Preparing for your aptitude testing for ADF's YOU Session (GAT test) & interview - including full practice aptitude tests, example test questions, 1-on-1 tutoring & test tips

The Institute of Psychometric Coaching will ensure you are well prepared for your ADF YOU Session aptitude testing (GAT) and your 4-hour psychological assessment session.

  • Online practice aptitude testing for ADF's YOU Session with step by step answer explanations.

  • Practice aptitude tests for ADF's YOU Session are timed as in your real test.

  • Developed by expert Australian Psychometricians

  • Online course for your aptitude testing for ADF's YOU Session.

  • 1-on-1 tutoring delivered by experienced Australian Psychometric test trainers in our offices or Skype live.

What the aptitude testing for ADF's YOU Session includes:

  • a timed General Ability Test (GAT)
  • a timed Mathematical Ability Test

The aim of psychological testing is to determine what skills and abilities candidates have and then to match the ADF jobs that require these same sets of skills and abilities.

What to expect in your aptitude testing for ADF’s YOU Session:

  • You will be asked to sit ADF’s YOU Session aptitude tests online from a room at the recruitment centre.
  • You are not allowed to use a calculator or a dictionary of any kind during any of your aptitude tests.
  • During the test session, you will be provided with pencils, eraser and writing paper.

Why is your preparation for aptitude testing for ADF's YOU Session so crucial:

The outcome of your aptitude testing for ADF provides the special ADF recruiters with a good understanding of your aptitudes, abilities and underlying knowledge. With this information, they can assist you in identifying an occupation for which you are best suited.

Typically, you only have two chances at ADF’s aptitude testing. Failure to reach the thresholds in these tests twice in a row would make it almost impossible for you to have a career with the ADF.

How we prepare you for your aptitude testing for ADF's YOU Session:

ADF's YOU Session General Ability Test (GAT):

This test has 75 test questions and you only have 30 minutes to complete it. This is a very difficult task to complete in such a short time.

The test measures your cognitive ability in three key areas using 3 types of test questions:

1. Verbal test questions in the aptitude testing for ADF (General Ability Test):

This type of questions in you r GAT test measures your verbal analytical skills. Test questions in this section include several styles - word analogy, word meanings, word code, synonyms and antonyms, etc.

For example, the following style of question is word analogy. 

Car is to Road as Boat is to?

a. Metal

b. Passengers

c. Floating

d. Sea

The correct answer is Sea, as the car drives on the road and a boat sails on water or in the sea to reach a destination.

Another example for a word code style of verbal test question is:

In a certain code 'PICTURE' is written as 'SLFWXUH'. Using the same code, how would 'BRIDGE' be written?

1. EGDIRB

2. EULGJH

3. AQHCFD

4. FHEJSC

In this case, the coding is that each letter is replaced with a letter that is 3 places higher in the alphabet. For example, B is replaced with E and R is replaced with U, I is replaced with L and so on. Therefore, BRIDGE becomes EULGJH.

2. Numerical test questions in your aptitude testing for ADF's General Ability Test:

This type of test questions measures your numerical analytical skills. Test questions in this section include: number series, work problems, simple maths, etc.

Let's review the following example, which is a number series style of test question.

You are presented with a number series: 1, 3, 9, 27, ? 

What is the next number?

To answer this question we need to find what the pattern of the specific sequence of numbers is. In this case, it is fairly simple to identify that the each consecutive number is a product of the previous number multiplied by 3: 1 x 3 = 3 then 3 x 3 = 9. Therefore, the next number is 27 x 3 = 81.

The numerical component of ADF's General Ability Test includes also some simple arithmetic calculations to measure your ability to use simple numerical or arithmetical formulas such as adding numbers, multiplying numbers, fractions and decimal numbers.

Let's review the following example, what is the value of 0.02 x 0.40?

a. 0.8

b. 0.08

c. 0.008

d 0.0008

To answer this question you need to know how to work with decimal numbers. When multiplying decimal numbers we can do a simple multiplication without the decimals but then we need to count the number of decimal places we have in both numbers to determine where the decimal point should be. In our case, we can do a simple 2 x 4 = 8 then count the number of places after the decimal point for both numbers - 4 places. therefore, the correct answer is 0.008 as it has the number 8 three places after the decimal point,

3. Abstract test questions in your aptitude testing for ADF's General Ability Test:

This type of test questions measures your abstract analytical skills. Test questions in this section include a group od shapes either as a matrix of 3 by 3 or just a list of horizontal shapes. Each group of shapes has one or more patterns or logical rules that determin the specific position and what each shape contains. The typical questions for a group of shapes are: Which figure is next? Which figure is the odd one out? What is the missing figure?

