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Finally posting after weeks of combing through these threads. I took the OAR yesterday and went from a 44 to a 61 thanks to this site, so thank you to everyone who has contributed! I attribute the 44 to poor preparation but mostly to rushing the test (I finished the math and mech sections in about half the given time). The second go around I gave each problem its fair share and you can see the results. I honestly thought I was progressing too slow and, based on the difficulty I had with the problems, was not expecting a good score at all. I'm 24 with a 2.8 GPA in Chemistry.

Study Materials
  • GRE/GMAT Math: A Systematic Approach
  • Baron's Military Flight Aptitude Tests
  • Baron's Mechanical Aptitude and Spacial Relations Test
  • Various Gauges on this thread
  • There was a link given earlier about good practice tests. I believe it was Petersons? This contained the best collection of practice tests IMO.
I studied off and on early summer and really dove into it early august up until the test.

Math: I was hoping for a lot of DRT but was only given one and instead was given several problems centered around surface area and volume. There were a couple of complex equations involving binomials, exponents. No logs or binary. I completed about 13 problems before running out of time i believe? So it's definitely not about the quantity of problems you're completing. I've taken Calc II and Quantum physics and felt no shame when i went to my GRE book and started practicing my fractions again.

Reading: Everyone says this section is awful because it IS awful. Even if you're able to understand the reference paragraph the answers are written to trick you. Key words to look out for are "sometimes" "may" "never". My eyes glazed over after three questions and i read each problem in full about 6 times before i could get an idea of an answer.

Mech: WOW this section was a breeze. Understand everything on the given gouges and find practice questions for fulcrums, pulleys, and the such. Like others have said before it's just testing if you understand basic concepts of physics.

I'm getting my package ready now and intend to go for SWO and Intel. I feel confident with SWO even though my GPA is the minimum and i still want to try for Intel even if i'm way below the average. I've looked at the average data of those accepted into the SWO program but any insight from y'all would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Finally posting after weeks of combing through these threads. I took the OAR yesterday and went from a 44 to a 61 thanks to this site, so thank you to everyone who has contributed! I attribute the 44 to poor preparation but mostly to rushing the test (I finished the math and mech sections in about half the given time). The second go around I gave each problem its fair share and you can see the results. I honestly thought I was progressing too slow and, based on the difficulty I had with the problems, was not expecting a good score at all. I'm 24 with a 2.8 GPA in Chemistry.

Study Materials
  • GRE/GMAT Math: A Systematic Approach
  • Baron's Military Flight Aptitude Tests
  • Baron's Mechanical Aptitude and Spacial Relations Test
  • Various Gauges on this thread
  • There was a link given earlier about good practice tests. I believe it was Petersons? This contained the best collection of practice tests IMO.
I studied off and on early summer and really dove into it early august up until the test.

Math: I was hoping for a lot of DRT but was only given one and instead was given several problems centered around surface area and volume. There were a couple of complex equations involving binomials, exponents. No logs or binary. I completed about 13 problems before running out of time i believe? So it's definitely not about the quantity of problems you're completing. I've taken Calc II and Quantum physics and felt no shame when i went to my GRE book and started practicing my fractions again.

Reading: Everyone says this section is awful because it IS awful. Even if you're able to understand the reference paragraph the answers are written to trick you. Key words to look out for are "sometimes" "may" "never". My eyes glazed over after three questions and i read each problem in full about 6 times before i could get an idea of an answer.

Mech: WOW this section was a breeze. Understand everything on the given gouges and find practice questions for fulcrums, pulleys, and the such. Like others have said before it's just testing if you understand basic concepts of physics.

I'm getting my package ready now and intend to go for SWO and Intel. I feel confident with SWO even though my GPA is the minimum and i still want to try for Intel even if i'm way below the average. I've looked at the average data of those accepted into the SWO program but any insight from y'all would be greatly appreciated.
You should probably double check that PA for intel....
 
I took the ASTB for the first time today, 76 9/6/8. I'm applying for SNA, so I'm trying to figure out if I need to retake and try to get my PFAR score up so it's on par with my other scores. I'm a senior in Mechanical Engineering, 3.74 GPA.

I've been lurking on this thread for a few weeks and all the info and google drives have been a huge study aid. I've been studying whenever I have free time for the past 2 weeks. For anyone who's interested, here's what I studied:

MST - I didn't spend too much time on this because of my major. I had a lot of questions on averages, along the lines of "if you get this on your homework and it's worth x% of your grade, what do you have to get on your exam to get y grade" I did have one log question, something like log3(log8(logx)) = -1 and find x. I did have one asking for combinations of license plates with 3 digits (of which the first could not be zero) followed by 4 letters, which would be 9*10*10*26*26*26*26 = 411278400 but I got caught up in the multiplication of 26^4 and ended up guessing the answer based on order of magnitude.

RCT - I thought I wasn't doing great in this section, there was a lot of dense text and similar answer choices. My best advice is read your options carefully and don't second-guess yourself.

MCT - This was easy because of my major. I didn't have any questions on levers, but I had one that was something like "if these buckets have equal amounts of water in them and barrel A is 50°F and barrel B is 120°F, which barrel will float higher?" and a lot on pulleys.

