I think it’s about time to summarize some tips and tricks on the e-tray.
Some terminology first:
- A question is a container (one of the 21-ish)
- An option is one of the three items you need to evaluate in a question
- The e-tray is about competencies, not expertise1.
- All measured competencies are about evenly distributed across questions and options
- Multiple competencies may impact a question. However, usually only one competency is measured in an option
- As with all other tests besides CBT, don’t throw yourself into answering questions.
- Don’t bring in your own expertise. I failed 2 Assessment Centers because I did :)
- First, study the scenario and the emails. Allocate plenty of time (~20mins)
- Then start answering the questions (25 mins).
- Don’t be afraid to note ++ or – if you think that, with the available info, this is the best (or worst) option.
- If you have a doubt about extremes, then don’t mark them as extremes.
- Keep few minutes at the end for revision (5 mins)
- Emails are not ordered. EU Training shows tests ordered like in a normal inbox. This is not necessarily the case in a real test.
- Normally you have a Welcome email and a Contacts one. They’re important.
- A question usually has more than one relevant email.
- Be aware of the dates, particularly absences.
- Some sources suggest having a calendar. Figuring out the granularity is difficult. If you note the relevant dates in messages
- Unless explicitly specified in the Notice of Competition↩