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I invite you to take advantage of free examples of the Royal Air Force Aptitude Tests and receive JobTestPrep expert tips so that you know what to expect. The Royal Air Force (RAF) is a highly regarded place to launch or develop your career, as it offers stability, prestige and plenty of opportunities. Therefore, many people nationwide are willing to join the RAF, putting forward applications and competing with each other for a limited amount of positions every year.


The selection process of the RAF is rigorous. First, you must meet specific physical and medical standards, such as being within a 17 to 32 BMI range depending on gender and age, and being of a specific minimum height depending on your desired placement. There are also minimum requirements for eyesight, with the standard being +/- 6 dioptres.

Next, there is a fitness test that generally includes a 2.4 km run, press-ups and sit-ups. Again, the time frame in which the run must be completed and the minimum number for the other exercises depends on gender and age.

If you have met all these requirements, you are eligible for the next step – taking the Airmen Selection Test, also known as the AST. The AST is a suite of seven aptitude tests, each focusing on a different set of cognitive skills. It is a very challenging exam, that demands full concentration and high accuracy. Your performance in the AST will be crucial not only for your admittance into the Royal Air Force, but also for determining which placements you will be offered, hence for your entire future. And this is where we step in.


Our RAF Airmen Selection Test pack, which has recently been updated to faithfully reflect the changes in the test itself, is designed to provide you with the best practice and the most effective tools. It also contains detailed and clear explanations in order to enhance your understanding and ensure your success in the AST.

Remember, excellent preparation is key to stellar results. Our practice tests can help you arrive on the test at your best. 

 

RAF AST Sample Question - Numerical reasoning

RAF sample question - numerical

A) £59.13
B) £77.80
C) £66.80
D) £50.77
E) £61.13

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is (A) - £59.13

A student ticket to the Louvre costs: €14. There were 2 students in the family, one of them bought his ticket online (saving 20%). That means that one student paid full price: €14 while the other student paid 80% of the original price: €14*(80/100)= €14*0.8: €14 + €14*0.8 = €25.2 An adult ticket to the Louvre costs: €16. There were 3 adults in the family, two of them bought their tickets online (saving 20%). That means that one adult paid full price: €16 while the other two adults paid 80% of the original price: 2*€16*(80/100) = €32*0.8 €16 + €16*0.8 + €16*0.8 = €41.6 A senior ticket to the Louvre costs: €11. There was one senior in the family. Therefore, the total family's-costs to the Louvre: €25.2 + €41.6 + €11 = €77.8 Notice that the question asks you to calculate the total cost in GBP. Therefore, use the appropriate exchange rate, according to the second table: €77.8*0.76=£59.13

 


RAF Airmen Selection Test – General Information

The Royal Air Force aptitude tests are designed to evaluate a range of cognitive abilities. Each test measures specific elements of the cognitive process that have been identified as important for training and job success. They are administered as the RAF Airmen Selection Test, abbreviated as AST. The AST is computer-based, but advanced computer-operating skills are not required. Before the exam begins, you will receive directions describing how to fill out each section, including the RAF practice questions which are intended to reinforce your understanding of what must be done. The assessment scores specify your potential for success during professional training in different branches; however, depending on your branch choice, the RAF aptitude test score requirements vary. Therefore, it is recommended to thoroughly prepare for each and every section on the RAF entry exam.

 

RAF Airmen Selection Test Structure

The Airmen Selection Test consists of seven parts, each concerning a different set of skills. There are 148 questions in total.

  • Verbal Reasoning – In this part, there are 20 question items which test your reading comprehension. Each item consists of a short passage you must read, followed by questions related to it. Most questions are not too difficult. However, they require the ability to pay attention to detail and filter relevant data. You will have 15 minutes to complete this section.
  • Numerical Skills – This part includes two sub-sections: basic arithmetic and data interpretation. The first sub-section, containing 12 questions, concerns the use of the four basic operations, decimals and fractions. You have 4 minutes to complete it. The second sub-section has 15 questions involving tables and graphs, and requires 11 minutes to complete.

 

Sample Question - Numerical Skills

The ferry is the most popular route to travel between Helsinki and Tallinn. Many tourists and businessmen prefer that route.

Helsinki Ferry

The table below shows the departure times of three ferry lines operating between Tallinn and Helsinki.

RAF sample question

Which of the following will allow Sven to leave Tallinn on Sunday morning to attend a Bar festival 15 minutes from the Helsinki dock that starts at 12:00 at the cheapest price?

