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British Army Recruitment Test (numeracy test practice).
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Soldier Aptitude Test Introduction
The British Army uses a wide range of psychometric tests. This is for both the Army Officer Selection Board (the AOSB) and for Soldier Selection.
The British Army Recruit Battery test (the BARB) is used as the first part. Plus, several physical fitness tests.
Your BARB score determines your suitable soldier roles. This is on the basis of cut-off scores. These are the five Army soldier aptitude sub-tests:
- Reasoning test / logical reasoning ability test.
- Letter checking.
- Number distance.
- Odd one out word test.
- Symbol rotation test.
Army Officer selection day
- This involves a number of dimensions, leadership ability, team working, decision making.
- A range of assessment techniques: interviews, psychometric tests, individual and group exercises.
- A number of high ranking Army Officer assessors to make the selection process is as fair as possible. The overall decision to hire is made by consensus.
- Several Army Officer candidates are observed together.
Army Officer Aptitude Tests Intro
- The Army Oficer Aptitude tests assess your numerical, verbal and spatial reasoning skills.
- Each test is presented under exam conditions with a strict time limit.
Army Officer Aptitude Tests Tips
- There are a specific number of multiple choice questions, and you must answer as many as possible in the time allowed.
- Your score will be compared with those of the Army Officer applicant ‘norm’ group, based upon previous years’ Army Officer applicants.
Personality Test for Army Officers Intro
This profiles your personality. The personality test is used as part of the interviewing process. Specifically, to flag where interview questions should probe further.
Personality Test for Army Officers Tips
Here are some useful tips for the Army Officer personality test:
- Obtain practice material from the AOSC (Army Officer Selection Centre).
- Remember that are not expected to answer all the questions – aim for at least 70 –
- 80%, and be as accurate as possible as you may have marks deducted for
- wrong answers.
- • You haven’t got time to check each of your answers thoroughly so resist the
New Army Test Designs
We worked with the Officer Selection group at AOSB to design three ability tests. Plus, personality questionnaires.
Army situational questions brief
Here are the main points in the Army tests design brief.
- Firstly, focus group research, job analysis and a research literature review. Also, to include substantial input from Army SMEs at key points.
- Secondly, to be administered and completed online.
- Thirdly, to be face valid and engaging for candidates (with scenarios based upon realistic Officer training incidents).
- Fourthly to provide a Recruiter report
- Also, to provide a Candidate Report for potential candidates.
- Finally, to improve potential candidates’ understanding of the demands and ‘key tipping points’ which they would encounter during Sandhurst training.
Army test – situational judgement brief
- Firstly, the target completion time of 20-25 minutes.
- Secondly, to have approximately 20 items.
- Thirdly, to be administered online. Also, to guide candidates, through the provision of feedback, about their likely suitability for Army training / early career stages. Thus prompting consideration of their fit and hence assisting self-selection.
- Fourthly, to adopt a research-based approach with SMEs to elicit if five distinct instruments were necessary by asking the SMEs to rate how appropriate each scenario was for each Officer entry route.
- Also, create a core set of common Mainstream Officer scenarios, with specific questions for particular Officer entry routes.
Army Officer Competencies
- Discipline. The need to recognise and respond to the requirements and expectations of military discipline and follow orders.
- Military awareness. To understand how military expectations differ from civilian ones. Also, to emphasise the appropriateness of certain types of behaviours over others at a general level.
- Commitment . Commitment to Army life and your fellow Officers and Soldiers. To fulfil all the requirements and demands that Army duties place on individuals.
- Sociability. The importance and strength gained through connection with others. In particular during Army training, plus the early adaptation period to Army life.
- Resilience. The importance of being able to deal with challenges and adversity, and to recover resiliently from setbacks. Also to remain focused.
Army Officer Competency-based Design
The intention was to provide a framework for creating SJT scenarios. Item writers were also well informed about the Army values. The Army’s description of its values provided a second framework structure for item writing management.
Firstly, some useful mental Maths practice.
Secondly, extra practice to improve your literacy skills and your Spelling and Grammar.
Army psychometric test designs
Welcome to our Army psychometric test designs from our work with Officer Selction team at AOSB.
We developed numerical reasoning test designs for trainee soldiers and for trainee Officers in the Army.
In our opinion this is one of the largest test development projects of its kind. It involved many strands of Army test design. Firstly, designing over 20 SJTs. Then, two realistic job previews.
Also, we designed three ability tests. Plus, personality questionnaires. Finally, career guidance tests.
Army tests were created by Rob Williams Assessment Ltd. Plus, we designed, several Officer-based situational judgement tests. And a ‘Soldier’ situational judgment test. Plus, Verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning tests for use at ADSC.
Also, we designed a bespoke personality questionnaire for Army Officer ADSC selection centre at Sandhurst.
Guion & Gottier (1965), “it‘s difficult… to advocate … the use of personality measures in most situations as a basis for making employment decisions“. Still, personality measures are widely used in personnel selection. The continuing use reflect the view held by personnel practitioners that personality partly predicts behaviour.
One of the reasons for the low personality – job performance correlations is the lack of conceptual link between traits and work performance. Thus, it is unreasonable to expect personality measures to generalise across jobs.
An attempt to correlate a battery of personality traits with job performance regardless the nature of the job, would result in weak coefficients.
Popular STEM military career opportunities
Five increasingly popular jobs after working for the military are:
- Business and Finance
- Social Work
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) offers fast-growing opportunities. In particular, these STEM roles:
- Cyber security.
- Information Security Analyst.
- Computer Network Architects.
- Civil Engineering.
- Environmental Engineering.
- Medical Scientists (clinical).
- Medical Scientists (lab).
Cyber security career options
This information technology security / cyber security uses technology to monitor, mitigate and prevent online threats.
Secondly, cyber security work is interesting and thirdly, there are plenty of job opportunities. In our opinion and most importantly, the pay is pretty good too!
Armed services jobs that transition well are:
- Army Cyber Operations Specialists.
- RAF Cyber Security Specialists.
- Navy Cyber Security Engineers (Officer), Cryptologic and Info Systems Technicians.
- Army Information Assurance Technicians.
- Info Systems Technicians.
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