Psychometric Recruit Test Preparation and Review

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  1. Hi All

    This is my first post so be nice!

    Like so many people on this forum and others I was looking for as much info as possible about the Recruit Test. I found some useful stuff but I thought when I do the test I'll post something to help others. Well I did the test today so here is my review of it and how best to prep for it.

    I bought none of the paid for services or books, so can't review these. Some other posters have had good results from these materials so they maybe good but I didn't use them.

    Sites that contain good revision materials are:

    Mechanical Comprehension for ASVAB Power Practice Problems |
    Mechanical comprehension tests - what you need to know
    Printable Flashcard on ASTB Mechanical Comprehension Test: Free Flash cards

    The first site here was really brilliant for Mechanical stuff. I have no mechanical understanding so this was brilliant revision and I got it sorted based on the principles set out in the questions and brilliant answers and workings out. If you swot up and learn some of these principles you'll be sorted for on the day.

    In true HM Forces style I turned up 15 mins before my scheduled start time, waited 90 mins (despite a few friendly "I'm still here"s) before a grumpy officer wondered why I was there. Thankfully I had all my paperwork so the grumpy style was swapped for a more apologetic tone.

    He allowed me to sit the RT by myself. I was taken in to a test room on my own and was read out some standard gumpf about how to approach the test. Was disconcerting watching him watch me fill in the answers. You get a few practice questions at the beginning which do not count towards the score which they give you the answer for. This to check you understand. I literally had him watch my answers and I was thinking if I'm wrong he's going to know!

    The test then began and the key point about the test is its FAST!!! you must revise based on answering questions quickly otherwise you'll be stuffed. You could probably get 100% if you had time (and a calculator) so do practice the various revision guides based on the clock. The booklet they give you I practiced doing the 11 available questions (including 3 practice questions) in about 3 minutes. If you don't train to be fast you'll be struggling as like I say the questions are not overly difficult.

    What freaked me out is that the officer/ invigilator had a stop watch that I could not see, and there was no clock in the room so I really did not have a clue where I was in the timing. So again work FAST. To be honest its the mental equivalent of the PJFT - which can be summarised - I'm told as run as fast as you possibly can.

    You all know the key sections but the areas I'd swot up on are:
    • Mental addition, multiplication, subtraction and division
    • Practice stuff with shapes and visual bits
    • Basic maths principles (just to remind yourself) i.e Standard From, Significant Numbers, Rounding
    • Mechanical stuff (the links above covered it all for me) like levers, pulley, springs, ramps, fulcrum. The questions are basic so just revise the basic principles of these.
    • The english comprehension stuff frankly is hard to revise as if you were shit at this stuff at school you're going to struggle now. However all is not lost because you just need to read stuff really carefully. If you begin to read a broadsheet newspaper and look up words you don't recognise you'll probably make up for a bad educational experience.
    For me I was dreading the mechanical bit as there is a lot of chatter online about this being solid. I am rubbish at Mechancial Stuff as my subject areas at school and later university was law so I left these principles behind at 15. However due to swotting the above I'm fairly sure I got a very high score on this part of the RT because none of the questions caused me to scratch my head.

    On completion of all parts of the tests I was shown back to the foyer for about 10 minutes whereupon I was asked to rejoin the officer. He told me I'd passed. He was in much more jovial mood now so we had a bit of friendly banter. I tried to get my scores out of him but he said all that he could say was that I had done really well with a good score.

    They will arrange for my interview in July 2013.

    If this was helpful please say, if you want more info - without me actually telling you the questions! - post here and I'll try to help.
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  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Good post

    More detail on this subject here:

    Some feedback and useful advice from a fellow (RM) applicant:
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  3. Maybe a big bumper thread like the AIB and HMS Raleigh threads should be made for the RT , been seeing a lot of RT threads.... good post though.
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  4. I've got my test this coming Tuesday and this has been helpful especially the with the links for the mechanical comprehension this whole site's been great.

    Just one question regarding the mechanical comprehension section, How complicated are the questions about pulleys and levers? Are they similar to the examples I'm coming across or shall I expect something more challenging come the day?
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  5. I will give you one tip as I done my test around 3 month ago and I have since passed all stages. Waiting for pda now. Tip: the revision book you have been given does not give you questions which are on the same level. Im not saying its hard because its not. Im saying the book is piss easy!

