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General ASVAB Test-Taking Tips

Part of the ASVAB For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When taking the ASVAB, being prepared and knowing how to approach the questions can go a long way. Use the following test-taking tips to improve your ASVAB score:

  • Read the directions carefully.

  • Know what a question is asking you to do before looking at the answer choices.

  • Read all the answer options before selecting one.

  • Skip questions you don’t know and then go back to them if you have time. Note: Skipping questions isn’t an option if you take the computer-based test, which forces you to answer each question before you can move on to the next one.

  • Don’t leave any questions blank. The ASVAB doesn’t penalize you for guessing. On the computer-based ASVAB, you can’t leave any questions blank.

  • If you’re taking the paper-and-pencil test, make sure that you mark each answer on the correct space on your answer sheet.

  • Never change the answer to a question after you move on to another question unless you’re positive the answer’s wrong. This doesn’t apply for the computerized version — after you submit your answer, you can’t change it.

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