Aviation Selection Test Battery

The Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB) is also known as the ASTB-E, or as Aviation Standard Test Battery. Although this test has different names, all exams contain the same content. Related U.S. military entrance exams include the Armed Services Vocational Battery (ASVAB) and Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT).

The test is aimed to ensure that all Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps Officers possesses a high degree of compatibility with the tasks of an Officer, in terms of both aptitude and attitude. The ASTB is a powerful selection tool that should be taken seriously by all candidates who aspire to the rank of Officer in these three branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Content of the ASTB

The Aviation Selection Test Battery is comprised of seven sections:

  • Math Skills Test (MST) – This section contains high-school level questions involving math functions such as algebra, geometry, basic arithmetic, perimeter, circumference, area, time/speed/distance, angles and word problems.
  • Reading Comprehension Test (RCT) – This section contains passages that are followed by various conclusions. The task is to select the alternative that is completely true based solely on the information contained in the passage.
  • Mechanical Comprehension Test (MCT) – This section includes questions that reflect the subject matter of a beginning physics course. The mechanics of uncomplicated equipment such as gears and measuring scales comprise a substantial number of the MCT questions. Some of the other items include volume, pressure, velocity, weight and electricity. Learn more about the MCT.
  • Aviation and Nautical Information Test (ANIT) – This section is composed of basic facts behind flight and seafaring topics. Areas such as history, terminology, aerodynamic and other principles of aviation, flight rules and fundamental plane components are prevalent in the ANIT section of the ASTB.
  • Naval Aviation Trait Facet Inventory (NATFI) – The NATFI section is similar to a personality test. This is an important part of the ASTB as it assesses your behavioral fit with the parameters of an aviation Officer’s position. You can study for this personality inventory by practicing on sample tests until you feel comfortable with the types of questions and the format of the NATFI section.
  • Performance Based Measures Battery (PBM) – In this section you will receive a map to review and flight simulation format. Your job will entail guiding an airplane on a screen in accordance with specific directions.
  • Biographical Inventory with Response Validation (BI-RV) – The BI-RV is formatted as a biodata questionnaire, highlighting your prior experiences and aviation accomplishments.

ASTB Format

Multiple-choice is the format utilized in the first four sections: MST, RCT, MCT, and ANIT. The NATFI section is formatted as pairs with 44 items, two statements per item.

If the field of aviation is not for you, but you are seeking to become an Officer, you can expect to take only the initial three ASTB sections. The timeframe for the three general aptitude portions of the test is 2 hours.

ASTB Exam Scores

Each section of the Aviation Selection Test Battery carries its own score. These individual scores are converted to percentile ratings. The percentiles in turn create a Stanine (Standard Nine) ranking system:

Stanine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Percentile Range 1-4 4-11 11-23 23-40 40-60 60-77 77-89 89-96 96-99

The Rating system is established through various combinations of the Stanine rank for each section. A composite of the first three sections, appraised together for Officer candidates without including aviation, is termed Officer Aptitude Rating (OAR).

The remaining three Ratings include: Academic Qualifications Rating (AQR); Pilot Flight Aptitude Rating (PFAR); and Flight Officer Aptitude Rating (FOFAR).

Preparing for the ASTB

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