I took the the AT-SAT in October. I used the Air Traffic Control Career Prep book that is listed on this site. I found it very useful for the ATC scenario that was given on the AT-SAT as well as the Letter Factory. Both were unknown to me before I started studying for it. When I finally took the AT-SAT the hardest part was the analogies section, which either I did not study for well enough or the book did not prepare me. I think it was the book because on the test they were problems that the book had no examples of.
I would recommend using the software that comes with the book, it gives you an idea of what to expect. The AT-SAT is an aptitude test so you either get it or you don't. I found it fairly easy overall.
The analogies section is the hardest part of the test. Go to the ATSAT info link and look at the advice from Rosstafari. Looks like the only thing you can't prepare for on the test is analogies since they are so varied and complex. I already anticipate doing crappy on that part but at worst that's only 20% of the test. And if you do good and get the easy ones or guess correctly and do well on the others you should still pass.
I mean dials is a joke for anyone who's even flown a simulated plane on Flight simulator. Angles shouldn't be too hard if you know what an angle looks like and I don't know about you guys but I always play games like the senarios game online. Letter factory doesn't look to bad. If you can remember what's going on, you should pass the questions. Analogies is just the one part you have to suck up and accept a hit. Unless you go crazy looking for games like it's described (and if you find a couple, let me know). I forgot about the applied. That looks a bit hard but if the questions are anything like the green book's. Then once you get into your mind how to divide by 60, you should get it. That's the part that I study the most.
so the test shouldn't be too hard. I think a report way back when (I think it's on this site too) said that a lot of people pass it.
I do have one question: does it really matter being qualified or "well qualified"? do they bump you up the list if you are well qualified?
Damn you guys are hardcore haha......i didnt study or even think of it. I just went into the test figuring ill give it a shot. Im OTS so i had nothing to loose, so i traveled the 150 miles for the test, brought my fiance and son and made a weekend of it. Stayed up to late the night before and took the test with no previous knowledge or experience with the testing process and about 5 hours sleep and passed "well qualified" lol. Honestly its not hard. If you have the equivalent to a college education especially..its mainly common knowledge stuff and as long as you got a quick mind you can do it.
And it seems "well qualified" people tend to get more of a chance to get picked than "qualified". But i think it just depends on the situation and who wants to go where and if you have previous experience and all that.
"But i think it just depends on the situation and who wants to go"
I know that back in July or some time back then, A guy had a 72 on the test and was picked up by a facility in WV, apparently they are pretty short staffed. More recently, LA is also rumored to be another state that is short staffed.... check out this thread: http://http://www.stuckmic.com/faa-union-issues/2366-working-under-iwr.html