About the Irish Army Tests

The recruitment process to the Irish army consists of three steps. The candidate will complete an application following which, if the minimum requirements are met, the candidate will be asked to sit a psychometric test.

Irish army aptitude tests contain three kinds of tests:

  • Verbal reasoning – Used to assess candidates' ability to comprehend, analyse, and interpret written text, usually in true/false/cannot say formats.
  • Numerical reasoning – These tests are usually used to assess the test taker's ability to make decisions and inferences based on numerical data.
  • Diagrammatic reasoning tests – These tests examine the ability to solve problems in three areas: Diagrammatic series, diagrammatic thinking, and diagrammatic reasoning.

The Irish air force run an extra psychology test to test the psychological state of mind of cadets of officers they recruit, and the apprenticeship applicants are put forward for an additional psychometric test - mechanical comprehension. This test examines the understanding of physics relating to mechanical concepts such as forces, motion and energy.

Cadetship recruitments "Officers" are all followed by a job simulation test and require higher scores in the psychometric tests. Practice is of the essence.

The Irish army personality test is actually the SHL OPQ 32 test. This personality test examines a large number of qualities, enabling the Irish army to objectively assess the candidate's personality and better suit him to a position.

 


Interview

The Irish army final interview is led by a panel of civilian and army members. During the interview, you will be asked to provide examples of different incidents demonstrating competency. For example, tell about a time when you were asked to organize a project of some sort.

It is recommended that you read the areas of competency on the Irish army website as they vary from the Army Cadet, the Naval Service Cadet and the Air Corps.

The cadetship recruitment process is rather similar for Army, Naval, and Air Crop services. Please note that there are a few additional psychometric tests for which Air Crop cadetship candidates have to sit. This page is of specific interest to Army and Naval cadetship candidates for the Irish army.

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