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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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Sample Royal Navy Tests question Test your knowledge!

On board a vessel, you observe that when a vertical force is applied to a lever at a distance of 0.5 meters from the fulcrum on one side, a weight of 10 kg is lifted on the other side at 1 meter from the fulcrum. If the force needed to lift the weight is adjusted to act at 0.25 meters from the fulcrum, what is the minimum force required to lift the same weight?

  • 40 Newtons
  • 20 Newtons
  • 10 Newtons
  • 80 Newtons

During a reconnaissance mission, you notice that every time your ship increases its speed by 10%, the time taken for the journey decreases by a specific proportion. If the ship's speed is increased by 10% and this results in a time decrease of 5 minutes for a journey that initially takes 1 hour, by what percentage of the original time does each 10% increase in speed decrease the journey time?

  • 8.33%
  • 10%
  • 12.5%
  • 9.09%

In an operation briefing, you are presented with a logical sequence where each step involves a rotation and a shift in the position of icons. If the current step shows that the 'anchor' icon that was at the top left has moved to the bottom left and rotated 90 degrees clockwise, which of the following could represent the next step in this sequence?

  • The 'anchor' icon moved to the bottom right and rotated another 90 degrees clockwise.
  • The 'anchor' icon returned to the top left with no additional rotation.
  • The 'anchor' icon moved to the top right and rotated 180 degrees clockwise.
  • The 'anchor' icon stayed in the bottom left and rotated 270 degrees clockwise.

Intelligence reports have determined that an enemy vessel has increased the depth of its diving by 20% which now registers at 240 meters below sea level. What was the vessel's previous recorded depth?

  • 200 meters
  • 220 meters
  • 260 meters
  • 180 meters

After reading a series of statements in an intel report, you determine that some contradicting information about an opposing fleet can't both be true. If Statement 1 says, 'The fleet is operating in international waters,' but Statement 2 claims, 'The fleet is within 12 nautical miles of the coast,' what conclusion can you draw based on maritime law?

  • Both statements cannot be true; one of them is false.
  • Both statements could be true simultaneously.
  • The statements are about different fleets, hence do not contradict.
  • The statements are incomplete and more information is needed to draw a conclusion.

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Royal Navy Tests Tips

1Familiarize Yourself with the Test Types

Understanding the nature of the assessments you’ll face when applying for the Royal Navy is the first crucial step. Whether it’s cognitive tests, situational judgement tests, or problem-solving exercises, having a grip on the style and format of questions will help you feel more at ease. Start by taking various practice tests available on Practice Aptitude Tests to get a handle on what to expect.

2Brush Up On Core Skills

Given the mental agility needed for the Royal Navy, brushing up on basic mathematics, logical reasoning, and verbal comprehension will go a long way. You can find targeted practice drills on Practice Aptitude Tests that focus on these key areas. Regular practice of these core skills will make the actual test-taking experience far less daunting.

3Work on Your Timing

Many aptitude tests are not just about getting the answer right; they’re also about how quickly you can arrive at the correct solution. Use the timed practice tests on Practice Aptitude Tests to improve your speed without sacrificing accuracy. This will help you manage your time effectively during the real thing.

4Stay Calm Under Pressure

The pressures of a test environment can skew your performance. It’s important to practice staying calm under simulated test conditions. Techniques such as deep breathing or positive visualization can be very helpful. Try taking tests in a timed, exam-like setting on Practice Aptitude Tests to build that mental resilience.

5Monitor Your Progress

As you practice, keep track of your performance. Identify areas where you excel and areas that require more attention. With the analytics on Practice Aptitude Tests, you can monitor your improvements over time, focus your study efforts where needed, and gauge when you’re ready to take on the real tests.

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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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What our customers say about our Royal Navy tests

  • 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