When taking an exam like the ASTB a lot of questions can come up regarding logistics, the best ways to study, and what score you should be aiming for.
We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions we’ve been asked over the years through our contact form when it comes to the ASTB – hopefully you find out what you’re looking for in the answers below if not please feel free to drop us an email.
Best way to study for the ASTB?
Hands down the best way to study for the ASTB is practice. The best tip we can give you is to make a decision on a quality study guide and put your heart and soul into preparing for this test. The best way to do that is to do as many practice tests as you can before you sit down and write the ASTB. Practice tests won’t hit on every possible question you might get asked but, they will familiarize you with the format and pace of the exam. Taking the potential surprise factor out of the test is what will garner you the most success.
How can I signup to take the ASTB?
The easiest way to get registered to take the ASTB is to first visit your local recruitment office so that they can determine whether or not you qualify. Once qualified to write the ASTB you will be put in touch with another officer that will be able to register you for the exam.
Where can I take the ASTB?
This largely depends on where you are located. Once qualified and registered the recruitment officer will provide options of where you can take the ASTB that are most convenient for you. Keep in mind it is advisable to complete the BI-RV, which you can complete at home or on any computer with an internet connection prior to taking the rest of the ASTB at a testing facility.
How many times can I take the ASTB?
Ultimately you get three kicks at the can. In your lifetime you can only write the ASTB a total of 3 times. And the most recent score is the one that counts. So, if on your 3rd and final attempt you get your worst score that’s the one that sticks. So take any re-test as seriously as the last. Be confident that you can achieve a higher score prior to re-testing.
How long are my ASTB scores valid?
Your ASTB score is valid for life. Your most recent score is the one that counts and it will stand as such for your lifetime.
What are the minimum ASTB scores?
Depending on which branch you want to get into there are different minimum scores that you will need to achieve. Please see the below table for the minimum you must achieve on the ASTB to be considered for their respective branch.
|Student Naval Aviators (SNA)||4||5||—||—|
|Student Naval Flight Officers (SNFO)||4||—||5||—|
|Marine Pilots and Marine Flight Officers||4||—||6||—|
|Coast Guards and OCS||4||5||—||—|
Remember that these scores are just a base line – the absolute lowest that will be considered. This in no way should be what you strive to get as there are a finite number of seats and many candidates will do much better than the minimum allowed scores.
What are good scores for the ASTB?
Unfortunately there’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to ‘What is a good ASTB score’. That’s because it largely depends on how well your peers do. You could score along the minimum requirements and be selected because so many other candidates did worse. Or you could score in the 90th percentile and not make it because everyone else in your group scored in the 96th. Your best bet is to put in the time and effort when preparing for the ASTB and the best way to do that is to write as many practice tests as you can by using quality ASTB study guides. If at the end of the day you can truly say you couldn’t have prepared any better then you should have no regrets. If you can’t say that then it’s time to hit the books and try again. A good score is the best one you can achieve through hard work and dedication.
Any more questions?
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