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

Took my test for the first time last Monday, trying for SNA. My goal was to try and get 7’s, but after the reading and PBM sections, thought for sure I got in the 5-6 range. I was surprised when my final score was a 65 8/8/8. I am beyond excited and my recruiter said I’m basically guaranteed to pass the board. Background on me, I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a 3.2 gpa, taught kids about the history/physics of planes at an air museum in college, and worked as an engineer on submarines for 2 years. So, I guess I have a pretty decent background for the test.



Math: The problems on the test are definitely harder than any of the practice test you find. I got ratios, probability, drt, logs, system of equations, and the perfect number (496) question. No matrix or binary questions. The biggest thing for me was doing all the mental math fast and correct. If I could go back, I would just do a bunch of practice sheets of multiplication and division so I could be quicker. Besides that, just watch Khan Academy stuff to get the basis of the different topics and then google worksheets to help you practice (khan’s questions aren’t that hard either). Before the exam even started, you have an untimed section where you fill in all your personal info, I took that time to make an exponent and squares chart on my scratch paper so I could have those readily at hand. I attached an OAR math guide I found on here, but I updated some of the errors in it, and added a couple problems that were more difficult, like on the test. Time yourself and try to solve each question in 2 min. I got kicked out of this section before time was up.

Reading: Just like every other standardize test, they are boring topics. I read them all aloud, and most of the time I would read the passage, read all the answers trying to cancel out any, reread the passage, then make my selection. It kind of helped with the zoning out of the boring passages. I am definitely not the best reader so that might help you too. I ran out of time on this section.

Mechanical: I’m a little biased since my all of my college and career is based on this stuff so I have a good grasp on it. I think most of the study guides on here are a good representation of the difficulty of the problems on the test. One question I got that I didn’t see anywhere was which part should I heat up if I wanted to remove a seized nut from a stud. The rest were springs, levers, mechanical advantage, basic stuff from study guides. I ran out of time on this section as well

ANIT: Found these 400+ flashcards on here that I thought was going to be really good. I think I answered 15-20 questions total on the test and maybe 2 or 3 could have been solved from the flashcards. I think my history with working at an air museum helped me skate by on this section and take good educated guesses. I had a fair amount of history questions.

NATFI: Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Just answer the best you can, don’t think too much about it. I think I even zoned out a couple times lol.

UAV: Use the flash cards. The ones that have the yellow arrow over the map are how they show up on the test. Everyone here says to use the paper compass trick, it helped me learn how to do these questions but I didn’t use the compass on the exam. I feel it is kind of clunky and would slow me down. I used my own “click” method I guess you can call it. Think of dial that clicks into different positions. However many clicks it took to get the arrow to point up, that’s how many clicks your parking lot would be. I got 2 wrong and answered all the questions in a little over a second. I think I was only allowed 4 practice questions, not unlimited.

PBM: I thought it would never end. I thought for sure I failed this section when it got to tracking both targets at once. Stay relaxed and just try your best. I leaned my head for the listening, I know I got 1 wrong the first time, and got 2 or 3 wrong when I had to listen and track at the same time. My joystick had little resistance to move it, where my throttle required a lot of force to get it to move. Make sure the controls are comfortable to you and can move properly. I had the throttle base lift up on me instead of the throttle moving forward during the test. I tended to focus on the 2D moving plane and tracked the 1D plane with my peripherals, however there were some times I thought the 1D plane was my tracker and I was making the wrong inputs. WRITE DOWN THE EMERGENCY PROCEDURES!! I even went as far as writing which buttons go in which direction. I would suggest having your dials be somewhere in the middle because when my first error came up, one of my dials was already where it needed to be, but the computer still thought it was somewhere in the middle. When I hit the clutch button nothing happened so I went through the procedure again and noticed the dial that was already at 100% showed up on the screen as like 50%. Once I moved the dial, the readout jumped to the dials true position. Focus on clearing the emergency first and clear it as fast as possible. You will feel like you are failing the whole time when you have to track both planes at once. I know when the listening and emergencies were added in, there were multiple times where my trackers were in the completely opposite direction of the planes, and I still got a good score.



Additional study materials:

Before I found this site I got the Trivium ASTB study guide, not bad, not the greatest. Most of my material came off this forum. I would start your search about a year before your test date and just skim through the posts. There is tons of info on here. See the links below for the specific posts I used.

This whole forum

Post #4462 (ironically we got the same score too lol)

Post #4500 and 4501

I tried playing video games with the inverted controls. I think it helps a little as like a confidence booster but doesn’t actually give you the skill needed in the tracking. I played COD with the inversion and got to the point where I was about as good without it and I don’t feel it helped, but maybe it did. I think an actual throttle and joystick would be the way to go if money is no option to you.

Besides all this, make sure you’re well rested, maybe a little caffeine beforehand (wouldn’t suggest a full monster like I did), and just go into the test with confidence. There ain’t nothing to it but to do it!
 

