Acing the Exam Study Guide for McGraw-Hill's ASVAB (page 2)
Seven Steps to Acing the ASVAB
There are several steps you can take to give yourself a leading edge on acing the ASVAB. If you follow these simple rules and stick to them during the time leading up to the ASVAB, you will do well. You need to be disciplined and persistent. Merely wishing that you will do well won't cut it. Merely flipping through this book won't do it. You need to work hard, stay consistent, and focus like a laser to achieve your goal.
1. Be Prepared
Don't count on luck, your good looks, or your charming personality to get you high scores on the ASVAB. The best way to do well on the ASVAB is to study hard and do well in your courses at school. Even if you did well in school, focusing on the contents of this book will help you perform better on the ASVAB. Since the main criterion for military entrance is the AFQT, you need to do especially well on the math and verbal tests. Reviewing the contents of this book should help boost your score in those areas.
The other ASVAB tests are used for entry into certain occupational fields and training programs. Doing well on these tests gives you a better chance of getting into the career field of your choice.
You may or may not have taken courses in these other areas. For example, not everyone takes automotive courses or shop courses in school, so it will be very helpful to review the material in this book and take the practice exams. Not everyone has had formal training in the skills of mechanical comprehension. Spending time on learning the content of these areas is well worth your while in getting good jobs in the military.
2. Set Up a Study Plan and Don't Procrastinate
Give yourself three to five months of study and review before taking the ASVAB. You may need to spend more or less time studying, depending on how strong your abilities are in each content area. For example, maybe your math skills are just fine, but your knowledge of auto and shop concepts or general science needs a lot of work. Adjust the schedule to meet your own needs.
3. Set Up a Weekly Study Schedule
If you want to do well on the ASVAB, it is very important that you make studying for it a priority in your life. You should spend six to eight hours per week on your studies for this test. Setting up a weekly schedule and sticking to it is very important.
On page 43 You'll see a sample weekly study schedule. It is followed by a blank form that you can use to make your own schedule.
When can you study? Before completing the plan, you need to review your typical week to determine when you can make time to study. If you go to school or have a job, your time for study may be limited to evenings and weekends.
What time of day is best? Do you work better in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings? Schedule your study time when you are most likely to be efficient in your study. Use the chart at the bottom of this page to determine if you are a morning or an evening person.
How long can you study? You know yourself better than anyone. Are you able to study well for short or long periods of time? Can you focus for one hour and then get restless, or can you work undistracted and focused for several hours? Block out the times that seem ideal for you. Adjust the time as you learn what's best for you.
It's not just the clock time. Don't fool yourself into thinking that just because the clock has indicated that three hours have passed, you have spent three hours studying. Make sure that you are spending quality time on your studies.
Make room for exercise. It's very important that you schedule in some exercise, as that will help reduce the stress associated with working hard to achieve a goal. It will also keep you healthier so that your study schedule is not interrupted by illness.
Write down your study schedule and stick to it. Posting your schedule for your friends and family to see can help them understand that you need to use your time for study. This could help eliminate distractions. If you are really serious about doing well on the ASVAB, you may need to give up some nonessential activities, like dates, movies, and hanging out with your friends.
Be realistic. Don't plan study periods during the week if it is unlikely that you will follow through. In the beginning you may schedule one or two study periods and then increase your commitment to study as you get focused and organized. Your success depends on you.
Tips for Managing Your Time
- State your goals.
- Make up a weekly list of things to accomplish.
- Make up a "to-do" list for tomorrow and set priorities.
- Keep track on paper of time spent studying and what you accomplished.
- Reward yourself for finishing items on your "to-do" list.
4. Pick a Location Where You Study Best
Some people work best in a quiet room with the door closed and no distractions. Others prefer to flop on the couch, have music playing in the background, put their feet up, and hit the books. Think hard about what works best for you. Some people think they are studying just because they have a book in their hands, but they aren't working effectively because they are really listening to the music or paying attention to what's on the TV. Be honest and smart about where you study. Your best bet is to find a quiet place that is well lit and has no distractions. Get real about what's best for you.
Check out your local library. Many people live in busy and active households, making it very difficult to find a quiet place to focus on their studies. Maybe your local library is the best place if you can't find a quiet place at home, school, or work. The library is well lit, and it should reduce any eyestrain, making it easier for you to concentrate on your studies and allowing you to study longer without tiring.
5. Get Support from Friends and Family
Tell your family and friends about your goals and your study schedule. This will show them that you are serious about your plan, and they will be more likely to give you the support and space that you need. It is important to have some cheerleaders to help you stay on your course. Post your schedule where your family can see it so that they can be supportive.
You may want to engage your family and friends in helping you. They can use flash cards to test you on what you know, and can talk through some challenging concepts until you have those ideas down cold.
Since you will be spending a lot of time studying, ask your family if they would be willing to take on some of your household chores to give you more time to accomplish your goals. Do what you can to make your fair contribution, though.
When you have finished your study schedule, be sure to thank everyone who helped you achieve your goals. They probably had to make some sacrifices when you were studying.
Caution: Studying With Others
If you are taking the ASVAB with a friend or friends, it could be useful to study together. Friends may be able to help you with certain subject areas, and you may be able to help them with others. Be careful, though, because you might end up spending more time socializing than studying.
6. Know the Test
Good test preparation includes knowing what to expect on the test. What kinds of questions will you get? What test question format should you anticipate? Reviewing this book will go a long way toward helping you become comfortable with the types of test questions you will be seeing on the ASVAB.
7. Work at It
Everyone needs to work on succeeding and performing well. You are not alone. The smartest and most successful people that you know or have heard about haven't come by their successes easily. Everyone has to work at being successful. You can be successful as well, if you work at it. The great thing is that it is your choice. You can create your own destiny.
Steps to Acing the ASVAB!
- Be prepared.
- Set up a study schedule and stick to it.
- Set up a weekly study schedule.
- Pick a location where you study best.
- Get support from family and friends.
- Know the test.
- Work at it-work hard.
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