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ASVAB Tips and Tricks

Study Tips

  • Focus on the big four (Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Mathematics Knowledge) and study only those subjects in the other five subtests that interest you. If you hate mechanics and don’t plan on taking a job that needs this skill, skip studying Mechanical Comprehension and use your time looking at something you may be interested in, such as General Science.
  • You’ll retain more if you study for longer periods of time and take quick breaks versus studying in short bursts several times a day.
  • Although it might sound boring, the most productive study time is spent alone. You can use a study group if you want, but make sure most of your study time is spent solo.
  • Pick a section and time yourself answering questions as they would appear on the actual test. A study book or a site such as asvabpracticetest.co is the perfect way to help you accomplish this.

Test Taking Tips

  • There are no penalties for guessing, so even if you have no idea what the answer could be, pick one!
  • The answers are in random order, so don’t assume the answer isn’t “C” because you answered “C” for the last 5 questions.
  • Usually answers that contain absolutes such as “always”,”never”, “none”, or “all” are incorrect.
  • Trust your instincts and don’t change your answer unless you’re 100% sure you were incorrect in your first guess.
  • The longer the answer, the more likely it’s right