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    (Original post by lilys)
    Tests done, now waiting for others to have my results compared to... Anyone else here for Analytical stream this year?

    (Original post by ProbablyNoGod)
    I've completed the verbal and numerical tests and am now awaiting my results. Is this the same for everyone? I'm on the economists' programme.
    Hi,

    I'm also on the analytical fast stream - Economist =] Which one have you applied for lilys?

    I've just completed the online tests too, on the plus side people on the analytical streams tend to here back much earlier than other streams - I think! Last year, I heard back the day that I completed the tests (although I think it was just before midnight they told me!) but I might have just completed them at the right time. Hopefully we won't be waiting too long
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    (Original post by Xan015)
    I would think very strongly about which you want to be your first priority - for example, if you put Generalist as first, and European second, and you fail at Generalist, even if you score extremely highly at the Assessment Centre for European,, you would not be guaranteed a job as you have put it second. This situation happened last year, I believe!
    This is so important. I almost missed out on a job last year despite a very high FSAC score, so if you really want to work in Europe this must be your first choice!

    It is worth noting as well that the European stream has its own Diplomatic option.
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    (Original post by LucyJane)
    Hi,

    I'm also on the analytical fast stream - Economist =] Which one have you applied for lilys?

    I've just completed the online tests too, on the plus side people on the analytical streams tend to here back much earlier than other streams - I think! Last year, I heard back the day that I completed the tests (although I think it was just before midnight they told me!) but I might have just completed them at the right time. Hopefully we won't be waiting too long
    Thanks for the info :-) midnight the same day or deadline day?
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    For those of you who have already taken the tests, you may have a little time to wait. If I recall correctly, they wait until they have a large enough pool of results before setting the initial pass/fail marks. As more people take the tests, these pass/fail marks will change, with the bands between them narrowed.

    While I cannot say for sure (and hope you hear before this!) I think the initial marks last year were set mid-late September. All the best for your results!
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    (Original post by ProbablyNoGod)
    Thanks for the info :-) midnight the same day or deadline day?
    It was midnight of the same day but I've just heard I've passed the online tests for this year and completed them yesterday (this is for analytical fast stream mind if anybody from other streams reads this). Have you heard anything?
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    (Original post by LucyJane)
    It was midnight of the same day but I've just heard I've passed the online tests for this year and completed them yesterday (this is for analytical fast stream mind if anybody from other streams reads this). Have you heard anything?
    Yup! Just got an email this morning advising me that I was successful and have been moved onto the next stage (full application). Woohoo!

    For anyone else completing the tests, I submitted both by 5pm yesterday and got the confirmation of results email at 9am the next day.

    It's really strange how stressed I got about the tests, must be because it's the first time I've attempted such tests and we haven't even started third year hah.
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    Congrats to people who are getting good news on the tests. Well done on getting through the first step.
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    Has anyone apply for generalist stream and still waiting for the result?
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    (Original post by LAX Inc)
    Has anyone apply for generalist stream and still waiting for the result?
    Isn't the deadline November?
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    (Original post by zoe_v112)
    Thank you Katie. So you've already done the e-Tray test too? How did that one go? I've tried some numerical tests now. I can do them but I'm a bit slow so I think I'd like to do a bit more practice. Will just look for more only.
    No, sorry I wasn't very clear!. I've done up to the "online tests" part which is verbal and numerical reasoning and the competency questionnaire.

    (Original post by Eboracum)
    Thanks for your message. Can somebody clarify this? You see I thought each person could only apply for one stream? So I was deciding between the Generalist, Diplomatic and European? But if you can apply for more than one I'll go for all three?

    Thanks for your message Katie. Do you know if the closing date of 30th of November (or whatever it is) is when you have to have started the application, or do all the online tests have to be done?

    I'm about to start my final year as well. I've just started practising online tests and was going to take all of September to practise and then get cracking on it early October?
    You can apply for more than one, but you have to put certain ones first choice to be considered. I've applied for diplomatic and European, so although European might be my preference, I had to put Diplomatic first to be considered for it at all. (when I say diplomatic first, I mean generalist, because you can't choose within that stream until a later stage!)
    I'm not sure about the stage deadlines - I think there's a list online but I can't see it!
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    (Original post by anyone_can_fly)
    You can apply for more than one stream (depending on your choice of streams) - I've applied for Generalist and European. The Diplomatic one isn't a separate stream, it's a subset of the Generalist Fast Stream. So you can apply to all three.
    Thanks for this. Is this two separate applications, so two sets of tests etc? Or is it just one but you state your preferences?
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    What marks did the people who have heard they passed get?
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    (Original post by Luccy.)
    What marks did the people who have heard they passed get?
    Assuming it's done the same as last year, people who passed won't be given their marks for the actual tests. People who don't pass the test can, I think, ask for their marks but anyone whose candidacy is still on-going can't.
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    (Original post by Numberwang)
    Isn't the deadline November?
    Yes, 3rd November.
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    (Original post by LucyJane)
    Hi,

    I'm also on the analytical fast stream - Economist =] Which one have you applied for lilys?

    I've just completed the online tests too, on the plus side people on the analytical streams tend to here back much earlier than other streams - I think! Last year, I heard back the day that I completed the tests (although I think it was just before midnight they told me!) but I might have just completed them at the right time. Hopefully we won't be waiting too long
    Economist too here! And I've also passed the tests, now on to the actual application but it doesn't seem as daunting as I had imagined it to be
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    Hi. Can anyone suggest ways to practice for the online test apart from the SHL and the Cubiks links provided by the civ serv site. Thank you..
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    I just recently found out about the FS programme and I thought I'd ask a few people on SR about it as it's something that has caught my interest.

