The BARB test

#1
Hi All,

New user, if i am on the wrong froum, apologies.

Can any let me know what is the higest score someone can get on the BARB test. Or what constitutes a high score. I recently got 59.

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Auld-Yin

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#2
BARBed wire?
 
#3
Then you are "thick as fcuk" mate :D

Seriously though, I have no idea on the new entrance test. What do you want to do ?, have you asked the ACIO if you scored enough to do it ?

I would advise you ask them, and if you want to join a Corps and get a trade, and they try fob you off with Infantry (no offence lads !), then ask to retake it (If you think you are bright enough).
 
#4
Have not made my mind up. Recruiting Sgt said the score was high enough for RMP and Int Corp, although he mentioned i would have to further tests for the Int corps.
 

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eako said:
Have not made my mind up. Recruiting Sgt said the score was high enough for RMP and Int Corp, although he mentioned i would have to further tests for the Int corps.
This has to be a p i s s take - high enough for RMP & Int :!: :!: :!: :!: :wink:

You will probaBly have to take further tests for the ACF :p
 
#6
Don't just do a "suck and see"

You need to have a firm idea of what you want to do, otherwise you will:

a. Do the minimum time and bin it because you're not happy.

b. Re-trade and find yourself 2 or 3 years behind your peers.

c. End up after 9 years bitter and twisted.

Give it a lot of thought, it's your life and your career.
 
#7
[quote="Auld-Yin]This has to be a p i s s take - high enough for RMP & Int :!: :!: :!: :!: :wink:

You will probaBly have to take further tests for the ACF :p[/quote]


Believe me mate, i've served with the RMP some of them are thicker than Jamie Oliver, and thats saying something.
 
#8
Would appreciate it if someone who any idea of my original question would post a reply.

Auld-Yin (Kn0b Jockey), you need a score of 55 for the Int corps, this in know.

What I don’t know is what the highest score is. This is purely for my own personal interest.

Mighty_ Blighty, cheers. It’s a big move, one I wont take lightly!
 
#9
Would appreciate it if someone who any idea of my original question would post a reply.

Auld-Yin (Kn0b Jockey), you need a score of 55 for the Int corps, this in know.

What I don’t know is what the highest score is. This is purely for my own personal interest.

Mighty_ Blighty, cheers. It’s a big move, one I wont take lightly!
 
#11
If you took the BARB test, your recruiter will sit you down afterwards and give you a list of what you are able to apply for. We here at ARRSE, have no clue of the top of our head what you can do; ask the guy who gets payed to deal with your dumbass.

Cheers 2CB
 
#12
The score you get from the BARB test is referred to as GTI - General trainability index. The BARB programme itself is quite aggressive and contrary to popular belief it is not just a measure of how many questions you can get right. Other factors include; time taken on each question, how many you answer and whether you take longer on harder questions. My ACIO Sgt told me that even the frontline recruiters have difficulty in understanding fully how it all works.

The highest score of which I know is 81. The high scores average around 75 to 85. 59 will open up most trades to you and despite comments about your thick if you get 59 bear in mind that the lowest score for a job in the Army is 28. On average, most lads in the Infantry average around the 30's. Not all mind, I know 2 people who got roughly 70 (the figure escapes me at the moment) and opted for Infantry despite other jobs being open to them.

The thing to remember about the BARB test is that it is only ONE method of determining suitability and should not be considered the be all end all marker of your worth in the British Army. I would consider it one hurdle out of the way with others (more important IMO) to come.

S.A.M.
 
#13
I dunno about the highest but I got 68 and along with my qualifications they said that made me eligible for any job.
 
#15
Rumour has it that some random Scot scored 99 in the BARB yesterday. No upper limit on scoring, so no doubts that there are some canny folk (my money on Scousers) popping out triple figures.
Don't take the scoring too seriously, if you pass then you pass. Sitting in front of a computer playing games is always going to be the easier hurdle, probably why you do it first :)
 
#16
I did it the week before last and got 74

THe list the ACIO gave me was around 1and a half pages long listing the positions i was eligible for.When i told him i wanted to go infantry he seemed to then try to persuade me towards a trade because of my BARB score and because my GCSE's are decent grades.Dont let them sway you away from what you want to do cuz at the end of the day its you thats gonna do the service.

On the list it also shows how many people have been recruited to each position in the latest recruitment and how many they aim for on the next.
 
#18
Can't remember what I got, but judging by some of our officers it's all one great bloody lottery anyway. "Well done son, you must be dead intelligent, cos you guessed where that little ball thing was going to land on the screen. Fancy a job at Whitehall? By the way, tell Papa I said hello."

ARSE
 
#19
skintboymike said:
Can't remember what I got, but judging by some of our officers it's all one great bloody lottery anyway. "Well done son, you must be dead intelligent, cos you guessed where that little ball thing was going to land on the screen. Fancy a job at Whitehall? By the way, tell Papa I said hello."

ARSE
and you are?
 
#20
There is no " Highest score " as you so put it. Your results are collated along with all the other potential recruits who have taken the test. A score is then allocated with reference to everyone else's score in comparison to your own. I personally got 73. A mate of mine who was in basic with me - before he DAOR - got 91 and that is the highest i have heard so far in my relatively short time in the military. Maybe someone else with more experience that i can give you more info. With regards to being uncertain, 59 is high enough for all careers in the army - rmp i think is 60 so i was told. You have to be certain of your career choice or like mighty said you will probably re capbadge. I have just changed from rmp to reme in basic and there is a lot of work to do before you get it - predominantly on my training team who i am grateful to. so get your decision first right time and you will not have any problems
 

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