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.

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Angie Papple Johnston joined the U.S. Army in 2006 as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear specialist, ready to tackle chemical weapons in a Level- A HAZMAT suit. She's currently the CBRN noncommissioned officer-in-charge of an aviation battalion in Washington, D.C.

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