In order to prepare for the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) examination, one of the best selling guides is ASVAB for Dummies, which is one of the more comprehensive study aids for the exam. As you might expect, it has hundreds of practice questions and tips, plus there are special sections about scoring, efficient study methods and much more.
Scott Ostrow’s Master the ASVAB is perfect for prospective test-takers who want to use practice tests because this study guide contains four practice ASVAB exams, along with useful information on military careers and pay scales. A CD that comes with the book has even more practice tests and a helpful vocabulary section.
If you are a fan of Barron’s study aids, then Barron’s How To Prepare for the ASVAB is ideal. It features the standard Barron’s format, complete with practice tests and a review course for each section.
McGraw-Hill’s ASVAB is a 600-page review compendium that covers all the bases. Besides the sets of practice exams, it contains explanations for each answer so you can see how the test-makers think. There is also a detailed preparation section for both verbal and math tests. That way, you get a basic review before jumping into mock exams.
Keep in mind that there are plenty of resources on the Internet as well, some of which complement the texts listed above. Don’t spend too much time deciding which of the study guides to get, because each one listed will provide a comprehensive review.
Most of the study guides emphasize the importance of taking a few timed practice tests, so as to get used to the actual feel of exam day. There is no substitute for thorough preparation. Taking practice tests and working with a study guide can improve scores by as much as 30 percent, experts say.
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