Stage 1

Self-assessed Reasoning Tests

Those applying to the Generalist and Northern Ireland Fast Streams will need to complete a verbal and numerical test. The verbal test consists of 40 questions and lasts around 20 minutes, while the numerical test is comprised of 18 questions and should take you 22 minutes to complete.

Stage 2

Situational Judgement Questionnaire

A 15-page test where you will be asked to rank 4 courses of action in response to a detailed scenario. There are 15 scenarios in total. It is also worth noting that there is no time limit for this test.

Stage 3

Online Selection Tests

In this portion of the selection process, you will have to complete 3 tests. The first test assesses verbal reasoning and is comprised of 40 questions. It should take you roughly 20 minutes to complete. The second test is a 20-item numerical reasoning test. It should take around 25 minutes to complete. The final test is a Fast Stream competency multiple choice questionnaire, which assesses whether you behave in a manner that corresponds to the competencies that are required for the role.

Stage 4

Analytical Fast Stream Assessment

A London-based event where your technical skills will be assessed. The event will last approximately 12 hours.

Stage 5

The e-Tray Exercise

This exercise is designed to give you an idea of the tasks that a Fast Streamer may receive in their email inbox, and assesses whether you can deal with the workload It lasts around 2-and-a-half hours and can all be completed at home. The exercise is divided into 3 parts:

 

  1. Reading and understanding background material.
  2. Outlining the most and least appropriate responses to emails from a choice of options.
  3. Writing a response to a request for information, using the information from stages one and two.

The test will be timed so it may be a good idea to prepare using the practice e-Tray exercise. Results obtained in the practice e-Tray exercises will not be recorded.

Stage 6

Final Assessment

If your e-Tray exercise proved to be successful, you will be invited to a 1-day assessment at the Fast Stream Assessment Centre (FSAC) in London. The event consists of a written exercise, leadership exercise, group exercise and interview.

Depending on your application, you may have to go through a final selection process after your final assessment. FastStream options that this applies to are listed below.

  • Diplomatic Service
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Science and Engineering
  • Digital and Technology
  • European
  • Government Communication Service
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