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Hello all, I wanted to share my experience and help a bit if I can. First time taking the ASTB I got 54 5/5/6 which was the result of only a week of studying. I couldn't apply with those scores so I studied for a month, went back, and got a 67 9/9/9. Everyone else who posted on here has contributed tremendously to helping me get that score, so I figured I'd pay it forward and show what I did.

First things first, I am honestly not that smart, nor do I study engineering (I study psychology), so it is possible for most people to do very well on this test as long as they study hard and study effectively. Give yourself at least 2-3 weeks in advance and study 5-6 days out of the week for at least an hour and you'll be fine.

In terms of what to study, here are all my links:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AvPi5oH_h_13TGajDvflDWkftwXO8LS6 - OAR + ANIT (whoever made this is awesome)
https://www.cram.com/flashcards/astb-aviation-nautical-information-test-anit-comprehensive-8330117 -ANIT
https://www.cram.com/flashcards/astb-aviation-history-6921638 -ANIT
https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=_36014 -UAV

This makes up about 80% of my study material, and the additional 20% was comprised of other links found in this forum and flashcards I made from the Barron's Military Flight Aptitude Tests Book. Each person has different strengths and weaknesses, so I won't say to only study this, but for me this was sufficient.

if you have any questions message me on here
 

Leva

Member
I took the ASTB earlier today, and wanna thank everyone who posted questions and gouge in this forum, it helped me immensely.
Any links i have at the bottom are not created by me they are various guides i found on here and i apologize for not giving credit to everyone whose guides i used. My best advice i can give is to go to page 250 and use anyone's gouge who did really well.
Scores: 61 8/7/7
Major: Math
GPA: 2.85
(have one more year of college)
I want to be a pilot and my recruiter my scores are good enough, but if anyone thinks I should retake please let me know!

I primarily used all the gouge on this website to study I got the trivium book as a practice test but I don't think it helped at all.

MATH: For the math section i feel like i should have studied more for. I am a math major so i guess i felt i knew everything already and just brushed over the topics, which hurt me speed wise... definatly go over the word problems in "astb study guide" and "ASTB Aditional Study Guide" I had questions that were straight from there. i had a perfect number question, painting a house in a certain amount of time, and a lot of extended algebra questions. I had the probability of flipping 3 heads in a row, but no log questions.

Reading: Some bland some not too bad, just make sure if there's any info not directly stated in the paragraph, the choice is wrong. Read the faa handbook, it's double studying!

Mechanical: Very hard, almost all conceptual questions used the the to study guides i previously stated, the marine aviation guide supplement, and the proproofs cardset that has like 230 cards... i think someone said it here before but the cards aren't always right but its good if you catch them when they're wrong. make sure to iron out the concepts more then the math i had 1 question with math and it was balancing a sesaw that had 40lb 1 ft away and 60lb 6 feet away and you need to find where to place a 100 lb weight on the other side to balance.


Aviation and Nautical: i definatly studied the most for this section and had a lot of questions i hadn't seen but the concepts i knew helped... i used what i already said and https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=astb-aviation-nautical-inforfmation-test this card set and another one which i printed out but cant find when i look through my downloads but cant find.i got the CVBG question.


Trait: I honestly dont know if theres a method to madness here just go with your gut.
UAV: i missed 3 averaged 2 seconds ish, used the compas trick but did the spinning in my head which got the times faster.

Dichotic: Used the video everyone posts in here, and did the head tilt which definitely helps

Tracking: I thought i was doing terribly at, like realllly badly. They give you like 5 seconds to practice then throw you in there but it definitely gets easier as time goes by, I had trouble calibrating but my proctor helped get it set. By themselves hard, together almost imposible, probably tracked for like 10% of the whole time and less than that with the dichotic listening.
---- Do your best and don't get frustrated or worried reading that... from what ive read everyone feels this way----

GOSH, thanks everyone let me know if you have any questions!! and sorry for my shitty grammar. Im gunna slap all my downloaded files down below...
also used https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1s0TFbrfix-01JR_nBtxMF2pfE7mo3Apm
https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=_36014
https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=astb-mechanical-comprehension-test
https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=astb-mechanical-comprehension_1


