Mods could you sticky this please and make any corrections if needed. What is a BARB test ? B.A.R.B. stands for British Army Recruit Battery it is a collection of psychometric tests. It's a touch screen test that is usually carried out in your recruitment centre. It uses questions to test your reaction time to see how quickly and accurately you can carry out tasks in your head. Here is an example Question: Tom is chubbier than Sue Who is thinner? The Answer would be Sue. Before taking the test your recruiter should give you a booklet with practise questions inside, you should also have a few days to look at this book and prepare yourself. Alternatively or you could click these links below http://www.army.mod.uk/documents/general/1barbtestinstructionscs_pdf.pdf or http://www.army.mod.uk/documents/general/7barbtest1to5examplesengcs_pdf.pdf Why do the army want me to take this test ? Once you complete the test you will be given a general trainability index score (G.T.I.) this will indicate a list of jobs that have been scientifically proven to be suitable to you. The test is also designed to test reflexes and reaction times as well as your ability solve simple problems in your head. How long does it take ? The test last about 30 minutes. Can i fail it ? In short yes, to fail it you have to score less than 26. However it is highly unlikely that you will fail it, most people score much higher, so long as you can read and then answer questions based on what you have just read, you should have no problems at all. How can i improve my barb score ? Most people will tell you that you are unable revise for the test, however you can train your brain to have a faster responce time by using various brain training exercises found all over the web for free or even on hand held gaming consoles.