navy psychometric test / Interview

I have just received my test date shortly followed by the interview. I have decided to apply as either an air-engineering technician or marine engineer. The only thing is I have never applied myself to anything like this whatsoever and have very little knowledge on these two areas. I have however found out as much as possible through reading material and the Internet. As much as I would like to go into these two areas as I find them interesting and challenging I feel as though I may not be accepted as my A-Level exam results have nothing to do with this sort of thing (Economics, ICT and Classical studies). My GCSE results are good enough, A – Maths, A – Geography C - English etc. What are the chances of getting into air engineering as I have little knowledge on somewhat of a specialist area? Is there anything else I can do to prepare and increase my chances of being accepted?
*Health Warning: I may be talking out of my Arse* I stand by to be corrected here, but, as long as your score high enough in the Navy's Recruit Tests (RT), all they are looking for is that you have the mental aptitude to complete the training that they provide. So as long as you pass the RT with enough points for your chosen branch, and pass the interview, you will join the shortlist for entry for that branch. I would think that it might be an idea to learn about your chosen branch.

I stand by to be corrected though, hopefully Ninja_Stoker will be able to point you in the right direction!
I tend to agree. You will be judged on you, your merits, your ability to learn and not necessarily on skills or knowledge already held. Rest assured that you will be taught EVERYTHING you need to know in basic and subsequent training phases to ensure you are both competent and confident to do the job - no matter what that job is.

Good luck.



War Hero
Spot on.

The RN Recruiting Test assesses your intellectual ability to successfully complete phase two (trade) training for each branch.

Different trades have different pass marks- the more technical the training the higher the pass mark. Understandably, the technical jobs require significantly higher marks in mathematics, so it's worth revising fractions, decimals, percentages, areas, basic equations and suchlike.

The issue with the recruiting test is that the questions themselves aren't much harder than an average 11+ multiple choice test paper (honestly!), particularly the verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning & mathematics sections. The main issue is you are VERY limited on time- that's what makes it difficult, so you MUST practice against the clock. Don't think because you have a grade A* GCSE that you will definitely pass without practising- it's not uncommon for people with A Levels to fail the test.

Good luck.
Thanks for the replies. I must admit i need to touch up my maths skills as ive been out of education for 4 years now (im 23 now) and im a little rusty. I know a few good days of maths will get me back up to scratch as i found GCSE maths easy.
Cheers thingy. Im getting a bit worried now about this test. For the past 4 years i have done little to no acedemic work and im getting a bit wound up here. I got an A at GCSE maths but i have forgotten a fair bit of my school work. I need some reassurance here. What sort of stuff is included in the test? Is it just + - * / fractions % and time/distance stuff? Any help would be grately appreciated as i dont want to fail and have to wait 1 year for a retest.


Lantern Swinger
Why not just go for it. Your academic abilities are fine - you have the aptitude, now take the next step and sign on the dotted line!
Hi Mooo,

I am a Royal Navy recruiter working in East London. The RT test is not set at a difficult level, as said before the biggest failure point is not working quickly enough. It would be worth you doing some practice before hand to make sure you give yourself the best chance of getting the job you want. Some of the bigger libraries hold copies of psyhcometric tests and there are books that you can buy to help. There is a book on sale at Amazon which I have shown to some of my candidates:-

The biggest thing is to get as many questions answered as you can in the time, even if that means guessing a few.

Hope it all goes well for you. Any further worries please give me a shout.

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Yours Aye

Thanks for the info supermario. In actual fact i have already ordered this book and it should be with me within the next 2 days or so. I will be going for this test and really want to join up now (the more i think about it the better it seems). The thing is my confidence is really quite low as i was relativley clever at school and now i feel a bit stupid. Deep down i know i can do it but my brain is sooooo slow now its frightened me a little bit.
Mooo, I took my psychometric test in December and was in a similar that you are in now. I'd not done any maths since my GCSEs in 2000 and wasn't too hot on it then.
I worked on my basic mental arithmetic, times tables etc and managed to pass my test with a score high enough to go in as an AET (however, I subsequently decided to go in as a ET(MESM)).
I'd echo what Ninja said - practice answering questions to a time limit. It wasn't the level of the questioning that I found most challenging but the speed at which you have to think.

Good luck mate! :thumright:
I sat my RT a few weeks ago. I was in a similar state as yourself, rather nervous and lacking a bit of confidence. You appear to be most worried about the Maths sections, best tip I can give you is to practice adding things up before you get the bill, like at the supermarket or out for dinner. It sounds silly I know, but it helps. Read the question thoroughly aswell, some of the answers are blatently wrong, so count them out before attempting the question. Its just that i've time is low, an estimate is better than no answer

Hope that helps. Best of luck

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