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Psychometric Tests

Psychometric tests aim to measure attributes like intelligence, aptitude and personality. They provide a the Army Officer Selection Board with an insight into how well you work with other people, your ability to cope under pressure, and whether you will be able to handle with the intellectual demands of the job.


The Memory and Attention Test assesses how quickly a you can memorise instructions and procedures and then apply them accurately. As the test progresses, the number and complexity of instructions increases. The test is taken on a computer and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The MAT results can be used to explore a candidate’s pattern of responses and build up a profile of performance. The areas measured are:

Speed of working – the time taken to complete the test

Memory – the number of times a candidate needs to update their memory about the current set of instructions

Accuracy – the number of test screens that are completed correctly in accordance with the current instructions


This assessment, taken on a computer, consists of 200 questions and takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete. The results provide AOSB with an understanding of a candidate’s personality traits and how they influence behaviour. It also provides a personality profile of each candidate. You will be told that there are no right and wrong answers, and candidates must simply answer honestly. You will also be told not to try to give the answers you think AOSB wants or what might seem the “best” answers.

Psychometric tests try to build a profile of your character by bombarding you with questions which ask you how you feel about something. They are said to be able to pick up inconsistencies in your answers because several of the questions, despite being worded differently, are actually asking the same thing. For example, consider these questions that you may be asked:

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Preparing for the Psychometric Tests

Although you will be told that you cannot revise or prepare for a psychometric test, there are tools available that enable you to understand how the responses you give affect the profile that is created.

The Psychometric Test Revision Book is has been compiled by a personal development organisation called How 2 Become who produce a variety of books and media to help people to succeed in beginning a new career. This book contains a bank of questions that you are likely to be asked and highlights how different answers will affect your overall profile.

It contains many different variations of psychometric test questions and key patterns and techniques to be aware of and ultimately improve your score. AOSB will advise you not to read books such as this, but lets be honest - anyone who is serious about wanting to become an Army Officer is going to want to be prepared.

The Psychometric Test Revision Book is available to order direct from the publisher and is currently priced at £4.99. There are many books like this on the market, but this contains a large bank (250 pages) of questions ranging from numerical reasoning tests, verbal reasoning tests, verbal ability tests, spatial reasoning tests and mechanical comprehension tests. There are even tests that are aimed at improving your concentration ability too!

I would also recommend that you try the Psychometric tests downloadable revision material which is available here.