As you've probably heard, the ASVAB is the single most important test you take during your entire Army career. You get one shot at the test when you are at MEPS, and it determines both your eligibility for enlistment and the list of potential MOSs that you can choose from. With this in mind it's a good idea to make sure you are prepared by taking practice tests and studying. Your recruiter will probably give you some practice tests (although we also have two here and here) but you also want to make sure you study up on any weak subjects.
The core of the ASVAB is the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) which determines whether or not you can enlist. You should definitely study for this test, and we have a review of a study guide for the AFQT. Your score on the AFQT is combined with your score on the other sections of the ASVAB to determine your final score. In addition to the four subjects on the AFQT, the additional subjects on the ASVAB are:
- General Science: 25 questions covering general concepts from life, earth, and physical sciences
- Electronics Information: 20 questions covering basic circuits, electronic terminology, and principles.
- Auto and Shop Information: 25 questions that test mechanical knowledge of automobiles as well as shop tools and practices.
- Mechanical Comprehension: 25 questions covering basic physical and mechanical principals.
- Assembling Objects: 25 questions testing your ability to visualize how a disassembled object will look when put back together.
The ASVAB study guide we are looking at today, the 2011 edition by Kaplan, not only covers these five subjects, but also covers the four subjects in the AFQT. Let's get started!