ANIT - I had a few questions on the empennage, some on historical aircraft, and some on

PBM - Study the flashcards for the UAV section, they help a lot. I averaged around 2 seconds on each one and got maybe 2 wrong.

My recruiter suggested I play this game called War Thunder to practice with a joystick, and I think it helped some but not a lot. Like a lot of people have said, there's a huge dead zone in the throttle, which makes it kind of hard to get the hang of. For the tracking + throttle portion, I focused on the tracking screen and watched the throttle in my periphery, which seemed to work well. I didn't feel like I was doing well at all to begin with, but I definitely improved before I completed the test. Dichotic listening wasn't bad, I leaned my head to the side I was listening to so I could keep track of which ear I was listening to while I did the tracking exercises. I wrote down the emergency procedures and had no issues there.
 
First off I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this forum!!!! I took the OAR for the second time this morning and scored a 60. Much improved from the 49 on my first test.

MST: A real grab bag this time around. Multiple questions asking for (2x^2+5x)^2)^3) - 4x^2+12x+13/4 or something along those lines. Only one DRT problem. Had one question that stated the area of a triangle is 24, what is it's perimeter? All in all pretty much what everyone has been saying. The test kicked me out with like 12 mins to go.

RCT: The worst. Make sure to read all the possible answers before choosing one!

MCT: Had the #4 in binary question. Pulleys and Lever questions. A scale asking how far a weight needs to be placed in order to balance the scale. Went really fast and finished with minutes to spare.

Thanks again everyone. I am applying for the mid OCT intel boards. Fingers crossed.
 
Just for reference...

Current/Unique Prescribed Gouge:
Piloting material in free easy online format: Free Online Piloting School
Free Flight simulator (in Browser) Online: Free Flight Sim
Math/Physics/Mechanical Advantage: Khan Academy
Common Free online tests: Trivium (Mechanical, Math, reading ...), ProProfs
.... will add more soon... still attacking this studying journey from every resource and angle!
huge help to anyone practicing for the horizontal flight sim part... go to the free flight simulator jessie posted and go to options and then controls and reverse the y-axis (pitch). go buy a cheap joystick and play around with it familiarize yourself for the test.
 
Hey everyone, so a really late post on my part but I just recently discovered this extremely helpful thread. And have been pretty embarrassed to post my scores but screw it.

Ok so I took my first test back in June with:
43 4/4/4
I honestly put in a low amount of effort as I work 45-50 hours week and was traveling A LOT. I’d study on the planes for what I could and on the weekends here and there, low priority until I left the exam room feeling extremely intellectually incapable.

I set my next test date for today and studied much more going back 3 weekends and my scores being:

41 4/6/5

Now I was confused as to why my OAR went down but the others went up? I thought I did OK but obviously my scores reflect my actual performance.

Now the thing I’m really questioning is my OR said I can take it a 3rd time no problem BUT he’s saying with my 2.55 GPA in Poli Sci, I need a 70 7/7/7 to submit. Is this crazy? I figured if I could get a 55-60 and 6/6/6+ I would be OK to submit for SNA/SNFO/Supply?

Anyone have any info? Or any recruiters on here/know any info if I’m just being tasked with something impossible so he can DQ me? He wants me to wait 60 days but gave me the scores above to reach. DM me if you have any answers and don’t want to post on here. I’m just looking for basic information, I’ve encountered not informative recruiters.
 
Hey everyone, so a really late post on my part but I just recently discovered this extremely helpful thread. And have been pretty embarrassed to post my scores but screw it.

Ok so I took my first test back in June with:
43 4/4/4
I honestly put in a low amount of effort as I work 45-50 hours week and was traveling A LOT. I’d study on the planes for what I could and on the weekends here and there, low priority until I left the exam room feeling extremely intellectually incapable.

I set my next test date for today and studied much more going back 3 weekends and my scores being:

41 4/6/5

Now I was confused as to why my OAR went down but the others went up? I thought I did OK but obviously my scores reflect my actual performance.

Now the thing I’m really questioning is my OR said I can take it a 3rd time no problem BUT he’s saying with my 2.55 GPA in Poli Sci, I need a 70 7/7/7 to submit. Is this crazy? I figured if I could get a 55-60 and 6/6/6+ I would be OK to submit for SNA/SNFO/Supply?

Anyone have any info? Or any recruiters on here/know any info if I’m just being tasked with something impossible so he can DQ me? He wants me to wait 60 days but gave me the scores above to reach. DM me if you have any answers and don’t want to post on here. I’m just looking for basic information, I’ve encountered not informative recruiters.
I am pretty sure you are well below the GPA requirements. From my understanding, I do not think you can even apply? I may be wrong. someone help me on this. However, if you are able to apply then these scores seem very reasonable with your GPA.
 
I took the ASTB for the second time last Friday. My scores went from a 53 5/6/5 to a 56 7/9/7. I'm just curious as to how competitive my scores are now with a 3.71 GPA. Obviously I wish my OAR was a little higher but I feel pretty good about getting a 9 on the PFAR. Just looking for some feedback. Thanks in advance!
 
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