taking the ASVAB

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    Jan 20, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
    so I got the ASVAB coming up in the next week or two. Ive been taking the online practice test and its alot harder than I thought it was going to be. I have definitely figured out that I need to read the questions very carefully (for example some of the word problems are alot easier than they sound once you reread them they are asking for something simple but making it sound like they are looking for something more complicated). But the parts I thought I would do really well on - like word knowledge - Im not doing so great (averaging 70). And the math is actually really hard. The measurements thing is really twisting me up because figuring out square footage and stuff like that I really have no prior knowledge of.

    Anyone taken them before that can give advice? I want to do well - I am averaging high 70s on the practice tests which I guess is good compared to the national average but I want to be as close to perfect as I can be. Or am I stressing myself out too much?

  • Chackers

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    Jan 21, 2011 12:47 PM GMT
    Aaah i had to take my BARBs a few months ago (the British version, but im guessing more or less the same thing) and i just did the practise tests over and over since thats really the only thing you can do.
    As for the maths and english language parts maybe go back over some highschool text books you might have around? maybe check your nearest library to see if you can borrow some study guides.
    But in my opinion 70 is great icon_biggrin.gif you're obviously doing alot of things right so dont stress yourself out~ and your scores will only improve even more the more you practice, its win-win!

    Have you been told what score you'll need to get the specific job/position you're hoping for?
  • CarbGoggles

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    Jan 21, 2011 12:54 PM GMT
    Eh I wouldn't worry about it. If you graduated high school then you are as prepared as the military would expect you to be. I studied and did well enough to get into Intel. Intel and meteorology have some of the highest ASVAB requirements. At least in the Air Force. Not sure about other services. Others I went to school with didn't study at all and still did well enough to get Intel. I'd be more concerned about not only will you get a qualifying score for the job you want but will the service you choose be looking for recruits in that specific job. If you felt ready for SATs then you'll be ready for the ASVAB.
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    Jan 21, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    ASVAB's main AFQT portion (the percentile score that ranks you against others) consists of Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematic Knowledge, Word Knowledge, and Paragraph Comprehension. So if you want a blistering 99 ASVAB score, focus on those 4 areas.

    Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension can be improved simply by being well-read. Pick up your favorite genre of books and start reading. READ, READ, READ. Be sure to have a dictionary nearby in case you run into words you're not familiar with. What helped me on improving my Word Knowledge score was a SAT study book that focused on "college-level" vocabulary and words.

    Improving Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematic Knowledge isn't too hard either. When you're taking the practice tests, just write down problems you don't know how to do. Then go look in your math textbooks and study. The math problems might change from tests to tests but the skill to solve them remain the same. So once you figured out how to solve one set (ie measurement and unit conversion problems), you can solve all the variations of that set easily.

    The most important thing is set aside time for yourself to study and STICK WITH IT. Practice tests help tremendously. Keep doing them if you want a perfect 99.


    Another poster stated to not focus so much on your AFQT score and focus more on your qualifying line score, that's also another way of beating the ASVAB. Decide on a job you want, then look at its line scores breakdown and study those areas alone. Having a high AFQT, however, does open a lot more doors for you when it comes to job selection.