Question Types in the Royal Navy Recruitment Test

An efficient preparation starts with a thorough review of the RT's format and its question types. Review the list of topics that appear in the test and learn how to tackle your weaknesses.
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The Royal Navy test includes 4 sub-tests. Below we have gathered important information about the content of each subtest and about the nature of each type of question, with useful tips and advice.


The first part of the RT tests your ability to understand and process information in the fields of verbal, spatial and numerical reasoning. In most cases you would be asked to spot logical relationships between words, shapes or numbers.

There are a few types of questions in this section:

  • Word relationships – Require you to define the relationship between two words and then find the most suitable word among the answers to build a similar relationship with the question word. Practicing word relationships using our online practice test, would help you define relationships faster and more accurately.
  • Shape analogies – Require you to define the relationship between two shapes and then find the most suitable figure among the answers to make the same relationship with the question figure.
  • Number series  Require you to identify the missing number/s in a sequence. To do this, you have to figure out the logical rule behind the series of numbers. Some of the ways to identify a rule are available for review under the HELP button inside our practice tests
  • Synonyms – Require you to choose the answer whose meaning resembles the question word most accurately.
  • Antonyms – Require you to choose the answer with the opposite meaning .
  • Shape matching – The question displays an original shape and a test shape, which was cut from the original shape. You are required to find a shape that if matched with the question shape would make the original shape exactly.

You can find more information on how to do better on the Reasoning sub-test using the HELP button in our online practice test.

Verbal Ability

The verbal sub-test evaluates your English proficiency. It requires a rich vocabulary and a strong grasp of grammar and syntax.

There are a few types of questions in this section:

  • Sentence completion – Displays a sentence with a missing word. You need to find the most suitable word among the answers.
  • Word families – You need to find the word that includes all other words by meaning.
  • Word completions – the test word makes a real word when attached to 4 of the words in the answers. You need to find the one that do not make a real word with the test word.
  • Rephrasing sentences – one out of five sentences holds a completely different meaning, while all others are simply rephrased in confusing ways.

It is important to practice verbal proficiency as much as you can in order to be familiar with the question types and improve your response times.


The numeracy sub-test is designed to test your ability to manipulate numbers in a basic level.

There are a few types of questions in this section:

  • Basic arithmetic functions – addition, multiplication, etc.
  • Geometr implementation of area and perimeter formulas.
  • Fractions and Decimals – adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying fractions. Converting fractions to decimals, etc. 
  • Rounding numbers – rounding numbers to a specified number of significant figures.
  • Percentages – understanding the concept of percentage and calculating percentages.
  • Clock Questions – Calculating angles between the hands of a clock.

Some useful reviews of these topics is available in our numeracy booklet which is included in the online practice pack.

Mechanical Reasoning

The mechanical sub-test is designed to test your knowledge and understanding of basic concepts in physics: 

  • Mechanical concepts – ballistics, velocity of objects, powers, pressure, etc.
  • Electric Concepts – basic understanding of the electrical circuit - voltage, current, resistance, and some basic laws of electrostatics.

A useful review of these topics is available in our mechanical reasoning booklet which is provided with the online practice pack.

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