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

AndrewH1919

New Member
According to RecruitingGuru, my scores were minimal and I don't doubt they were a factor in my not getting selected. Don't get your hopes down because I think supply and demand play a big role in selection each time so maybe this time around I just had poor timing.
 

MattyD2019

New Member
Hello Everyone,
I have for the past several weeks been keeping up with everyone's advice you all have given on taking the ASTB-E. I plan on taking the test in mid to late May and was wondering how everyone prepared in their final weeks before taking the test? I have been really focusing on my weak spots (math & mechanical comprehension) and have been utilizing a tutor to prepare for those parts. I've also been using study guides, such as Barron's Military Flight Aptitude Tests and ASTB-E Study Guide by Accepted Inc. Are there any others that I should look into, or are they any online sources that anyone recommends? The reading, aviation and nautical knowledge seem pretty straight forward but I still put time into those every week as well. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it!

Quick background about me: I graduated college in fall of 2018 with a bachelor's in communications and political science with a 3.2 gpa. I am in the Air Force (Air National Guard) with four years already in. I also have my private pilot's license with 80 plus hours in different airplanes.
 

Rahul Gupta

Member
Hello Everyone,
I have for the past several weeks been keeping up with everyone's advice you all have given on taking the ASTB-E. I plan on taking the test in mid to late May and was wondering how everyone prepared in their final weeks before taking the test? I have been really focusing on my weak spots (math & mechanical comprehension) and have been utilizing a tutor to prepare for those parts. I've also been using study guides, such as Barron's Military Flight Aptitude Tests and ASTB-E Study Guide by Accepted Inc. Are there any others that I should look into, or are they any online sources that anyone recommends? The reading, aviation and nautical knowledge seem pretty straight forward but I still put time into those every week as well. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it!

Quick background about me: I graduated college in fall of 2018 with a bachelor's in communications and political science with a 3.2 gpa. I am in the Air Force (Air National Guard) with four years already in. I also have my private pilot's license with 80 plus hours in different airplanes.
Hey man glad you found this thread,
Allot yourself at least 3 months of study....your strategy should revolve around understanding as many concepts as you can and practicing as much as you can. I did this and went from a 6/6/6 49 to a 7/7/6 53!
(1) Your first step is to go through each and every page of this forum and search for study/gouge materials as there is an abundant amount on this gold mine. So buy a notebook (5 subject preferably) and take notes of all the study materials and practice questions from pages 1-323 of this forum (Sounds like a lot...but I have only one question for you...how bad do you want it?....plus there's a lot of repeated stuff on here but good for reinforcement)
(2) Buy a good prep book, in my personal experience, Barrons is the best along with the Trivium and ASTBE study guide 2018. You don't need all 3 books just one of these will suffice...so in your case...just use the Barron's book!
(3) If you struggle with math buy this GRE/GMAT math book as even though i'm an Aerospace engineer, I cannot emphasize how impt. it is to practice so that it becomes as easy as breathing. Like I was able to do some of those questions in my head (now I always recommend writing stuff out but this is just an idea of how good I got at solving these types of problems due to practice). So...the book you are looking for is this one: ARCO GRE/GMAT Math Review 6th Edition (Gre Gmat Math Review) 6th Edition....although any other math prep book like Peterson's GRE/GMAT (the newest one) should suffice as well
(4) Use some of these links as well:
http://www.nelnetsolutions.com/pdf/free/masterofficercandidate.pdf (another prep book for some more practice)
http://www.nelnetsolutions.com/pdf/MilitaryFlight_print.pdf (another prep book for some more practice)
https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=_36014 (spatial practice)
(the spatial trick works wonders)
https://www.cram.com/flashcards/astb-aviation-history-6921638 (try to memorize as many as you can)
https://www.airwarriors.com/community/threads/new-updated-astb-study-guides-gouges-and-links.37407/page-3 (another good forum)
https://www.airwarriors.com/community/threads/astb-e-apex-4-experience-dec-2013.41357/ (go through this forum as well)

Lastly, I know it's a lot of 'shit' coming your way...but ultimately you only get 3 shots at this test so why not take the time and properly prepare yourself as best as you can. Personally, I did not finish all of the materials that I am posting on here but I got through most of em. Focus more on understanding and practicing several problems for math and mech. comprehension. This stuff will also help with all of the other sections as well, like aviation. And ofc, if you have any questions just post em on here! Take your time, pace yourself and do not rush!
 

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Niken

New Member
Hello everyone,

I have been informed by my recruiter that they are raising the age limit to apply as an SNA and (with hearsay info) that the navy has not made their quota for pilots, as well as NFOs. He spoke to other recruiters and tells me that with my ASTB-E scores 48 5/6/6 that I should still submit my package. I am taking the ASTB-E a second time in mid-May, but with this info I am conflicted as to take the chance of possibly getting a better score. I know my is border-lining under average. I am currently waiting on replies from retired and active Navy pilots to schedule an interview with them with the hopes to receive a recommendation from one or more to help my package. Yet, I am not sure if my score will hold me down with the chances of being picked.
 

