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Old 10th Apr 2009, 13:56
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new 2nd stage computer tests

Hi All!

Has anyone gone through this new all-day computer tests of stage 2 yet?
Going to do it on the 24th and would be nice to get some info about what to expect.
I called up HR got a brief summary but more details would be very helpful.

Cheers!
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Old 11th Apr 2009, 09:11
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I've recently gone through the day of computer tests, which included the FEAST tests, it was a far from pleasant day and I'm confident that I failed to get through. There's nothing you can really do to prepare for the tests apart from practice your cubes a bit more because they make an appearance. My only advice is to read the instructions for each test very carefully and do the practice questions as many times as you feel you need to. When I turned up for stage 2 none of us had been informed that the system had changed to a day of computer tests, we were all prepared for the motivation paper and HR interview so you're lucky that you at least know what to expect on the day. You still do the old format computer tests aswell which throws you a bit because you go from using the mouse on the new tests to using a specialised keyboard for the old tests, it's much easier using the mouse.
Best of luck to you.
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Old 12th Apr 2009, 20:50
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Got my stage 2 on Wednesday 15th

So have they dropped the interview now then? Its the one thing I was struggling to prepare for.

If its a day of computer tests, does anyone know if the motivational paper is still included? I hope it is, only because I have done a whole heap of work for it.
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Old 13th Apr 2009, 04:13
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CJayne,

Congrats! Where do you live if you don't mind me asking?

I live in sunny Wimborne, I should be starting at college in August hopefully!
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Daft medical related question

I'm booking my medical for in the next couple of weeks. I'm assuming I'm OK to roll up in jeans and trainers?

I can't see why not, after all it's not an interview stage anymore so I'm not out to impress, but just wanted to get confirmation from anyone who's already been that it's acceptable.
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Yep just wear what you're happy in- you'll be taking them all off straight away anyway
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Old 13th Apr 2009, 18:39
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Stage 2 15th april

Got my stage 2 this wednesday, just wondering if anyone has any more info about the new structure of the day?
For anyone who has been to stage 2 before, any last minute advice on the motivation paper etc and what to expect would be brilliant!
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Old 13th Apr 2009, 19:16
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Hi Emilie,

Well, looks like we will meet at 8.15 (prompt ) then.

No idea about the new format, I suspect we might be the first group going through it. I think its just know the motivation paper inside out and backwards (I have made flash cards and everything) and take time on the computer tests.
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ar_ni - Cheers.

Emilie - I don't know about the new process, but I sat stage 2 quite recently. All the advice I can give is to learn the motivational booklet word for word as you'll get questions from every single section of it.

As for the computer tests... Well they've probably changed, but as they were you used to get a break between each batch of tests so just take your time. You're not timed overall, but once a test starts then there's no pausing or stopping until it's done. You get practice questions, so make sure you understand what you're doing as you get a chance to do these at your own pace and as often as you want.
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Whitelighter - i shall see you there indeed, how exciting, we're the guinea pigs for the new stage 2! haha! Im glad im not the only one to have made little cards and things like that to help me remember; im travelling down tomorrow so im hoping to get some extra revision in the hotel too! Camberley isnt too far from the centre is it?

Chris R - Thanks a lot for the advice, its much appreciated. Im pretty sure i know the pdf word for word now so im sure ive done enough for that, and with the computer tests i wil just take your advice and see how it goes!
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I am very interested to know if these new tests are the ones I got to try out at the college.
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Old 13th Apr 2009, 20:23
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Hi,

No camberley is about a 1 hour drive so will be going down on Wednesday morning.

I am in Swanick on Tuesday afternoon/early even muking about with my boat, so if you are down early enough and fancy an hour or so of joint swatting Id be up for a question and answer session.

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Old 13th Apr 2009, 20:43
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AA,

What are the tests you have trialed at the college?
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Old 14th Apr 2009, 11:14
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stage 2 motivational paper

well done to those making it through. i sat the OPQ last week and felt like the questions were forcing me to contradict myself - even though i thought i was being honest throughout. well actually, there were some where the answers were equally applicable to me, in which case i put what i thought they'd be looking for. this seemed fair to me.

aaaaaaaanyway, in the event that i pass, i really want to get cracking on the stage 2 motivational paper rather than wait for them to get get back to me. is this downloadable from anywhere? can't seem to find it on the nats website. do i have a good wait between now and my (hoped) stage 2 date?

incidentally, and somewhat off-topic, i don't reckon the stage 1 pass marks are as high as (as some have quoted) 70%. i only completed about 70% on the diagrammatic test and surely made mistakes there (i.e. rampant guesswork).
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i sat the OPQ last week and felt like the questions were forcing me to contradict myself - even though i thought i was being honest throughout. well actually, there were some where the answers were equally applicable to me, in which case i put what i thought they'd be looking for. this seemed fair to me.
Despite advice from NATS to be honest throughout?

i only completed about 70% on the diagrammatic test and surely made mistakes there (i.e. rampant guesswork).
Despite the test instructions advising to avoid wild guessing!
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Old 14th Apr 2009, 12:12
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Hey Whitelighter, I just returned a pm from someone asking me about them, although just before I sent it I googled FEAST test and realised those were the tests that myself and other trainees trialed. FEAST test - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Be aware though, that just because these were trialed does not mean that these are the tests that they are now using at Stage 2. We won't know that until the first guys do it. Best of luck though. If they do them all in one day it gets very draining.

I know they made us do the cubes last and not alot of people tried very hard as were very tired and knew it didn't count for anything. This is a good thing if they use those results to set the pass mark though .
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Hi all,

CJayne well done for passing the last stage good luck for your medical. Just found out that i passed the OPQ, what a relief !!!!!

To everyone who has passed recent stages congratulations, those that failed, DONT give up, this is my second attempt and i feel much better about it this time round. Although i was preparing for an interview on the second stage and now this seems to have changed !!!

And this is my plea, anyone taking stage 2 in the next few weeks please post your experiences as it will be much appreciated by myself and no doubt others as well.

Good luck to all
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An OPQ pass here too... thank goodness!
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Old 14th Apr 2009, 14:39
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Unhappy Stage 1 30th March

I got an email saying I didn't reach the required standard.

It also says that it is not NATS policy to give feedback so I can only guess that it was probably the cubes that I failed on - the motivational paper was really easy though and I reckon I got almost all of the questions right on that.

I was dreading failing at Stage 1 and there don't seem to be any vacancies for assistants now either.
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Callum,

Sorry to hear you didn't make it through. I know it might say that it's not NATS policy to give feedback, but people in the past have received some, so it's definitely worth a shot - at worst, all they can say is no!

I don't know how old you are, but if you're under 25, you could try Eurocontrol if you're still keen and looking for something to do in between now and when you can reapply to NATS.
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