Analogies - Air Traffic Standardized Aptitude Test

Analogies - Air Traffic Standardized Aptitude Test

Analogies - Air Traffic Standardized Aptitude Test

I found the Analogies section frustrating. Whereas every other part of the AT-SAT has a clear purpose in determining how well a potential controller will perform, this one didn't seem to relate and felt very ambiguous in its answers.

The analogies are split into two parts: 30 word analogies and 16 picture analogies. You are given 49 minutes to complete the entire section and, depending on how much time you spend trying to figure them out, may use all of it. In both types, you are presented with three boxes on the screen, with two on the top and a large one on the bottom. You can only view the contents of a box when the mouse is hovered over it. Consequently, you may only view one of the three parts at a time. It is unclear to me why this section was designed this way.

The word analogies will come in one of three parts. The first is similar to those used in the SAT, which depend on meaning relationships: Hot - Cold / Soft - ____. The second type is based upon relationships in letters and spelling, for example, the relation between Salad and Classic is the s-a-l found in SALad (which is backwards as l-a-s in cLASsic). The third type is based upon similar sounds, although not necessarily rhyming. In this case, the relation between cactus and aspirin is the "A" sound in the first syllable in each. You are not told which of these three the analogy will use, and in some cases, it may use more than one. In these cases, you are to pick the one based upon relationship in meaning.

Reflections and Advice on the AT-SAT

As confusing as that probably sounds in explanation, it is worse in practice. I found that often, answers did not seem to fit in very well at all. You will likely need to guess on at least a few of these. Do your best to think creatively and look at things from different angles.

The image analogies are easier and not terribly complex. Most involve things such as rotations and switching elements within an image. Unfortunately, this test does not permit skipping difficult questions, so be sure to leave some time to figure these out if you have a harder time with spatial reasoning.

Tips: There are some image analogies available online that are good practice if you're not used to this type of thing (later I may track down a link or two to add in here). As for the word analogies, I'm hard-pressed to suggest a way to prepare. Be prepared to think out of the box and to go at each question in different ways.

Compared to the Green Book: I found the Green Book's take on these questions easier than the actual AT-SAT. It'll help you prepare a bit, but mostly for the first type of word analogies.
Written by Rosstafari