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  POLNET ASSESSMENT DATES FOR 2017

A vacancy staffing exercise is comprised of various steps with pre-determined and fixed assessment dates. It is very important for applicants to ensure their availability on those dates. Test dates will be made available to applicants in "My upcoming test schedule" in their Inspira account as well as on this site as they become available. Dates may only become available at short notice depending on progress made in the assessment process.

1.1 Standard Pre-Selection Test 
Testing Period for POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 2: 10:00 AM NY Time 14 October to 10:00 AM NY Time 16 October
Only for eligible non-rostered applicants
  • Applicants will be given a 48-hour testing window within the testing period and must complete the test within this prescribed time frame.
  • Eligible applicants will receive an email at the latest 6 October 2017 with information on how to gain access to the UN Online Tests and Examinations Platform which will also contain a sample standard pre-selection test.
  • There will be only one standard pre-selection test across all FS and P levels no matter to how many individual positions the applicant has applied to.
  • There will be no standard pre-selection test for applicants to D level positions.
  • For video instructions on how to complete this test, click here.
  • For a detailed information sheet on the POLNET Standard Pre-Selection including what it measures, click here.
  • For more detailed information on how to answer Situational Reasoning questions, click here.
  • For English sample test questions, click here
  • To view statistics and feedback on a SPT, select the appropriate network exercise: 2017 POLNET Exercise 1

Want to know more about the Standard Pre-Selection Test? Click here.

1.2. Drafting Skills Test 
Testing Period for POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 2: 10:00 AM NY Time 14 October to 10:00 AM NY Time 16 October
Only for eligible non-rostered applicants
  • Applicants will be given a 48-hour testing window within the testing period and must complete the test within this prescribed time frame.
  • Eligible applicants will receive an email at the latest 23 September 2017 with information on how to gain access to the UN Online Tests and Examinations Platform which will also contain a sample drafting skills test.
  • There will be only one drafting skills test across all FS and P levels no matter to how many individual positions the applicant has applied to.
  • There will be no drafting skills test for applicants to D level positions.
  • For a sample drafting skills test with an example answer, click here
Learn more about the Drafting Skills Test 

What is the Drafting Skills Test?

The Drafting Skills Test (DST), a new addition to the assessment process, is a written response item intended to assess a candidate’s ability to write a professional communication. Applicants will be provided input and tasked to produce a briefing document of approximately 400 words in 45 minutes. All the information required to answer the question will be provided in the input. No prior substantive knowledge is required to successfully complete this task.

Who takes the Drafting Skills Test?

At this time, all eligible, non-rostered candidates that apply to positions at the P2-P5 level in the POLNET job network are required to complete the Drafting Skills Test, regardless of exemption status from the SPT.

I am rostered under POLNET – do I still need to take the Drafting Skills Test?

Maybe – Applicants who apply to positions for which they are rostered will be exempt from the assessment process, including the DST. However, a roster membership does not mean that you are rostered for ALL job openings in that network/family/level. When you are rostered for a position, you normally would receive an automated email from Inspira informing you about the job opening and inviting you to apply as a rostered candidate to that position.
 
Your roster membership is based on job codes of similar functions. In order to view the similar job code titles for which you are considered rostered in Inspira, you can go to "My Roster Memberships" and click on "Associated Titles" for a complete list.
 
If one or more of the positions to which you apply does not share the associated job code title(s) for which you are rostered, you are required to partake in the full assessment process including the Standard Pre-Selection Test (P-level only), Drafting Skills Test (P-level only), possible Substantive Knowledge Test, and Interview.
 
If you apply to a position for which you are rostered, you will be advanced to the end of the process and exempt from further assessment. It is possible to be rostered for a particular position and possibly only need to be screened for suitability, while not be rostered for another position and be subject to the full assessment process.
 
For an outline of this process, click here.

How is the Drafting Skills Test administered?

