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ASTB - Prep/Study Guide feedback

Jurgy22

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Hello everyone! I am taking the ASTB on January 15th. I have been studying for a little over a month now using recommended study guides and Kyle's gouge. However, there is a lot of information. If anyone has any last minute advice or materials / study guides and willing to share I would be more than thankful! All of this is pretty new to me so I am nervous to say the least. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in psychology with a 3.8 GPA so needless to say my degree was not focused on this type of knowledge. My main motivation to join the Navy is because my husband is in. I have always been interested in joining however just never took the leap to actually do it. We discussed me finally joining and it will be a great move for our future. Thanks again!
How did Kyles's gouge work for you?
 
Hello All -

Recently took the OAR on 25 Feb 2021. Score: 61

I'm 25, been out of college for a couple years, CIV no prior military exp. Ended up studying for about 4 weeks. First two weeks I studied for about an hour/day and last two weeks, I studied for a few hours/day plus multiple hours on the 2 weekends prior to the test. I've attached the guides that were helpful for me.

General comments about the test:
  • The biggest thing I noticed right away that I hadn't heard or seen anywhere on here was the fact that the test doesn't tell you what question you're on. Definitely need to be aware of where you're at in the test because of this.
  • Whole test took me right at 1 hour 20 minutes. No need for snacks/water if you're just taking the OAR, just buckle up and focus.
MATH:
  • If you can do every problem in the attached Match Guide, you will ace this portion. Trust me when I say this, you know this guide like the back of your hand, you literally need nothing else for the math portion.
  • I did get the "write a # in binary base 4" question which told me I was doing well on the test. Ended up having to guess on that one. I think I answered about 20 questions before the system ended it. Has about 20 minutes left when it did this.
READING:
  • It is what it is. I spent a total of ~ 30 minutes studying for this part just to make sure I knew the format of the questions.
  • TIP: I tallied on the given paper the number of questions I completed. Again, the test didn't tell me which # question I was on so I literally made a tally mark after each one. This helped me with timing. Pretty sure everyone has to go through every question for this section.
MECH COMP:
  • https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=astb-mechanical-comprehension-test
  • Know the above flash cards like the back of your hand and you'll be fine.
  • Easier than I thought. Definitely studied too hard of concepts for this one. Didn't get anything too hard (though I think this is where I lost points) but I wish I spent more time on mastering the easy stuff.
  • Have to know all the simple concepts really well. Pulleys, gears, SIMPLE formulas.
  • If you're studying all the hard concepts/formulas, do yourself a favor and stop. Just hammer the simple stuff.
  • Saw a post on here that recommended signing up for a physics course. Don't do that. You'll be fine.
- Applying Supply and SWO -

Thankful for everyone in here for all the guidance and help to do well!
 

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Hello All -

Recently took the OAR on 25 Feb 2021. Score: 61

I'm 25, been out of college for a couple years, CIV no prior military exp. Ended up studying for about 4 weeks. First two weeks I studied for about an hour/day and last two weeks, I studied for a few hours/day plus multiple hours on the 2 weekends prior to the test. I've attached the guides that were helpful for me.

General comments about the test:
  • The biggest thing I noticed right away that I hadn't heard or seen anywhere on here was the fact that the test doesn't tell you what question you're on. Definitely need to be aware of where you're at in the test because of this.
  • Whole test took me right at 1 hour 20 minutes. No need for snacks/water if you're just taking the OAR, just buckle up and focus.
MATH:
  • If you can do every problem in the attached Match Guide, you will ace this portion. Trust me when I say this, you know this guide like the back of your hand, you literally need nothing else for the math portion.
  • I did get the "write a # in binary base 4" question which told me I was doing well on the test. Ended up having to guess on that one. I think I answered about 20 questions before the system ended it. Has about 20 minutes left when it did this.
READING:
  • It is what it is. I spent a total of ~ 30 minutes studying for this part just to make sure I knew the format of the questions.
  • TIP: I tallied on the given paper the number of questions I completed. Again, the test didn't tell me which # question I was on so I literally made a tally mark after each one. This helped me with timing. Pretty sure everyone has to go through every question for this section.
MECH COMP:
  • https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=astb-mechanical-comprehension-test
  • Know the above flash cards like the back of your hand and you'll be fine.
  • Easier than I thought. Definitely studied too hard of concepts for this one. Didn't get anything too hard (though I think this is where I lost points) but I wish I spent more time on mastering the easy stuff.
  • Have to know all the simple concepts really well. Pulleys, gears, SIMPLE formulas.
  • If you're studying all the hard concepts/formulas, do yourself a favor and stop. Just hammer the simple stuff.
  • Saw a post on here that recommended signing up for a physics course. Don't do that. You'll be fine.
- Applying Supply and SWO -

Thankful for everyone in here for all the guidance and help to do well!
Good feedback for those following the path to a commission. Thanks for paying it forward and good luck.
 

