How to Prepare for the ASVAB

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If you're looking for a way to give back to the ol' USA and gain some knowledge, you may consider taking the ASVAB or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. This exam gauges where you'll fit best in the military.

Things You'll Need

  • Mental capacity
  • Courage
  • Strong-will
  • Be Sure.
    Make certain you're ready for the commitment.

    If you find serving in the Army, Army Reserves or other branch intriguing, contact a local recruiting office. Someone will be eager to assist you. Ask plenty of questions so you know if joining the armed forces is right for you.

  • Practice.
    The ASVAB questions focus on general math, reading and word comprehension, as well as specific trades, like engineering and electronics.
    You'll be scheduled for a practice test and the results should be available soon there after. This gives you an idea of what areas you may need to strengthen.

  • Practice Again.
    There are websites that have practice tests available for you to take (www.military.com). You may have to register basic information prior to accessing them, but the tests are free and your results are immediate.

  • Shhhhhhhhhh.
    Take the time to pull information off the web that pertains to your weakest areas. Do this in a location where you won't be easily distracted such as a library or other quiet place with internet access.

  • Get Some Help.
    Ask a friend or relative to review the material with you and to quiz you on what you've covered.

  • Get Some Rest So You'll Be Fresh.
    After you're actual ASVAB is scheduled, you'll need to take a load off, and get some sleep. This will allow you to be prepared and alert for the exam.

  • Chow Down.
    Eat a little something so hunger isn't a distraction. Feeding your stomach will allow you to be able to apply what you've fed your mind.

  • Just Breathe.
    You'll take the test, at either a school or Military Entrance Processing Station (MEP). Whether on your own or escorted by your recruiter, arrive on time. Then take a deep breath, exhale, and don't stop answering questions until you've reached completion.

  • Just Wait a Minute.

    You'll receive your results within fifteen minutes of completion. So wait patiently until they are ready. Most passing scores range from 33-99.

  • Congratulations!

    You can now get in where you fit in. Based on your scores you'll be well on your way to a suitable field of training. Follow your commanding officers' orders and serve your country well!

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