How do I get the Best ASVAB Scores?

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Getting a high score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) exam is attainable through rigorous study and practice. ASVAB scores are used by all of the US military branches to discover a recruit's strengths and weaknesses. If someone wants to join the US military, a high score is necessary in order to get into the best, most coveted jobs. High scorers are also eligible for signing bonuses, so a good score is essential for anyone who wants the perks that come along with military enlistment.

The ASVAB consists of several components, including mathematics, reading comprehension and word knowledge. Other sections test mechanical skill and data entry speed. There are practice exams available for purchase that offer test questions that are similar to the ones found on the actual ASVAB. A potential test taker can easily see his or her weak spots and strong areas to know where to spend his or her studying time.

The best time for a test taker to start studying is at least two months before the ASVAB test date. A quiet, comfortable study area is essential for focusing. A test taker also needs a calculator, notebook, and pen. Writing up a study plan or schedule is advisable. Consistent study generally improves ASVAB scores.


A person should focus on his or her weak areas first. These are the areas where he or she will see the biggest gains in improvement. If more help is needed, there are study sessions and online classes that claim to help raise ASVAB scores.

There are four very important sections on the ASVAB that need extra attention. These sections are arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, mathematics knowledge and paragraph comprehension. Doing well on these particular sections will help the overall test score. Additional, less important sections of the exam include electronics, mechanical, auto and general science knowledge. These sections are important if a test taker wants to get into relevant military job fields, however.

The study sessions can be broken down into one hour sessions every day. Some people like to study in the early morning, others like to study at night, and each person has a different energy level. This leaves plenty of time for other activities and homework. A test taker should set goals for particular test scores — goals help guide study sessions and focus the test taker's attention to weak areas. If consistent studying is done for at least two or three months, one's ASVAB scores likely will rise.


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