Mechanical Comprehension

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  1. Hello!

    At the risk of flogging what is clearly a dead horse by now, I was wanting to know about the mechanical comp. tests at the AIB.

    I passed my RT mech. comp. though I have a feeling it was maybe a bit hit and miss, and so my AFCO said to go and buy a GCSE physics book and get cracking, which I have duly done, in preparation for the AIB.

    However having never studied physics and not being the most mechanically minded of people, there seem to be an awful lot of equations and maths in it all. What I want to know is, do you really need to learn all the euqation type stuff? I am concentating on electrical circuits, gears, motion, speed etc. but judging from my RT, you neither have time to use complex formulas nor do you need to.

    I was just wondering what the general consensus was as I am sure the AIB tests are going to be a wee bit more difficult than the RTs. I have looked at the RAF practice questions, the fireman test etc. various books and sites that have already been recommended on here.

    My apologies if this has been covered somewhere already, but I couldnt find it!

    Also at something of a tangent, but I haven't been asked to do any running on a tredmill yet!? I had my medical and all my forms have been sent off, I haven't quite passed the medical yet due to some very mild eczima, but my AFCO doesnt see that being a real problem. Will this test be after the medical then? Just don't want to be missing out on all the fun:)

    Well thanks anyone who contributes to this, I have been following a lot of the threads for the last few months during the recruitment process and its great there is so much help here.

  2. When I did the AIB (last Nov) there were no mechanical comprehension questions.

    Verbal Reasoning
    Non-Verbal Reasoning
    Service Knowledge

    That is how I remember the tests.
  3. On your 2nd point, at the AIB you do a multi-stage fitness test (bleep test) to test your fitness. This consists of running 20m shuttles within the time of recorded beeps. As the levels increase the beeps get quicker etc etc. The score you have to achieve is based on sex and age but roughly speaking level 7.x but you should be aiming for 9+ for extra points.

    Running 1.5miles on a treadmil is the pre joinging fitness test for ratings.
  4. Having said all that, I do believe there are some changes happening to the application process (eg medical before AIB) so I stand to be corrected by someone more knowledgable ... enter Ninja
  5. Thanks for that! I will check and see what my AFCO says then about whether there mechanical comprehension tests at AIB.

    I have done my medical before the AIB, apparently the new process is causing a bit of a backlog so I was told. I knew about the bleep test, but I thought it would have been a longer distance, I was thinking maybe around 50m shuttles, but 20m should be no problem.

    A bit unfair making ratings do a run isn't it? I mean surely officers should be setting an example etc. etc.? (queue getting shot down...)

    cheers anyway man for the ideas,
  6. Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)All potential Royal Navy Officers attend the two-day Admiralty Interview Board at HMS Sultan in Hampshire, so we can find out if you have got what it takes.

    Over the two days, we will test you mentally and physically. The tests are designed to assess whether you have the personal qualities required to become a satisfactory officer after training.

    The biographical questionnaireBefore you arrive at the AIB you will be sent a questionnaire to complete. This helps us begin to make our assessment so it is important that you complete the form as fully and accurately as possible. It is your chance to blow your own trumpet.

    The first evening (day one)This is when you will report to the candidates’ reception and find out about where you will be living over the two days. Remember to hand in your completed questionnaire.

    The first full day (day two)You will sit:

    a 20-minute verbal reasoning test designed to demonstrate your general reasoning and ability with words a 13-minute non-verbal reasoning test, again measuring your reasoning power, but this time without the emphasis on verbal skills a 25-minute numerical test covering numerical fluency, reasoning and statistics a 15-minute speed and accuracy test, measuring your concentration and mental agility a 15-minute spatial orientation test, involving directions, relative positions and movement a short general service knowledge test to provide the Board with an indication of your research into the Royal NavyEssay: you will then be given 45 minutes to write about a subject chosen from a list of four topics so we can assess your written communication skills.

    Fitness assessment: in the afternoon you will complete a multi-stage fitness test (commonly known as the bleep test). This is not a pass or fail test but you need to put in maximum effort and your performance will be graded. We will send you some preparation guidelines before you come but it is a good idea to start doing regular exercise as long as possible beforehand.

    The final day (day three)Practical leadership task: working in teams in the gym we observe how you solve a practical problem, put a plan into action and respond to emerging difficulties. The task is designed to test your teamwork and leadership ability, your verbal powers of communication, and your resilience and strength of character.

    Planning exercise: you are given a written brief containing the details of a fictitious scenario, which you will be given 15 minutes to study. Then we introduce a problem into the scenario setting. You have 15 minutes to discuss possible solutions with your group and reach an agreed plan. Then you present it to the Board. Each person in the group will be questioned in turn to examine their grasp of the situation, before you individually present your final solution to the problem.

    Competency-based interview: for 30 minutes we question you about things you have done throughout your life. In preparation, you should think about times when you have been a leader, organised something, been in a team and shown courage. We will ask you about why you want to join the Royal Navy, your understanding of your chosen specialisation and your hopes and ambitions. We will also expect you to demonstrate your wider knowledge about the Royal Navy, and in particular to find out if it extends beyond a simple reading of the leaflets we provide.

    The resultWe will tell you your results individually in the afternoon. If unsuccessful, you will be free to leave, but if you have passed, you will need to complete a medical examination.

    Success at the AIB does not guarantee entry into training. All successful candidates are placed in order of merit and the final selection will depend on the number of vacancies available and the number of successful candidates who reach the required medical and educational standards.

    Whatever the result, most people enjoy their visit to the AIB and learn something about themselves in the process.

    Hope this helps


  7. I'm going through the officer process just now and I have a medical in a couple of weeks, and if all is well I've been told I'm doing the 1.5mile treadmill thing, so it's not just the ratings.

    20m shuttles are standard for a bleep test, and APPROXIMATELY i know getting to level 10.2 is like running and 10min 30sec mile and a half and getting to 8.1 is like running a 13 minute mile and a half.

    Where did I get that from? The army - it's how they measure the equality of the mile and a half result with a bleep test result. Hopefully that should give you a basic idea of how each of them relate.

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