Prepare for the Global General Service Test

As an entrance test, the GGST is administered to all applicants at every level of United Nations General Service positions. The only exceptions are current and former GS employees who have passed the ASAT within 24 months of any break in employment as well as GS candidates for specialized fields, such as trades & crafts, nurses, and security.

The UN Global test is a standardized, computer-based selection exam. Test questions involve the everyday tasks of General Service associates.

UN General Service Hiring Process

General Service (GS) staff at the United Nations provide support for three basic office realms: operational, technical, and procedural. The UN General Service includes various assistant positions, such as accounting, administrative, editorial, and statistical.

The hiring process for General Service positions begins with a suitability screening by the hiring manager. If you succeed on this part of the hiring process, you will be short-listed and invited to take the GGST at UN Headquarters in New York City or at a duty station. The duty stations are located in diverse locations around the globe, including Geneva, Addis Ababa, Vienna, Beirut, Nairobi, Bangkok, Santiago, and The Hague.

If you pass the GGST, your name will be added to the GGST roster for a period of two years. The final score of your Global General Service Test determines whether or not you will proceed to an interview. If this is the job for you, then it is worth your time and effort to fully prepare for the GGST.

Content of the Global General Service Test

This exam measures the core skills essential for the effective performance of GS tasks. Expect three main sections:

  • Numerical Reasoning – This section assesses your ability to handle numerical data. It contains items dealing with basic arithmetic, such as percentages, graphs, word problems, calendars, and data tables.
  • Verbal Reasoning – Verbal reasoning tasks involve job-related emails, memos, and communication between managers and general staff as well as between General Service personnel. The focus in this section of the GGST is on the ability to handle written communication.
  • Situational Judgment – You are presented with work-related scenarios. Your job is to determine the best course of action to take in dealing with the problematic situations in each item. The Situational Judgment section measures your attitudes and behaviors when confronted with job-related difficulties.

The core competencies UN administrators deem to be of importance in successfully fulfilling the parameters of General Service positions are:

  • Aptitude for planning, organizational skills, and the ability to communicate effectively
  • Writing, data management, filing, office administration, math, and proofreading

Preparing for the UN Global General Service Test

The more time you spend on GGST practice tests, the more familiar and comfortable you will become with the UN Global exam. Quality practice ensures an increase in both speed and accuracy, and JobTestPrep is here to provide you with it. The practice tests in our preparation packs feature questions similar to those on the real GSST test. 

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