Chapter 3

Getting Acquainted with Test-Taking and Study Techniques


Choosing your weapon: Pencil or keyboard

Developing multiple-choice strategies

Making educated guesses

Getting some studying and test tips

Preparing down to the last detail

How many times have you heard someone say (or may have even said yourself), “I just can’t take tests”? Well, of course you can’t do well on tests if you keep telling yourself that! In basic training, your drill sergeant will convince you that the words “I can’t” simply don’t exist in the military. If you don’t believe me, try telling your drill sergeant, “I just can’t do push-ups.” You’ll find that with sufficient practice (and your drill sergeant will ensure you get a lot of practice), you can do push-ups just as well as the next person. (Actually, I don’t recommend testing this, for reasons that should be obvious.) The truth is that those who do well on tests are those who’ve figured out how to study efficiently and how to use a dash of test-taking psychology.

This chapter includes information on how to prepare for the test — how you study and how and why you should take the practice exams. In addition, you get some inside info, such as secrets for guessing when you don’t know the answer to a question (although if you study for the test, that will never happen, right?). The tips and techniques provided in this chapter can help you get a jump on the ASVAB and your military career.

Taking the Test: Paper or Computerized?

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