How to Pass the ASVAB Test

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The ASVAB or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test is a three-hour long test if you take the standard paper version in your local town or only a 45 minute test if you take it at a MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station). Whichever way you decide to take the test, rest assured you will want to be prepared.

Things You'll Need

  • Government Photo ID
  • Show up to your testing location on time and in the right frame of mind. Don't bother showing up for the test with your calculators and palm pilots. You are not allowed to use anything other than your wits and a scratch sheet of paper to work out some basic algebra problems and word problems. This test is calibrated to an eighth-grade level, so if you are still in high school or you are a high school graduate, everything on this test should have been taught to you.

  • You must leave your cell phones and any other type of electronic device in your vehicle or at home. Do not bring them into the testing location or you could risk getting thrown out of the room and told to return on the next available test day.

  • Take the online electronic version of the test at a MEPS facility if it's possible. It is shorter, and you can take the test at your own pace. As you complete each section, you move on to the next without having to worry about the class catching up to you or waiting on you.

  • Do NOT skip questions on the test. If you come across a question that you do not know the answer to, go ahead and make the best possible guess. It is easy to get thrown off track and start marking your answers on the wrong spot on the test sheet if you omit some. This is another great reason why it's easier to take the test on the computer at MEPS. However, if you are taking the long (paper version) of the test and do not know the answer to a question, then just make an educated guess. You are scored based on the number of questions you get correct -- not on how many you get wrong.

  • If you are running short on time and know you will not be able to complete the rest of the questions in that particular section you are working on, then just mark an answer to each question before the time runs out. Never leave a question blank -- you are not graded down for incorrect answers, and blind guessing might luck into a few correct answers.

  • Of the nine test sections, four -- general science, arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge and paragraph comprehension -- are the most important. So concentrate your pre-test studies on these fields.

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