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    (Original post by Shatners bassoon)
    Hi,

    i did my FSAC last week and wrote around 2200 words on the policy exercise (though like you say im not sure the quantity is really that important). To be honest the material took about 25 minutes to read, its less than 30 pages long, you just have to make sure you are reading it quickly whilst thinking about the criteria outlined at the start, and just highlight the relevant bits. Not having got my results yet i don't know if this is great advice, but the way i did it was pick one of the options arbitrarily pretty much immediately, then go through highlighting the bits that supported my argument and worked out a few percentages as i went along and wrote them in the margins for later.

    Hope that helps somewhat!
    Thanks for your reply, definitely helpful (and 2200 sounds like a lot!)
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    Don't worry about word count. Quality not quantity.
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    (Original post by cat1200)
    Thanks for your reply, definitely helpful (and 2200 sounds like a lot!)
    Two key things;
    Time management is crucial - one thing to think about in this regard is your typing speed. I probably spent a bit too long reading because I'm not a very fast typer and found the keyboard quite small which slowed me down even more.

    As GMan said though it's about quality not quantity. You need a balanced consideration of the options given the situation and then a well reasoned recommendation. You won't go far wrong with that approach.

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    I've applied for the Government Communications stream and have my assessment centre on Tues, then hopefully the final selection board after that.
    I was having a look through this report on the Fast Track selection procedure and found something interesting

    section 13, pg 10:

    13. At the end of the process candidates are ranked in order of merit, based on their finalmark at the Assessment Centre. All Graduate Fast Stream candidates who have optedfor options other than to work in central Departments or Science and Engineering haveto undergo an additional selection procedure (e.g. a panel interview for entry into theDiplomatic Service Fast Stream). However, all candidates who achieve a pass mark atthe Assessment Centre have reached the required standard and are guaranteed a placein the central Departments scheme.

    Is this right?! That all those who pass the FSAC are guaranteed a place as a generalist, even if they were to fail the final specialist selection board?

    Anyone heard anything about this?
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    I had my FSAC on the 3rd of Feb, and found out on the 6th of Feb that I had passed for CD and awaiting results for DS. I moved house shortly afterwards, and although I let the Fast Stream team know, i'm a little concerned that i've missed some type of form to fill out? I believe I saw someone a few pages back say that they had received a form (maybe a disclosure form?) to their home address pretty quickly after finding out they had passed CD.

    Anyone know if I should be asking the nice postman/Fast Stream team?
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    (Original post by MintMunchies)
    I had my FSAC on the 3rd of Feb, and found out on the 6th of Feb that I had passed for CD and awaiting results for DS. I moved house shortly afterwards, and although I let the Fast Stream team know, i'm a little concerned that i've missed some type of form to fill out? I believe I saw someone a few pages back say that they had received a form (maybe a disclosure form?) to their home address pretty quickly after finding out they had passed CD.

    Anyone know if I should be asking the nice postman/Fast Stream team?
    I'm in the same boat... passed CD and awaiting results for DS. I have received no mail correspondence and I found out end of Jan. I'm pretty certain they won't progress with anything in regards your CD pass until you have confirmation of your pass/fail on the DS scheme. Hopefully someone else on here can verify that for you but that's my reading of the way it works.

    Would definitely recommend confirming that they have your new address though.

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    (Original post by MintMunchies)
    I had my FSAC on the 3rd of Feb, and found out on the 6th of Feb that I had passed for CD and awaiting results for DS. I moved house shortly afterwards, and although I let the Fast Stream team know, i'm a little concerned that i've missed some type of form to fill out? I believe I saw someone a few pages back say that they had received a form (maybe a disclosure form?) to their home address pretty quickly after finding out they had passed CD.

