the one used by the EPSO looks at how you would handle and respond to typical, and rare, e-mails from colleagues and people from external organisations. The e-tray test will be assessing your speed and accuracy. The answers are multiple choice and you should try to work quickly within the time limit, but also accurately. Negative marking is unlikely to be used but do not guess answers, as this will show up in your accuracy score. With practice you will become familiar with the type of e-tray tests used by organisations such as the EPSO.
E-tray tests and who uses them
Companies are using e-tray tests more and more in their application process that candidates must go through. A person's score in a e-tray test is a good indicator of how closely their attitudes and approach to work mimics those of the company they've applied to. This is important in any sector or position.
The EPSO use e-tray tests as part of their recruitment process to help them select the best candidates for a particular role.
So as a graduate or senior candidate applying for a job at the EPSO you might feel like the e-tray test is an unnecessary hoop to jump through. But you should bear in mind that the EPSO are asking you to complete the e-tray test as much for your own benefit as theirs; if you are not suitable for the role, a psychometric test will usually identify this. Research has shown that psychometric tests, such as those used by the EPSO, are a better predictor of job performance than traditional selection metrics such as level of degree achieved.
What you should know before taking your e-tray test
The e-mails presented to you in a standardised e-tray tests are ones which applicants can expect to encounter whilst on the job they've applied for. The difficult aspect comes with identifying the details in the situation, which would help you to choose the appropriate response to take, quickly and accurately within the time limit. Here are a few examples of the most common situations you can expect in your e-tray test:
- Prioritise the e-mails according to importance and urgency
- To read relevant information in an attachment or another supporting document to respond to the e-mail correctly
Different types of e-tray tests
Most questions in most e-tray tests follow a standard format displaying a passage of text, and the answer options on screen. These can be arranged differently, but each test will stick to the same layout throughout. There may be an attachment or supporting documents which contain extra information which adds to what's given in the e-mail, and this might be necessary to answer the question correctly. Lastly, the answer options are almost always multiple choice. Multiple choice answers can vary, however. You may have 2 options to pick from, 4, maybe 5, and these will have to be ranked too. The more answer options to pick from, the slimmer the chances are that you can obtain the correct answer by guessing.
Some publishers will have less subtle variations in their test from what's described here. Test types by different publishers are explained here in more detail.
Are these tests suitable for the EPSO?
Yes. the EPSO use Cubiks's reasoning tests to assess applicants in the recruitment process. The practice tests we provide have been designed to mimic Cubiks's style to create an environment similar to the real assessment. This provides you with confidence that the questions you practice with us now are an accurate reflection of the real assessment.
How difficult are your tests?
The same difficulty as real tests. Generally real employer selection tests don't differ that much in terms of difficulty which is why they compare your score against norm groups. Our practice tests are pitched roughly at graduate level, but this means they are actually suitable for preparing for all levels of job: entry; apprentice; graduate; senior; director.
Are they compatible with my Mac / Tablet / Phone?
Yes, and PC, and Linux and smartphone and Android and...everything. Our practice tests will run on all systems and they are responsive so they will work well on tablets and smartphones too!
How many times can I take the tests?
Unlimited. You can take our practice tests as many times as you like; there is no limit. But to be honest, after taking the same test a few times you start to remember the answers, so that’s why we have lots of tests.
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