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one last chance at the test then the army!

ben1985

Midshipman
Hi everybody,

I originally did the navy aptitude test in March, i failed the maths section by 1 question!, but still either way i didn't pass the test, but oh so near!,

I rang up my local afco and apparently i have to wait 12 months since I'm not in full time education ( I do have a full-time job incidentally :/)

So apparently they will send me a letter in January 2008 asking me if i want to re-take the test, well i definitley do, im going to go on some maths courses to improve my maths, because this time i definitley want to pass!

Apparently it's highly unusual to get more than 2 attempts at the test!

My backup plan if i fail is to apply for the army (if i fail in march 08),apparently they are both completley seperate and me failing the navy aptitude test will have no bearing on even taking the army test (which i know i can pass!)

thats the plan currently, what do you think of it people, is the army so more much worse?,

you'll probably wonder why I originally chose the Navy, well i immediatley though I wasn't smart enough for the RAF, but not really stupid so not in the army, then again im generalising people, and I can't be that smart else I wouldn't have failed in March ( albiet by 1 maths point!)

so any suggestions/guidance on my plans?

The job I'm stuck in, is as dead end as they come, i wil try my best!

Thanks

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ben,

I gave you some advice before and I stick by it, get yourself down to your local SCC and in that year you can get on a basic drill/seamanship and depending on what you want to join up as a basic introduction to your trade, plus give you a good start in how the navy works

WW
 

Geordie88

Badgeman
ben1985 said:
Hi everybody,

I originally did the navy aptitude test in March, i failed the maths section by 1 question!, but still either way i didn't pass the test, but oh so near!,

I rang up my local afco and apparently i have to wait 12 months since I'm not in full time education ( I do have a full-time job incidentally :/)

So apparently they will send me a letter in January 2008 asking me if i want to re-take the test, well i definitley do, im going to go on some maths courses to improve my maths, because this time i definitley want to pass!

Apparently it's highly unusual to get more than 2 attempts at the test!

My backup plan if i fail is to apply for the army (if i fail in march 08),apparently they are both completley seperate and me failing the navy aptitude test will have no bearing on even taking the army test (which i know i can pass!)

thats the plan currently, what do you think of it people, is the army so more much worse?,

you'll probably wonder why I originally chose the Navy, well i immediatley though I wasn't smart enough for the RAF, but not really stupid so not in the army, then again im generalising people, and I can't be that smart else I wouldn't have failed in March ( albiet by 1 maths point!)

so any suggestions/guidance on my plans?

The job I'm stuck in, is as dead end as they come, i wil try my best!

Thanks

xxxxx

Yes, you are generalising squaddies.

As someone who was been through both application procedures (Navy for the Royal Marines currently and formerly Army which was medically deferred) I can reveal that joining the army is more or less exactly the same as joining the Navy.

The Higher you scored on the BARB test, the better trades come up, however if you're generally poor on it and have no qualifications, you can still find specialisations that don't require either and will train you up until you become proficient, as well as allowing you to improve weaker subjects. I received a score of 67 on the BARB and was eligible to any trade minus AAC pilot as my eyesight wasn't good enough. Such is life. It's not about passing, it's about focusing on that trade and getting it, rather than just joining because you want an Armed Forces Career.

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SILVER_FOX

War Hero
Good advice from Geordie. I recommend that you take some time to flick through your old GSCE Maths notes and in the three months leading up to the re-sit, go through it again in more detail. If you're that keen to get in a little bit of preparation will help no end.

SF
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
ben1985 said:
So apparently they will send me a letter in January 2008 asking me if i want to re-take the test, well i definitley do, im going to go on some maths courses to improve my maths, because this time i definitley want to pass!

Apparently it's highly unusual to get more than 2 attempts at the test!

Ben,
Don't hold your breath waiting for the AFCO to get in touch- if you've had two goes, that's it, they most certainly won't be inviting you back automatically.

The thing to do is embark upon some further education (night school?) in maths & then re-apply in January, presenting written evidence you have undergone formal tuition. If you haven't, then you're wasting your time mate.

The AFCO, if they consider you a viable candidate, will then forward your application to the Area Recruiting Manager for a waiver which may or may not be granted. Consider this a guage of your motivation.

As for the Army test, it's a different format and is undertaken on computer. If you're dyslexic, for example, and can prove it, the Army will allow a reader.

Anyway, good luck.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Ben, did you actually read the replies last time you asked the same questions?

Ninja_Stoker said:
No the AFCO will not necessarily invite you back to re-sit the test.

It's up to you to get in touch & state you wish to re-sit, otherwise they would waste a lot of time, effort & money writing to those that failed & had no intention of having another go.

Call it a gauge of your motivation to join- get back in touch. There is a possibility to re-sit after 6 months- ask the AFCO how.

By the way if you "Just failed maths by one point" that means you got 21 out of 30 questions wrong. Look not at the one point- look at the 21.

Make sure you really do practice against the clock beforehand this next time- it's your last go. Ever.

Good Luck.
 
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