Because you’re reading this book, there’s a very good chance that you’re interested in joining the U.S. military. I say that because the military recruiting commands are the only people in the entire world who care about the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score is derived from four of the nine Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) subtests. It’s used to determine your overall qualification to join the military branch of your choice.

Perhaps you’ve read the best-selling ASVAB For Dummies (Wiley), or some other ASVAB prep book, and you want more practice so you can achieve the highest possible AFQT score. Maybe you’ve already taken the ASVAB, you want to retest for a higher AFQT score, and you’re looking for an advantage. In any case, you’ve chosen the right book!

The ASVAB has two purposes: First, it’s designed to tell the military whether you can cut it within its ranks. It’s also designed to show the military where you’ll shine as a service member. Four subtests of the ASVAB (Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, and Arithmetic Reasoning) make up the AFQT. The same four subtests, plus the remaining five subtests, are used to determine the fields in which you’re eligible to work. (There’s no such thing as an Army astronaut. I’ve checked.)

Long gone are the days when someone could just walk into a recruiter’s office and get into the military as long as he had a pulse. Today’s all-volunteer military members ...

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