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Don't ask how I did on my test, 'cause I honestly don't know. I expect to hear whether I'll get an interview before the end of the week, in which case I won't be told my test results as there will be an additional assessment later on in the proceedings. If I don't hear from Home Affairs, then it's all over and I can ring the agency for my test results on Thursday week.

I did find out a few interesting tidbits, though. Home Affairs received 1,021 letters of application, for the 4 positions that need to be filled. Out of those 1,000+ original applicants, they invited a mere 212 to be tested. 1 of those, was me -- which means I must have done something right, at least!

There were 12 people being tested in my group. When we arrived, we were let into a boardroom where tea and coffee were waiting and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that we were being observed, so we all sat around the table chatting animatedly, comparing notes and backgrounds and telling each other the tests were just going to be fine. There were 4 men and 8 women, most of them in their 30s; and most of them, like me, working for companies such as Xerox, Microsoft, and ATT. Only one of our number was already a civil servant; and strangely, no one was unemployed. I wonder if that means anything?

I finished first. I took all the time I was allotted for the maths tests (3 of them), less time for the visual stuff (you know, where you're shown two pictures of a cube and you have to predict what the third is going to look like based on whatever conclusion you've been able to reach from the first two) -hey! I'm an art historian; if anyone's got a well-developed visual memory, it's me!-, and when it came to the language tests (2) -- oh please? why take 25 minutes when you can go through the lot in under 8?
I mean, analogies and syllogisms, wtf does that prove? If I've made any mistakes in those, it's because I sort of lost interest halfway through. Who doesn't know what a parallelopipedon is? Too easy, by half.

Now...let's see if I can find Manasse. He's going to stay with his nanna for a bit; then hopefully Leila will pluck up her courage and get out from under my bed!

Comments

sanda56
Jun. 28th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
A parallelopipedon is some sort of unlikely shape. Must say didn't know that 2 minutes ago. Isn't LJ educational? :P

Sounds like you did really well! Remember to tell us all about your adventures when you become a spy - er, or perhaps that wouldn't be wise... ;)
bogwitch
Jun. 28th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Oh I thought it was a prism whose bases are parallelograms.
gamiila
Jun. 28th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
You looked it up! 'A prism whose bases are parallelograms' is a textbook definition if ever I saw one.

Well, yes, it's that, but it can also be described as an irregularly shaped form or object of which two opposing sides are equal, the same, running parallel to each other (as in a rectangle), but the other two (or four) are not. I've always found it most useful for describing certain architectural spaces ;-).
bogwitch
Jun. 28th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
Rumbled!

I just copied it out of Word Web, my funky spellchecker.
gamiila
Jun. 28th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
Kudos to your spellchecker, that it knows a word that obscure!
sanda56
Jun. 28th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
LOL! Well yeah, but I was just simplifying it for you. :P
gamiila
Jun. 28th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
If I do get to become a spymaster, I expect they'll have me sign a non-disclosure thingie...although quite how that's going to stop me spilling the beans, I don't know yet! ;-)
sanda56
Jun. 28th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
No, I had kind of assumed you'd have some sort of confidentiality clause going really. Shame though! ;)
gamiila
Jun. 28th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
*drools over your icon*

I'm so miffed we won't see the lovely Capt. back for another year at least...Why isn't he in the Christmas special? Why?
sanda56
Jun. 28th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
...Why isn't he in the Christmas special? Why?

Because he's doing panto, of course! :D

*drools over your icon*

Thank you! I had hours of fun getting the pictures just right and remembering how to do animation.

You can have a copy if you like. :)
gamiila
Jun. 28th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
Can I? That's fantastic, thanks!

And by way of thanks (if you haven't seen it already) let me point you to a lovely vid posted here...Can You Feel The Love Tonight as sung by John Barrowman (and boy, doesn't he sound lovely!).
sanda56
Jun. 28th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you, *sniff* that was wonderful! :)

Oh, and you're welcome! :)
gamiila
Jun. 28th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
Hang on, I may have another treat for you later -- a bedtime story as read by CE, which I'm uploading this very minute.
sanda56
Jun. 29th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
a bedtime story as read by CE...

Thank you, that was lovely! :)
gamiila
Jun. 29th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC)
You're welcome -- I'll see if I can get hold of another one soon. ;-)