C.S.N.

New Member
Hello All -

Recently took the OAR on 25 Feb 2021. Score: 61

I'm 25, been out of college for a couple years, CIV no prior military exp. Ended up studying for about 4 weeks. First two weeks I studied for about an hour/day and last two weeks, I studied for a few hours/day plus multiple hours on the 2 weekends prior to the test. I've attached the guides that were helpful for me.

General comments about the test:
  • The biggest thing I noticed right away that I hadn't heard or seen anywhere on here was the fact that the test doesn't tell you what question you're on. Definitely need to be aware of where you're at in the test because of this.
  • Whole test took me right at 1 hour 20 minutes. No need for snacks/water if you're just taking the OAR, just buckle up and focus.
MATH:
  • If you can do every problem in the attached Match Guide, you will ace this portion. Trust me when I say this, you know this guide like the back of your hand, you literally need nothing else for the math portion.
  • I did get the "write a # in binary base 4" question which told me I was doing well on the test. Ended up having to guess on that one. I think I answered about 20 questions before the system ended it. Has about 20 minutes left when it did this.
READING:
  • It is what it is. I spent a total of ~ 30 minutes studying for this part just to make sure I knew the format of the questions.
  • TIP: I tallied on the given paper the number of questions I completed. Again, the test didn't tell me which # question I was on so I literally made a tally mark after each one. This helped me with timing. Pretty sure everyone has to go through every question for this section.
MECH COMP:
  • https://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/story.php?title=astb-mechanical-comprehension-test
  • Know the above flash cards like the back of your hand and you'll be fine.
  • Easier than I thought. Definitely studied too hard of concepts for this one. Didn't get anything too hard (though I think this is where I lost points) but I wish I spent more time on mastering the easy stuff.
  • Have to know all the simple concepts really well. Pulleys, gears, SIMPLE formulas.
  • If you're studying all the hard concepts/formulas, do yourself a favor and stop. Just hammer the simple stuff.
  • Saw a post on here that recommended signing up for a physics course. Don't do that. You'll be fine.
- Applying Supply and SWO -

Thankful for everyone in here for all the guidance and help to do well!
Hey thank you so much for this!!! This definitely helps a lot! Out of curiosity, what's your degree in? Do you come from a physics or math background? I'm coming from a health science background, so its been a LONG time since I've studied any of this ha
 

Oshun8235

Member
Hey thank you so much for this!!! This definitely helps a lot! Out of curiosity, what's your degree in? Do you come from a physics or math background? I'm coming from a health science background, so its been a LONG time since I've studied any of this ha
Thanks for the words of incouragement. And congrats. I'm looking forward to sharing the next success story when I retake my test in June.
 

Wright_Riley

New Member
Does anyone know if the recent test is adaptive? I took the ASVAB back in 2018 and it was adaptive and I got a 98 on it. I'm studying pretty hard for the ASTB now and some of these study guides seem way more complicated than what the study books I own are saying (like mometrix). basically, I'm wondering if I'm going to get my butt handed to me on a paper exam from the start or if I will be able to work my way up to getting my butt whooped lol.
 

exNavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
Does anyone know if the recent test is adaptive? I took the ASVAB back in 2018 and it was adaptive and I got a 98 on it. I'm studying pretty hard for the ASTB now and some of these study guides seem way more complicated than what the study books I own are saying (like mometrix). basically, I'm wondering if I'm going to get my butt handed to me on a paper exam from the start or if I will be able to work my way up to getting my butt whooped lol.
yes it is adaptive, has been for about 10 years.
 
Hey thank you so much for this!!! This definitely helps a lot! Out of curiosity, what's your degree in? Do you come from a physics or math background? I'm coming from a health science background, so its been a LONG time since I've studied any of this ha
I majored in Marketing and minored in Comm. Most of this was jogging memory from H.S. for me
 
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