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Military Flight Aptitude Tests For Dummies 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470600320
ISBN-10: 0470600322
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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Grasp the knowledge needed to score higher
  • Put to use helpful test-taking strategies
  • Take practice exams for each of the service-specific flight tests (AFOQT, ASTB, and SIFT)

The fast and easy way to watch your test scores fly

The competition to become a military aviator is fierce. Candidates seeking entry into a military flight-training program must first score well on a complicated, service-specific flight aptitude test. Now, there's help! With practice exams and in-depth instruction, Military Flight Aptitude Tests For Dummies includes the most up-to-date military testing information, including the SIFT test, and gives you everything you need to score higher and begin a career in military aviation.

  • Become a military aviator — take a look at the different military aircraft you might fly and what it's like to be a military aviator, then get to know the different training programs offered by the various services
  • Divide and conquer — hone your command of language and mathematical skills, and get a representative set of sample questions to test your knowledge as you go
  • Get technical — get an in-depth review of the science, aeronautical, and mental skills you'll need for the test, complemented with lots of practice questions
  • Practice makes perfect — take a sample Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT), Navy and Marine Corps/Coast Guard Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB), and Army Selection Instrument for Flight Training (SIFT)

Open the book and find:

  • The latest military testing information, including the new Army SIFT test
  • A review of the aircraft you might fly
  • Military aviation officer opportunities
  • Test-taking strategies and tips
  • Example problems for every subject included on the tests
  • Practice tests, with answers and detailed explanations, for the AFOQT, ASTB, and SIFT
  • What to do before exam day
  • Ways to maximize your score

About the Author

Terry J. Hawn is an Army Senior Aviator qualified in the AH-64 "Apache" helicopter and holds a civilian flight instructor license for both airplanes and helicopters. A pilot for over 40 years, Hawn has logged over 8,000 hours of flight time. Peter Economy is a bestselling author, coauthor, or ghostwriter of more than 55 books. He has written ten For Dummies books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470600322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470600320
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bundt Lust VINE VOICE on October 17, 2013
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I am a military aviation English instructor (fixed- and rotary-wing) and have spent the past year in charge of an Army rotary-wing aviation project, so I was interested to see the new SIFT (Selection Instrument for Flight Training) that recently replaced AFAST (Alternate Flight Aptitude Selection Test) and test items aimed specifically at helicopter pilots.

The first chapters cover the various aircraft flown and aviation training tracks of the various service branches, as well as a brief overview of military ranks, flight pay, benefits, etc.

I've used various commercial study guides for the AFOQT (Air Force Officer Qualifying Test), and the flight-related questions are similar across the different tests in that you'll be asked questions about basic aerodynamics, flight characteristics of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, drawings that test your spatial apperception, and reading and math skills.

The book does a good job at describing what is expected for each section of the various flight aptitude tests and includes several practice tests with explanations. Aviation-related info and basic science review is covered in one section, and language and math skills each get their own large chapters in Part II. In addition to the practice tests included in the book, there is also a handy printable cheat sheet available for download on the publisher's website (Military Flight Aptitude Tests for Dummies Cheat Sheet: [...]

For those of you who are already in the military, you have free access to additional flight aptitude reviews (AFAST/SIFT, AFOQT, Military Flight Aptitude) via the Peterson's DoD MWR Libraries (Peterson's flight aptitude reviews: AFAST/SIFT, AFOQT, military flight aptitude): [...
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It's really a no-brainer that in order to become a military aviator you're going to have to really do well on AFOQT, ASTB, or the SIFT. The hardest part is probably working up to a test, thinking about how to study for it. The tests are broad-based encompassing everything from your language and math skills to your aeronautical. If you really want a chance at flight school, and you do if you are reading this, you really will have to learn how to strategize and study for the exam of your choice. You can't just take these exams infinitely until you get the score you want. For example, you can only take the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) twice. The choice really is yours. You may have the knowledge, may have the skills, but you need to learn how to take these tests. Chapters three and four will give you a good idea of what you're in for and how to prepare.

In this book you'll be able to take a look at the types of questions you'll be asked. Of course the more you practice, the easier it will be to get in the test mode that will be critical when you're actually taking the test. Throughout the book you'll find little icons that will highlight additional information you'll need to pay attention to. They offer up tips, things you'll need to remember, technical stuff, and offer up cautionary notes. For example, one thing to remember is that "if you don't meet the requirements (and can't get a waiver) for one branch, make sure you look at the other, which may have completely different sets of requirements." Little tidbits like this can definitely impact your career in the military, if not your life.

In the back of the book is an excellent index. If you are confident and proficient in one area, but lacking in another, a good index is invaluable.
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I knew almost immediately this book was terrible. I knew this because I took the ASVAB years ago when I enlisted and that Dummies book was phenomenal and helped me get 98 to 99 on every section. Well this one....1/4 of it is general overview of aircraft, pay tables, etc. Hopefully you already know about this or can use google before you decided to start studying for the test! Into the study materials.... NONE of the section tests/quizes provide any review of test answers. The only ones that provide an explanation are the final complete exam practice tests at the end. Even those explanations are lazy and don't help clarify. So let me reiterate, you are in the Analogies section and you get to the end of the unit where there are maybe 25 sample questions. You answer them, flip to the answers section to check, and all it is, is a letter of the "right" answer. No reason why, which I disagreed with some, so I had no justification as to why I was "wrong." Same with math, etc. Just a letter of the right answer with no explanation on how to get there.

So then the study material itself....The language and the math sections just list many tables and says "memorize this table." For example the analogies were like here is a table of the top 15 types of analogies. okay.... The math was like here is a table of unit conversions of yard to feet, feet to inches, to centimeters. Let me tell you, much of this isn't even on the exam. I rarely had to convert. The geometry in this book was a joke... it's like here is a table of how to calculate areas. The real exam is much more difficult.

To conclude, I recognized immediately that this was garbage, so I used the AFOQT guide.com free website practice tests and took those, then studied the ones that I got wrong.
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