Are you planning to join the military and take the required ASVAB test in the foreseeable future? The ASVAB, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, is quite challenging, and you should take an ASVAB practice test as soon as possible for a chance to improve your scores. Here’s how taking a practice exam can help you and how to make the most of it.
A practice test is just that – a test is taken for practice. And since the rules on retaking ASVAB tests are quite strict, you want to make sure where you stand long before you’re going to take the “real” test.
Here’s how it works:
Find a high-quality ASVAB practice test and take it. Then score your results. Once you know where you stand, you can allocate your study time more effectively.
Strengths and Weaknesses
First, figure out where you’re strong and where you’re weak. If you already have top scores in one area, you should still do a quick review, but you need to focus most of your time and energy on bringing up the other scores as well.
What are the AFQT test scores and why are they important?
The acronym AFQT stands for “Armed Forces Qualification Test.” Your AFQT test scores cover the basic four areas: math, arithmetic, word knowledge, and reading comprehension. These are the four areas where you MUST get a good score, a score that’s as good as possible.
The reason for the importance of these four areas is that they are used for determining how teachable you are. There will be lots more training once you are in the military, and they want to make sure you’ll be able to handle it. To demonstrate that ability, you must score well in the basic four areas.
How can you effectively prepare for these four areas?
The four areas require different preparation. If you have weaknesses in arithmetic and math, you need to brush up on the basics and problem-solving skills, and if you focus and have good materials, you can do that fairly quickly.
Weaknesses in word knowledge are harder to fix, especially if you find your vocabulary is pretty basic. It will also take longer. Start by focusing on learning how words are put together, i.e., word roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
This may seem challenging at first sight, but you’ll get a lot of mileage out of brushing up on these since a large number of English words consist of these components. Also, you can use those “build your word power” guides or word knowledge study guides.
Finally, improving your reading comprehension test requires practice over time. Just practice reading short paragraphs and write down the facts. It’s a skill rather than something you study, so take the time to build up that skill.
If you make a point of stabilizing any weaknesses you have discovered in your ASVAB practice test, you are making the most of the practice test and will increase your chances of doing well on the “real” test.Read More