The Officer Aptitude Rating (OAR) test is a subset of the larger Aviation Standard Test Battery (ASTB-E) used by the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Your scores on this test will be used to decide whether you qualify for officer training. It will also be used to help decide which occupation(s) you will be most suited for.
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OAR Test Eligibility
The OAR is open to anyone who meets the minimum criteria for applying to the officer training program. In order to apply for officer candidate school, you need to be a US citizen between the ages of 19 and 35, and you need to have your bachelor’s degree.
If you meet those criteria, you can register for the OAR and apply for the officer training program. As part of the application process, you will also undergo a thorough background investigation.
To schedule your exam and learn more about what is involved in the application process, talk to your recruiter. You will be allowed to take the test a maximum of three times in your lifetime. So it is important to schedule an appointment that leaves you with plenty of time to prepare and make sure that you do your best.
OAR Test Outline
As mentioned previously, the OAR test is part of the ASTB-E exam. If you are not interested in an aviation-related occupation, you only need to complete the OAR section of the ASTB-E. The OAR portion will take between 1 and 2.5 hours
- Math Skills Test (MST): This section evaluates your knowledge of college-level math concepts. Topics covered include basic arithmetic operations, solving for variables, fractions, roots, exponents, and the calculation of angles, area, and perimeters of geometric shapes.
- Reading Comprehension Test (RCT): This section tests your ability to read and comprehend passages. You will often be asked to identify the main point of the passage, or whether it supports a particular statement.
- Mechanical Comprehension Test (MCT): This subtest measures your knowledge of basic principles of physics and mechanics. Topics covered included gases and liquids, pressure, volume, velocity, components and performance of engines, principles of electricity, gears, weight distribution, and the operation of simple machines.
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The OAR is given a cumulative score ranging from 20 to 80. Average scores range from 40 to 60. The minimum score you need to aim for in order to qualify for officer training will depend on which branch of the military you are in. For the Navy, for example, you will need a minimum score of 35. It is highly recommended that you aim above this minimum, however.
Many officer training programs are competitive and have a limited number of available spots. Even if you do meet the minimum cutoff, you are not guaranteed admission. The higher your score, the stronger your application will be.
How Computer-Adaptive Testing Works
The OAR test is computer-adaptive. This means that, depending on your performance, the difficulty of your test may increase or decrease as you go on. Here’s a look at how it works:
The test starts with a section judged to be of medium difficulty, and depending on your performance, the next section may be easier or harder. If you do well in the first section, the second section will be harder; conversely, if you do poorly on the first section, the second section will be easy.
What is the OAR test?
The Officer Aptitude Rating test is made of three sections of the Aviation Standard Test Battery (ASTB-E). The test is used to determine your eligibility for officer training.
How long is the OAR test?
The test takes between 1 and 2.5 hours in total.
Is the OAR test hard?
The OAR test is not a particularly hard test. It is generally compared to the GRE in terms of difficulty.
What is a passing score for the OAR test?
The passing score for this test depends on which branch of the military you wish to enlist in.