Chapter 12

Assembling Objects


Checking out the newest ASVAB subtest

Connecting the dots and putting the pieces together

Getting your test score into shape

Although much of the ASVAB measures academic knowledge at the high school level, Assembling Objects is a subtest that probably doesn’t resemble any of your high school classes (unless your high school offered a course in Jigsaw Puzzles 101).

The Assembling Objects subtest is designed to measure your ability to look at pieces of an object and determine how those pieces should fit together (technically called visualizing spatial relationships). Spatial skills, which help people figure out maps and interpret technical drawings, are important to everyday living as well as for performing well in school and on the job. Society today places greater demands on spatial skills, such as interpretation of graphs, maps, architectural drawings, and X-rays.

The Assembling Objects subtest of the CAT-ASVAB consists of 16 graphical problems that must be solved in 15 minutes; the paper version of the ASVAB has 25 questions to be solved in 15 minutes. That gives you a little less than a minute for each question (not counting any time you take to scratch your head). That’s plenty of time to finish if you’re good at jigsaw puzzles.

Getting the Picture about Assembling Objects

The Assembling Objects subtest is relatively new to the ASVAB. It was added when the ASVAB was revised in 2005, when the Numerical Operations and Coding Speed ...

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