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peppergunner

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Hello everybody,

I have been studying for about a month now and my ASTB test date is July 30th! I have been using every scrap of delicious gouge this amazing community has provided but I am having trouble getting my mind around some of the mechanical comprehension concepts.

I just want to make sure I fully grasp the concepts so I can do the problems and calculations with more understanding. I have found I can get practice questions correct but not completely comprehend the theory and reasoning behind it. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!

Happy Independence Day!!!
There are some good playlists on YouTube if you just search for 'ASTB'.

Also, there's a point where you can't really absorb more information before a test. Especially with mechanical concepts, you might need lots of practice with them to have them sink in. Sometimes on the test, its better to look at the question and think about what answer makes sense rather than rushing to throw some numbers down on your scratch paper first thing.
 
There are some good playlists on YouTube if you just search for 'ASTB'.

Also, there's a point where you can't really absorb more information before a test. Especially with mechanical concepts, you might need lots of practice with them to have them sink in. Sometimes on the test, its better to look at the question and think about what answer makes sense rather than rushing to throw some numbers down on your scratch paper first thing.
Thank you sir! I greatly appreciate it! Some of the videos I have looked up jump right into the calculations and I am like, "Woah Nelly!"
I will definitely think about this!
 
Which way is the arrow pointing?

South.

So you're heading south.

If you're heading south, and the question asks you to identify the south parking lot, the south parking lot is directly in front of you, since that's the direction you're going.
Yea i spent way too long trying to figure that out. Finally nailed it. Only got one wrong on the exam because I just spaced. But yea, thanks for the help
 
Thank you so much. I have been studying this forum like a madman these past couple of weeks!
Those notes were excellent; thanks for sharing, hairbair96 and Jacob1792. Unfortunately, it took quite a while for my profile to get approved, so I didn't get to look at them till after taking the exam.

Tip for those taking only the OAR — the Mechanical Comprehension is included in this test ! Somehow it wasn't clear that this segment was included on the OAF and somehow I didn't have the time to read all 290 pages of this forum ?, so I didn't study it. Which equaled a score of 53. Oh well. Recruiter said that it's good enough to proceed, but still... Don't we all tend want to do better than we to do ?

Good luck to all of you !
 
How many degrees are in an angle that is 20 degrees less than 4 times it's supplement?

I'm a little late to the party, but I tutor high school algebra and pre-calc.
I would set it up a different way. Instead of having two variables, try putting everything in terms of X. Set one angle (the supplement) as X-20, and set the other angle gets set as 4X

You know, because they are supplementary, they have to add up to 180. By that logic, you can say:

(X-20) + 4X = 180

5X = 200

X=40

So your angle is 20 degrees, and the supplement is 160.
 
Hello everybody,

I have been studying for about a month now and my ASTB test date is July 30th! I have been using every scrap of delicious gouge this amazing community has provided but I am having trouble getting my mind around some of the mechanical comprehension concepts.

I just want to make sure I fully grasp the concepts so I can do the problems and calculations with more understanding. I have found I can get practice questions correct but not completely comprehend the theory and reasoning behind it. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!

Happy Independence Day!!!
I'm a mechanical engineering major outside of Louisville, I might be able to help you out with some mechanical comprehension stuff. I need a refresher as well so we could probably study together. lmk
 
I took the ASTB at the beginning of July and scored a 54, 5/4/5. Any suggestions on how to improve my scores. I know about the compass trick, wondering if anybody had any other tips.
 

peppergunner

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I took the ASTB at the beginning of July and scored a 54, 5/4/5. Any suggestions on how to improve my scores. I know about the compass trick, wondering if anybody had any other tips.
Read the last 20 pages of this thread and commit to 2 hours of studying every day until you can retest in 3 months.

For the PFOAR, play some video games with an intermediate Y axis.

For AQR, study more ANIT or work on your Math/Mechanics...or both.

For Nav, practice your speed with the compass rose trick.
 
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