    How long/how much effort goes into practicing for the competency tests? I had a cursory attempt at the verbal practice test and found that I fell into the bottom 65% of applicants, which isn't surprising. I found that the questions aren't all that hard - but you must read them very carefully and really scrutinise the wording. The real skill is doing that within the time provided which is very restrictive and forces you to work under pressure.
    Do people find that the best policy is to try and answer all 40 questions? Or is better to pace yourself and make sure the answers that you do give are correct?

    Also, what kind of background is required to have a realistic chance of getting into the FS? I come from a creative background from a uni that specialises in the creative arts but I've always had an interest in politics, current affairs and the machinery of government. Is that enough or do I need some kind of formal academic background from something like a russell group uni?

    Also is relevant experience extremely necessary? From the outside looking in it looks like this programme is quite favourable to oxbridge students, or perhaps those who have had the good fortune of having lots of experiences through internships and just generally being quite well connected. That might be a bit presumptive of me but right now I feel like I might be a little out of my depth.

    If anyone could shed some light on my questions I would be very grateful. Thanks!
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    (Original post by T_800)
    I just recently found out about the FS programme and I thought I'd ask a few people on SR about it as it's something that has caught my interest.

    How long/how much effort goes into practicing for the competency tests? I had a cursory attempt at the verbal practice test and found that I fell into the bottom 65% of applicants, which isn't surprising. I found that the questions aren't all that hard - but you must read them very carefully and really scrutinise the wording. The real skill is doing that within the time provided which is very restrictive and forces you to work under pressure.
    Do people find that the best policy is to try and answer all 40 questions? Or is better to pace yourself and make sure the answers that you do give are correct?

    Also, what kind of background is required to have a realistic chance of getting into the FS? I come from a creative background from a uni that specialises in the creative arts but I've always had an interest in politics, current affairs and the machinery of government. Is that enough or do I need some kind of formal academic background from something like a russell group uni?

    Also is relevant experience extremely necessary? From the outside looking in it looks like this programme is quite favourable to oxbridge students, or perhaps those who have had the good fortune of having lots of experiences through internships and just generally being quite well connected. That might be a bit presumptive of me but right now I feel like I might be a little out of my depth.

    If anyone could shed some light on my questions I would be very grateful. Thanks!
    Hey there!

    Read the CS's competency framework... someone has provided the link somewhere in this thread. Try to be honest as possible and see if these competencies matched your attributes.

    Not everyone can answer full 40 questions on verbal test. Time is crucial and try to allocate the time for each question and then move on to the next question. Double check if you have enough time and try your best to answer them correctly.

    Everyone from different backgrounds can apply generalist, european, digital and technology, the economists, analytical and other streams.

    Mention your interests in the full application and it is not necessary to be a candidate from the russell group uni. However, some people criticised this programme is designed for elitists and I do not think this is true.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by T_800)
    Also, what kind of background is required to have a realistic chance of getting into the FS? I come from a creative background from a uni that specialises in the creative arts but I've always had an interest in politics, current affairs and the machinery of government. Is that enough or do I need some kind of formal academic background from something like a russell group uni?
    This is by no means a barrier to your entry. I did digital arts at a non-RG uni and got through the application process last year. If you meet the competency standards and have the attitude they want then you've got a fair chance whatever your academic background.

    Also is relevant experience extremely necessary? From the outside looking in it looks like this programme is quite favourable to oxbridge students, or perhaps those who have had the good fortune of having lots of experiences through internships and just generally being quite well connected. That might be a bit presumptive of me but right now I feel like I might be a little out of my depth.

    If anyone could shed some light on my questions I would be very grateful. Thanks!
    Experience is useful only in so far as it gives you examples of the competencies when you reach the FSAC. And I guess it might make it easier to do some of the written tasks if you have experience with that style of writing.
    But you certainly don't need a bunch of fancy connections or an old boy network or anything. Oxbridge candidates do make up a disproportionate number of successes (I think they're about 10% of applicants and 25% of successes?) But that's probably got more to do with attitude and the opportunities to practise that sort of assessment.

    Assessors don't know your academic background when making decisions, by the way.
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    (Original post by zoe_v112)
    Hi Katie, thanks so much for your fast and informative reply! So does that meant that, theoretically, I could start the application 21 days before the deadline (3rd of November), or does this 21 days not include other information you need to give, such as references, written application form etc? I'm not going to leave it that late of course, was just wondering how much time to give myself to practice. And do you have any suggestions for places to practice online? I feel a bit strange applying for graduate jobs I'm not interested in/ don't really know where to find them.

    Also, is the competency test included in these 2 lots of practice tests?
    You can start your application on the deadline (although I might give yourself a couple days leeway). If anything it may be a good idea, as as soon as you're registered you have 7 days to do the next part, so late application gives you more time to practice.

    I didn't find practice on similar tests verbal and numerical made me any better at answering the questions, but practice on verbal and numerical did make me better at answering the questions in good time (i.e. by changing my strategy). I wouldn't advise people on what's best for them, but practice does give you a chance to find out for yourself.

    Re psychometric tests, just be yourself. Don't worry about how you come across.

    I'm starting on the DaT stream on Monday, and there was a whole mix of different types of people at Induction.
 
 
 
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