| some weeks preparation || Feb 21, 2008 |
I took the EU-tests once (EU-CAST 25, it wasn't for translators only, but for all types of jobs) and I passed. Now, I am enjoying the fact that I am on a waiting list, although I already know that there's no need for PT-translators at the moment, and according to the answers I received during the lobbying I have been doing, it's not going to change in the next years.
You don't need to start practicing tests/studying one year before or do a course (even if it's better if you have this possibility), but at least one or two months. I am afraid one day before is not enough, but still, I wish you luck. If you don't pass this time, here are a few tips. At the European bookshop (http://www.libeurop.be), you have the possibility to buy books online. There are plenty of them about EU Exams. The most interesting one is maybe "250 mcq on europe and european policies - edition 2007" (also in German and French). At the end of the book, you have the answers to the mcq and a lot of useful explanations about the concerned question. For the verbal reasoning test, you don't need a lot of practice, that's relatively easy. But read the several statements and only after, the text. You won't have time to read 20 texts and 3/4 statements per text during the 20 minutes you’ll be given.
The bigger problem for me was the numerical reasoning test, since I hadn't had maths or reasoning since high school. If you are in this situation, then, yes, you need to practice. I remember being very worried about the EU knowledge test, until I did the first sample reasoning test! Then, I was more worried about reasoning than about EU.
The test is not very difficult, but you’ll have 1 minute per question (I had 20 numerical reasoning questions) and sometimes you have to look at graphics! So if you don't come to a plausible result after one shot, just give it up (but gamble on a result!!) and go the next question. The thing is: some questions are easier than others, but they are all mixed, so don't spend too much time on one single question. 1 minute before the end of the test, just choose an answer for all questions you hadn't time to do. Maybe you will have luck (the same applies to the verbal reasoning)
Last thing, I know it's a little late, but I have some sample tests (verbal + numerical + EU) in English and French, probably coming from one of this prepa-course. Although they are not in German, they could be useful, as they give you a great example of the type of question you will have at the exam (believe me, during the exam, there were a few numerical and verbal reasoning questions I had done while practicing). If you are interested, feel free to send me a mail through my profile!
Also, viel Glück für Morgen!
[Edited at 2008-02-21 22:09]
[Edited at 2008-02-21 22:11]
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