    It's never a failure. It's always a lesson
  6. This post was really helpful guys!! I have my test next week I'm so scared I've been revising like mad! I'm okay on all apart from maths im so dyslexic at maths! can anyone give me a idea on any of the questions? I've learnt fast ways to do long multiplication addition and subtraction I understand decimal places and significant numbers is there anything else I really should work on? Thank you! X
  7. Speed find faster ways to do it and it is easy the maths just GCSE level. I couldn't believe how many people with degrees where saying the maths was hard I have a C at GCSE maths and thought it was the easiest part. The one i was worried about is the English one had to take quite allot of educated guess on some of the words meaning hahaha.
  8. I know what you mean I'm guessing since people sat there gcses they have forgotten how to do maths? And that's like me I'm just re learning the best I can its really hard but I hope it works!

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  9. surely it depends what their degree is in? Even if in maths it tends to lack mental arithematic anyway lol. Use brain training on the ds if you have it, half of the battle is learning to answer questions quickly with confidence. The questions asked are not particularly tricky, it is the time constraint and the demand to answer them speedily thats the main problem imo. Just prepare, relax, answer what you can and go back to the ones you are unsure of at the end if you have time.
  10. Yeh but they need to be cleaver to get there lol I suppose it does I think people over think things in these sycometric test lol I do every thing realy simply in my head like take decimal points out lol
  11. You're also very creative with your spelling

    It's never a failure. It's always a lesson
  12. Haha not really, also being intelligent in one subject doesnt mean you are master of all; school is harder than uni in some ways as you actually have to learn and learn loads of subjects similtaniously. Uni is learning how to research, quote and present/articulate ideas etc in a number of degrees (obvious exceptions)- not neccessarily to do with being brainy. The trick sometimes with tests like the RT is to not get worked up about it, normal to be worried as it affects your future career etc, but going in all jittery and on the verge of touching cloth ain't good. Prepare and look at it as an example to show off how hard you have worked rather than looking at it as a trap looking to trip you up. At the end of the day if you have prepared adequately then if you are capable you will get the required score and if not then ya wont.
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  13. My spelling is awfull never passed gcse english lol I try hard. I think that you have to get into a good mind set before you go in
  14. There's nothing wrong with bad spelling you should see my results for GCSE! Teachers at school never bothered to help me or with my dyslexia but still when i left school i was able to land a dental nurse job! And outer jobs that require good GCSE but I never got them And anyway you actually passed the navy test so you should be proud of yourself! :)

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  15. Thanks yehh well good luck on your test !!!
  16. Very helpful post! I have my test next week and was wondering if anyone could tell me whether you are allowed to do your working on the paper itself (specifically for the numerical reasoning part) or whether it is a pure mental assessment? I have been doing plenty of practice -with timing constraints and feeling better and better but this is only because I do the hand written calculations.
  17. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The left hand A4 sheet on each section of the test is left blank for "working out". It's not looked at, we're only interested in the answers.
  18. Thanks very much! I feel much more confident now.
  19. You will be fine i am sure :)

    I have a book about prepping for armed forces psychometric tests, i never used it in the end and have no idea how useful it actually is but it is free to whoever wants it, i will even post it for free
  20. I know this thread has been here a while and most questions have been asked so apologies for bringing it up yet again.

    I'm currently preparing for this test and I'm just wondering if I covered enough information it certain areas of the test?

    Okay for maths I can multiply, divide, subtract and add: basic numbers up to seven digits, decimals (including rounding to decimal places and turning decimals to fractions vice versa), fractions (can turn mixed numbers into improper fractions vice versa).

    rounding numbers to nearest 10s, 100s etc, basic number sequences, can use bodmas and I can use algerbra to a decent standard.

    The only thing I haven't really covered its interpreting data from charts etc, is this needed or used in the test? Will cover it if it is used.

    Verbal reasoning is all good, I can do verbal comprehension (basic word skills) , usage (vocabulary, spelling and grammar), evaluation (evaluate logic), understanding (understand written passage), reasoning (interpret written material with a technical context) and interpretation (logic in written arguments). Bought a test book and practised all these areas of verbal.

    Working on mechanical and abstract tests now! Seems like an awful lot to practise for, luckily I'm doing A levels now so I'm covering all the math anyway.

    Do you think I'm covered maths and verbal wise or have I missed anything out that may be in the test? (Like charts in maths).

    I've practised tests suggested on here as well, sorry for the epic of all posts but I don't like to fail and like to cover all areas 

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