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ASTB-E/APEX 4 Experience -DEC 2013

kyran could you point out which knobs it exactly is?
the last time i took the test i think i might have made a mistake because the screen went red sigh...
i'm taking the test again soon, trying my best to make sure i'm prepared as much as possible
 
i guess each NRD uses different machines...i'm sorry but i'm having still having some difficulties trying to figure out which knobs were talking about lol i modified this pic, hopefully it'll be easier for us identify which knobs is which
 

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Hopeful Hoya

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Don't sweat it too much, the test will tell you what each knob is before you start the test, and when the emergency actually happens, it only takes a second to slightly twist the knob to make sure you're going the right way before committing. That's what I did and I scored fine.
 
Don't sweat it too much, the test will tell you what each knob is before you start the test, and when the emergency actually happens, it only takes a second to slightly twist the knob to make sure you're going the right way before committing. That's what I did and I scored fine.
You're right man i shouldn't be too worried but i think i screwed up last time on the exam because i was too careless, my screen went red... this time i really gotta be on it and understand everything beforehand...

Question 1:..The gauges on bottom right correlate with the knobs right? if it's a emergency fire how do the gauges react and how do i know if i did the procedure correctly?
Question 2:... to turn the knob up, do i twist it towards me or away from me?

i know i'm being a little over concern but i just really need to understand this now before i take the test soon, i can't risk screwing up again on little mistakes/misunderstandings...
 

Hopeful Hoya

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You're right man i shouldn't be too worried but i think i screwed up last time on the exam because i was too careless, my screen went red... this time i really gotta be on it and understand everything beforehand...

Question 1:..The gauges on bottom right correlate with the knobs right? if it's a emergency fire how do the gauges react and how do i know if i did the procedure correctly?
Question 2:... to turn the knob up, do i twist it towards me or away from me?

i know i'm being a little over concern but i just really need to understand this now before i take the test soon, i can't risk screwing up again on little mistakes/misunderstandings...
It's been a while since I took the test so I don't remember the specifics about which way to turn the knob, but yes those three gauges correspond to the three knobs. I would recommend writing down the emergency procedures and what knobs to turn as well, and then spending a few minutes thinking through them so you can react instantly before clicking "Next" and starting the test.
 
So in a fire emergency, the latitude line in the gauge would start to move into the red right?
...Therefore I would have to twist the two knobs down on the throttle just enough (given that sensitivity might make the gauge go into the yellow zone which i assume is fail as well) to readjust the latitude line back to normal (green) and then press clutch to reset?

and definitely I will be writing down the procedures carefully, I'm just worried that I won't have enough time to fully understand it before the test continues... from my last experience I think the test automatically continued and I didn't fully understand the procedures ughh
 

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Hopeful Hoya

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I think you're nuking this a bit and that is probably why you struggled last time. If it says "FIRE" and the procedure is to set both knobs to the minimum followed by the clutch, then stop whatever you're doing, fiddle with the knobs quickly to find the right direction, turn both in the right direction until you hit the stop, hit the clutch, and resume tracking.

Remember, the test is trying to see how you multitask under stress, so the whole point is to react in the right manner as quickly as possible. Don't waste time trying to interpret the gauges or get the needle to a certain zone on the gauge, it does not matter and will only hurt your score since it delays your reaction time.
 

MTLiving

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Took the test for the second time yesterday and I am quite happy with my scores of 50 5/6/6. The first time around I got a 42 3/4/2 and by really going in depth of the concepts previously mentioned it helped me improve my scores. I'm going to submit for the summer pilot boards so hopefully they are good enough. My advice for anyone who is going to take the exam is to go through this thread throughly and 1001 questions and write down everything that people saw. Good luck to everyone that is about to take the test and really take the time to learn the concepts.
 
Retook the ASTB yesterday after not being Pro-Rec'd. I actually felt worse the OAR, despite getting a better score. I'll mention some stuff I saw on the test and a few things that potentially helped me out. 65 8/8/7

Math Skills Test
A lot of word problems on rates/averages/percentages and couple on fractional exponents. I also got a question on writing a number in binary, as has been mentioned before. In this case, however, it told me to write out the number, assuming base 4 instead of base 2. Not entirely sure if I got it right, but, if I did, I have the previous user who mentioned it, as well as Khan Academy, to thank for that.
Reading Comprehension Test
This was mostly military regulations for me. I actually ran out of time on this portion. I feel that having spent the past couple of years reading scientific publications helped me out on this portion. The military passages seemed akin to trying to read through methods and results sections, very dry and very boring. Of course though, I have no way of verifying that I improved in this section specifically.
Mechanical Comprehension Test
A ton of mechanics (pulleys, levers, etc). What really threw me off though was a question asking something about increasing the power of a nuclear reactor (?). Answers involved pulling or pushing a rod to increase or decrease the levels of protons/electrons/neutrons. I can't recall exactly what the question or responses were. I have no knowledge of the workings of a nuclear reactor so I took a wild guess on this one.
ANIT
To study, I searched extensively through these forums to collect any information I could find. If you have no previous piloting experience like me, the FAA handbook is also a must. If you have trouble reading through, or are more of a visual learner, I recommend checking out this youtube channel first:
https://www.youtube.com/user/pilottrainingsystem
Their videos go through each chapter in the Pilot handbook. Makes it easier to go back and read the actual handbook if needed.
UAV
TBAS flashcards were helpful. I still sucked at this though.
NAFTI
"Are you incompentent or irresponsible?" x 99
PBM
I don't have or play any flight sims. I do play CS:GO. I reversed the mouse in the settings a few weeks before (inverted y-axis, normal x-axis) and felt that it helped me get used to the inverted throttle. Additionally, because it is a first person online shooter, it also felt like it helped me a bit with the random, sometimes jerky movement you encounter on the PBM. You can be skeptical but, if you have the bit of free time, no harm in getting a bit of extra "studying" in. It also really helped to have taken the test before and known how much it actually sucks.

Lastly, I have been lurking for about two years now and want to thank everyone who contributes to these forums. All the resources that have been posted on this website are incredibly helpful.
 
So I was very frustrated with my result this past week. I scored a 45 5/6/5 on the ASTB-E. I planning on putting together my package with my recruiter. But i'm debating on retaking it for better scores. I have previous 5 years experience in the Marines so i'm hoping this helps. Any suggestions on books or anything I can help to get better results? I study a lot of the knowledge posted early but nothing helped. A lot of the information was history. Killed me at the end.
 
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