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Taking the ASVAB

Here are some tips to help you succeed on your test day:

1.If possible, avoid taking the test when you are tired, ill, injured, or emotionally upset.
Go to bed early the night before the test and get a good night's sleep.

2. Eat a light meal.
Eating a heavy meal just before the test can make you sleepy and dull your senses

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3. Bring along all supplies you may need.
This includes a pen, several No. 2 pencils, an eraser, a ruler, etc. Bring eyeglasses if you need them for reading.
 
4. Bring a watch to help you budget your time.
Be sure that you know the amount of time you have for each subject test.
 
5. Refrain from drinking excessive amounts of liquids.
Don't create the need to waste valuable testing time by going to the rest room during the test. Use the rest room before or after the test, not during the test.
6. Arrive on time at the test location.
Choose a comfortable seat, if you have a choice, with good lighting and away from possible distractions such as friends, the proctor's desk, the door, open windows, etc.
 
7. Inform the proctor of your special needs.
If you are left-handed, have any special physical problem, or have other needs, ask if some arrangements can be made so you can compete equally with the other candidates.
 
8. Call uncomfortable conditions to the attention of the person in charge.
This includes the examination room being too cold, too warm, or not well ventilated.
 
9. Be confident and calm.
If you follow our study plan of evaluating your strengths and weaknesses, reading the subject reviews of the areas you are unsure of, and completing the four test batteries in this book, you will have the confidence you need to score high on the ASVAB.
 
10. Give the test your complete attention.
Block out all other thoughts, pleasant or otherwise, and concentrate solely on the test.
 
11. Listen carefully to all instructions.
Read carefully the directions for taking the test and marking the answer sheets. If you don't understand the instructions or directions, raise your hand and ask the proctor for clarification. Failure to follow instructions or misreading directions can only result in a loss of points.
 
12. When the signal is given to begin the test, start with the first question.
Don't jump to conclusions. Carefully read the question and all the choices before selecting the answer.
 
13. Answer the question as given in the test booklet.
Do not answer what you believe the question should be.
 
14. Work steadily and quickly but not carelessly.
Be sure to keep an eye on the time so you can complete each section. Note that you will not be permitted to go back and check your answers on the subject tests that you have already completed.
 
15. Do not spend too much time on any one question.
If you can't figure out the answer in a few seconds, go on to the next question. If you skip a question, be sure to skip the answer space for that question on the answer sheet. Continue this way through the subject tests, answering only those easy questions that require relatively little time and of which you are sure.
 
16. Be sure the question number in the test booklet corresponds to the number of the question you are answering on the answer sheet.
It is a good idea to check the numbers of questions and answers frequently. If you skip a question but fail to skip the corresponding answer blank for that question, all your answers after that will be in the wrong place.
 
17. After you have answered every question you know, go back to the more difficult questions you skipped in the subject test and attempt to answer them.
If you are still unsure of the correct answer, eliminate those choices that you know are incorrect and make an "educated" guess as to which one of the remaining choices is correct. If time does not permit "educated" guessing, guess "blindly" but be sure to answer all questions in the subtest within the allotted time.
 
18. If time permits, recheck your answers for errors.
If you find that your first response is incorrect, change it to the correct answer, making sure to erase your initial response completely on the answer sheet. First answers are usually correct. Don't talk yourself out of a correct answer by reading too much into the question. Unless you are sure that you made a mistake the first time around, don't change your answer.
 
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