Men and women who want to help their country and improve their lives should consider taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, otherwise known as ASVAB. This exam opens a window of opportunity to serve the nation by becoming a member of the United State military, the most elite armed forces unit in the world.
The ASVAB challenges applicants via a timed test. Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) offer the test along with over 14,000 U.S. schools. The Department of Defense creates then oversees the ASVAB test from a maintenance point of view.
The best way to prepare for the multitude of challenges the Department of Defense creates on the actual test is to take advantage of the practice tests. Good soldiers know to take advantage of extra supplies and information. Consider these practice tests as being the same sort of advantage, one that provides a layout of the exam divisions, so to speak. The practice exam gives a clear indication of where a person stands in terms of strengths and weaknesses. This sort of analysis proves essential to a military career. Once a candidate knows these strengths and weaknesses, formulating a successful plan of attack proves much more viable. That way, a candidate can improve his or her score and thus, life.
And make no mistake: life completely changes for the better after passing this giant monster of a test. Let’s look at how the exam is scored and how it might change your life.
The Break Down
The grade for this exam derives from various subdivisions of quantitative measures, the most important being the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT), an indication which reveals a candidate’s qualification to join the military in any branch. The final results of four critical components of the test areas — including Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics, Paragraph Comprehension, and Word Knowledge — determine the AFQT measurement. The AFQT score measures the readiness to enlist in the U.S. military. The absolute minimum score for each branch is:
-Air Force 36
-Coast Guard 45
One reason it pays to do well on the ASVAB is that the score determines a candidate’s occupational matches. The higher the score, the more matches one receives. A higher score also equates to more enlistment bonuses. These factors figure greatly into the quality of life a soldier has both in service and out of service. It can mean doing a short stint in the military or making the military a lifelong career.
Best Available Jobs
A high score helps secure the best military jobs. That means that anyone who is traveling the world doing language translation or that becomes an officer scored highly and conquered the challenge in a true warrior style. The higher the score, the better one’s possible salary range.
Even if the goal is just to see the world in the most basic military service capacity, the test must be passed. It doesn’t matter how many pull-ups or push-ups get counted. There is no physical score that supersedes the test score. The test serves as a major component of candidacy and failure to pass it means a person remains unqualified to join any branch of the armed services.
It is important to note that failing the test does not equate to a complete ban on ever joining the military. Retaking the test is permitted. If a person finally passes, then he or she will be eligible assuming they meet all other requirements.
Just keep in mind that the test is hard and that’s why it makes sense to take advantage of the practice exams. The better one’s result, the better one’s options in terms of pay, lifestyle, seeing the world, and retirement.
Where to Practice
There are many online sites that provide the CAT-ASVAB practice test for free. These sites allow a person to check the answers and some of them even provide detailed explanations of how to arrive at the correct answer. It is important to review these answers to help broaden one’s ability.
It is also a good idea to practice extra hard on the weaknesses encountered on the exam, but it is even more important to think about the type of military careers that interest you then look at the requirements needs for those positions. While it is true you must pass the exam no matter what the job, it is a good idea to plan for the kind of work that will be required on a daily basis if given the chance to serve in a particular position.