The Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB-E) is used for aviation officer program. The exam is broken up into seven different sections, three of which comprise the Officer Aptitude Rating (OAR), a test used to determine eligibility for non-aviation officer program. Primarily, the ASTB-E is used by the U.S. Navy, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard to determine officer eligibility.
The ASTB-E measures multiple aptitude and personal characteristics across various cognitive abilities – math skills, reading skills, and familiarity with mechanical concepts and machines. Individuals are also assessed on their knowledge of aviation and nautical terminology, aircraft components and functions, basic aerodynamic principles and understanding of basic flight rules and regulations. Individuals are also tested on their ability to think in three dimensions, physical dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and multitasking. The ASTBE-E also asses personality traits and evaluation of relevant background experiences. These test areas have proven to be excellent predictors of training performance – incoming individuals with high ASTB-E score are more likely to achieve higher grades in aviation training and successfully complete the aviation training program.