Let's review the following example, here we can see a list of 3 shapes presented horizontaly. The question is what is the next shape in this series?

To answer this question we need to find the patterns or logical rules that make up this list of shapes going from left to right. When reviewing the three shapes we can identify the following patterns:

1. The X moves from left to right every step.

2. The circle rotates clockwise every step.

3. The external lines and one line inside the square rotate anticlockwise every step.

As the next shape must incorporate all three patterns, the X must be on the right side, circle on the left side and lines on the bottom and two sides.

Let's review an example for a 3 by 3 matrix abstract question. In this question there are 8 shapes in a 3 by 3 table. The 9th shape is missing and your task is to find what it is based on the other shapes.


To solve this question, we need to find the logical rules that apply to the shapes going from left to right or top to bottom. We can see that in each cell in each row contains a black rectangle or box. The last cell in each row is a combination of the first two boxes of the first and second cells. So, if we look at our top row, the first two black boxes in first and middle cells are combined in the last cell to create a vertical black rectangle. Therefore, the missing shape is a full black box which is a combination of the two horizontal black rectangles.

 

ADF's YOU Session Psychological Interview:

The last component of your YOU Session is going to be a Psychological Interview. The interview is designed as a Behavioural Descriptive Interview in which the interviewer checks how  you behaved  in various competency related situations in the past such as at school or with friends. It’s a well structure interview where questions are designed according to skills and competencies required for the ADF . Your response determines how well you fit specific jobs that the ADF has to offer you. It is the approach of BDI which differentiates it from other interview techniques.  Unlike situational interview, where interviewees are given a situation and their ability is analysed based on their response, BDI asks you to narrate a situation or incidences from your past experience which demonstrates a particular skill or ability.

IPC’s preparation for your aptitude testing for ADF's YOU Session & Interview:

Our expert psychometric test trainers and mentors prepared for you several efective preparation solutions for you. They include:

Our practice aptitude tests for ADF's YOU Session (GAT):

As each of the abilities (verbal, numerical and abstract) requires a different set of skills, our expert psychometric test trainers designed special preparations for each of the 3 components of your ADF's General Ability Test:

A large pool of practice aptitude verbal tests with question styles tailored to the one in your aptitude testing for ADF (General Ability Test). Taking these practice aptitude tests will get you ready for the verbal component of your aptitude testing for ADF's General Ability Test. Each practice aptitude test includes a timer to mimic the stress in your real test and step by step answer explanations after completing each test.

A large pool of practice aptitude numerical tests with question styles tailored to your aptitude testing for ADF's General Ability Test. Taking these practice aptitude tests will get you ready for the numerical test component of your aptitude testing (GAT). Same as with the practice verbal aptitude tests, each practice aptitude numerical test includes a timer to mimic the stress in your real test and step by step answer explanations after completing each test.

A large pool of practice aptitude abstract tests with question styles tailored to your aptitude testing for ADF's General Ability Test. Taking these practice aptitude tests will get you ready for the abstract test component of our aptitude testing for ADF's General Ability Test. Same as before, each practice aptitude abstract test includes a timer to mimic the stress in your real test and step by step answer explanations after completing each test.

Our test courses for your aptitude testing for ADF's General Ability Test:

  1. Short and practical online courses for the aptitude verbal test,
  2. Short and practical online course for the aptitude numerical test
  3. Short and practical online course for theaptitude  abstract test

Our 1-on-1 tutoring sessions for your aptitude testing for ADF's General Ability Test & Interview:

  • Delivered by our expert psychometric test trainers.
  • Our experts will work with you on strategies and practical techniques to quickly solve ADF's aptitude test questions.
  • We will use examples to ensure that you apply this knowledge into practice.
  • We will also work with you to ensure that you demonstrate your strong points in your interview.

 

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