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peppergunner

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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.
 
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peppergunner

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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.
 

peppergunner

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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
 

peppergunner

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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
Scroll through this thread, It's full of resources. Mine are literally just a few posts above. Check other stickied threads.
 
I tried to look these questions up but couldn't find anything.

A rocket is ignited and climbs at 10m/s and has enough fuel for 2 seconds. What is the farthest height of the rocket?

A person is sitting in the middle of a merry go around. If the person moves toward the edge will their rotational speed increase, decrease or stay the same?

How are USAF aircraft categorized? some of the answers where VTOL, STOL but i can't remember the rest.
 
I tried to look these questions up but couldn't find anything.

A rocket is ignited and climbs at 10m/s and has enough fuel for 2 seconds. What is the farthest height of the rocket?

A person is sitting in the middle of a merry go around. If the person moves toward the edge will their rotational speed increase, decrease or stay the same?

How are USAF aircraft categorized? some of the answers where VTOL, STOL but i can't remember the rest.
The first one is 20m plus the extra distance after it is out of fuel. Use KE = PE to solve for how far it goes after running out of fuel. I got 20 by doing s = .5at^2.

The second is decrease. Rotational speed is how many rotations per unit time you are doing. If you didn't move from the middle, you would have the same rotational speed as a point on the outside. But assuming you don't have 0 mass if you were you to move outward from near the center, conservation of momentum would say that the merry go round would slow down which would decrease the rotational speed. I'm not sure which version they were going for but I would say decrease.
 

peppergunner

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The second is decrease. Rotational speed is how many rotations per unit time you are doing. If you didn't move from the middle, you would have the same rotational speed as a point on the outside. But assuming you don't have 0 mass if you were you to move outward from near the center, conservation of momentum would say that the merry go round would slow down which would decrease the rotational speed. I'm not sure which version they were going for but I would say decrease.
The way the question is phrased bugs me. You dont know if it's asking you to compare the rotation speeds of a man sitting on the edge vs a man sitting at the center (is which case w stays constant) OR if it is the same person moving from the center to the outer edge, in which case conservation of energy is accounted for and the correct answer is decrease.

Tons of questions like that where you wish you could stand up and ask the professor what he meant.

I got the 3rd edition (for clarity's sake). I doubt it matters.
 
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I am applying for the USMC OCC 230 Selection Board. Can you guys take a look at my credentials? Let me know your thoughts!:)

Age: 23
B.A.: 2.68 Education Science
M.A.: 3.75 Organizational Leadership
OAR Score: 46
ASTB 5/8/5

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JR. ROTC (Group Commander)
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