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Royal Navy test

Roles within the Royal Navy are both physically and mentally demanding. As part of the recruitment process, applicants are required to sit a variety of different tests. These tests assess a candidate’s physical and intellectual ability to determine suitability.

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Royal Navy Virtual Interview

Following the defense aptitude assessment, candidates may be invited for a 45-minute virtual interview with an Area Careers Liaison Officer (ACLO).

The Royal Navy virtual interview is an essential part of the selection process for candidates seeking to join the Royal Navy. The purpose of this interview is to discuss the application form a candidate has submitted and assess suitability for a role within the Royal Navy role and an opportunity for you to demonstrate your motivation, skills, and knowledge.

The interview will likely be conducted in a formal setting at an Armed Forces Career Office (AFCO) or another designated location. It is important to dress appropriately, maintain a professional demeanor, and arrive punctually.

The interviewer will ask questions about your personal and educational background, work experience, and interests. This may include inquiries about your reasons for joining the Royal Navy, your understanding of the chosen role, and your long-term career aspirations.

You will be expected to demonstrate a solid understanding of the Royal Navy’s structure, core values, and operations. The interviewer may ask questions about current Royal Navy deployments, ships, submarines, and aircraft, as well as the history and traditions of the organization.

Depending on the role you are applying for, you may be asked questions specific to that role, such as technical knowledge, required skills, or the challenges you might face in that position.

The interviewer will likely explore your experience and aptitude for teamwork and leadership as well.

Candidates can highlight their skills and experience as relevant to the role applied for. They should also try to demonstrate the skills and necessary qualities for a career in the Royal such as:

  • The ability to work in a team
  • Attention to detail
  • Motivation
  • Good communication skills

Questions include candidate’s commitment to a career in the Royal Navy, what they know about the role they have applied to, and why they want to join.

It is worth noting that candidates applying to Officer level vacancies will be invited to an additional two virtual interviews, one of which is with the Admiralty interview board. These additional two interviews take place after the medical and fitness tests.

Medical and eye test

Roles within the Royal Navy are both mentally and physically demanding. As part of the recruitment process, candidates must undertake a series of medical and fitness tests to further assess their suitability for roles.

The appointment is arranged by Capita Medical and is conducted by a Ministry of Defence-approved doctor.

Royal Navy’s Pre-Joining Fitness Test

The fitness test requires candidates to undertake a 2.4km treadmill run, which needs to be completed in a specific time.

An Army Careers Liaison Officer arranges both the medical and fitness tests.

Depending on application timelines, these tests are conducted at the same time as the DAA tests or upon completion of these tests.

Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)

Once you’ve been assigned an entry date - you’ll need to participate in a 4-day assessment known as the Candidate Preparation Course (CPC) also referred to as the pre Royal Navy course (PRNC). This is a four-day assessment for those applying to ratings level roles. The course is a physical exam, involving a mix of physical tests and assessments to assess a candidate’s suitability for the physical aspects of a career with the Royal Navy.

The types of tests include general fitness, running, swimming, and sharing information on the day-to-day life in the Royal Navy, such as kit maintenance, teamwork, and the discipline required.

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Royal Navy Tests FAQs

How is the DAA scored?

Each ability test within the DAA has a pass mark; this mark is determined by the branch applied to. The more questions answered correctly, the higher the overall score will be.

Is the DAA hard?

The DAA are ability tests. To score well, candidates should practice each of the ability tests under timed conditions. Before sitting the tests, refresh your memory on basic maths and mechanical principles. This means that you will be familiar with the format of the questions, what they are assessing, and the style of questioning.

What is the pass mark for the DAA?

Each branch determines its pass mark for the DAA. You can boost your chances of passing by:

  • Practicing each of the ability tests and simulating test conditions when practicing.
  • Reading the question carefully and making sure you understand what the question is before selecting your answer.
  • Working quickly but accurately can increase your chances of meeting the pass mark for the DAA.

What are the requirements to take the Royal Navy Defence Aptitude Assessment?

You’ll need your own laptop, tablet, or PC, with a minimum screen size of 10.2 inches to ensure the best performance possible.

Where can I practice free DAA tests?

You can practice free tests via the Royal Navy website as well as our own free practice tests.

What happens if I am unsuccessful at passing the DAA?

You can retake the assessment in 28 days up to three times. Your DAA results are held for up to 36 months if you intend to reapply.

What should I do if I can't solve a question on the DAA?

If you don’t know the answer to a question, make an educated guess and then move on to the next question. This increases your chances of completing all questions in the test within the time limit.

How do I find my local AFCO?

You can find your local Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO) using the official search at Royal Navy’s career website.

What's the difference between DAA test and NSRT test?

The NSRT test (Naval Services Recruitment Test) has now been replaced by the DAA (Defence Aptitude Assessment).

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  • Spain

    June 29, 2023

    Visualise the movement between pictures

    Most were easy, I thought there were more than 10 so I rushed it, for the real one I will take my time

  • United Kingdom

    April 11, 2023

    Good questions

    Test questions challenge you which is greatly beneficial

  • United Kingdom

    March 05, 2023

    how the sequences evolve

    I liked this test as it helped me understand the different kinds of tests and sequences that could be out there

  • United Kingdom

    January 06, 2023

    Analyse the patterns

    I liked the way the multiple choice answers were played out however I didn't like how similar each part of the sequence was.

  • United Kingdom

    November 11, 2022


    i liked how they were the same types of questions throughout the test and i also like it got harder as it went on

  • United Kingdom

    August 24, 2022


    easy to follow. the multiple choice answers on the side were slightly annoying as the shapes are underneath the sequence but the answers are on the side.

  • United Kingdom

    June 06, 2022

    Slight differences can also be a major difference

    I like the gradual build-up of how complicated the pictures became, which is perfect for general knowledge on how to know them and solve them.

  • United Kingdom

    April 08, 2022


    Some of the patterns didn't seem to make sense; however, did get you to think for the test in practice.

  • United Kingdom

    March 18, 2022

    Spotting Patterns In Basic Shapes

    I found it a good challenge to develop links between different patterns to decide what would change next