All formal courses and training exercises offered by the CPCE are scheduled on Saturdays in one of the buildings of Sciences Po Paris VII.

The training provided by Sciences Po's CPCE is unrivalled in Europe. The specialised methodology applied to the European civil service examinations follows that developed by Sciences Po for preparing students for French national civil service examinations. This method is inspired by a simple idea: the key to success is not an accumulation of knowledge but rather a mastery of the format of the tests.

The programme is based on the structure of the various tests and prepares students for each stage of the competitive examination. Training for the written tests is provided by a team of successful candidates from the most recent round of examinations, the great majority of whom have now secured positions in the EU institutions. These instructors give students the benefit of their experience as practitioners while also incorporating insights based on the most recent developments.

Training for the oral component of the exam is provided by more experienced civil servants exercising responsibilities in European Union institutions on a comparable level to those to members of the examination committees.

The admission tests (Computer-Based Tests)

Calendar: From January to April (8 Saturdays, following the EPSO schedule)

The assessment centre (entry conditional upon applicants passing the admission tests)

Calendar: from July to September (3 Saturdays, following the EPSO planning)

  • E-Tray test (1day)
  • Case study (1 day)
  • Oral presentation, Structured interview, Group exercises (1 day)


The preparation is given in French. However teachers can provide case-by-case examples of tests in English, German or Spanish.

The reasoning courses is also offered in English.

Training programme

Training takes place in the amphitheatre for the situational judgment test, and in small groups (20 to 30 people maximum) for the reasoning courses.


Computer-Based Tests

The eligibility results of the Sciences Po preparation vary, depending if the reference is the number of registered students, of attendant students or of candidates actually taking the competition. Since 2010, it is estimated that the results vary between 20% and 25%.

Assessment centre

  • In 2014, 50% of the applicants passing the admission tests were admitted;
  • In 2013, limited competition, 38% of the applicants passing the admission tests AD5 and AD7 were admitted, and 100% for the translator competition;
  • In 2012, 100% of the applicants passing the admission tests were admitted;
  • In 2011, 89% of the applicants passing the admission tests were admitted;
  • In 2010, 18% of the applicants passing the admission tests were admitted.
Admission tests results
Years Number of applicants passing the admission test Number of admitted
2015 10 In progress
2014 8 4
2013 13 5
2012 2 2
2011 3 2
2010 11 9
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