Need ASVAB Tips? Here are 4 That could make a big difference!
Taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a necessary and important step in joining the military. Here are 4 ASVAB tips, which could make a big difference in qualifying or staying qualified for the military.
- Be prepared. When you walk into a recruiter’s office to get information, many times recruiters will offer you to take the ASVAB, maybe even that evening. If you are not prepared to take the test, then don’t. The right preparation can make a big difference.
- NO Blanks! Don’t leave any question blank. If you don’t know, guess! If you have 30 seconds left to test and 20 questions left to answer, make sure all are answered! If it is left blank it will always be wrong. At least if you mark an answer there’s a chance you will get it right.
- Retest only if absolutely needed. It is not a contest to see if you can score higher than your friend. If you have qualifying line scores for what you want to do, then absolutely, positively, do not retest! I have seen way too often an individual retest, only to score lower and even fail and not qualify to join the military. Remember only retest if absolutely necessary.
- If retesting, know what version you already took! When testing at a MET-site, (paper test not given in high school) it is imperative to know what version or versions of the test you have already taken. Retaking the same test will result in an invalid test and you will have to wait the required amount of time to retest, this could be up to a 6 month wait depending on how many previous tests you have taken. Many MET-sites do not have the capability to see what previous version of the test you have taken. Your recruiter can get you the version of the tests you have already taken.
Link MET-site to http://www.military.com/ASVAB/0,,ASVAB-versions.html#met
ASVAB insight: The overall score (AFQT) is made up of 4 areas: word knowledge, reading comprehension, arithmetic reasoning and math knowledge so brushing up in these areas can be important. Math is the easiest area to self-teach and this can help immensely. Study basic math such as adding and subtracting fractions and percents, solving for X, division, and multiplication. Remember to stick to the basics. Concentrate your efforts on the math! With the word knowledge and reading comprehension areas, slow down and look for root words, narrow down your choices and select the best answer. Reading the dictionary to learn word meanings is not practical and very time-consuming.
These ASVAB tips are meant to give you an edge when you take the ASVAB. Add these 4 tips to the many others I am sure you already have and you should be well prepared to ace the test. Remember, all anybody can ask is for you to do your best.
We would love to hear any tips you have or tell us about your ASVAB experience.