Fast Stream 2018 – the online tests

We made a number of improvements to the application process last year. One of the changes we've made is reducing the number of online tests – there are now just two online questionnaires (Situational Judgement and Behavioural)

We’re no longer using verbal and numerical reasoning tests as an initial screen – although there is a later numeracy test for the Finance and Commercial schemes.

Before you do the Situational Judgement questionnaire we recommend you try out some practice questions: practice questions for the Situational Judgement questionnaire.

When completing the questionnaire you should:

  • bear in mind the Fast Stream and Civil Service competencies as criteria for guiding your responses
  • carefully read the given scenarios and options
  • consider what would be best practice in identifying the most and least effective responses – not what might happen in reality
  • be aware that the best option is not necessarily the ‘ideal’ but should be the most effective from the presented choices
  • avoid bringing in outside knowledge

There isn't a practice test for the Behavioural Questionnaire because it's not something you need to practise. The questionnaire essentially asks you to rate yourself against the Fast Stream and Civil Service competencies.

When completing the questionnaire you should:

  • think about your own personal qualities in relation to the competency areas
  • respond honestly in terms of your preferred style of working, when you are at your best and operating professionally
  • note that although there is no time limit, you should work as quickly as you can rather than thinking too long about any of the statements

Once you've submitted your application, you'll have a five-day window in which to complete the two online questionnaires.

The application windows for the EDIP and SDIP are now open! Please click here for more information

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  1. Comment by Chris Tubielewicz posted on

    For some reason when I tried to proceed to the tests, the webpage loops back to the main page. Is there a fault?

  2. Comment by Jeevan posted on

    When is the next window period for applications 2017/2018?

    • Replies to Jeevan>

      Comment by wesleynorton posted on

      The Fast Stream is currently open for applications, we will be closing at 12pm on 26 October 2017.

  3. Comment by Viviana Salmon posted on

    Dear Mr (Mrs)
    I am very keen in the Civil Service Fast Stream Diplomatic/Diplomatic Economic Scheme, however I will apply for the citizenship next year.
    It is still possible to apply?
    Kind regards,


  4. Comment by Soruche Saajedi posted on

    What is the latest date that you can complete the e-tray provided you get through to that stage?

    • Replies to Soruche Saajedi>

      Comment by wesleynorton posted on

      That will depend on when you submit your application and when you complete your online tests as the deadlines you have and the stage you will be on will depend on that.


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