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Just got done with my ASTB for the first time. The scores I got were 29 1,1,1. The computer crashed on me twice but I don’t think that’s reason for my scores. Any study materials, advice, etc will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
Jaskirat Klair
 

RUFiO181

Making Recruiting Great Again
Just got done with my ASTB for the first time. The scores I got were 29 1,1,1. The computer crashed on me twice but I don’t think that’s reason for my scores. Any study materials, advice, etc will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
Jaskirat Klair
Yes. By searching the forums.

Your scores can improve as much as 42% when you search for answers on your own instead of asking strangers to help you.
 
wow, thanks that really helped to clear things a little. I messed up the first time around and looking to take the test on December 2018 sometime. Did you just practice math problems using the gauges here or did you have a particular book that you went to always Any (same w/ mechanical comp) recommendations?

Thanks, man. My GPA's a piece of crap 2.57 for Electrical Engineering. To be honest with you, I focused more on getting jobs, internships, and practical experience in the real world than in-class bookwork, so my GPA reflects that, but my resume is loaded.

For my second round, school was already in session, so I didn't have much time to study. I'll be up-front with you, the night before the test, I should have gone to bed earlier, but I was up until 3am just dicking around. Bad move. My test was scheduled for 11am, so I woke up at 8am and CRAMMED and skimmed all my study guides for about 2 hours. By some miracle, I was able to pull it off. I'd like to tell you that I properly set aside time every day, ate right, slept well, and did all of these great things, but that's just not the case, and I know that what I did won't work for everyone.

In short, don't do what I did. I honestly think the first time around, I was just so scared that I couldn't think right. 2nd time around, I was more familiar with what to expect. Any more questions, let me know!
 
wow, thanks that really helped to clear things a little. I messed up the first time around and looking to take the test on December 2018 sometime. Did you just practice math problems using the gauges here or did you have a particular book that you went to always Any (same w/ mechanical comp) recommendations?
For math, all I did was practice problems wherever I could get them. So yeah, I used the stuff from this thread for practice as well as the ASTB books by Trivium, Aegis, and Test Prep. I didn't focus on any book in particular, just used all equally.

For mech comp, it was the same situation. Online study guides from here as well as using books for practice problems ONLY. Like I said, don't use the books to explain concepts. Use the internet for that.
 
For math, all I did was practice problems wherever I could get them. So yeah, I used the stuff from this thread for practice as well as the ASTB books by Trivium, Aegis, and Test Prep. I didn't focus on any book in particular, just used all equally.

For mech comp, it was the same situation. Online study guides from here as well as using books for practice problems ONLY. Like I said, don't use the books to explain concepts. Use the internet for that.
In your opinion, which resource had the math problems that matched the test difficulty the most? I've read a majority of this thread by now, and most people say that the test questions were more advanced than the ones in the practice guides.

I imagine a ACT or other collegiate level math prep book might suffice, no?
 
I took the ASTB on October 10 and got a 45 4/4/5. Now, this is going to sound like I'm trying to not own up to my scores, but something really weird happened during the math portion. It kicked me out after only 7 questions with about 45 minutes left. I went to my proctor to fix it, but the testing center in Pensacola had been evacuated due to the hurricane so there was nothing we could do. However, the pilot scores were all me! That was hard! However, to be honest, being kicked out of my math threw me off and an active duty lady came in the room where I was taking the test and made coffee! Definitely unprofessional and I made sure to mention this to my recruiter. So please bring earplugs, just in case those at the testing center are disrespectful! I'm taking the ASTB again next week and much more confident that a fluke like that will not happen again. I also have been disqualified for piloting due to my eyesight so the only score I care about is the OAR, because I'm applying for SWO. With my 3.64 GPA and a presumed OAR score of over 50, I feel confident about my chances. Good luck everyone!
 
I took my ASTB mid-August. I was already MEPS cleared at that point and put in my packet for November '18 board about a week after my ASTB.
ASTB: 64 8/7/9
GPA: 3.1 Chemical Engineering graduating 2019 August (at a school known to deflate GPA heavily)
About 2 weeks after putting in the packet, my recruiter called me that I was selected to auto selection. I haven't gotten a final decision or any update at all since then. My recruiter isn't even returning my calls. Should I be worried? With graduation so close, I really want to sort this out. Any help or input is much appreciated. Thanks!!!

P.S. cross-posted
 

Meyerkord

A-Pool/Swim/IFS/API
I took my ASTB mid-August. I was already MEPS cleared at that point and put in my packet for November '18 board about a week after my ASTB.
ASTB: 64 8/7/9
GPA: 3.1 Chemical Engineering graduating 2019 August (at a school known to deflate GPA heavily)
About 2 weeks after putting in the packet, my recruiter called me that I was selected to auto selection. I haven't gotten a final decision or any update at all since then. My recruiter isn't even returning my calls. Should I be worried? With graduation so close, I really want to sort this out. Any help or input is much appreciated. Thanks!!!

