https://faststream.blog.gov.uk/2016/10/04/fast-stream-2017-the-online-tests/

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.

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37 comments

  1. Comment by Chris Tubielewicz posted on

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

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  2. Comment by Jeevan posted on

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

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      Comment by wesleynorton posted on

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

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        Comment by CHRIS CONNORTON posted on

        is there any way the deadline can be extended.we have a IT graduate doing work experience in our office who would be keen to apply.just found out about the scheme by chance as it is not widely advertised in operations.

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          Comment by wesleynorton posted on

          I'm afraid that once we closed on the 26th October that was the end of the window and not something we can change.

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            Comment by Michael Osen posted on

            Hi Wesley,

            Any idea when the scheme will re-open again?

            Thanks,
            Michael

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            Comment by wesleynorton posted on

            It should be around September 2018.

            Kind regards
            Fast Stream team

  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,

    VS

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  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?

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      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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  5. Comment by Fiona Deane posted on

    I didn't complete the fast track online exercises, and as a result, the tests have expired. Is there any way that I can reapply/the tests can be renewed?

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      Comment by wesleynorton posted on

      Hi Fiona,
      If your deadline has expired I'm afraid that your application will have now ended and you will need to apply again next year.
      Kind regards
      Fast Stream team

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  6. Comment by keely posted on

    For the scheme beginning in summer 2018 when should I apply? I will not be graduating university until June next year so do not know if this round of applications is relevant to me.

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      Comment by wesleynorton posted on

      Hi Keely,
      If you are in your final year you can apply now. For those who apply now and are successful you will start around September 2018 so you should be OK.
      Kind regards
      Fast Stream team

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  7. Comment by Meera posted on

    Hello,

    Do all parts of the first round of the application process (2 online questionnaires, e-tray exercise and video interview) need to be completed by the 26th October 12pm deadline? Or is it just an initial application form that needs to be completed by this point?

    Kind regards,

    Meera

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      Comment by wesleynorton posted on

      Hi Meera,
      You need to simply submit your application before that deadline. Once you do submit, you will get an email/account update letting you know you now have 5 days to complete the first set of online tests. If successful you will then get another deadline for the next set etc.
      Kind regards
      Fast Stream team

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        Comment by Meera posted on

        Thank you for this, I appreciate it

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        Comment by Nileema posted on

        Hi there,

        Could I just clarify, that as I have just submitted my application, and am waiting on the online tests to be unlocked, that I will be able to complete those, when and if I precede, after the Thursday 12pm deadline?

        Kind regards, Nileema.

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          Comment by wesleynorton posted on

          You will indeed! The Thursday deadline is for you to simply submit your application. Once we confirm receipt of your application we will unlock the first set of online tests and give you a 5 day deadline to complete them. After this we will inform you of your results and if you passed, unlock the next set of tests and give you another 5 day deadline.

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            Comment by Gregor Thomson posted on

            Thank you for this, completed my application yesterday and haven't received notification re the online exercises so was worried. Thanks for the clarification.

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            Comment by Nileema posted on

  8. Comment by David Punshon posted on

    When does the application process open up again? Unfortunately I was unsuccessful with my E-tray exercise. I’d like to apply again or when the fast track opens?

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  9. Comment by Jordan posted on

    I completed my online tests yesterday morning and still haven't received my results. Is there a problem as I know that you are meant to find out within 12 hours? My friend even completed his and found out his result within 5 minutes

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  10. Comment by Imran Aziz posted on

    Hello,

    Has the 'E-Tray' exercise also undergone changes in recent years? Does the exercise still require a written segment after the reading, comprehension and responding part?

    Many thanks,

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      Comment by wesleynorton posted on

      All of the questions should be multiple choice, choosing the best option and the worst option.

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  11. Comment by Vi posted on

    Hi Wesley
    How long does it take to find out if you have been successful in the video interview.
    Many thanks
    Vi

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      Comment by wesleynorton posted on

      It will vary depending on your scheme/score but it should be around a week give or take.

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  12. Comment by Lauren posted on

    I completed the questionnaires almost 3 weeks ago but have yet to hear of the results. Is it a bad sign that it's taking so long? Or should I contact someone about it?

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  13. Comment by Lauren posted on

    Can you apply to the Fast Stream after graduating? Or is it only open to students?

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      Comment by wesleynorton posted on

      If you are in your final year of your degree (with high enough predicted grades) or if you have already graduated with a high enough degree qualification, you are free to apply for the Fast Stream. We don't care when you graduated, talent comes from many sources.

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  14. Comment by Hanna posted on

    Hello,
    I am interested in the Human Resources fast stream scheme. But I have a long term health condition that will make it incredibly difficult to work full-time, are these schemes/training offered on a part-time basis as a reasonable adjustment?
    Thanks!

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      Comment by wesleynorton posted on

      Hi Hannah,
      The way it would work is you would need to start the Fast Stream on a full time basis and after 26 weeks (Cabinet Office guidelines) you could make the request to work part time and then your request would be evaluated.
      Kind regards
      Fast Stream team

      Reply

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