Taking the ASVAB

The long-dreaded day is here! I finally got the ASVAB out of the way this morning. It wasn’t as bad as you would think. The hardest part is just sitting still for 2-3 hours.

The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is a test you have to take to get into the military. It measures your knowledge and skills in a way that determines what jobs will be available to you. Soooo I guess you could say your entire future depends on it. (No pressure though.)

Honestly, I usually do pretty well on tests (if guessing was an art, I’d be Michelangelo), but on this one I felt like I must have bombed it. Half the questions seemed to be about mechanics! And there I was getting the sample questions wrong. (You know, the questions that are purposely designed to be easy enough for everyone to get so that you have a chance to test out your keyboard.)

Turns out I did great though, mechanics and all. (PHEWF.) A simple knowledge of word roots and high school chemistry goes a long way. Oh, AND MATH!!! Don’t forget the math. It is simple math, but for a lot of people it’s been a long time since they’ve done any algebra, so I recommend brushing up on all the basics. The website my recruiters gave me to practice were:

www.March2success.com- You need to register for this website, but it’s free and very professional.

www.4tests.com- This site has a tutorial designed specifically for the ASVAB (just go to www.4tests.com/asvab) that really helped me brush up on my math.

If you are wondering, the complete list of subjects that are covered on the ASVAB are:

General Science

Arithmetic Reasoning

Word Knowledge

Paragraph Comprehension

Math Knowledge

Electronics Information

Automobile Information

Shop Information

Mechanical Comprehension

Assembling Objects

If you have any questions about one of the subjects specifically, leave your comments below(, non-existent readers). I wouldn’t worry too much about any of the specialty subjects, because the first four are what count the most.

Your results from the test are almost immediate. Then you can start looking at available job openings with your recruiter. In my case though, I had scheduled my test right during lunch and all I could hear my recruiter saying was “chicken sandwich chicken sandwich chicken sandwich”. I am almost certain that is not what the actual job descriptions are, so I had to reschedule that part of my appointment for a later date when chicken sandwiches were not calling to me so much.

But wish me luck that I'll be able to find a good chicken sandwich-- I mean, job!


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