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First post on AirWarriors. Took the ASTB-E last week in hopes to secure a pilot flight contract with the USMC - shooting for OCS in January 2019.

I received the following score:

OAR: 53
AQR: 6
PFAR: 7
FOFAR: 6

The study materials sourced from this site were very helpful though I also purchased one study guide which was worth the $20. I studied over a period of two weeks, maybe an hour every other day, with about three, heavier 4 hour study sessions mixed in. I also made flashcards and flipped through them about twice a day. I thought my study regimen was quite light, but with work, gym time, and other events it's all I could muster - I figured I would hit the books hard if I failed the first time around.

Materials I used included a pdf of "Master the Military Flight Aptitude Tests" found online, the Flashcards on ProProfs.com for the UAV section as well as ASTB-E gauges and mechanical study guides that were posted here. I purchased "The Complete ASTB Study Guide: Preparation Guide and Practice Test for the ASTB-E Exam" which was a smaller study guide for $20 I thought was useful but could have gone without.

During the test I thought I did horribly on math and mechanical. I ran out of time on the math section, and thought I answered multiple questions wrong on the mechanical section. Math had lots of probability, and functions. I think I did well in the aviation and nautical section because it ended early. I also only received the most basic nautical questions - nothing more than definitions on draft, freeboard, etc.

UAV was straightforward - study the online flashcards frequently. I didn't use the compass trick. What I did was was look at the heading, then count off left or right depending on the given direction to determine. For example if you were flying NE and needed to the find S parking lot, I would count off from the topmost parking lot to the right two lots to determine S. I found this method faster, after practice, than the 'compass trick'.

Overall I thought I failed until I saw my score. I would study harder if I had the experience I had now because the ASTB is so boring, that you really only want to have to take it once. Staying calm, and knowing the formulas to find the right answer in each section will lead to success. Will let you all know what happens in coming months, though I believe that with competitive GPA/PFT/Letter of Rec's I should get that OCS slot I'm hunting for - comment if you think otherwise.
 
OAR: 36 3/4/3

GPA: 2.65

Major: Political Science

Just took my ASTB, felt I was very prepared going into the test, but I think I let my nervousness get to me and did very poorly on the OAR section. My hands were shaking when I was taking the PBM part of the test. I studied for about 8 hours a day for the last 3 weeks and still wound up with a fairly low score.

I will be taking the next exam as soon as possible to get my scores up. My OR still wants me to go through MEPS, and although I have a low GPA and ASTB, I refuse to give up on this. I feel my true calling is to be a naval aviator.
 
OAR: 36 3/4/3

GPA: 2.65

Major: Political Science

Just took my ASTB, felt I was very prepared going into the test, but I think I let my nervousness get to me and did very poorly on the OAR section. My hands were shaking when I was taking the PBM part of the test. I studied for about 8 hours a day for the last 3 weeks and still wound up with a fairly low score.

I will be taking the next exam as soon as possible to get my scores up. My OR still wants me to go through MEPS, and although I have a low GPA and ASTB, I refuse to give up on this. I feel my true calling is to be a naval aviator.

If you actually studied that much you obviously need to change the way you were studying. Try 2 hours in the morning, 2 hours in the evening. Shoot me your email I'll send you some stuff, but those scores are below minimums if I'm not mistaken. You only get 3 chances to take the test so taking it as soon as possible also sounds like a bad idea. Take practice tests and you'd have a much better idea of what to expect
 
Took my test for the second time last week.

OAR: 53
5/5/6
GPA 3.16

I'm worried my scores might not be competitive enough right now. I have 4 years of prior service of active army intelligence. I'm aiming for the July board just because I'm 27 right now and I know ill only have so long for my age to be waived. Do you think I should take the test a 3rd time? My first time i scored a 50 on my OAR and 2/2/3. Any input is appreciated, Thanks!
 

RUFiO181

Making Recruiting Great Again
Took my test for the second time last week.

OAR: 53
5/5/6
GPA 3.16

I'm worried my scores might not be competitive enough right now. I have 4 years of prior service of active army intelligence. I'm aiming for the July board just because I'm 27 right now and I know ill only have so long for my age to be waived. Do you think I should take the test a 3rd time? My first time i scored a 50 on my OAR and 2/2/3. Any input is appreciated, Thanks!
Have your OR show you the aviation calculator.
 
First post on AirWarriors. Took the ASTB-E test for the second time yesterday and received the following scores of...

OAR: 38
AQR: 4
PFAR: 6
FOFAR: 5

My first scores from February were...

OAR: 30
AQR: 2
PFAR: 5
FOFAR: 3

Major: Criminal Justice

GPA: 2.65

Already have my Bachelor's degree.

Currently in flight school and I have a total of 60 flying hours. About to have my PPL.

Thanks to all those who posted study materials on this site which has helped me out a lot. I also purchased two study guide books from Amazon, which were the ''OAR 2018-2019 TRIVIUM'' and ''The Complete ASTB Study Guide''. The books were helpful with aviation/naval information and mechanical comprehension, however the math in both of those books were not all that helpful to me and didn't really relate from what was on the test. I recommend getting the study guide packets that people have posted on here for math and also google the actual math related from the test such as probability, fractions, arithmetic word problems, square roots, cube roots and basic geometry (Radius, Diameter & Perimeter...etc.). I aslo used Khanacademy to help me with math. My recruiter also sent me a study guide packet that had lots of math for me to study.

