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Preparing for the ASVAB

You can obtain a higher score on the ASVAB by preparing properly. You should begin preparing for the tests ahead of time by:

  • studying subject matter,
  • reviewing sample questions in practice exercises,
  • and by taking practice test batteries.

Tips to help you prepare for the ASVAB:

1. Become familiar with the format of multiple-choice test items. The ASVAB uses only multiple choice questions.

2. Become familiar with the layout of machine-scored answer sheets. Make sure you understand how to correctly blacken the space in the correct manner.

3. Find out what the test will cover.
ASVAB, 18th Edition, is an excellent source for test-taking tips and strategies as well as information about what type of questions to expect. You should also contact your guidance counselor for additional help test-taking tips.

4. Review subject matter covered in the test.
Review the content in the Strengthening Your Weaknesses section of ASVAB, 18th Edition. This reviews the basics for each subject test.

5. Take a practice test under actual test conditions.
Answer all questions within the allotted time of the actual test.

6. Check your answers at the end of the practice test.
For questions answered incorrectly, try to determine why you answered them incorrectly. Getting the correct answer isn't always enough. Be sure that you also understand the rationale for arriving at the correct answer. This is important to expand your knowledge in the subject areas and have a better understanding of the types of questions that may appear on the test.

7. Set aside time every day for study.
Keep this schedule everyday. Concentrate during this time and do not waste time taking frequent breaks.

8. Study with a friend or a group.
This can be really helpful and may ease the stress of studying. You can also quiz each other on different subjects as needed. In addition if a group is depending on you to meet with them you are less likely to put off the study session.

9. Eliminate distractions.
Studying is easier when there are little or no distractions. Try to find a quiet room in which to study and, if necessary, use the library.

10. Keep physically fit.
You will perform better if you are in good physical and mental shape. You cannot study as effectively when you are tired, ill, or tense. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, exercise, and eating a well balanced diet.

Should You Guess on Test Day?

If you do not know the answer to a multiple-choice test item, should you guess? Yes! There is no penalty for incorrect answers on the ASVAB, so it is to your advantage to answer every question. First try to eliminate any answers that you feel are definitely wrong, and make your selection from the remaining answers.

Be sure to remember these three important points when preparing for the ASVAB and making a decision about guessing:

1. Answer all items. There is no penalty for wrong answers.
2. An "educated" guess is better than guessing "blindly."
3. Guessing "blindly" is better than not guessing at all.

 

 

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