Common Sense Advice

The ASVAB is an important part of the process of military enlistment, but it is essentially like many other standardized tests you’ve taken over the years. All questions are multiple-choice questions. You are timed on each section. There is no penalty for wrong answers, so you should not leave any question blank. If you don’t know the answer to a question, try to eliminate as many obviously wrong answers as possible before making an educated guess.

Preparing for the Exam

Much of the material that is covered on the test is part of a typical high school curriculum. However, this does not mean that you can take the test with no preparation at all. Reviewing practice-test questions and study guides before taking the test will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses as you become more familiar with the format of the test. If at all possible you should take an ASVAB practice test.


It is best to study for any test by setting a regular schedule. Do not try to “cram” all of your studying into a short period. Studying over a period of several weeks is the most effective way to retain information for any exam.

Coping with Test Anxiety

Test anxiety is a common problem for many people, even those with very high intelligence. Fatigue, nausea, headache, upset stomach, and an inability to concentrate on test day can all be symptoms of this problem. Some people with severe test anxiety even suffer from panic attacks when the testing period begins.

The best treatment for test anxiety is to learn how to relax. Go to bed early the night before the test, and remember to eat a well-balanced breakfast so you’re not distracted by hunger. Taking the time to do a few deep-breathing exercises before you begin the exam may be helpful. You may also want to visualize yourself on your first day of military service; keeping your goal of success in mind will help you put your nervousness into perspective. Remember that testing day is only one step in your overall military career.