If you want to enlist in the military, you will need to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test. The ASVAB test measures your strengths, weaknesses, and even your future potential. It is also a great resource for career planning, whether you stay in the military or decide to pursue college and other interests.
Your score on the ASVAB test will determine which branch of the military you may join and may also determine your career field or military occupation. Do not assume you will do well on the exam without trying. Candidates who prepare for the ASVAB test ahead of time generally perform better and have better scores. Here are some tips for making the best scores you can:
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- Take advantage of ASVAB study guides. An ASVAB study guide provides valuable practice exams, sample questions, ASVAB information, and test-taking strategies. Many of these materials are available online for free (www.military.com/ASVAB)
- Understand which version you will take. There are three versions of the ASVAB test. All versions are multiple-choice, but sub-tests and questions of each version vary. High school students may take the Student ASVAB test, while potential military recruits usually take the CAT-ASVAB. Some people may take the MET-site ASVAB at a Mobile Examination Test site.
- Work through some ASVAB practice tests. Practice tests can be a great resource for doing well on the ASVAB exam. Go through several short versions of the practice exam and time yourself on at least one full-length exam.
- Be prepared for test day. Try to get a full night of sleep before the exam, and eat a well-balanced breakfast. Plan to arrive at the testing center early and make sure to bring your photo ID and extra pencils.
- Relax—you cannot fail. The ASVAB test is an aptitude test, not a pass or fail exam. If you have spent some time going over the test-taking strategies in the ASVAB study guide, you should do just fine. Take a deep breath, relax, and do your best!
Last Updated: 04/01/2013