-I took the MASS/POSS combination test a couple of weeks ago and today I received the notification that I met or exceeded the required score for EEI companies on both the MASS and the POSS. I was worried that I did not do very well right after I took the test, but I did study and I applied the advice that is given on this forum, so I can credit that for passing.

-The test started with conversions. I had many of these memorized so I worked mainly from that. Memorizing many conversions gave me plenty of time to work through the test. At one point I stopped and counted how many I had completed and realized that I had probably finished enough, so I slowed down and worked carefully on the more difficult ones. I felt that I did OK and I finished quite a few, but not all.

-Assembly was next. I did all the ones I could figure out quickly and skipped the harder ones or the ones with many pieces. I then went back to the harder ones. I left some blank on purpose.

-Mechanical concepts came next. I either knew the answer or I didn’t. I believe I knew most of them, but there were a few I was not quite sure about. I think I finished about all of them. Like someone else said, “these are intuitive in nature”.

-Tables came next. This was easy. I worked fast and I used my left hand to work the table and I kept my right hand close to the next answer line because I started using both on the table and had a harder time finding the answer line than working the graph. I was maybe a little more than half way down the second column when time was called. This was a very easy section.

-The lines graph was next. This one should be easy, but I think I started off reading the graph wrong and this made me nervous. I finished maybe about 17-20. I was not real sure how well I did.

-We were given a break at this point.

-Reading came next. At this point I was tired and still a little in shock from my breakdown on the lines test. I had trouble concentrating and I feel that I did not do very well. This section should be easy and the questions follow along with the paragraphs. The articles were mostly informative stuff that should be common knowledge to power plant workers. Some what would be the best title stuff, but mainly just factual information easily found in the text.

-The long math was last. Conversions were identical to the short version taken earlier. At this point I realize that I did one conversion from memory wrong on the first test. Again I did only the conversions that I could work very easy with little to no paper figuring. I was eager to get to the algebra as I enjoy it. This was very simple stuff. The kind you would do in junior high or high school pre-algebra (maybe not even that hard). Example: 2x+2=4. There are some with decimals, but nothing tricky. I did find some that had the dreaded no answer choice and I did not mark an answer because this bothered me and I felt I had finished enough anyway. If you can work the problems on the practice test the math will be no problem. I feel that the math test I took was easier than the practice test. I finished quite a few conversions and all the algebra (except two of which I chose to leave blank) and I did a couple very easy third page problems.

-Stay calm, practice with an ASVAB book, and study a mechanical aptitude and spatial relations book and you will do fine on the test. Like I said at the beginning, I did not think I did very well right after the test, but I must have done well enough. It can be a high pressure situation and that is the hardest part about it.