What is the BARB Test?

The British Army Recruit Battery or BARB Test is a computer-based, psychometric assessment that was developed by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) and Plymouth University.

It is a series of timed questions that assess a candidate’s ability to absorb information quickly, accurately and logically. The computer automatically calculates the candidate’s score, based on the number of correct answers and time taken. The final score is referred to as the GTI (General Trainability Index) score.

All potential recruits to the British Army are required to take BARB on application. It consists of five different tests and takes about 30 minutes to complete, using a touch-screen response system.

Further information on the BARB Test and the British Army’s Recruitment and Selection process can be found using the two links:

  1. British Army Recruitment and Selection Overview.
  2. BARB Test: British Army Roles by GTI Score.
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