Ladies and gents, future aviators, I would like to drop a little bit of information about the SIFT. My goal is to curb your test anxiety. Don't be nervous like I was - the AC was broken (Ft. Leonard Wood), and my test crashed. In the end nervousness will cost you precious points. If you're curious I scored a 69.
FYI I studied the Accepted, INC SIFT study guide and the Test Prep Books SIFT study guide. I purchased both from Amazon.
Just know that the books won't tell you exactly what is on the test but will at least familiarize you with what will be on there. The only sections that are worth a sh*t in my opinion are maybe the first three. Even then they won't completely match the test. Better the devil you kind of know than the devil you don't, though.
Simple Drawings - 2 minutes is actually a good amount of time. Just don't stress out and scan and click your way through. You can hover your cursor above the 5 little figures because you are clicking the figure that is different. So don't worry about having to hit A, B, C, or D.
Hidden Figures - The study guides are harder. Each section has different figures too in the study guides. Unlike the book the test uses the same figures over and over. Literally you have the same 5 or so shapes below a drawing for ALL 50 drawings. It is a little less complicated than the two SIFT guides I studied. I only answered 32/50 - oops.
EDIT: Just to clarify - when I said less complicated I meant there are fewer figures in the image on the SIFT than there were in the books I studied. Less spaghetti in the bowl so the image is less busy.
Army Aviation Information Test. - Just read the FAA Helicopter handbook. sh*t. And if you don't have time you're pushing too hard. Also, know the different Army helicopters and the roles they serve. There might be some information outside of the FAA book but you'll be fine.
Spacial Test - Study at least one book. Just know that the figures in the book wont match the figures on the test but it will give you an idea of what to look out for. Read through the example section and you will be golden.
Reading Comprehension - Maybe scan one of the books to know what a main topic is or a theme but don't waste your time on this section unless you really don't comprehend what you're reading. Also, you only really deal with a paragraph at a time. Not autobiographies like in the practice books.
Math Skills Test - If you really want to prepare for this maybe look at one of the books to see what topics are covered and head over to https://www.khanacademy.org/
Mechanical Comprehension - Just whip through one of the sections to familiarize yourself with physics concepts. Mostly common sense.
In the end each section has an example section that doesn't count against your time. If you're really the nervous type just read through that section and ease your way into whatever section you're dealing with.
I have those two books if anyone wants them. I offered them to friends but no one seems interested. Just e-mail me at email@example.com