Could You Pass the Aviation Standard Test Battery?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz
Deep down, you’ve always loved Kenny Loggins. But do you really have what it takes to hop into the cockpit of a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor? Sure, you might get high scores on the hardest PC flight simulators, but that doesn’t mean you’re Top Gun material. To prove it, you’ll have to pass the United States Navy’s Aviation Standard Test Battery (ASTB). If you soar through the questions on this quiz, maybe you’ll be America’s number one fighter pilot!
The ASTB is nothing like the tests you’d take for medical school or even a bar exam. It’s a relatively short test that probes your knowledge of a variety of subjects, including math, reading comprehension, physics, military history, and more. Have you crammed hard enough to hit the afterburners in this exciting quiz? Don't think for a moment that mastering a flight simulator game will make it easy for you to ace this quiz. There's a lot more to flying successfully than wiggling a joystick or hitting keys!
Sure, taking tests isn’t nearly as exciting as landing a $22 million jet on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise. But you have to start somewhere. See if you can pass this ATSB quiz now!
What's the purpose of the Aviation Standard Test Battery?
to create superwarriors
to train Navy SEALs
to find pilots and flight officers for the Navy
The Aviation Standard Test Battery is a test that the Navy uses to identify flight office and pilot candidates. The men and women who want to be Navy pilots must pass this test.
Six degrees of freedom is a physics concept that relates the movement of a body through space. Pilots must have a firm grasp on the way planes move through three-dimensional space … or suffer the consequences.
What sort of questions do you answer on the Biographical Inventory with Response Validation?
video game knowledge
general facts about your life
The Biographical Inventory with Response Validation is the quirky part of the test that asks probing questions about your life. The Navy says there are no "right" or "wrong" answers on this section, and that is a load of hooey.