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1,001 questions about the ASTB (post your scores & ask your questions here!)

Just took the OAR today and scored a 59. Not bad! Thank you everyone who responded to all my silly questions on this gouge.

Advice for future test takers is to go though all the posts in the last year of this gouge. There is a ton of information here. People have uploaded study guides and practice problems and links to online reseources. It's also a great resource for asking questions. Good luck and study hard!
 
Just took the OAR today and scored a 59. Not bad! Thank you everyone who responded to all my silly questions on this gouge.

Advice for future test takers is to go though all the posts in the last year of this gouge. There is a ton of information here. People have uploaded study guides and practice problems and links to online reseources. It's also a great resource for asking questions. Good luck and study hard!
Congrats!!! What are you going for with that score?
 
A 300 lb weight rests on a hydraulic surface with an area of 376 square inches (2 square ft). What force is needed to act upon the smaller surface having an area of 36 square inches (six by six)?

I get 75lbs, using the pressure = force/area formula. But the correct answer is 28.8 lbs.
Keep it in inches and set up the equation as P_1=P_2 so you can balance the system.

P_1=P_2
F_1/A_1=F_2/A_2
F_1/36=300/376
F_1 = 28.7 lbs

I was able to get 75 lbs by using feet and forgetting to divide by 2 here after multiplying 300 by 0.25.
F_1/0.25=300/2
 
If the board to the left was placed in water, in what orientation would it float?


Answer is B higher than A. Can someone explain why? Would they not float at the same level since they are the same weight?
 
If the board to the left was placed in water, in what orientation would it float?


Answer is B higher than A. Can someone explain why? Would they not float at the same level since they are the same weight?
The size of the boxes matter. Box B is bigger than box a. The formula to balance a lever is force x distance = force x distance. So the center of gravity of each box has to be the same distance from the fulcrum in order for both boxes float at the same level. The center of gravity for box b is slightly closer to the middle, therefore it will float a little higher than box a.
 
Hey All,

I took the ASTB-E today and scored a 55 6/5/7. Obviously, I’m disappointed with my PFAR score, as I was close to passing. I will retake next month. Any tips to raise PFAR?

The sections I struggled most with were Physics and Nautical and Aviation History. I’m 27 and haven’t taken physics since HS. I just didn’t study enough for Aviation History.

Math was pretty easy. I actually used a GMAT prep book and found I was over prepared in that area.

Good luck to everyone taking their test soon.
Hope to see you all in OCC-229.

Johann A. Porisch
 
Hey All,

I took the ASTB-E today and scored a 55 6/5/7. Obviously, I’m disappointed with my PFAR score, as I was close to passing. I will retake next month. Any tips to raise PFAR?

The sections I struggled most with were Physics and Nautical and Aviation History. I’m 27 and haven’t taken physics since HS. I just didn’t study enough for Aviation History.

Math was pretty easy. I actually used a GMAT prep book and found I was over prepared in that area.

Good luck to everyone taking their test soon.
Hope to see you all in OCC-229.

Johann A. Porisch
I was searching for a way to study for the Aviation/Nautical information portion of the test and found that a lot of people have made flashcards for that section on Quizlet. I combined a bunch of them into one and it's really helped me study. The Quizlet "learn" option is a great way to memorize them. I'm sure there are a lot of things left out but it definitely wouldn't hurt to look these over: https://quizlet.com/269239735/astb-aviation-and-nautical-information-combination-set-flash-cards/
 
I was searching for a way to study for the Aviation/Nautical information portion of the test and found that a lot of people have made flashcards for that section on Quizlet. I combined a bunch of them into one and it's really helped me study. The Quizlet "learn" option is a great way to memorize them. I'm sure there are a lot of things left out but it definitely wouldn't hurt to look these over: https://quizlet.com/269239735/astb-aviation-and-nautical-information-combination-set-flash-cards/
I appreciate the resource! Thanks!
 
Hey All,

I took the ASTB-E today and scored a 55 6/5/7. Obviously, I’m disappointed with my PFAR score, as I was close to passing. I will retake next month. Any tips to raise PFAR?

The sections I struggled most with were Physics and Nautical and Aviation History. I’m 27 and haven’t taken physics since HS. I just didn’t study enough for Aviation History.

Math was pretty easy. I actually used a GMAT prep book and found I was over prepared in that area.

Good luck to everyone taking their test soon.
Hope to see you all in OCC-229.

Johann A. Porisch
If I'm not mistaken, that's a passing score!...
 
Hey All,

I took the ASTB-E today and scored a 55 6/5/7. Obviously, I’m disappointed with my PFAR score, as I was close to passing. I will retake next month. Any tips to raise PFAR?

The sections I struggled most with were Physics and Nautical and Aviation History. I’m 27 and haven’t taken physics since HS. I just didn’t study enough for Aviation History.

Math was pretty easy. I actually used a GMAT prep book and found I was over prepared in that area.

Good luck to everyone taking their test soon.
Hope to see you all in OCC-229.

Johann A. Porisch
I would recommend looking at Quizlet flashcards online regarding the mechanical comprehension section, most of the questions in that section will not be equation based except maybe a question or two regarding fulcrums. Also, do not underestimate the importance of the NAFTI in regards to PFAR. They are looking for team-oriented, respectful, and attentive candidates, make sure you choose wisely. Lastly, I would recommend that you make sure you are familiar with all types of naval aircrafts that I have been used in combat and what specific role they played.

I was able to raise my ASTB from [44 - 4,5,4] to a [55 - 7,8,7] after emphasizing those areas. Good luck.
 
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