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Acing ASVAB: Tips on Making the Grade

March 12, 2012

For those who are considering getting into the military, ASVAB or the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is a multi-aptitude test that is designed to test your arithmetic knowledge, paragraph comprehension, word knowledge and mathematic skills. These are the basics to also getting into the right field once accepted into the military, no matter what degree program you're thinking of. These scores will determine whether or not you can enlist in the military. If you are planning on going into the military for training and getting G.I. Bill benefits, then this is the test that you have to pass as one of the first steps into any branch of the military.


Getting Ahead with Practice Tests

It's true. Practice makes perfect. You should find as many ASVAB practice tests online as possible. There are also plenty of study guide books and testing booklets that can help you get a better sense of the questions, format and time requirements for the test. You have to be able to finish the test within the required time to get the best scores. You can use test help guides, practice tests and even a tutor to brush up on your skills to do your best on ASVAB.

Planning a Study Schedule

It is also going to take a high amount of concentration to study every day and months in advance. This is a major test and shouldn't be taken lightly. Even if you did well in high school, standardized tests have the tendency to throw curveballs and those who don't study usually don't hit a home run. You should make a plan to study ahead of time. While you won't be able to learn everything, you can learn different subjects, brush up on math and learn techniques to solving problems. Organize what you need to study the most beforehand and make sure to take a time out each day for one to two hours to fine tune your skills.

Step Away from It All

You also want to make sure that you are studying and focusing on your practice tests in an area with less distractions. You may find that being at home isn't the best place to get the most out of your study time. A library, coffee shop, or quiet park may be just the place to get some reading done and really focus on your education. You have to be able to concentrate in order to learn these new topics and skills. Otherwise, your interruptions can make study time drag on, and you won't be able to learn enough for the test if you continue to be distracted.

Taking the Test

Before the test, you need to get a good night's sleep. People's minds work at their best when well-rested and have a healthy breakfast. Your thoughts shouldn't be on the pains in your stomach, so make sure that you eat something good and healthy, like oatmeal or granola. You should also dress comfortably and bring everything that is necessary for the exam, such as your ID, extra pencils and paper. The testing center may give you more directions or provide pencils and paper to you. You should make sure to arrive at the testing center early in case you forget something.

Multiple Choice Tricks

In addition, there are some ways that you can optimize your multiple choice answers even if you don't know the answer exactly. Since there are only four possible answers to every question, you have a 25 percent chance of getting it right with a guess. Your chances only go up if you knock out some obviously wrong answers. You shouldn't leave any questions unanswered. You're not penalized if answering a question wrong. If you have trouble, make a mental note of the answers that are surely wrong first, then guess between the remaining answers. If a question does stump you, you should lightly mark a tentative answer and then go on to the next question, returning later to make your final answer. You also want to make sure that you aren't sloppy and erase fully if you make a mistake. Extra marks can make you get a bad score.

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