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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 for AD

Reasoning skills tests:

Ready to go one step further? Then try our long version of verbal, numerical and abstract sample tests, also in a quiz format.  You can also consult an accessible version of these sample tests.

Please note that currently, these sample tests are only available in EN, FR and DE. Learn more about EPSO’s current work on this topic here.


Situational judgment test

This test assesses your typical behaviour in a working context.

samples: EnglishFrenchGerman and scoring example 

Translation tests

GermanEnglishSpanishFrenchItalian for Lawyer-Linguists 

Revision test

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

Revision test

Language comprehension tests (AD)

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 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.

EnglishFrench for AST
EnglishFrench for AD

Oral presentation

This is an individual test of analysis and presentation, in which the candidate is asked to give a presentation and answer questions concerning a fictitious work-related situation.

The oral presentation tests a number of competencies like: Analysis & Problem Solving, Communicating (Oral communication), Delivering Quality & Results, and Resilience.

For more detailed information, please read the Notice of Competition or Call for Expression of Interest of the selection procedure in which you take part.

 Oral presentation test

Language knowledge tests

The language knowledge 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.