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

Darkenergy34

New Member
This happened to me too! The computer had to be shut down and restarted I kid you not at least 5 times during my test! My math drop down menu wasn't working, but the timer was still going while I went to get help and while she shut it down. It's not that the computer glitch makes you answer wrong, but it is difficult to stay focused for a long period of time. The computer glitches stretched out my test an extra hour. By the time I was finished I was exhausted ahaha. Needless to say I will be taking the ASTB again and my advice to anyone taking the test is if your experiencing technical difficulties- RESCHEDULE! Why risk under performing on one of only 3 possible attempts?

Was told i could reschedule, then later they told me I had to restart where I finished.
 
Hey man, good luck. Took mine earlier this month and scored 54 6/5/6, so decent enough and my recruiter thinks it'll be okay for what I'm applying for SWO/NFO, but I'm mentally preparing myself to take it again haha. I guess biggest difference is that ASVAB is at a high school level while OAR/ASTB is at a college level - take that as you will. Get good rest, eat a filling breakfast - it took me like 4.5 - 5 hours for the full exam + paperwork. Just make sure to read all of the instructions incredibly carefully, especially when you get to the performance based measure section.
thanks for the feedback man, i appreciate it! took the test a few weeks back just kept forgetting to post but i ended up getting a 45/5/6/6 so i cant complain. the recruiters there said i should be good with my 7 years in intel background and i scored more than minimum for Pilot/IntelO i shouldnt have a problem. i thought about retaking the exam but they advised me against it since they said the scores + experience + college should be good enough. i got the hard part out of the way (the test) now i just need to complete my last 8 college courses and 6 interviews and my package should be complete!
 
@ccrutchfield

Great info. I've just started really setting aside time to retake my test. Stupid question but, since you just took your test can you remember the Dichotic listening test rules? Like we lean into the target ear and press the clutch/trigger for BOTH odd/even numbers correct? Or if the target ear is the right only odd numbers? Sorry I'm just trying to prepare as I feel I bombed this section and no one has asked it here. Thanks!
some advise i heard and helped a little bit is leaning to the target ear (left/right). helps you focus a little bit more to that side. they will explain the rules and let you get a couple tets rounds before the actual test just listen closely. ONE ear represents EVEN numbers and the OTHER EAR represents ODD numbers. so yo uhave to pay attention to what ear they will be testing and go from there!
 

exNavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
thanks for the feedback man, i appreciate it! took the test a few weeks back just kept forgetting to post but i ended up getting a 45/5/6/6 so i cant complain. the recruiters there said i should be good with my 7 years in intel background and i scored more than minimum for Pilot/IntelO i shouldnt have a problem. i thought about retaking the exam but they advised me against it since they said the scores + experience + college should be good enough. i got the hard part out of the way (the test) now i just need to complete my last 8 college courses and 6 interviews and my package should be complete!
I would also say to submit with those scores and see what happens for SNA, the lower the PFAR the lower the chance for selection, when it comes to SNA the rest doesn't matter, when it comes to Intel the rest does matter but also a much more competitive designator.
 

NevarYalnal

Well-Known Member
View attachment 30986 Can anyone explain the best way to simplify radicals like this or link me to a video? Thanks
the negative just means it goes in the denominator so you can ignore that for now. without the negative sign the problem reads as "what is the cubed root of 343 to the fourth power", which you can rewrite as (cubed root of 343)^4 power.
  1. solve for the cube root of 343 (i.e. what to the third power is equal to 343?)
  2. set the ans in 1) to the 4th power
  3. put the ans in 2) in the denominator (i.e. put 1 over that number) to account for the -1 we ignored in the beginning
 

JinxRocket

FishBones47 (B.S. Aviation Management GPA 3.59)
For those of you that have taken the ASTB-E did the distance rate time questions have a lot of decimals or were they pretty straightforward and easy to calculate?
 

GMWS10

New Member
hi i have a MEPS appointment in couple of days, was wondering if anyone had any tips or things to be careful of while there? I would appreciate it.
 

NevarYalnal

Well-Known Member
fully aware
well then there's really nothing to be concerned with at MEPS; only things that could possibly trip you up there is if you "remembered" stuff you left out on your medical screening forms and if you fail the pee / breathalyzer test. as an officer candidate your day is gonna be done by around noon since there's no taking of the ASVAB or meeting with detailers to choose a rate.
 

cp801

Active Member
Going back for a moment to the topic of NAMI whammy's starting at OCS, if I pass all anthro tests and am initially dq'd for something vision related, do I have an opportunity to get any sort of corrective surgery done (assuming it would solve my issue) before being forced to redesignate? Or do you basically only get the one look by the flight surgeon?
 

exNavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
Going back for a moment to the topic of NAMI whammy's starting at OCS, if I pass all anthro tests and am initially dq'd for something vision related, do I have an opportunity to get any sort of corrective surgery done (assuming it would solve my issue) before being forced to redesignate? Or do you basically only get the one look by the flight surgeon?
you cannot be forced to redesignate, you can be asked if you want to. They will not give you time to get surgery, you can go home, get surgery and apply again, and others have done that.
 

username06

New Member
Just want to ask about the sections in ASTB. There's OAR (Math, Reading, and Mech) and ASTB (UAV, Questions for Personality, then PBM) but SPATIAL APPERCEPTION and Bi-RV aren't included anymore right?
 
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