The Drafting Skills Test is administered over the internet using the UN Examinations and Tests system during the same 48-hour testing window as the Standard Pre-Selection Test. The dates for the Standard Pre-Selection Test and Drafting Skills Test are fixed for each staffing cycle and can be found on: https://hr.un.org/page/assessment. Test-takers can complete the test at a time most convenient to them over a 48 hour window using an internet connected computer.
 
The Online Examinations and Tests System should preferably be accessed through the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, Google, Chrome, or Microsoft Internet Explorer via laptop or desktop computers. Applicants need to make sure that their computer is stable and has a reliable power and internet connection while taking the test.
 
Because the new staffing system runs on a predetermined and fixed timeline there is no flexibility to postpone or re -schedule tests. Therefore, if applicants were unable to complete the test within the testing window, their application will no longer be considered for this round of the staffing exercise.

How can applicants prepare for the Drafting Skills Test?

Before the actual test, applicants will be provided with a sample test consisting of instructions, explanations, and a sample drafting task with the expected format. They may take/view the sample test as many times as they wish. We encourage applicants to try the sample test from different devices to identify the best environment for their actual test, and to familiarise themselves with the test format.
 
For a sample drafting skills test with example answer, click here.

Do applicants still take the drafting skills test even if they are exempt from taking the Standard Pre-Selection Test (SPT)?

Yes - all eligible, non-rostered candidates that apply to positions at the P2-P5 level in the job network are required to complete the Drafting Skills Test, regardless of exemption status from the SPT.

How is the Drafting Skills Test scored?

At the very minimum, completion of the Drafting Skills Test is a requirement in order to advance in the assessment process. Failure to complete the DST in the given testing window will result in disqualification from the assessment process and your application(s) will no longer be considered for the current exercise.
 
For all P2-level positions, the DST responses will be evaluated in accordance to the evaluation criteria. The scores of the suitable candidates will be used to determine the shortlist for the interview stage.
 
For P3-P5 level positions, if the programme manager has decided not to run a substantive knowledge test (SKT) the DST scores of suitable candidates will be used to determine the shortlist for the interview stage.

Who grades the Drafting Skills Test?

The responses from the DST will be evaluated by POLNET subject matter experts. Each response is blindly double marked and a candidate’s final score the average of the two scores given by the graders in order to ensure the highest standard of fairness. Scoring discrepancies in excess of 20 per cent will be re-assessed.

In what language will the Drafting Skills Test be conducted?

As with the Standard Pre-Selection Test, candidates may choose to respond to the Drafting Skills Test in either English or French.

How and when will test-takers know the outcome of the Drafting Skills Test and what is the process going forward?

Test-takers will be informed of their SPT results; however, the results of the Drafting Skills Test will not be communicated this round. Following the completion of the DST, candidates will be screened for suitability by subject matter experts prior to any responses being evaluated.
 
For all P2-level positions, the DST responses will be evaluated in accordance to the evaluation criteria. The scores of the suitable candidates will be used to help determine the shortlist for the interview stage. Those that are successful in passing the DST will be invited to interviews.

2. Substantive Test(s)
Testing Period for POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 2: November 2017 to December 2017
  • Applicants will be given a 48-hour testing window within the testing period to complete substantive tests within a prescribed period of time. Applicants will receive an email invitation to participate in the substantive test and will be able to test their settings.
  • Applicants have to check the "My Upcoming Test Schedule" page in inspira for actual test dates.
  • Candidates will receive an invitation to the substantive test by email in advance of the test.
  • There may be more than one substantive test depending on the number of positions the applicant has applied for.

Want to know more about the Substantive Test(s)? Click Here

3. Interview
Interview Window for POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 1: December 2017 to February 2018
Only for candidates who have passed the substantive test
  • Candidates will receive an invitation to an interview by email in advance of the interview.
  • Interviews are conducted online via live video or similar means with an expert panel.

Want to know more about the Interview? Click Here