Chapter 24

Ten Tips for Doing Well on the AFQT


Using your scratch paper wisely

Reading carefully

Performing math operations

Making sure your answers make sense

Commonly referred to as the ASVAB score, the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score is actually computed only from the reading and math skills subtests of the ASVAB. The AFQT score determines whether you’re even qualified to enlist in the service of your choice. (For the full scoop, see Chapter 1.) The ten concepts presented in this chapter help you score better on the four subtests of the ASVAB that are used to calculate your AFQT score.

As Soon as the Test Starts, Write Down What You’re Likely to Forget

tip You can’t bring your own scratch paper to the test, but the test proctors will give you as many sheets of scratch paper as you want. Not only is your scratch paper useful to take the place of the calculator you’re not allowed to use, but you can also use it to write notes at the very beginning of the test — things that you’re worried you may forget. For example, if you’re worried that you’ll forget the math order of operations, write it down first thing.

Read All the Answer Choices before Deciding

I think those people who write the ASVAB questions must go through a special course about being tricky. Many of the answer choices given on the ASVAB are “close but no cigar.” In other words, these tricksters ...

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