-Joe
 

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Jmack2019

Member
Hello again everyone!
I have another question to ask about one of the study guides. Does anyone know and can explain the drum crank question in the Master the Military Flight Aptitude Tests? I don't know how the answer key got 1.5 ft, I thought the answer would be 3 ft. Thank you once again!
Also, I plan on taking the OAR this next Monday if everything goes well and I have been studying a lot for the past 2 and half weeks or so. But I fear that due to all the information the OAR covers, I am not retaining as much of the practice material as I would like to. Anyone else feel similar? So far I am just pushing/forcing myself to do practice tests over and over again. But I fear that I am also killing my brain. Anyone have any test insecurity tips? I greatly appreciate it everyone!
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I took the ASTB earlier today, and wanna thank everyone who posted questions and gouge in this forum, it helped me immensely.
Any links i have at the bottom are not created by me they are various guides i found on here and i apologize for not giving credit to everyone whose guides i used. My best advice i can give is to go to page 250 and use anyone's gouge who did really well.
Scores: 61 8/7/7
Major: Math
GPA: 2.85
(have one more year of college)
I want to be a pilot and my recruiter my scores are good enough, but if anyone thinks I should retake please let me know!

I primarily used all the gouge on this website to study I got the trivium book as a practice test but I don't think it helped at all.

MATH: For the math section i feel like i should have studied more for. I am a math major so i guess i felt i knew everything already and just brushed over the topics, which hurt me speed wise... definatly go over the word problems in "astb study guide" and "ASTB Aditional Study Guide" I had questions that were straight from there. i had a perfect number question, painting a house in a certain amount of time, and a lot of extended algebra questions. I had the probability of flipping 3 heads in a row, but no log questions.

Reading: Some bland some not too bad, just make sure if there's any info not directly stated in the paragraph, the choice is wrong. Read the faa handbook, it's double studying!

Mechanical: Very hard, almost all conceptual questions used the the to study guides i previously stated, the marine aviation guide supplement, and the proproofs cardset that has like 230 cards... i think someone said it here before but the cards aren't always right but its good if you catch them when they're wrong. make sure to iron out the concepts more then the math i had 1 question with math and it was balancing a sesaw that had 40lb 1 ft away and 60lb 6 feet away and you need to find where to place a 100 lb weight on the other side to balance.


Aviation and Nautical: i definatly studied the most for this section and had a lot of questions i hadn't seen but the concepts i knew helped... i used what i already said and https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=astb-aviation-nautical-inforfmation-test this card set and another one which i printed out but cant find when i look through my downloads but cant find.i got the CVBG question.


Trait: I honestly dont know if theres a method to madness here just go with your gut.
UAV: i missed 3 averaged 2 seconds ish, used the compas trick but did the spinning in my head which got the times faster.

Dichotic: Used the video everyone posts in here, and did the head tilt which definitely helps

Tracking: I thought i was doing terribly at, like realllly badly. They give you like 5 seconds to practice then throw you in there but it definitely gets easier as time goes by, I had trouble calibrating but my proctor helped get it set. By themselves hard, together almost imposible, probably tracked for like 10% of the whole time and less than that with the dichotic listening.
---- Do your best and don't get frustrated or worried reading that... from what ive read everyone feels this way----

GOSH, thanks everyone let me know if you have any questions!! and sorry for my shitty grammar. Im gunna slap all my downloaded files down below...
also used https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1s0TFbrfix-01JR_nBtxMF2pfE7mo3Apm
https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=_36014
https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=astb-mechanical-comprehension-test
https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=astb-mechanical-comprehension_1


-Joe
Do you remember any of the mechanical questions at all? What do you mean conceptual? Gears? Levers?
 

eagles63ol

Member
How's it going everyone? New member here, just took my ASTB yesterday. Got a 6/8/7 51. I thought it was pretty middle of the road, but my recruiter said he's positive it's competitive enough with my GPA (3.34) and strongly advised against a retake. So here's to hoping. Any questions just ask. Most of the advice on this thread was pretty on point, I did a lot of creeping on here before taking the test.
 
