Examination structure

The examination process consists of a written and an oral stage (interview). The written exam consists of several parts, which are described below.

  1. Written examination

    The written examination consists of a General Paper and a Specialised Paper:

    • The General Paper, which is the same for all YPP examinations that are scheduled on the same date, assesses drafting skills in English or French. In this part, you will be given a text of approximately 900 words and be asked to summarise it to around one third of the length. You will also be asked to elaborate briefly on the same text (e.g., identifying and explaining a key theme, making a recommendation). Further instructions, including response length and time frame to complete the General Paper are provided for those convoked.
Sample General Paper
    • The Specialised Paper, which is different for each examination, tests substantive knowledge of the subject relevant to the exam you have applied for. This part of the written examination is available in both English and French and can be answered in any of the six official UN languages. The Specialised Paper consists of two main parts.

Part I: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Part I consists of MCQs relevant to the exam area you have applied for. The number of questions may vary based on the exam area.

Part II: Constructed Response Items

Part II consists of open-ended questions, some of which will be mandatory. The number of questions may vary based on the exam area. As an example, you may be expected to write a long response (up to four pages with a suggested word limit) to one question and shorter responses to the rest of the items (anywhere from four to ten shorter items).


    The written examination will be administered online in two stages. The first stage will include the General Paper and Part I of the Specialised Paper (MCQs). The second stage will consist of Part II of the Specialised Paper (Constructed Response Items). Those successful in the MCQ portion of the written examination will be invited to participate in the second stage (subject to the screening of top 40 applicants from each country, as described in the Application Process section of this site).

    Further details on the dates, times, and structure of the written examination will be provided for convoked candidates. Prior to finalizing the results of the written examination, candidate results may be subject to further verification, via a brief assessment conducted in a proctored manner online.

  1. Oral examination

    If you are successful in the written examination, you will be invited to take part in the oral examination which consists of a competency-based video-conference interview. Each candidate will be interviewed by a panel consisting of members of the Specialised Examination Board. You can find more information on competency based interviews here.

  2. Results notification

    Successful candidates will be individually informed that they have passed the YPP examination. All candidates will be informed through the Important Updates page that the examination process has been concluded. Please note that the time of notification may vary for each examination subject, depending on the number of examinees.

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