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Advice from a rectuiter-10 Steps to Passing the Air Force ASVAB Requirement

Updated on October 20, 2012

How To Pass The Air Force ASAB

In addition to many other Air Force requirements, anyone who wants to enlist in the United States Air Force (USAF) must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test in order to qualify. It is a multiple choice test which will determine if a person has the qualifications necessary for service in the Air Force.

The results of the ASVAB are also used to determine a person's career field and eligibility for specific military occupations. These results are also used to determine if a person qualifies for any type of job that receives an enlistment bonus.

In order to be accepted into the Air Force a person must earn a certain score on the ASVAB. Every person's ASVAB score is broken down by sub-tests designed to indicate a person's academic ability and military success.

There are at 10 steps a person can take to ensure they will be successful when taking the ASVAB.

1. Know what is on the test. There are eight different areas a person will be tested on when taking the ASVAB for an enlistment in the USAF.

Word Knowledge
This is the section of the test that will measure a person's ability to comprehend word meanings by the use of synonyms. There are 35 items on this section of the test. A word will be underlined followed by the statement "most likely means," and then is followed by four different choices.

Paragraph Comprehension
This section is designed to determine a persons ability to obtain information from written material. It consists of 15 items and a person will read a paragraph and be asked about the paragraph in the form of three questions. Each question will have four different answers.

Mathematics Knowledge
There are 25 items on this section of the test and the questions are designed to measure a persons knowledge and abilities when it comes to different types of mathematical application and concepts. There are mathematical problems to be solved which will demonstrate the level of a person's math skills.

Arithmetic Reasoning
This is a 30 item section of the test. In this part the question will test a person's skill level when it comes to solving basic arithmetic word problems.

General Science
There are 25 items on this part of the test that measure a person's knowledge of science. It covers such areas as life science, space science, earth and physical science and more.

Mechanical Comprehension
The 25 questions here are used to measure a persons knowledge when it comes to the principals involved with mechanical devices, properties of materials, structural support and more.

Electronics Information
This section provides 20 questions that test a person's knowledge on various aspects of electronics. The test has questions on different electrical systems, electronic devices, circuits, electrical current, etc.

Shop and Auto Information
The 25 items in this section are designed to test a person's knowledge when it comes to automotive repair, maintenance as well as different aspects of metal and woodshop practices.

2. Prior to taking the ASVAB make sure to ask the recruiter for help. Ask about their experience of taking the ASVAB.

3. Take as many practice exams as possible. This will help understand the thinking that goes into the creation of the test. Always strive to practice and prepare.

4. Make certain to answer every question. Each correct question is worth the same points and there are no penalties for wrong answers. Since every question is multiple choice, try to use the process of elimination to make a choice. Even a guess can be correct and earn points.

5. When marking the answer sheet try to do it as neatly as possible. Understand that sloppy marking can cause incorrect answers to be recorded.

6. Since the test is 3 hours long it is best to visit the bathroom, have enough to eat and drink prior to the start of the testing time. Do everything possible to make certain your focus is completely on the test.

7. Get plenty of sleep the night before the test. This will make certain you're properly rested and alert from the beginning to the end of the testing period. Most people do not test well if they're tired.

8. Arrive at the testing center with all the required supplies. Check to make sure you have the proper forms, a calculator as well as a pencil and identification. Having all the necessary items will make the test experience much easier.

9. Take the test seriously. There have been times when people with a successful academic history did not properly prepare for the ASVAB, and were surprised at their low score. It's important to realize this it sis a test that covers a wide range of subjects. A person with good math skill may have to practice for the sections that covers language.

10. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Most recruiters will go to great lengths to work with an individual who wants to join the Air Force. They will gladly provide practice tests as well as all of their experience to help someone do well on the ASVAB.

It's important to understand that the Air Force has very high ASVAB standards. A person may receive an ASVAB scores that qualifies them for enlistment into the Army, Navy and Marines, but may not be high enough for them to meet the Air force requirements. Having a GED instead of a high school diploma will requires a person to have an even higher ASVAB score to join the Air Force.

An ASVAB test score is broken down into the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT). The AFQT is the results of a person's Arithmetic Reasoning, Math Knowledge and Verbal Composition, which is calculated by combining paragraph comprehension and word knowledge scores.

There are many people who enjoy a long and successful career in the Air Force. It's a challenging environment designed to bring the best out in everyone who joins. The road to being a success in the Air Force always starts with getting the best possible score on the ASVAB.



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