How's it going everyone? New member here, just took my ASTB yesterday. Got a 6/8/7 51. I thought it was pretty middle of the road, but my recruiter said he's positive it's competitive enough with my GPA (3.34) and strongly advised against a retake. So here's to hoping. Any questions just ask. Most of the advice on this thread was pretty on point, I did a lot of creeping on here before taking the test.
I take mine monday and I am very nervous. Mainly for the math and mechanical, what was yours like?
 

eagles63ol

Member
I'm not going to lie, I went through the math section (which I was the most nervous about) positive that I was bombing it. I felt like I for sure knew maybe a third of the answers. It was a lot of exponents plus variables. A lot of "if 1/2n+10-n=15+2n, what is n?" <<That's probably not a valid question, but you get the idea for the format. Math is my weak spot, so the best thing I could do was use the answers to work the problems. If I could work the equation in a way that ended up giving me one of the answer choices, my best bet was to pick that one. *Edit- I remembered there were a couple of questions like this: "Joe traveled 25 mph for 15 minutes, 30 mph for 40 minutes, and 50 mph for 20 minutes. How far did Joe travel?"

Mechanical was also tough for me, also taking into account that I didn't study for it nearly as much as math. A couple like AC / DC current questions. A lot of electrical stuff in general. None of it was super complex like some of the questions I've seen on here in the last couple of pages. The thing I remember is, although I felt like I didn't know most of the answers, just using common sense I felt like I could pick the most reasonable answer.

With math, the test cut me off and ended with like 15 minutes to go. The big thing about the math section for me was TAKE YOUR TIME. You have plenty. I'm not saying spend 10 minutes on a question, but if you think you've got an idea about it, you've got time to work through a couple of problems to see if you can figure it out. I was super worried as well and felt under prepared despite having a math tutor twice a week for the last two months, so I feel your pain. If you've study and/or decent at math you will do just fine. None of it is super complicated, I'm just really bad at math.
 
I'm not going to lie, I went through the math section (which I was the most nervous about) positive that I was bombing it. I felt like I for sure knew maybe a third of the answers. It was a lot of exponents plus variables. A lot of "if 1/2n+10-n=15+2n, what is n?" <<That's probably not a valid question, but you get the idea for the format. Math is my weak spot, so the best thing I could do was use the answers to work the problems. If I could work the equation in a way that ended up giving me one of the answer choices, my best bet was to pick that one. *Edit- I remembered there were a couple of questions like this: "Joe traveled 25 mph for 15 minutes, 30 mph for 40 minutes, and 50 mph for 20 minutes. How far did Joe travel?"

Mechanical was also tough for me, also taking into account that I didn't study for it nearly as much as math. A couple like AC / DC current questions. A lot of electrical stuff in general. None of it was super complex like some of the questions I've seen on here in the last couple of pages. The thing I remember is, although I felt like I didn't know most of the answers, just using common sense I felt like I could pick the most reasonable answer.

With math, the test cut me off and ended with like 15 minutes to go. The big thing about the math section for me was TAKE YOUR TIME. You have plenty. I'm not saying spend 10 minutes on a question, but if you think you've got an idea about it, you've got time to work through a couple of problems to see if you can figure it out. I was super worried as well and felt under prepared despite having a math tutor twice a week for the last two months, so I feel your pain. If you've study and/or decent at math you will do just fine. None of it is super complicated, I'm just really bad at math.
How was the reading for you?
 

Justice22293

New Member
Hello all! I took the OAR for the second time this week and scored a 47! Not too shabby, considering I received a 42 when I took it the first time last month. My package was completed (literally on the last day to submit!) for the August board, thus I'm waiting to hear back next month at this point. My background: B.S. Exercise Science (3.79), M.S. Exercise Science (4.0), OAR 47, applying for SWO August board.

The first test I studied for maybe a total of 5 hours in the week leading up to the OAR with a less than awesome score. With the help of the abundance of study guides found here, I studied for approximately 30-40 hours in the past month since. If there's any one piece of advice I could give someone, it's to study MATH more than any other subject. Also, as a person who also struggles with physics, I put a lot of time into understanding principles of physics rather than actually calculating things out. I will say the OAR gave me very similar, if not most of the same, questions between the first attempt and the second attempt. Math: probability, fractions (know how to divide, multiply, add, subtract them to save time rather than turning them into decimals), how many cards are in a deck (# of hearts, # of kings, etc.), how many sides of a die (6 sides), distance = rate x time equations (in any format), triangles, basic algebra, etc. Reading: with some practice of the first exam, and suggestions of others, I was able to really focus on picking key phrases out of the dry material that was presented to me to eliminate choices that I knew were wrong. STAY CONFIDENT AND CALM! My test froze halfway through this section, and luckily, we were able to recover the exam without losing any progress. I kept my cool and stayed focused. Mechanical: know how to balance levers, the best angle of degree of force in relation to a wrench (example), two stroke engines vs four stroke engines, buoyancy, conduction/convection/radiation, ice cube floating in water (what is denser), etc. Again, I was better off understanding principles rather than trying to study exact questions that might appear on the OAR.

