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    I had a complete nightmare in my e-tray! It was on the 5th... the same day the server for the website crashed!! It happened right in the middle of the actual e-tray part, after we'd already done the re-testing of the numeracy and verbal reasoning so those tests count, but when I go back again I have to do all of the e-tray part over again!

    So frustrated! My new date is in February I didn't do anything special to prepare, I just did the practice one on the website (which I didn't find particularly useful, it doesn't even tell you if you've done well or not). I don't really think any preparation will help, it's much more about your first reaction to what you read. You get 24 emails to reply to in 50mins, so time isn't too much of a problem as some emails you can reply to really quickly.

    Best of luck if you have yours coming up soon!
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    that does sound like a nightmare...hope the next one goes well..

    can i ask..do you have to wear formal dress (like you would for an interview) or could you wear anything?
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    Has anyone already found out whether they passed the etray event? I took my etray last month, and I know the results should be available from this evening, but I'm intruiged to know if some people already passed. And re: the last post, I wouldn't worry too much about what you wear to the etray - it is not an interview and you will not be assessed on what you are wearing. At my etray I wore normal work clothes, some were in suits, others were in jeans....
    Best of luck!
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    Hmmm, I haven't heard yet, despite going to what I think was one of the first e-tray test day and of a few friends I know who also applied, no-one else seems to have either . The message on the home page seems quite ambigous, I thought it seemed to suggest the best and worst people had already been informed, but I'm not totally sure.

    Good luck anyway, really hope I hear either way today or tomorrow, rather than having to wait till February...
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    I just found out that I passed the online tests. On with e-tray!
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    1 Has anyone had confirmation that they were successful @ the e-tray AND got dates for the assessment centre?
    2 Has anyone applied to the Foreign Office Finance programme and had confirmation that they were successful @ the online tests stage AND booked dates for the assessment centre?

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    I've got confirmation that I was successful at e-tray, but NOT got dates for the assessment centre - the site just says 'awaiting invite'. I'd also be interesed to know whether anyone has dates for their assessment centre yet - and how close they are to the open days...
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    Anyone who reaches the assessment centre stage could do a lot worse than to send an FOI request to any government department asking them for a copy of their departmental instructions and/or templates for putting together a ministerial submission or briefing.
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    Does anyone have their E-tray in Bristol on the 2nd Jan?

    The Fast Stream takes so long! I must have applied 3 months ago!
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    Hey Joseph,

    I have my e-tray in bristol on the 3rd so would appreciate any feedback. What are you doing to prepare, have you got any practise books etc?

    Everything in the public sector appears to be a whole lot more protracted than in the private sector but i just hope it has been worth the wait and i make it through to the assessment centre stage. which department are you hoping to join?

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    I haven't prepared anything! I don't know what we are supposed to prepare. Any tips would be very much appreciated.

    I applied for the diplomatic service and am only really interested in that - but it takes far too long. I still have the e-tray, the normal faststream assessment centre and then two specialist diplomatic assessment centres to go. And finally on top of that 6 months of security checking!

    If PwC can have the process done in about 8 weeks, when they get twice as many applicants, I don't see why the government takes so long.

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    Hi, I attended e-tray as few weeks back and have now been passed and given a date for FSAC. I applied for both GFS (who rejected me at e-tray) and technology in business (passed my e-tray) - so it's worth applying for more than one scheme if you're interested.
    FSAC is virtually a 10-hour day, starting at 08:00am. I live in Manchester - first train doesn't get in until 08:04, so it's an overnight stay for me.
    From the info. I've been sent there a 4 main exercises - group discussion, policy recommendation exercise, a briefing before an assessor and an interview. It sounds quite hard, but there doesn't seem much you can do to prepare for it though.
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    Josephf and copeland,

    It is pretty much impossible to prepare for the e-tray. You retake the numerical and verbal reasoning tests, and then do the e-tray exercise. Just read the info on the website, I found it was really helpful and the practice test gives you an example of what the test is like.

    good luck and don't worry! wear comfortable clothes and bring some water/a snack because the whole thing lasts for three hours...
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    I took it today. The Bristol centre is a bit of a pain to get to so plan ahead if you're using public transport.

    The actual tests went pretty well. It's hard to manage your time in the e-tray as you can't go back to change emails you have already answered so I ended up being ahead of schedule with spare time on questions which were straight forward. The final written test is a little tricky but it is only assessed if you pass the e-tray at the next round.

    The retests were straight forward and actually contained a number of questions from the original online tests. Pity I couldn't remember what I wrote!
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    KGC, If you don't mind me asking, how long was it before you were given your date for the FSAC? and when is it (yours)? Sorry if this comes accross as me being all OCDey (I guess I am a bit...).

    Interesting advice from Prince Rhyus, thanks. I'd second the 'impossible to prepare for the e-tray'. Just make sure you've done the practice test so you know roughly what it'll be like, and get a good nights sleep the night before. And don't bother going in a suit like some guys at mine did - no-one's looking for that sort of thing...
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    I took the e-tray yesterday and found out I passed it today. I've booked an open day, but it says 'awaiting invitation' for the FSAC on my tracker at the moment. Anyone know how long it takes to hear when the assessment day will be?
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    Never mind- just got my invite to the FSAC!
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    I'm in the 'waiting list'. I have to wait till the everyone completes theirs before I will know if I've passed. Bugger.
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    Does anyone happen to know whether the 24 hour window, following E-tray, for hearing whether or not you're in the 'amber' band is, in practice, always the case? I'm more or less assuming I'm in this amber band as I've heard nothing since completing the test on the 2nd.
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    hey, i took mine at bristol yesterday and haven't heard anything back yet. judging by the fact that icanteachyouathingortwo took his on Jan 2nd and had been informed he was successful by this time yesterday, i presume that i too am joining tractarian and josephf on the amber list. that said, however, no news is good news as it not the end. a girl i took the e-tray with yesterday received an e-mail this morning saying she had been unsuccessful.
 
 
 
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