Important: The Army BARB test is now called the Army Aptitude Test. Read on to find out how this new test differs from the BARB.
In this blog post, we will provide you with details about the test itself, provide you with some sample Army test questions, and also offer some invaluable tips on getting the highest scores possible.
We recommend you watch both the video below and also the transcript provided to get the most from this tutorial
ABOUT THE NEW ARMY SELECTION TEST
The new British Army Selection Test that will replace the old BARB Test will consist of some new test. In particular, these tests will be:
- Error Detection / Checking Test
- Spatial / Orientation Awareness Test
- Reasoning Test
- Word Association Test
- Numerical Test
ARMY ERROR DETECTION / CHECKING TEST
During this section of the Army test, you need to identify how many letters/ digits are different.
This test will be conducted on a computer, and therefore your questions will look somewhat different to the practice questions in this video.
Although your real assessment will be conducted on a computer, these practice questions can still be used to practice the skills required.
SAMPLE ARMY ERROR DETECTION / CHECKING TEST QUESTION
Once you have spotted how many letters/digits are different, you would then move on to the next screen.
As you can see, the letters and digits have disappeared from your screen. You now have to select your answer by clicking on the number of correct different letters and/or digits.
In the example below, there are four letters/digits that are different in the top line compared to that in the bottom. Therefore, the correct answer to this question would be 4.
ARMY TEST – SPATIAL AWARENESS / ORIENTATION TESTS
During this section of the test, you need to be able to demonstrate strong logical and spatial awareness.
This test is fairly straightforward:
You will be provided a set of rules. The rule will may look something like this:
Rule 1 = Down Left BELOW Down Right
Rule 2 = Black ABOVE Striped
You will then be given six different answer options. Your task is to work out which answer option obeys both of the rules provided. Below we have provided a rough example of how your questions are likely to appear in the real exam of the Army Test.
The above rules will thdisappeared from your screen. You now have to select your answer for the Army Test (Orientation Tests) by clicking the correct choice which represents the rules (see image below).
In the below example, we have circled the correct answer for you. The rule “down left below down right” means one of the shapes is positioned at the bottom pointing left, and the other shape is positioned at the top pointing right.
Using the second rule, the black shape needs to be positioned above the sripted shape.
ARMY TEST – NUMBER REASONING TESTS
During the number / numerical reasoning section of the test, you will be provided with two calculations (each shown on a separate screen). You will be required to memorize these two calculations.
You will need to work out the answers to both calculations in order to answer the question on the following screen. You will be asked a question like:
• Which was greater?
• Which was less?
You will then have three answer options to click (as per below), based on your calculations.
Below we have provided a rough example of how your Army Numerical Test questions are likely to appear in the real exam.
Once you have your answer, click ‘ok’ to move on to the second Army Test calculation.
ARMY NUMERICAL TEST ANSWERS
Based on your answers that you would have accumulated in your head, you would need to select the correct option.
Let’s quickly recap the two calculations and their correct answers:
• Calculation 1 = 10 x 5 = 50
• Calculation 2 = 100 / 2
Therefore, the correct answer to the question, ‘which was greater’ would be the same.
ANSWER = SAME
ARMY WORD ASSOCIATION / LOGICAL REASONING TEST
During this section of the British Army Recruit Battery test, you will be provided with two rules. You will need to read these rules and remember them. These rules will then disappear and you will need to work out which came first.
This test will be conducted on a computer, and therefore your questions will look somewhat different to the practice questions in this guide.
Below we have provided a rough example of how your questions are likely to appear in the real exam.
ARMY LOGICAL TEST ANSWER
You now have to select your answer by clicking on which answer option you think comes first, based on the rules you just read.
In the above example, let’s break it down:
• Bike before car = which means the bike is first.
• Train after bike = which means the bike is still first.
ANSWER = BIKE