If you are looking to enlist, one of the things you must do is take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). This test is probably one of the single most important tests you'll take in the military, since your score determines the different jobs (or MOSs) that you are eligible for. This means that you should prepare in advance for the ASVAB - you only get one shot at the test in MEPS. Your recruiter will probably give you practice tests, which you should do (we also have practice tests on this site here and here) and you should also study.
The ASVAB consists of nine separate sub-tests of which four make up the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT). The AFQT is even more important than the ASVAB, since your score on these four sub-tests determine if you are eligible to enter the military at all. These four sub-tests are:
- Arithmetic Reasoning: This section consists of 30 multiple-choice math word problems.
- Word Knowledge: This section tests your vocabulary with 35 multiple-choice questions that ask you to pick the closest meaning to the highlighted word.
- Paragraph Comprehension: This section requires you to read various paragraphs and answer one to four questions on each paragraph, with 15 questions total.
- Mathematics Knowledge: This tests consists of 25 high school-level math questions.
That's it - your score on these four categories determine if you can even begin your military career. Now that you know what is riding on these four sections, let's take a look at a book designed to help you improve your AFQT score ASVAB AFQT for Dummies by Rod Powers.