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These training sessions are only available to members.

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Training takes place in Brussels, unless otherwise specified
Distance courses are from your desktop, anywhere in the world

Seating is guaranteed only by order of arrival of registrations.

The registration will be refunded if:
a) the registration is denied for lack of space;
b) the applicant cancels their registration by mail sent to: at least ten days before the start of the session.
Being absent does not entitle you to receive reimbursement.

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Preparations for EPSO competitions specifically tailored for colleagues in the institutions.


Group coaching for candidates who have passed the pre-selection tests of a competition. U4U offers a group coaching service to colleagues who have passed the EPSO competition pre-selection tests and are invited to the assessment center for case study preparation and group exercise (see specific conditions and dates herebelow).

Distance course for 'reasoning' tests

Training in pre-selection tests : Two-day distance learning courses in CBT (verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning)

In EN        (For FR, see here)

(20 participants maximum; 4 x 2h30 format adapted to the distance)

Preparation for the numerical reasoning test (NR)
- Format and objectives of the NR
- Methodological advice
- Types of calculations often observed
- NR training on the basis of a sample of MCQs
- Detailed correction and advice for progress

Preparation for the verbal reasoning test (VR)
- VR format and objectives
- Methodological advice
- VR training based on a sample MCQ
- Detailed correction and advice for progress

Preparation for the Abstract Reasoning Test (AR)
- Format and objectives of the AR
- Types of questions, rules and series often observed
- Methodological advice
- AR training based on a sample MCQ
- Detailed correction and advice for progress

See here for a detailed planning and content

NB : The training will take place subject to a sufficient number of participants. Registrations will be accepted in order of reception within the limit of the places available. Training schedules are subject to change depending on the number of participants. Registrations are closed two working days before the start date of the session.

From your desktop (Distance learning)

3 & 4 June 2021

Fee : 240

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This training is designed to prepare for the tests present in the current competitions.

It is also suitable for anyone preparing for the reasoning tests.


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The actual content of the course is described above, this text is for information only. The course description may not include all preparations described herebelow.


This course is to prepare for each of the reasoning test and multiply your chance of success to the competition. For each test, we will study the methodology illustrated by examples. We will then practice with tests which will be explained and corrected by the trainer.

We are all capable of developing these skills. It is not a question of intelligence, but of learning.


The verbal reasoning test is not a test of knowledge but of logic. To be successful, candidates must display four key qualities:

bulletthe ability to analyse a statement and understand the meaning of a text;
bulleta mastery of certain rules of verbal logic in order to establish whether or not an answer can be deduced from the information in the text;
bulletthe ability to identify quickly which statements are most likely to constitute the correct answer;
bulletthe ability to read a text selectively.


The numerical reasoning test is not just a test of calculation. To be successful, candidates must display three key qualities:

bulletthe ability to understand and analyse: you need to know how to read a piece of information and interpret tables and graphs in order to decide correctly what operations are needed,
bulleta mastery of basic mathematical concepts: percentages, variation rates, averages…,
bulletspeed: to answer the questions within the time allowed, you must avoid long calculations wherever possible and also avoid automatic use of the calculator.


Abstract reasoning questions are presented as series of diagrams containing geometric shapes which are repeated or modified according to a logical sequence. Candidates have to identify the underlying logic and find the diagram that completes the series.

Abstract reasoning tests call for skills that candidates do not normally use in everyday life:

bulletthe ability to visualise geometric transformations (rotations, symmetries, …),
bulletan aptitude to spot similarities between complex shapes, ...


The situational judgment test assesses the behaviour and decision-making capability of candidates in a working environment. Each question describes a work-related scenario and gives a set of four possible actions that might be taken in response. Candidates must choose the action they believe to be most effective and the action they believe to be least effective.

To succeed in this test, candidates must approach each question as a role play exercise and set aside their own professional experience. They must answer each question on the basis of the information given in the scenario and on what is expected of them in terms of competencies and good professional practice. They must be able to rank actions by using the most appropriate criteria: degree of problem resolution, degree of priority, life positions, etc.


The prioritising and organising test demands a rigorous and methodical approach. It includes timetabling problems (organising a journey or schedule management) and constraint optimisation problems (choosing the best possible option after taking certain constraints into account).

To succeed, you must interpret a table correctly and be able to transcribe a question in the form of an equation (timetabling problems) or a series of instructions (constraint optimisation problems).



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