BARB, Literacy and Maths Test

#1
Hi Guys and Gals,

Quick question...I have my BARB test coming up soon and was wondering if anyone knew anything about the Literacy and Maths tests that I'll also apparently be getting on the same day.

I would like to think I'm fairly confident on the BARB test however I have no clue what to expect for the Literacy and Maths tests?? Neither of these subjects have been my strong point during or even after school. Does anyone know or can anyone remember what kinds of questions i should expect?? Is there anything imparticualr I should be revising for etc??

Thanks all for your help and time! :D
 
#2
I don't really think it's anything you can revise for. It's just reading stuff and looking for spelling mistakes. Or remembering things that you have read. It's pretty straight forward and not hard at all...unless your a dunce!

And, Welcome to Arrse!
 
#3
Both the BARB and basic skills tests are very straightforward and easy to pass.

BARB - just work as fast and as accurately as possible through the test.
Basic Skills - this is basic addition, subtraction, graph reading and grammar test.

Revision wise, there isn't much you can do really for the BARB test.

As for the basic skills test, try http://www.keyskills4u.com/tests/
 
#5
I did mine just over a month ago and i found it fine. The literacy had quite a few questions where you had to find the wrong spellings and correct them. There were also a few questions on gramma as well. just make sure you listen/read the question properly. The maths again fine and you just need to make sure you read the question properly. i think i had a question to do with VAT and another on volume.
 
#6
how come i never did literacy or a numeracy test i only did the BARB?
 
#9
Sorry for the late reply...had trouble getting on this site for some reason, kept getting a funky error message.

Anyway thanks to everyone for their responces, i'll defo check out that site!!
 
#10
Matty0001 said:
Expect it soon. How far are you through application?
i got my selection at lichfield on the 14th of august and my recruiter hasn't asked me to go back to AFCO and i've had my joining instructions and travel warrant?
 
#12
Matty0001 said:
welshlad91 said:
Matty0001 said:
Expect it soon. How far are you through application?
i got my selection at lichfield on the 14th of august and my recruiter hasn't asked me to go back to AFCO and i've had my joining instructions and travel warrant?
Sounds like you've got away with not having to do it.
Don't bet on it, they quite often do them at the ATR. Remedial training is then offered for the biffs.
 
#13
Matty0001 said:
welshlad91 said:
Matty0001 said:
Expect it soon. How far are you through application?
i got my selection at lichfield on the 14th of august and my recruiter hasn't asked me to go back to AFCO and i've had my joining instructions and travel warrant?
Sounds like you've got away with not having to do it.
would it have anything to do with that i passed all of my gcse's or isit completely different?
 
#14
Forastero said:
Matty0001 said:
welshlad91 said:
Matty0001 said:
Expect it soon. How far are you through application?
i got my selection at lichfield on the 14th of august and my recruiter hasn't asked me to go back to AFCO and i've had my joining instructions and travel warrant?
Sounds like you've got away with not having to do it.
Don't bet on it, they quite often do them at the ATR. Remedial training is then offered for the biffs.
what you mean when i start basic i'll have to do them?
 
#15
welshlad91 said:
Forastero said:
Matty0001 said:
welshlad91 said:
Matty0001 said:
Expect it soon. How far are you through application?
i got my selection at lichfield on the 14th of august and my recruiter hasn't asked me to go back to AFCO and i've had my joining instructions and travel warrant?
Sounds like you've got away with not having to do it.
Don't bet on it, they quite often do them at the ATR. Remedial training is then offered for the biffs.
what you mean when i start basic i'll have to do them?
Dont worry about it anyway, the kind of stuff you got back in primary school and early high school. Far from GCSE and A Level study.
 
#16
Matty0001 said:
welshlad91 said:
Forastero said:
Matty0001 said:
welshlad91 said:
Matty0001 said:
Expect it soon. How far are you through application?
i got my selection at lichfield on the 14th of august and my recruiter hasn't asked me to go back to AFCO and i've had my joining instructions and travel warrant?
Sounds like you've got away with not having to do it.
Don't bet on it, they quite often do them at the ATR. Remedial training is then offered for the biffs.
what you mean when i start basic i'll have to do them?
Dont worry about it anyway, the kind of stuff you got back in primary school and early high school. Far from GCSE and A Level study.
oh right ok no worries :)
 
#17
Hi guys and gals,

Just an update....

I've done my BARB test, I also done the literacy and numerical test straight after the BARB too so kinda glad that's over and done with.

Can't remember what score I had but I had a hell of a lot jobs/trades available to me, however I've decided that the Air Corps is for me! :D

I've got an appointment this afternoon with the doctors to go through the medical forms then visiting the opticians tonight for a new prescription and getting that form filled in too so hopefully tomorrow I can hand it all back and await my 1st interview....

Anyway although I'm not far into the application if anyone has any questions or anything then by all means ask away or PM me......I know how I felt before doing the test!

I'll try and keep you all updated on my progress as I go along (or not if I get comments in here saying 'who cares' etc)
 
#19
Having now done the BARB, Literacy and Numerical tests.....I would recommend the sites mentioned above to help you out with revision for the Literacy and Numerical tests.

For the BARB test also I would defiantly get this book and work through the question, more than once!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0340926554/?tag=armrumser-21


If like me you were not nervous about the tests, the website provided will help you out a lot but fear not, the literacy and numerical tests ARE NOT pass or fail anyway. They're only done so the army can get an idea what level you are at. They're are 4 levels to work through and as you go up to the next level the questions get that little bit harder.


Quick question also please.....I'm going to call into my local AFCO this afternoon after work and hand in my medical forms all filled in, however does anyone have any idea what the next stage is? Am I right in thinking it's an interview with you recruitment sergeant? If so is it normally or likely to be soon??

Thanks everyone
 

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