I am very weak at math and didn't know anything about mechanical comprehension when I first started. I spent most of my time studying in math and mechanical. After I failed the first time, I had to get serious about making my own study regiment consisting of (Monday - Friday for at least 2 hours, took a 30 min break after 1hr of studying and 1st thing I did in the morning was study). For Saturday & Sunday I would study 1 hour on what I was very weak on which was math. I found it easier for me too not study for long crazy hours but I understand that everyone learns differently and can study in different ways. I was able to retain information faster over time when I was not prolonging my studies. I would also go to the gym or go running later in the day after I have studied. I hate exercising before I study because it just makes me mentally exhausted to study hard. I take no days off when its comes to the gym/running.

I am going for an aviator slot for the Marines but I'm also wanting to try for the Navy (SNA) pilot but it seems like it won't happen because my GPA is trash to them. My letters of recommendation are all USAF (Ranks: General, 2 Lt General's and 2 Colonel's). I may not have the best ASTB scores but its passing, and I was always horrible at taking tests. I recommend that you do not play the Fortnite game until 4am when you have a test at 9am. I screwed up and did that so I had to get a ''Bang'' energy drink to stay focused for the test which also really helped me out a lot.
 
Just took mine. 67/8/7/7. Really not sure where to go with these scores to be honest. My recruiter says everything's on the table.

I thought I did a whole lot worse given that I ran out of time on reading comprehension and never figured out the correct way to use the right joystick during the aviation portion.

For studying, I used the Barron's textbook for practice tests, this flashcard set for ANIT, and this study guide. There's a lot of overlap between the flashcards and the study guide and textbook. I'd prioritize the flashcards then the Practice Tests just to get your feet wet. I'll admit I didn't use much Math/Mechanics study material due to my degree. I studied for about 3-4 hours a night for 10 days or so before taking the ASTB.

For the radar portion where you choose the N/S/E/W parking lots, I highly recommend the compass drawing method that is referenced here a lot. Although you can get the correct answer without it, it helps you get answers instantly. I missed one of these but answered the rest in less than 3 seconds which really helped my score.

For the joystick section I felt things were going abysmally. I never figured out the right hand joystick so I really focused on getting the throttle right and listening for the correct numbers. I spent well over half my time off target, but I always kept trying.
 
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Just took mine. 67/8/7/7. Really not sure where to go with these scores to be honest. My recruiter says everything's on the table.

I thought I did a whole lot worse given that I ran out of time on reading comprehension and never figured out the correct way to use the right joystick during the aviation portion.

For studying, I used the Barron's textbook for practice tests, this flashcard set for ANIT, and this study guide. There's a lot of overlap between the flashcards and the study guide and textbook. I'd prioritize the flashcards then the Practice Tests just to get your feet wet. I'll admit I didn't use much Math/Mechanics study material due to my degree. I studied for about 3-4 hours a night for 10 days or so before taking the ASTB.

For the radar portion where you choose the N/S/E/W parking lots, I highly recommend the compass drawing method that is referenced here a lot. Although you can get the correct answer without it, it helps you get answers instantly. I missed one of these but answered the rest in less than 3 seconds which really helped my score.

For the joystick section I felt things were going abysmally. I never figured out the right hand joystick so I really focused on getting the throttle right and listening for the correct numbers. I spent well over half my time off target, but I always kept trying.
Want to add, I had two questions on level classes - something I never learned in Physics. I watched a random YouTube video while studying (just searched for ASTB) that was on levers and I remembered "F R E 1 2 3" which helped a lot. A 1st class level has Fulcrum in the middle, 2nd has Resistance, 3rd has Effort.
 

Axl352

OCS Applicant
I am going to take the ASBT in June. I am a civilian who never served in the military. I am hoping to become a Cryptologic Warfare Officer in the Navy. I am only going to take the OAR portion of the exam. Can someone tell me what are the best sources for studying for the ASBT? What is the average score for selected Cryptologic Warfare Officer? I am not sure what score on the OAR makes me competitive for this position. Thanks.
 
Can someone tell me what are the best sources for studying for the ASBT?
For the Math/Mechanics potion, people often recommend the GMAT study books (you can find them on amazon). This popular guide on the site has a good first half for mechanics and math. You can disregard the ANIT topics.

I really enjoyed Barron's textbook (amazon, again) just due to the practice tests. You might not see the exact same type of problems on the OAR, but it's valuable to run through problems, especially reading comprehension, to see where you struggle so you know what to focus on in the test.

What is the average score for selected Cryptologic Warfare Officer?
Here are competitive scores for popular disciplines. No crypto but you get the idea. Above a 50 puts you in a good spot.
 
If you actually studied that much you obviously need to change the way you were studying. Try 2 hours in the morning, 2 hours in the evening. Shoot me your email I'll send you some stuff, but those scores are below minimums if I'm not mistaken. You only get 3 chances to take the test so taking it as soon as possible also sounds like a bad idea. Take practice tests and you'd have a much better idea of what to expect
Hello, I just took my OAR with a score of a 34! If you can send some resources to my email, that would be helpful. I am in the process of building better study routines and techniques and using better resources! My email is Tlso93@hotmail.com

Thank you!

Tyler