Tips for Guessing on the ASVAB - dummies

By Angie Papple Johnston

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

Even if you’re exceptionally well prepared for the ASVAB, you’re bound to come across questions that stump you. If you guess carefully, you can improve your score. (If you leave a question blank, it’s automatically scored as a zero — but if you guess one of the four possible answers, you have at least a 25 percent chance of getting it right.)

If you have to guess, remember these tips:

  • Eliminate obviously incorrect answers to improve your chances of getting the question right.
  • Remember that answers that include always, never, and other “absolutes” are usually (but not always) wrong.
  • Note that if two answer choices have opposite meanings, one of them is most likely correct.
  • Don’t make your choices based on answers to the surrounding questions. The order of the questions on the CAT-ASVAB (and on a number of paper versions) varies, so even if the last three answers have been Choice (C), that doesn’t mean the next won’t be, too.