By Angie Papple Johnston

Part of 1,001 ASVAB AFQT Practice Questions For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Just like in the military, preparation is half the battle on the ASVAB. Knowing what to expect, whether you’re taking the computer-based CAT-ASVAB or the paper version, goes a long way (and it will help you shed a little stress about taking the test).

Use these tips to improve your ASVAB AFQT score:

  • Read the directions on each subtest carefully. If you don’t understand the instructions, ask. There are test proctors in every MEPS and MET site to explain.
  • Read every question thoroughly before you answer.
  • Even if you’re sure you’re right, read all the answer choices before selecting one.
  • Know that you can’t change your answer after you’ve submitted it on the CAT-ASVAB. You can change answers if you’re taking the paper version.
  • If you’re taking the paper version of the ASVAB, you can skip difficult questions and come back to them when you have time. (That is not an option on the CAT-ASVAB, which requires you to answer one question before you move on to the next.)
  • If you’re taking the paper version of the ASVAB, don’t leave any questions blank. (Skipping questions is not an option on the CAT-ASVAB.)
  • Guessing is better than leaving an answer blank. However, don’t make random choices when you’re running out of time on the CAT-ASVAB. The scoring algorithm will penalize you for not budgeting your time and for guessing on a series of questions toward the end of the test.