If you are considering a career with the United States Armed Services then you will be required to take the military entrance exam called the ASVAB. While the ASVAB is not a difficult exam to pass, it will take proper planning and studying to achieve a competitive score for your desired branch and job, rate, or MOS. In this article I will show you how to gain the most of your ASVAB study time.
The ASVAB or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is designed to test you on the various topics that you have learned throughout high school. This includes but is not limited to general science, math, vocabulary and reading comprehension.
While the exam covers many different topics, if you know how to study and how to approach the time remaining between now and your exam, you will get the most out of your study time and score well enough to qualify for your desired job, rate, or MOS.
Focus On Your Weak Points
There are so many topics on the exam, that you cannot start to study for them all at once. Instead start out by taking a practice test to identify the areas that you struggle with. Create a study plan that will focus on learning those specific subjects and topics.
Study Without Interruption
The worst thing you can do is study in an area that allows for interruptions. If your mind is trying to absorb new information, every interruption will cause you to forget what you were working on and require you to start again after each break.
Find a study area where you can study peacefully and continuously. This includes finding a nearby library, quiet room or even a quiet booth in a local cafe or diner. While this limits the outside interruptions you also have to limit personal interruptions. This includes turning off your cell phone, beeper, laptop and any other means that allows people to contact you.
Give Yourself a Continuous Study Block
When you sit down to study it usually takes your mind some time to realize that now is study time. The first few minutes of study are usually devoted to getting into the correct mindset. This probably requires reading the same paragraph more than once as you get your brain to focus.
Your goal therefor is to minimize the ‘starting’ point compared to the amount of time studying. Instead of studying 15 minutes here and there, try to schedule study sessions that are at least 30 – 45 minutes long as this will allow you to get into the proper flow of things.