The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Aviation Selection Test Battery (commonly referred to as the ASTB) was developed to predict the success of students in aviation officer training programs. The Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard use various tests from the complete test battery as a primary selection instrument for their aviation programs.
The Naval Operational Medicine Institute (NOMI) controls the administration, verification, and management of test scores, and all materials related to the test battery.
The ASTB is primarily an aptitude test it assesses math skills and aptitude, the ability to extract meaning from written material, familiarity with mechanical concepts and simple machines, and the ability to perform mental rotations to determine the orientation of aircraft in 3-dimensional space.
The ASTB also measures your knowledge of aviation and nautical terminology, familiarity with aircraft components and function, knowledge of basic aerodynamic principles, and grasp of some flight rules and regulations. You can improve your performance on this part of the battery by studying. Examinees with aviation and (to a lesser extent) shipboard experience will typically do well. Both these concepts have proven to be excellent predictors of both training performance and success in training. If you walk in with some level of basic knowledge in these areas you'll be more likely to succeed as an aviator.
The Coast Guard Academy can administer the ASTB on a by-appointment basis. Contact the Cadet Training branch.
Also, at the moment FC-514 is arranging for all ESOs who administer the in-service version of the ASVAB to also administer the on-line version of the ASTB. The status of this initiative is unknown at the moment.
In the meantime, you can make arrangements to take it at most Navy and Marine Corps recruiting centers or, if the distance to one is prohibitive, your ESO may be able to obtain a hard-copy version and administer it at your unit. See the next question below for
Your ESO can e-mail the contact listed below at NOMI. It must contain the name and SSN of the individual(s) requesting the ASTB, state who will be proctoring it, and how the test materials will be stored while they're in your ESO's custody. NOMI’s address is:
Naval Operational Medicine Institute (Code 341)
220 Hovey Rd.
Pensacola , FL 32508-1047
Email address is email@example.com
Phone number is: 850-452-2435
You may only retake the battery three times. After the first time, you're required to wait at least 30 days before taking it again (i.e., you can't take it until the 31st day after your first test). After the second time, you're required to wait at least 90 days before taking it for the last time (i.e., you can't take it until the 91st day after your second test). Regardless of whether your re-test scores are higher than those of a previous test, only the most recent scores are considered for program eligibility.
If you take a re-test too early or if you take a re-test using a form that you've already taken, the scoring computer will consider it an illegal test. An illegal test is counted as one of the three tests you may take in your lifetime, even though the score is not counted as a valid score.