A) 07:35 Tallink Silja
B) 08:35 Tallink Silja
C) 10:00 Tallink Silja
D) 07:30 Viking Line
E) 09:00 Eckerö Line

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is (D) - 07:30 Viking Line

Looking at the table, at the Sat-Sun columns and the relevant 'cost' tabs, you can see that the cheapest Sat-Sun ticket is of Viking Line. This directs you to focus on the answer options dealing Viking Line and see if there is a fit. Only answer-option (D) suggest Viking Line as an option for Sven's travel. According to this answer-option Sven should take the 7:30 Viking Line ferry, which can be found on the Sat-Sun column and it allows him to reach the Bar-festival by 10:00 (2 hours and 15 minutes on the ferry and another 15 minutes drive to the Bar-festival) which is long before 12:00. Therefore, it is the correct answer.
Answer-option (A) suggest that Sven should take the 07:35 Tallink Silja ferry. However, according to the table this traveling time in this ferry line is found on the Mon-Fri column, which you are to ignore, and therefore, eliminate this answer-option.
Answer-option (B) suggest that Sven should take the 08:35 Tallink Silja ferry. Although, according to the table this traveling time is found on the Sat-Sun column, it can be seen that its ticket is more expensive (€55) than that of the Sat-Sun Viking Line ticket (€50), and therefore, eliminate this answer-option.
Answer-option (C) suggest that Sven should take the 10:00 Tallink Silja ferry. However, Sven has a total travel time of 2 hours and 15 minutes, which means that he arrives at the Bar-festival at 12:15, 15 minutes past due time. Therefore, eliminate this answer-option.
Answer-option (E) suggest that Sven should take the 09:00 Eckerö Line ferry. However, not only Eckerö Line offers the most expensive ticket (€70) on the Sat-Sun travel, there is no ferry in the time mentioned. Therefore, eliminate this answer-option.

 

  • Work Rate – Here you are presented with a table containing three rows - letters, numbers and shapes. Thus, each column is a combination of three items – one of each type. You will be given 20 sequences of codes, for which you will be required to indicate the correct alternative combination. This part takes 4 minutes to complete.

Sample Question - Work Rate

Sample Question - Work Rate

Answer and Explanation

The correct answer is (C) - ✕✔3

According to the question,
'G' can be coded as either '6' or '✕'
'N' can be coded as either '5' or '✔'
'J' can be coded as either '3' or '✱'
Therefore, look for the answer-option that contains any combination of either one of the two possible codes each letter has.
Only answer-option (C) contains such a combination.

Sample question - answer

In answer-options (A), '✚' is an alternative codes for 'A', making the code 'G N A' and therefore, can be eliminated.
In answer options (B), both '6' and '✕' are alternative codes for 'G', making the code 'G N G', and therefore, can be eliminated.
In answer option (D), both '3' and '✱' are alternative codes for 'J' and '✚' is an alternative code for 'A', making the code 'J J A'. Moreover, the code starts with 'J' instead of 'G' (as the original code suggests), and therefore, can be eliminated.
In answer option (E), '9' is an alternative code for 'A' making the code 'N A G'. Moreover, the code starts with 'N' instead of 'G' (as the original code suggests), and therefore, can be eliminated.

 

  • Spatial Reasoning – This part contains two sub-sections. The first is made of 10 questions that measure your 2D orientation skills – your will be given 4 minutes to reconstruct shapes which are broken into pieces. The second sub-section assesses your 3D orientation skills. You will be presented with three-dimensional shapes viewed from different angles and asked to indicate the ones that change only the perspective (and not the type of shape itself). You will have 10 questions, and 3 minutes to answer them.
  • Electrical Comprehension – This part of the exam is based on elementary electrical concepts that are part of GCSE-level physics. There are 21 questions and 11 minutes to answer them.
  • Mechanical Reasoning – While this section, too, is based on GCSE-level physics, it focuses on mechanical principles, such as energy, forces and motion, levers, screws, pulleys and so on. You will be given 10 minutes to complete 20 questions.
  • Memory – This test consists of two parts, each containing 10 questions. In the first part, you will be shown a sequence of letters, one at a time. Afterwards, you will be shown two of those letters and required to indicate how many letters were shown between them originally. The second part examines your ability to remember patterns. You will be presented with a sequence of blue grids (2 or 3), each with several yellow squares in it, one at a time. Subsequently you will be shown several other, more complex grids, and asked to indicate which one represents the combination of the original grids displayed in the sequence.

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