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Royal Air Force Tests

Royal Air Force Tests

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  • 304 questions
Royal Air Force Tests

The Royal Air Force, or RAF, is one of three branches of the British Armed Forces. It provides incredible training and qualifications to all those enrolled on its prestigious graduate scheme. To join, you’ll need to undergo some of the most demanding tests used today.

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Is the RAF aptitude test hard?

The RAF AST is challenging as it covers a broad range of skills – from written comprehension to numerical skills and electrical and mechanical knowledge – under pressured time conditions. Good scores are needed to impress. With dedicated practice, however, you can feel confident across all areas of the assessment come the day of the test.

What should I wear to my RAF aptitude test?

When attending your local AFCO to sit the test, the RAF requests you wear smart clothing. Sportswear, t-shirts, jeans or trainers are not permitted. It is recommended that women wear flat or low-heeled shoes.

Remember that – whether correct or not – how you present yourself will likely be viewed as a reflection upon your professionalism, personality and character. Seek to make a good first impression by following the clothing rules.

How long are the RAF aptitude tests?

Each section of the RAF AST varies in relation to the number of questions set and the time given. Some sections only allocate 4 minutes, whereas others allow for a less frenetic pace with a 15-minute time allowance. All sections will need to be completed at a substantial pace – while not compromising accuracy – to secure the points to pass. In total, the test takes around 90 minutes to complete.

What happens if you fail the RAF aptitude test?

If you fail to obtain the score required to progress with training in the RAF area you desired, you may be offered a place to train for a different speciality (with a lower score requirement). You will be able to discuss this with a recruiter at the AFCO once you have your results. If you are set on a particular specialism, you will have the chance to retake the test. If, however, you fail for a second time, you will be asked to reapply in a couple of years.

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What our customers say about our Royal Air Force tests

  • United Kingdom

    July 03, 2021

    Only sequence questions

    It only includes sequence questions, whereas on the RAF website the practice test involves a wider range of types of questions.

  • United Kingdom

    May 26, 2021

    basic pattern solving

    I wasn't a fan of the questions where the boxes alternated shapes instead of colours

  • United Kingdom

    May 16, 2021

    Sequences of the puzzles

    I liked that these test my ability to to see patterns in certain things and distinguish discrepancies in the smallest areas

  • United Kingdom

    May 13, 2021

    pattern recognition

    some were a lot easier than others and one was impossible(?)

  • United Kingdom

    May 04, 2021

    Aptitude ability

    I like that it was a little bit challenging at times

  • United Kingdom

    April 27, 2021


    I have no idea what it's asking of me: there is little to no correlation between the box and it's just confusing. However, if the AST tests are like this, then it would definitely be a good way to highlight extremes.

  • United Kingdom

    March 02, 2021

    Keep calm and look for patterns

    A good challenge. Different to previous mock tests I have done and more challenging.

  • United Kingdom

    February 19, 2021

    My first test

    I'm very happy with the explanations given for the correct answers.

  • United Kingdom

    February 18, 2021


    I found this side of the test tough compared to other questions I have studied for the airman test

  • United Kingdom

    February 09, 2021

    Somewhat difficult to understand

    Possibly use numbers as well as symbols to make it easier to understand the patterns of the sequence.