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

I'm not sure if anyone can answer this one, or if this holds any water at all, but please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. So, your rating on the OAR, is not only dependent on getting correct answers, but how quickly you come up with said answer. Meaning if you take longer to work through a problem, it would have a negative impact on your score, correct?


So my question is, what has more of a detriment to your score, guessing and getting it wrong, or taking longer than is required to get the right answer? Let's say you're in a situation where you have no clue how to solve a problem, what's the best course of action here that will still yield a high score?
 
Fantastic tips thank you! I would've definitely bombed my system with caffeine before the test and now know better not to. Also the gouge about the PBM and UAV was very comforting, I assumed you needed to be lighting fast to get a good score reading the previous write ups using the compass trick. The PBM tidbit seems interesting as well since many highscore writeups I've read focused on the 2D plane the most.
- 2D plane meaning what? Cause both of them are 2D
 
I'm not sure if anyone can answer this one, or if this holds any water at all, but please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. So, your rating on the OAR, is not only dependent on getting correct answers, but how quickly you come up with said answer. Meaning if you take longer to work through a problem, it would have a negative impact on your score, correct?


So my question is, what has more of a detriment to your score, guessing and getting it wrong, or taking longer than is required to get the right answer? Let's say you're in a situation where you have no clue how to solve a problem, what's the best course of action here that will still yield a high score?
Its a balance probably. PBM is response time based but others aren't. Also, if you've been stuck for too long on something, it's probably best to pick a random answer and move on.
 
I'm not sure if anyone can answer this one, or if this holds any water at all, but please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. So, your rating on the OAR, is not only dependent on getting correct answers, but how quickly you come up with said answer. Meaning if you take longer to work through a problem, it would have a negative impact on your score, correct?


So my question is, what has more of a detriment to your score, guessing and getting it wrong, or taking longer than is required to get the right answer? Let's say you're in a situation where you have no clue how to solve a problem, what's the best course of action here that will still yield a high score?
FWIW, I took what I consider to be a long amount of time working through problems that were difficult to me on the math section and even the reading section. I even ran out of time on both, and I got a 57 on the OAR portion, which AFAIK is a pretty decent score
 
What is the best way to improve your score on the MCT and Reading sections of the ASTB (any guides or books)? I did fairly decent on my first attempt about a month ago but would like to improve my scores. I felt really confident with the math (I'm an Aerospace Egr. major at VT) as well as all of the aviation/nautical knowledge. I know I screwed up on the UAV section and joystick part (screen went red 3 times on engine part and I missed 2 UAV questions along w/ a few slow times of 4-5s). I also felt that the MCT section had some supper easy physics questions and then some very random oddball type questions (literally got one about some type of apparatus set up). The books I studied from are: Trivium ASTB, ASTB Guide 2018, Barrons flight aptitude, and ASTB Secrets. I intend on using this forum to aid me in studying before my next attempt (which will be 5-7 weeks from now).

BTW my score was a 6/6/6 46 (attempt 1) and I studied for 5 months prior to taking the exam.
 
- Send me an email. I will hook you up with the current doc at API. Really cool guy. He might steer you in the right direction. Eyesight shouldn’t be a big deal unless you have no depth perception or you have astigmatism.
I got a question about my eyesight, you mind giving me his contact info? I got my part 1 physical done and the optometrist, who was an AF doc, said that if I was commissioning for the AF, my astigmatism would disqualify me from fighters since it was 0.5 over the limit. I asked my recruiter if he knew what the requirements were or if he could find out, and he just said, "we'll just see what the board says"...
 

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I got a question about my eyesight, you mind giving me his contact info? I got my part 1 physical done and the optometrist, who was an AF doc, said that if I was commissioning for the AF, my astigmatism would disqualify me from fighters since it was 0.5 over the limit. I asked my recruiter if he knew what the requirements were or if he could find out, and he just said, "we'll just see what the board says"...
You can find the requirements yourself through the NAMI guide.
 
What is the best way to improve your score on the MCT and Reading sections of the ASTB (any guides or books)? I did fairly decent on my first attempt about a month ago but would like to improve my scores. I felt really confident with the math (I'm an Aerospace Egr. major at VT) as well as all of the aviation/nautical knowledge. I know I screwed up on the UAV section and joystick part (screen went red 3 times on engine part and I missed 2 UAV questions along w/ a few slow times of 4-5s). I also felt that the MCT section had some supper easy physics questions and then some very random oddball type questions (literally got one about some type of apparatus set up). The books I studied from are: Trivium ASTB, ASTB Guide 2018, Barrons flight aptitude, and ASTB Secrets. I intend on using this forum to aid me in studying before my next attempt (which will be 5-7 weeks from now).

BTW my score was a 6/6/6 46 (attempt 1) and I studied for 5 months prior to taking the exam.
I found the best study material was on this thread. They have some great study guides. As for the performance section I played first person shooter games inverted and added in two sets of headphones with two different devices for dichotic listening. Played call of duty on shipment was lots of action and was challenging with dichotic listening. For dichotic practice I used a text to voice app and recorded lines like “A2U1Z9F614”(male voice).Went from 4/5/5 to 6/8/7. Not a huge difference but good enough.
 
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