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What You Need To Know About Your ASVAB

Passing the ASVAB test will require you to make use of two sets of skills: recalling the knowledge that you possess about the ASVAB exam; and answering exam questions quickly and accurately. Both of these skill sets are vitally important.


What is the ASVAB?
The ASVAB is a multiple choice test. There are a total of 200 questions:
The ASVAB tests cover General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Numerical Operations, Coding Speed, Auto and Shop Information, Mathematics Knowledge, Mechanical Comprehension and Electronics Information.

 
 
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1. General Science
The ASVAB general science subtest consists of 25 questions within 11 minutes. These questions cover both the biological and physical sciences.

2. Arithmetic Reasoning
The ASVAB arithmetic reasoning test covers the basic principles of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Below are some sample problems for the ASVAB test.You have 36 minutes to solve 30 questions on the ASVAB arithmetic mini-test. You can average 1 minute per question on this section of the ASVAB test.

3. Word Knowledge
Synonym type questions on the ASVAB test are easy to answer if you know the meaning of the term presented. If you are unsure of the meaning of the main term, attempt to use that term in a sentence to provide some type of context for the term on the ASVAB test. You have 11 minutes to complete 25 questions. Once again time becomes a critical factor on the ASVAB test so remember to wear a watch to the exam.

4. Mechanical Comprehension Test and Auto/Shop Test
The auto/shop section has 25 questions that must be answered within 11 minutes. The mechanical section has 25 questions that must be answered within 19 minutes. Time management is more critical in the auto/shop section of the exam.

Preparing for both of these sections requires some practical exposure to engine operations, maintenance, and mechanical devices. Some questions may ask, “What is the object represented in this picture?” If you are weak on both mechanical sections, it is recommended that you read a vehicle manual to familiarize yourself with some technical terminology. Moreover, reading summaries in physics books or reviewing physics notes may be helpful. If all else fails have a friend or family member explain the operation of the family lawnmower. If you are able to visualize a motor that is on a small scale and tangible you may do better on the ASVAB test.

5. Mathematics
This section of the exam has 35 questions that must be completed in 11 minutes. This is probably the hardest section for most students.
The word problems are Algebra I, II level mathematics on the ASVAB exam. You will be asked to solve fractions related to algebraic equations and data. This type of questions requires that you remember algebraic rules and mathematical formulas in some cases. The ASVAB test also covers exponents so remember your exponent rules and review your square root rules.

6. Reading Comprehension
The ASVAB comprehension test covers various topics. There are 15 questions on this subtest of the ASVAB exam and you are allowed 13 minutes to complete this section. These questions also require a fair amount of speed; however, take the time to read each passage. Do not try and skim over the passage due to the fact that some of the answer choices may require a “best answer” guess on the ASVAB test. You can average about 30 seconds per question on this section of the ASVAB test.

7. Electronics
The electronics section of the ASVAB contains 20 questions within a 9 minute time frame. These questions focus on the properties of electricity, waves, and some physics. You may be asked to assess the flow of electricity related to parallel circuits, and resistance values on the ASVAB test.

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