My stepson is currently working towards joining the military after he’s out of high school. In order to join any branch of the military, you must first pass the ASVAB. ASVAB stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, and it is a test given either at a local high school or in a military recruitment center. The score someone makes on the ASVAB determines if they qualify for enlistment in the military, and if so what type of duties they can perform. The ASVAB consists of the following parts: Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge, General Science, Auto & Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension, Electronics Information, Numerical Operations, and Assembling Objects.
The score you make on the ASVAB is called the AFQT. Basically, if you score below a 31 chances are you will not be accepted in to the military. Of course, there are always exceptions but such exceptions are few and far between. In order to receive enlistment bonuses, typically you need to score over 50 or above on the ASVAB. Passing the ASVAB is not out of your reach. I have three tips that will help you pass the ASVAB. I also have some study guide recommendations.
How to Pass the ASVAB Tip #1: Take it Seriously
My stepson came home from school one day and we told him to study for the test. He told us that it was going to be a breeze. He went and took a practice test and didn’t make the score he wanted to. This is because he did not take passing the ASVAB seriously. Any time you do something that will affect the rest of your life, you need to take it seriously. This exam is no cake walk, and is comparable in difficulty to the SAT and ACT. After all – the military doesn’t want a fleet of idiots!
How to Pass the ASVAB Tip #2: Ask for Help from Your Recruiter
While a military recruiter typically won’t sit down with you one on one and help you study, they can give you complimentary resources to use to pass the ASVAB. These resources include practice tests and websites. If you talk to a recruiter, they will monitor your success on the ASVAB. With some of the resources from your recruiter, passing the ASVAB will be easier.
How to Pass the ASVAB Tip #3: Make Studying for the ASVAB a Routine
If you enlist in the military, routine and discipline will be two pillars for your way of life. What better way to prepare yourself mentally for the military than to become dedicated and make studying for the ASVAB a routine. Set aside a certain amount of time at the same time each day to go over test questions. Even though you might rather do something else such as hang out with your friends, in order to pass the ASVAB you need to be dedicated and make it a routine.
ASVAB Study Books
Books that I have purchased for my stepson to use on his quest to pass the ASVAB are:
ASVAB For Dummies
Kaplan ASVAB 2010 Edition
Master the ASVAB w/ CD 4th Edition
All of these books were purchased at www.amazon.com for under $50 total. Using these books is a very cost-effective way to ensure that you pass the ASVAB. My favorite book out of these three is ASVAB For Dummies hands down. This is because this particular book is entertaining to read and offers more than just very dry and boring study material. I liked all the books, but this one had a little more flavor to it and wasn’t as boring as the other books. You really need to read all these books to pass the ASVAB because the more study questions you try out, the better off you will be.
If you take the ASVAB seriously, seek help from your recruiter, and make studying a priority and a part of your daily routine, you should score high enough on the ASVAB to start a great military career!