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Recruitment tests

To make sure you're not surprised by the BARB, you should practice with our online version to maximise your chance of getting a good result on the day.  You can redo this practice as often as you want, but the score you get in the office will determine what jobs are available to you.

The BARB test explained

The British Army Recruit Battery test – or BARB test for short – checks your ability to understand information and solve problems in your head. The result is called your General Trainability Index (GTI). This helps the Army match you with roles that most suit your abilities. The higher you score, the more jobs you’ll have to choose from.

The BARB test is split into five sections: reasoning, letter checking, number distance, odd one out and symbol rotation. You can practise them in the online example test. You don’t need to prepare for the BARB test, but it will help on the day if you are familiar with the format. Knowing what to expect might help calm your nerves too. Remember that the BARB test will be timed when you do it for real.

Numeracy is part of the selection process.  Why not practice your skills online before you apply?

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