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Royal Navy Tests

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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 ability tests, candidates are invited for a 45-minute virtual interview with an Area Careers Liaison Officer (ACLO).

The basis of this interview is to discuss the application form a candidate has submitted and assess suitability for a role within the Royal Navy.

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 around a 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 are also asked.

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.

Royal Navy medical and fitness tests

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 medical tests consist of a comprehensive medical assessment and eye test, and are undertaken by an approved Ministry of Defence Doctor. 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 NSRT tests or upon completion of these tests.

Pre-Royal Navy Course

This is a four-day assessment for those applying to ratings level roles. The assessment course is 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.

Candidates are invited to the Pre-Royal Navy Course (PRNC) either when waiting for their entry date or once an entry date has been confirmed.

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Royal Navy Tests FAQs

How is the NSRT scored?

Each ability test within the NSRT 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 NSRT hard?

The NSRT 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.

How long does the NSRT take to complete?

Each ability test within the NSRT has a specific time limit.

  • Reasoning test: 9 minutes
  • Verbal ability test: 9 minutes
  • Numerical reasoning test: 16 minutes
  • Mechanical reasoning test: 10 minutes

The combined time to complete all four of the ability tests that comprise the NSRT test is 44 minutes in total.

What is the pass mark for the NSRT?

Each branch determines its pass mark for the NSRT. 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 NSRT.

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What our customers say about our Royal Navy tests

  • 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