P.S. cross-posted
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think you'll get a FINSEL until you graduate or are close to your graduation date. Not really much you can do right now if you already have a PROREC-Y and haven't graduated yet.
 

RUFiO181

Making Recruiting Great Again
I took my ASTB mid-August. I was already MEPS cleared at that point and put in my packet for November '18 board about a week after my ASTB.
ASTB: 64 8/7/9
GPA: 3.1 Chemical Engineering graduating 2019 August (at a school known to deflate GPA heavily)
About 2 weeks after putting in the packet, my recruiter called me that I was selected to auto selection. I haven't gotten a final decision or any update at all since then. My recruiter isn't even returning my calls. Should I be worried? With graduation so close, I really want to sort this out. Any help or input is much appreciated. Thanks!!!

P.S. cross-posted
You won’t your final select letter until you graduate and your final transcripts are submitted.
 
Took my first pass at the ASTB a few days ago. Scored a 50 6/7/7. I'm a little disappointed, but I leave for a 3-month internship abroad before my 90 days are up and the recruiter said my 3.96 GPA gives me a good shot at NFO/SWO, so I don't currently plan on retaking and am going to shoot for the February board.

Math: I didn't see any logs or calc problems, which made me nervous because I know the test is supposed to be adaptive. I had a bunch of stuff involving fractions, cube roots, and successive discounts. It kicked me out with 20 minutes left, so either I sucked badly enough or did well enough that it decided it had enough info.

Reading: Weirder than AP Lang was in high school, and I hated AP Lang. Which answer is more correct than the other three correct answers? Which answer is least wrong out of the other three wrong answers? Lots of passages with Navy terminology probably designed to be confusing/boring. A few passages about science phenomena and one random literature excerpt. This one also kicked me out early.

Mechanical: This was the section I was probably the most disappointed with, because I studied a lot and thought I was going to do okay. Yet I barely saw any of the concepts from the gouges I used, and I ended up guessing more than I wanted to. A few questions I remember were how many newtons of force were needed to pull a weight up using a pulley system, d1*w1=d2*w2, and the mathematical equation for power.

ANIT: More questions on history than anything else. This is probably why this area was a 6 for me, because history was my weakest area. Which of these planes were used in this operation, etc. A few questions on which parts of the plane control which movements (What movement does the rudder control? Answer: Yawing).

UAV: Definitely use these flashcards. The trick is to draw out a diagram of the parking lot on a piece of scrap paper and label them A,B,C, and D like the flashcards do. For each question, rotate the diagram so that the 'A' parking lot is pointed in the same direction as your heading. N,S,E,W stays the same. The parking lot on the actual test doesn't have the lots labeled, so after figuring out which letter was correct on my diagram I correlated it with where that letter would be on the actual parking lot. I can explain that more if it doesn't make sense to anyone. My average time was about 3 seconds to respond.

NATFI: Someone on here said it before, but I'll say it again: You don't take the NATFI. The NATFI takes you.

PBM: Holy balls. I had never touched a joystick or throttle in my life before the day of the test, so I'm shocked that my score here was decent. Listening, tracking with the throttle and tracking with the joystick were okay, though I got confused as to which way was up/down. Tracking both at once felt like a shit show; tracking both at once and listening felt like death itself. I was the definition of winging it a good 90% of the time. Definitely write down the emergency procedures, even if you end up not using them. I wasn't positive on one of the situations and I'm glad I had a copy of the instructions to glance at. I pulled all three off without dying.

At the very least this is one huge hurdle out of the way. I'm going to focus on the rest of my packet now and hope for the best. Thank you to everyone who took the time to put these gouges together!!
 

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Hey all, I'm sure this has been covered in this forum at some point but I'm having trouble with the satellite image UAV questions. For the flashcards that everyone uses, there's a satellite image, and a red dot with a yellow triangle coming off of it. I'm not entirely sure how I'm supposed to get my heading from that ? Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

Meyerkord

A-Pool/Swim/IFS/API
Hey all, I'm sure this has been covered in this forum at some point but I'm having trouble with the satellite image UAV questions. For the flashcards that everyone uses, there's a satellite image, and a red dot with a yellow triangle coming off of it. I'm not entirely sure how I'm supposed to get my heading from that ? Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

Basically, whichever way the arrow is pointing needs to be your new "north", then use whatever direction it's asking for to find the right parking lot.
 
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Took my first OAR and got a 45 with no study time. Studying 3-4hrs a day for the past month and taking my next one in the beginning of December. My goal is definitely mid-50s. My background is a 3.0 gpa in Business and Finance, and going for supply. Plenty of material on this site has helped and I'll keep y'all updated for sure, good luck to everyone that's applying!
 
Does anyone have an idea on which sections weigh the most for NFO? I know that they all play a factor into the final score, but I'm curious on which sections weigh more in particular. This question may have been asked before, but for some reason I can't come across it and I'm taking my test for the third time on Monday.
 
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