Five Tips to Practice for the ASVAB

Before studying for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, prospective military enlistees should perform a thorough review in order to maximize test scores. Though the test has been in existence since 1968, it was overhauled in 2002 and the scoring system was revamped in 2004 to more accurately set percentile levels. Now, the ASVAB is available to anyone who is of general enlistment eligibility. Keep in mind that the published minimum scores for enlistment are just that, minimums. Depending on various military requirements at any given time, scores higher than the stated minimums can be set for recruitment purposes.

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Tip # 1: To study effectively for the ASVAB, it is wise to get acquainted with the sections and how they are scored. There are two math portions, one called Mathematics Knowledge and one called Arithmetic Reasoning. The verbal part of the test consists of two parts as well, Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension. These four are the most important parts of the test as far as scoring is concerned. Plan your study time around these knowledge areas.

Tip # 2: Take practice tests to determine where you should spend the bulk of your study time. If a practice exam shows that your math knowledge and problem- solving ability are excellent , but that verbal scores are below average, for example, you would be smart to spend 60 to 70 percent of your study time on verbal review.

Tip # 3: Make a daily schedule for studying and do your best to adhere to it. Total hours per week will vary for everyone, but a good rule of thumb is to study between five and 10 hours per week for about three months prior to the exam date. Having a daily schedule will help you keep your mind focused on the test’s content, and in many ways is almost more important than what you actually study, as long as you hit all the main knowledge areas.

Tip # 4: Build rest into your schedule and try to maintain healthy lifestyle habits during the review period. Don’t study yourself into a rut! Have at least one day each week when you do not study at all. At the same time, attempt to sleep and eat within healthy, normal limits during your preparation phase.

Tip # 5: Spend one day each week doing nothing but review work. Retention levels for most people go through the roof when they review material for a test. Taking one day per week to go back over your study materials from the last several days will do wonders for your comprehension, retention, and confidence.

Bonus Tip: Ease up on the studying for one or two days prior to the test, focusing primarily on review work in your weak areas.  Get plenty of sleep the night before the exam, and go in with a confident attitude. You will be better prepared than the average test-taker at that point.

If you have any added tips or any questions, just post them in the comment section below. Thank you.


Author Larry Bell is a professional writer, comedian, and automotive enthusiast whose work can be seen at and many other online publications. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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