Aptitude tests

Like many employers, the NZDF uses tests as part of their selection process. The tests provide us with information about how you might perform in a particular job. This helps us place you into jobs that match your abilities. Most people, however, are naturally nervous about tests.

This is designed to introduce you to the tests and help you prepare for them.

Copies of the aptitude tests can be found below under the files tab.

  • What sort of tests will you have to sit?

    There are four tests in the NZDF recruiting test series, but you may have to sit only some of these, depending on your choice of trade and service. If you have sat any of the tests before, tell the recruiter, as you may not have to sit them again.

    The sample questions will be similar to those featured in the tests. You should find a quiet place - free from noise or interruption, and work through this handout.

  • What can you do to prepare for the test session?

    Between now and the test session:

    Revise your school algebra and trigonometry. 

    Do word and number puzzles, and simple crosswords.

    Practise with lots of examples, but don't use a calculator. 

    When practising, set yourself time limits.

    Immediately Before the test session:

    Get plenty of sleep the night before.

    Find out exactly where the test venue is and check what time you have to be there.

    Give yourself plenty of time to get to the venue.

  • What to do during the test session?

    At the test session:

    Listen carefully to the instructions.

    If you are unsure about any of the instructions, ask questions.

    Before the first test is given, you will be required to fill in a sheet giving your permission for information (including test results) to be used by NZDF personnel.

    On the top of each answer sheet you will be required to record your name, age, the date of testing, and the trade you are applying for.

    Read each of the questions carefully before answering.