I'm really stressing the math portion of the exam. I've used both the Accepted Inc. study guide with the Apache on the cover and Peterson's study guide with the AFOQT math problems. I'm just worried something will be on the exam I didn't cover. To anyone who has taken the exam. I'm assuming the majority of questions will be word problems?
I think more time should be devoted to clicking really fast.... After taking the SIFT I felt that finishing both of the first two sections under time and with only a couple mistakes meant more to my score than the math section. (My math section ran almost the whole alloted time, and I did not feel very warm and fuzzy about it. I was expecting more physics related questions, and got a whole lot of probability styled questions)
My advice would be to click fast, and be ready for what the test is going to ask of you. Take the time in between sections to calm down. Spend less time on studying math and more on knowing that an MI-8 isnt a US helicopter. Sounds simple but I managed a 74.
I would venture to say be quick but concise. Dont be clicking too fast that you are sloppy with the answers. I would take a quick second to "dial in" before starting each section. Essentially mentally preparing myself to work fast. If I remember correctly the timer doesnt start until you start the section. So take that time to regroup between sections if you have to.
I wrote it earlier but its probably buried somewhere in the pages here. I used the blue book with the apache on the front and thought it was very good.
Don't stress too much about the math. As these two have said speed and accuracy during the first sections is important. Here is what I remember of my test, I scored a 76.
1. Simple drawings-answered 97 or 98 of 100. I only remember catching myself clicking the wrong one on 2 maybe 3 of the ones that I completed.
2. Hidden figures- Confident that I was 50 for 50, and had time left over.
3. Army aviation- answered all 40, there were a few guesses. As stated in this thread the afast flash cards are a big help. The ones that stumped me were more technical questions, that probably would be covered in the regulations book ie airspace categories, taxiways, etc. Again, had time left over.
4. Spatial apperception- Again, confident I went 25 for 25. Had time left over.
5. Reading- Answered all 20, and had time left. Maybe one or two swags.
I believe it was a 10 minute break here, before moving into math and mechanical comp. Use it, the whole thing. I took a walk around outside and did a lap of the test center. Just like the extra time if you finish before the end of the allotted time in each section, clear your head and relax during these breaks.
6. Math- I was not prepared for the level of some of the questions that came up. I used the For dummies study guide, and a basic algebra text book I had lying around. I went from supremely confident of acing to seeing this section drag me down the drain lol. I don't recall how many questions I completed before timing out, but there were a lot more swags in this section.
7. Mechanical comp- Don't recall number of questions answered, but significantly less swags than during the math section. Again there were a few questions above the level of the study guide, but overall I felt I did fine in this section.
I feel that the speed and accuracy in the first sections weighed more heavily on the final score. I'm not trying to discourage extra prep or studying for the math section, especially if you feel you need it, but don't stress over it. Have a study plan for the whole test, and stick to it. Add extra time for math if you want, but don't take away from the other sections.
I felt that I bombed the math section, and really was picturing my score drop points after each question I had to throw a guess at. In the end I stressed myself out over nothing. However bad I may have done in the math section only brought me down 4 points. Maybe less if one of those 4 were from the fat finger clicks in simple drawings.