Final thoughts: I exited math with 10 minutes left, used all of my time in reading comprehension, and a minute left in mechanical comprehension. Earplugs definitely would help, considering there were multiple people talking in my recruiting office that I couldn't shut out. Take your time but use it wisely! Pace yourself, stay focused, and STAY CONFIDENT! If you put in the time to study, you shouldn't be stressed out. I can't stress that enough. Good luck, candidates!
 
Hello all! I took the OAR for the second time this week and scored a 47! Not too shabby, considering I received a 42 when I took it the first time last month. My package was completed (literally on the last day to submit!) for the August board, thus I'm waiting to hear back next month at this point. My background: B.S. Exercise Science (3.79), M.S. Exercise Science (4.0), OAR 47, applying for SWO August board.

The first test I studied for maybe a total of 5 hours in the week leading up to the OAR with a less than awesome score. With the help of the abundance of study guides found here, I studied for approximately 30-40 hours in the past month since. If there's any one piece of advice I could give someone, it's to study MATH more than any other subject. Also, as a person who also struggles with physics, I put a lot of time into understanding principles of physics rather than actually calculating things out. I will say the OAR gave me very similar, if not most of the same, questions between the first attempt and the second attempt. Math: probability, fractions (know how to divide, multiply, add, subtract them to save time rather than turning them into decimals), how many cards are in a deck (# of hearts, # of kings, etc.), how many sides of a die (6 sides), distance = rate x time equations (in any format), triangles, basic algebra, etc. Reading: with some practice of the first exam, and suggestions of others, I was able to really focus on picking key phrases out of the dry material that was presented to me to eliminate choices that I knew were wrong. STAY CONFIDENT AND CALM! My test froze halfway through this section, and luckily, we were able to recover the exam without losing any progress. I kept my cool and stayed focused. Mechanical: know how to balance levers, the best angle of degree of force in relation to a wrench (example), two stroke engines vs four stroke engines, buoyancy, conduction/convection/radiation, ice cube floating in water (what is denser), etc. Again, I was better off understanding principles rather than trying to study exact questions that might appear on the OAR.

Final thoughts: I exited math with 10 minutes left, used all of my time in reading comprehension, and a minute left in mechanical comprehension. Earplugs definitely would help, considering there were multiple people talking in my recruiting office that I couldn't shut out. Take your time but use it wisely! Pace yourself, stay focused, and STAY CONFIDENT! If you put in the time to study, you shouldn't be stressed out. I can't stress that enough. Good luck, candidates!
thank youuu! I take mine monday!
 

eagles63ol

Member
How was the reading for you?
I will preface this by saying reading is my strongest point. I used to read everything I could get my hands on. So for me, it was very manageable. However, the reading is EXTREMELY dull, very administrative (policies, procedures, memos, etc.) and you really have to concentrate to not lose focus. What worked for me was, after reading the paragraph, I looked at the answers to the given question. I was able to almost always eliminate all but two answers as obviously wrong. The remaining two could usually go either way and I don't have any advice on that other than to ponder the overall tone and message of the passage and use that to make your best choice.
 

amematt1

New Member
While this message will likely just become one of many future posts a perspective test taker will have to sift through, I wanted to add my thank you to those of you who've answered questions and propagated the study materials found on this forum. I took the ASTB-e on July 10 and received a 62 7/7/7. I attribute much of my success to the free resources I found here. Good luck to all future test takers, and remember to lean to your target ear and draw the compass rose.
 

Leva

Member
Do you remember any of the mechanical questions at all? What do you mean conceptual? Gears? Levers?
i got one pulley question with a standard moveable pulley so the mechanincal adavanatge was 2. the lever question i got was two forces at different lengths on one side of a seesaw and had to find where to put a 100lb weight on the other side to balance it. i got one question of how many gears were counter clockwise and a belt question where you had to know that the closer it is to the center the faster it turns. but thats all i can remember rn
 
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