TF7325

Well-Known Member
Hello everyone,

I have been informed by my recruiter that they are raising the age limit to apply as an SNA and (with hearsay info) that the navy has not made their quota for pilots, as well as NFOs. He spoke to other recruiters and tells me that with my ASTB-E scores 48 5/6/6 that I should still submit my package. I am taking the ASTB-E a second time in mid-May, but with this info I am conflicted as to take the chance of possibly getting a better score. I know my is border-lining under average. I am currently waiting on replies from retired and active Navy pilots to schedule an interview with them with the hopes to receive a recommendation from one or more to help my package. Yet, I am not sure if my score will hold me down with the chances of being picked.
You can apply and if you don’t get picked up, you can retake it and reapply. If you’re confident you can do better by retaking it, I would do that and apply. With the last board, many with the minimum scores did not get selected. Good luck.
 

rygregor

RedRaider SNA/SNFO Applicant
Hey guys checking in. I took my ASTB Wednesday and scored a 50 6/6/7. My scores are very average, but my recruiter told me to have confidence applying with those scores. I want to thank everyone on this thread and throughout Air Warriors for all of the advice and study material and gouge. I only had 5 days to study because I needed to schedule my ASTB ASAP for work reasons, so I know I can score better if I have to retake and reapply because of the great information I have found on here. Search, study, search, study more material. I am 26 with a cumulative 3.8 gpa with a masters in crop science, and have had PRK in the past. I am awaiting MEPS to so see if I qualify for SNA and NFO or NFO only. Will be applying for both if I qualify at MEPS for the August Board. Is there a spreadsheet for the August board? Also any workout recommendations to prepare for the PRT and OCS?
 

Meyerkord

VT-27 (Primary)
any workout recommendations to prepare for the PRT and OCS
Best way to prep for the PRT is doing pushups, situps, and running. Be able to hit your number, plus a buffer. In addition to that, you'll be doing lots of calisthenics at OCS (burpees, leg lifts, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, etc) so those wouldn't hurt either.
 

rygregor

RedRaider SNA/SNFO Applicant
I also wanted to share the study material I used. I found everything here on Air Warriors so huge thank you to everyone, especially Bunny_329 where I found these reviews. I know I could easily do better than my 50 6/6/7 if I took the test again right away or was able to study longer, but my recruiter told me to apply SNA and NFO with those scores along with my masters degree and 3.8 gpa. Hope I get selected!

The topics covered on this study guide are very relevant to the ASTB-E especially the ones with * and ***. However, I found that a lot of the examples were more difficult than the ones on the actual test. Flash cards are very helpful!

Math
I got a lot of log and exponent questions so be sure to know all the rules on those. As well triangle geometry formulas.

Reading
It helped to read aloud.

Mechanical
I’m not an engineer so I should’ve study more for this section. I ran out of time so be sure to not spend too much time on questions you don’t know. Study Work problems.

UAV/PBM
DRAW THE COMPASS!
Practice a lot until it’s almost a memory because the answers are timed.

Lean towards your target ear and constantly remind yourself what ear to listen to because it’s easy to get confused and listen to the wrong ear. Write down emergency procedures and don’t panic. Focus on the emergency procedure more than the targets because the test ended on the first time I got anemergency procedure wrong.

 

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J728

New Member
A few days ago was my 3rd and final attempt and I scored my best: 55 6/6/6 So I'm pretty happy.
1st attempt: 48 5/5/5
2nd attempt: 43 4/6/4
Third time's the charm...
Thank you to all who have shared their experiences and knowledge- definitely couldn't have done it without!

Math
My worst subject by far, I got a lot of simple algebra, logs, fractions & exponents. I mainly used a GRE prep book and the Barron's book.

Reading
Pretty easy, just take your time and read aloud if it helps. I read a lot anyways, but try to read military manuals and other dry material.

Mechanical
I don't have an engineering background, but this wasn't too difficult. Know your equations and concepts. I didn't get too many problems just mostly conceptual questions.

UAV/PBM
Definitely draw the compass and practice until it is second nature. I missed a few because I was going too quickly.
Lean to your target ear- it helps!
Write down the emergency protocol and execute as quickly as you can.

I brought ear plugs to block out the office ambient noise, a bottle of water to stay hydrated, and lastly chewing gum- I find that it helps to get the jaw going and mental juices flowing.
I'm Applying for SNFO & SWO.
Good luck to all!
 

GCalf

New Member
I scored 51 5/6/7 with a 3.1 GPA and was not taken for SNA in the Feb board. So I retake and reapply twice more. Thanks for all the help y'all.
 
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