What you need know about the ASVAB
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test is a basic exam that measures your individual abilities in a number of different areas. The test was developed by the Department of Defense and is one of the most commonly used multiple aptitude test in the world. The score you receive on the test will be used to determined which jobs you will be eligible for in the Military. Its important to know what your up against if you want to know how to pass the ASVAB test. Those who score higher on the test will be presented with more job opportunities and a higher salary.
The ASVAB test covers the following subjects:
- General Science
- Arithmetic Reasoning
- Word Knowledge
- Paragraph Comprehension
- Mathematics Knowledge
- Electronics Information
- Auto and Shop Information
- Mechanical Comprehension
Tips on taking both version of the ASVAB
- Be sure that you read the direction carefully before beginning each test.
- Do not select an answer on any particular question without fully reading and understanding the question.
- Don’t spend too much time on one question, make sure that you leave time to answer all the questions and pay close attention to the time.
- If you don’t know the answer to a particular question, look at all the answers given and try to rule out the one’s that are obviously wrong. Once you do this you want to make an educated guess from the remaining answers.
Tips on taking the Pencil and Paper version of the ASVAB
- If a particular question is too difficult try not to waste to much time on it. You can always come back to it later with the pencil and paper version.
- Be sure to answer all the questions, rule out the answers that don’t feel right and make the best choice you can from the ones remaining. There are no penalties for randomly guessing on the pen and paper version of the exam.
- If you make a mistake and need to change your answer, be sure to completely erase your original answer, make sure that only one answer per question is selected.
Tips on taking the CAT-ASVAB (Computerized Version)
- Be sure that you know a head of time how the CAT version of the ASVAB works.
- Before selecting any answers be sure to have read each question as many times as you need in order to select the correct answer.
- You will only have one chance to answer the question with the computerized version of the ASVAB, so be sure that the answer you select is the answer you intended on, as you will not be able to change your answer later.
- Unlike the pencil and paper version of the ASVAB test, you may receive a large penalty if you randomly guess on question towards the end. So if you are running out of time try to answer all the questions legitimately and to the best of your abilities.
Be sure that you pay special attention to the Verbal Skills, Math Skills, and Science and Technical Skills test as these will account for the majority of your overall score. The ASVAB test its self will take on average about 3 hours to complete. Its important that you study a head of time, those who study for the test typically do about 30% better than those who do not study. We recommend that you pick up a good study guide before you take the test.