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

exNavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
If a package is submitted for a specific board and I retake the ASTB, does that void the submitted package? For instance, the aviation boards are not until 24 May, I can retake the exam on 02 May but will that null my kit due to the new scores? Could I potentially retroactively submit the new score? Hopefully this isn’t confusing.
once it is through the approval process to go to board that is it, before that point there is some wiggle room but depending on how busy they are if you retake and they have to do corrections you could miss the board, in some cases when there have been changes a person wanted to make they have just kicked back the entire application and had them make corrections, then resubmit for the next board.
 

cloja

New Member
Good afternoon, I'm new to the group and trying to apply to be a pilot. What is a good material to study for the ASTB?
 

DGoldy

Member
Jantzen and mike's ASTB trainer for the pbmt trainer


 

GMWS10

New Member
https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=astb-mechanical-comprehension-test

Would anybody be able to chime in on this as a good mechanical comp study guide in addition to Kyle's 2019 guide? Also if anyone knows, how long do eye waivers usually take? Also because of this eye waiver thing, I got to push my original ASTB date from the 25th of March to the 22nd of April yay me more time to study. Also congrats to flying squid at the top who got 64 8/8/8! And whats this i've been hearing about lower scores for the exam?
hey do you know where I can find kyle's study guide and the gouges? I tried opening some of the links in the forum but they wont respond or open to me. I take the test soon. Im looking for a good source for math and mechanical comprehension
 

GMWS10

New Member
what is reviewed during board selections? i understand the OAR, application, GPA, but do they have a preference for one or the other in example the job for Intel or SWO or SNA, what do they look for in those candidates, is diversity a thing or no?
 

exNavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
what is reviewed during board selections? i understand the OAR, application, GPA, but do they have a preference for one or the other in example the job for Intel or SWO or SNA, what do they look for in those candidates, is diversity a thing or no?
aviation is all about ASTB, SWO is more about GPA and degree, Intel is about GPA and degree as well, diversity is not a thing on the front end, it is looked at after selections are made to help NRC figure out where more outreach is needed in order to get more diverse candidates to apply.
 

Shheen

Integrity
Howdy,

Currently enlisted in the Navy Intelligence Field (E-6, 8 years of experience). Took my ASTB for the first time studied for roughly 15 hours (probably less), scored a 45 4/5/6. I realize these scores are the bare minimum. However, all of the Navy Pilots/NFOs that I have met with have stated the scores don't necessary mean everything especially with multiple O-6+ Pilot/NFO appraisals/recommendations. I am confident that I can score much higher, but the first time taking the test, the computer froze up and skipped the remaining portion of that section and I would rather not risk that happening again. I have a 4.0 GPA.

Just looking for everyone else take on the situation, Thanks.
Shheen
 

exNavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
Howdy,

Currently enlisted in the Navy Intelligence Field (E-6, 8 years of experience). Took my ASTB for the first time studied for roughly 15 hours (probably less), scored a 45 4/5/6. I realize these scores are the bare minimum. However, all of the Navy Pilots/NFOs that I have met with have stated the scores don't necessary mean everything especially with multiple O-6+ Pilot/NFO appraisals/recommendations. I am confident that I can score much higher, but the first time taking the test, the computer froze up and skipped the remaining portion of that section and I would rather not risk that happening again. I have a 4.0 GPA.

Just looking for everyone else take on the situation, Thanks.
Shheen
nope, ASTB is pretty much everything, it doesn't matter who you are or what you have done, or who you have LOR's from, the data doesn't lie.
 

villo0692

Well-Known Member
Howdy,

Currently enlisted in the Navy Intelligence Field (E-6, 8 years of experience). Took my ASTB for the first time studied for roughly 15 hours (probably less), scored a 45 4/5/6. I realize these scores are the bare minimum. However, all of the Navy Pilots/NFOs that I have met with have stated the scores don't necessary mean everything especially with multiple O-6+ Pilot/NFO appraisals/recommendations. I am confident that I can score much higher, but the first time taking the test, the computer froze up and skipped the remaining portion of that section and I would rather not risk that happening again. I have a 4.0 GPA.

Just looking for everyone else take on the situation, Thanks.
Shheen
I mean, if you can submit your package before Friday, which is the deadline for the May board, I'd just submit that....and then study for a retake in case you don't get picked up.....if you're looking at the August board, I'd definitely retake
 

GMWS10

New Member
hi does anyone have specific tips for the mechanical section of the OAR? I am really struggling to find information in books and websites on this forum. Some have detailed, some do not, i know the section is 30 questions in 15minutes, how difficult are the questions. Someone said its like physics for truckers and requires simple intuition? im really lost in this process sorry
 

NevarYalnal

Well-Known Member
hi does anyone have specific tips for the mechanical section of the OAR? I am really struggling to find information in books and websites on this forum. Some have detailed, some do not, i know the section is 30 questions in 15minutes, how difficult are the questions. Someone said its like physics for truckers and requires simple intuition? im really lost in this process sorry
the test is adaptive; not guaranteed you will get 30 questions. you may end up using the whole time or it might kick you out early. also because it's so short you're not going super deep into having to work out problems the way you might need to for the math section. would emphasize understanding concepts versus rote memorization of formulas. You can use Khan academy to brush up on physics principles and supplement whatever is in the kyle drive.
 

Oshun8235

Member
hi does anyone have specific tips for the mechanical section of the OAR? I am really struggling to find information in books and websites on this forum. Some have detailed, some do not, i know the section is 30 questions in 15minutes, how difficult are the questions. Someone said its like physics for truckers and requires simple intuition? im really lost in this process sorry
If you have a couple of good asvab apps with good high ratings on your phone those can help.


Kyle's Study (Everyone has this)
 

arRay

New Member
Hi everyone! I've been lurking on this forum for quite a while and I am finally making my obligatory scores post. A month ago, I scored a 48 5/5/5 on the ASTB and my retake is this Friday. I know I missed a few on the UAV, messed up a lot on the dichotic listening, and I missed one of the emergency procedures for the PBM. Would this be the root cause of my low PFAR and FOFAR scores? I've seen similar or lower OAR scores with higher AQR, PFAR, and FOFAR scores. That being said, I know my OAR is quite low but I am hoping that I can get it above a 55.

I studied Kyle's Google Drive religiously and honestly, I saw a lot of similar information on the test. For those who haven't used it, I highly recommend checking it out.

I haven't been able to prep much within the past few weeks because of school and other obligations. Any recommendations for content that I should check out or tips/tricks would help a bunch. Thanks!!
 
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