    Anyone know if I should be asking the nice postman/Fast Stream team?
    I'm also in the same boat- have my FSAC on the 10th. I haven't had anything in the post and expect we won't at least until the diplomatic service responds!
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    (Original post by hegartymike)
    I've applied for the Government Communications stream and have my assessment centre on Tues, then hopefully the final selection board after that.
    I was having a look through this report on the Fast Track selection procedure and found something interesting

    section 13, pg 10:

    13. At the end of the process candidates are ranked in order of merit, based on their finalmark at the Assessment Centre. All Graduate Fast Stream candidates who have optedfor options other than to work in central Departments or Science and Engineering haveto undergo an additional selection procedure (e.g. a panel interview for entry into theDiplomatic Service Fast Stream). However, all candidates who achieve a pass mark atthe Assessment Centre have reached the required standard and are guaranteed a placein the central Departments scheme.

    Is this right?! That all those who pass the FSAC are guaranteed a place as a generalist, even if they were to fail the final specialist selection board?

    Anyone heard anything about this?
    I wrote a longer reply but the forum ate it.

    I don't believe it's the case for Government Comms fast stream (It wasn't the case for DaT). This report refers to a period before that stream came into existence. This sounds like it covers the Generalist streams, which are: Central Departments, Diplomatic Service, Houses of Parliament and Science and Engineering.
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    so i've seen on here that some people have head they didn't get a high enough score to go through to a final selection board but they have got a high enough score to get a job in CD. I did my FSAC in early Feb and have been on 'awaiting results' ever since but haven't heard i was unsuccessful for the HOP scheme or the CDs. Does anyone know what this might mean?
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    (Original post by neek123)
    so i've seen on here that some people have head they didn't get a high enough score to go through to a final selection board but they have got a high enough score to get a job in CD. I did my FSAC in early Feb and have been on 'awaiting results' ever since but haven't heard i was unsuccessful for the HOP scheme or the CDs. Does anyone know what this might mean?
    It means you're in the amber band for both. Welcome to the club :-)
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    Does anyone know what your chances are if still in the amber band? I mean we have survived the immediately unsuccessful and the end of Jan cull already. I was just wondering if your chances increased the longer the waiting goes on? Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part! Most probably.
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    I saw on a a blog as well that many of those who have assessments in March may have been amber banded from the etray so that may be a factor.
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    (Original post by jo131278)
    Does anyone know what your chances are if still in the amber band? I mean we have survived the immediately unsuccessful and the end of Jan cull already. I was just wondering if your chances increased the longer the waiting goes on? Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part! Most probably.
    I'm still not sure anyone, besides those who got less than 2 in a competency and were therefore automatically out, has been rejected for CD yet. Which makes me pessimistic about my chances.
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    From a statistical point of view, there's no reason to be pessimistic. No news = good news.
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    Thanks for your well wishes, I think they worked because I'm through to my FSB!

    FSAC exercises - honestly felt I'd screwed the first two up. Negotiation is tough; form alliances quickly and remember that you're being graded on how well you can compromise as well as how good your case is. If your group has a hard-head in it who won't budge, don't worry - they'll be the ones failing, not you, even if you don't get anything you were hoping for.

    For me the presentation was the hardest, it meant answering on the fly a lot. For the written exercises - like everyone else says, quality over quantity.

    And for god's sake be honest in the self-assessment, really really hard to do but if it doesn't tally then you'll likely fail self-reflection.
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    (Original post by TritonSails)
    I'm still not sure anyone, besides those who got less than 2 in a competency and were therefore automatically out, has been rejected for CD yet. Which makes me pessimistic about my chances.
    I'm applying for HR and some candidates did for that stream an the end of Jan. Fingers crossed and good luck to everyone.
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    (Original post by GManTheGMan)
    From a statistical point of view, there's no reason to be pessimistic. No news = good news.
    I'm not getting out the little violin just yet--but given that there are people amber for both DS and CD, and that I was rejected for the former, it's safe to assume I'm towards the bottom of the pile. I'm too busy with my degree to think about it too much anyway.
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    I don't think so. DS has quite a high threshold (and low intake). If it's like 18, and you got a 16 or a 17 I wouldn't be too disappointed.
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    Hi guys, has anyone that applied for the SDIP got results back yet from the application screening?

    I realise they said we would hear from them by the end of February, just curious if anyone received their results. Also, would be great to know if anyone applied for the Fast Stream too- I personally applied for both.
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    Anyone know the locations for the new fast streams that have come out? Is it the same locations available as the tax specialist programme?
 
 
 
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