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I am taking the ASVAB on Tuesday. Where can I find some online study guides for this military entrance exam?

Asked by EgaoNoGenki (1164points) December 18th, 2009

I just visited my Air Force recruiter on Thursday, and filled out about sixteen pages worth of paperwork.

He has scheduled me to take the ASVAB on Tuesday Morning, and I have to show up at our Mall’s recruitment center at 8:30.

Now, to help me prepare for the ASVAB, what are some online resources that would serve as study guides for this fabled test?

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chelseababyy's avatar

Here you go, some practice tests for you!:

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

Whats your age, highest completed education, and what type of grades do you/did you get in school?

StellarAirman's avatar

I would recommend studying more than a weekend unless you are just out of high school and already fresh on all that stuff. I studied for a couple weeks just to nail everything down. Despite what some people will tell you, it’s a really important test. It determines what jobs you qualify for, and in general the better jobs require a better score. The more choices and options you have, the better, so don’t take it lightly.

Sonnerr's avatar

And you might try and talk to a counselor at a high school that has an ROTC class or something. The head officer guy might lead you in the right direction.

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

Honestly, it’s very related to your grades/level of education. I got a 93 on it, but I JUST graduated college in a pretty good major. A buddy of mine who wasn’t that bright back in high school took it at the beginning of our Junior year, and he scored like a mid 40 something. Another friend of mine took it a year into college, and scored like an 80.

The common sense stuff like, problem solving, is just gonna be a measure of your IQ pretty much, but the math/science/writing stuff, will be very heavily based on your education thus far.

If you’re looking into it long term and you’re still in high school, I would strongly suggest ROTC. Best of luck for the test, and btw study, but don’t bust your chops on it non-s top between now and Tuesday…. there’s only so much you can do in such a short period of time that will have a big impact on your score.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

The page about the test is pretty interesting. As @StellarAirman said, don’t take it lightly. And according to the page about the test, you don’t have to take it until you’re ready.

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EgaoNoGenki's avatar

@UScitizen I got a 93/99 on a pre-test. What are the chances?

You can hope that I fail a MEPS medical exam though.

But anyway, I want to work on whatever has anything to do with the Korean peninsula. I’d like to stay out of Israeli affairs.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

@EgaoNoGenki, way to go! Sounds like you should do well on the real thing. Let us know!

Blondesjon's avatar

Don’t stress. The ASVAB is a cake walk.

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

@EgaoNoGenki Yah dude if you got a 93 on a legit pre-test, you are fine.

sanbuu's avatar

Not to crush any dreams here, but nowadays having a great score doesn’t always mean you get the job you want. You will have to choice 8 jobs, of course going off your ASVAB score. Then they will try their best to give you the one you like but its no guarantee.

StellarAirman's avatar

@sanbuu But it does give you more options to choose from. And when you consider you’ll be doing that job for the next 4 – 6 years at least, that becomes a pretty important test that should be taken seriously in my opinion.

It also depends on the branch as far as guaranteed jobs go. In the Air Force about 30% of the jobs are guaranteed in contract before you go to basic, and the rest you choose there. I had a guaranteed job in my contract.

You can ask your recruiter about the exceptionally well qualified program. I think if you score a 93 or 94 or higher on the ASVAB you qualify for that and have a better chance of getting a guaranteed job in your contract before you go. I qualified for that and had a guaranteed job going in.

sanbuu's avatar

@stellarAirman yes you get more to choose from but you may get ur 7th or last choice. That’s all I’m saying, I didn’t get my job because the paperwork was filed improperly. I couldn’t do stuff about that.

Eureka's avatar

So, how did it go? Did you pass – or do you know yet?

EgaoNoGenki's avatar

@Eureka I scored 85 on the overall. I’ll receive the sub-test scores in a few days.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Good for you! Congratulations!

EgaoNoGenki's avatar

@PandoraBoxx The recruiter promised that he’d call me the morning of the test, but as with all important things to get to in the morning, I still set an alarm. (Which I didn’t need after all ‘cause I stayed up all night.)

I’m so glad I made it in time because I easily may not have been up by then.

I was the highest-scoring applicant of the group of seven test takers. The second-highest was a 78 and the lowest was about a 48. The lowest scorer was a mother of four, with her oldest son in 1st grade. The age range to join is 17–27 and she’s turning 28 in late January. She’ll be eligible to retake the ASVAB in six months.

(Nowadays, we need a score of 50 to get in the Air Force.)

avvooooooo's avatar

@EgaoNoGenki You easily may not have been up by then? For an important test that can determine your future? How in the world are you going to cope with the military if you can’t be bothered to get up to take the entrance exam?

Eureka's avatar

Well, good for you on your score! However, how on earth do you know eveyone elses scores?

Eureka's avatar

Here’s a funny thing. I talked to a friend of mine who’s hubby is a recruiter. He said there was no way you would have your scores back on the day you took the test, and absolutely no way you would know other scores, and no recruiter would call you to wake you up to take a test. So, this information, along with the fact that you have not returned to answer any questions, leads me to believe this whole scenario is a fabrication, and you never took any test. Bleh. Just another lie to make yourself the center of attention. Grow up.

StellarAirman's avatar

I was given the full results to my test when I walked out of the door after finishing the test. It’s all computerized so there is no reason to have a delay in receiving your scores. I definitely didn’t know what the other people’s scores were though.

He may have known the other people’s scores because they told him? Maybe they had the same recruiter and decided to share their scores with each other? There is a lot of downtime at MEPS, so discussing what you scored on the test is a common way to pass the time.

Also maybe that particular recruiter doesn’t call to wake people up, but others do?

Eureka's avatar

I bow to your experience in this matter, stellarairman.

EgaoNoGenki's avatar

@Eureka What Stellar said. Our ASVAB was paper-based though, but our test admin graded it while we were there and got us our overall scores. (There were only 7 of us so there wasn’t that much of a wait.) I’ll find out the sub-scores Monday.

And my recruiter did say he’d call to wake me up, but evidently forgot to do so. Like I said, I still made it on my own and am glad to have done so.

Eureka's avatar

So when do you sign up?

EgaoNoGenki's avatar

@Eureka When I pass the lung-pulmonary test to prove I no longer have asthma, and get a note from a mental health clinic saying that after I’ve finished the anxiety med, I no longer have an anxiety issue.

Eureka's avatar

I had no idea that asthma was cureable. I know it can be controlled with medication, but I was under the impression that you either have asthma or you don’t.

Dog's avatar

@Eureka It is possible to outgrow childhood Asthma.

avvooooooo's avatar

@EgaoNoGenki Are you simply not going to mention your other diagnoses? According to the website, “If you are later found to have lied or not informed the military about your legal or medical past, they might throw you out.”

Specifically, the disqualification that you might want to worry are these:

Neurotic, anxiety, mood, somatoform, dissociative, or factitious disorders

The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are a history of such disorders resulting in any or all of the below:

a. Admission to a hospital or residential facility.

b. Care by a physician or other mental health professional for more than 6 months.

c. Symptoms or behavior of a repeated nature that impaired social, school, or work efficiency.

Personality, conduct, and behavior disorders

The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are:

b. Personality, conduct, or behavior disorders where it is evident by history, interview, or psychological testing that the degree of immaturity, instability, personality inadequacy, impulsiveness, or dependency will seriously interfere with adjustment in the Army as demonstrated by repeated inability to maintain reasonable adjustment in school, with employers and fellow workers, and with other social groups.

This was specific for the Army, but similar thing exist for all branches of the military. Disqualifications can be found here. I assure you that if you lie about something and they find out, you will be kicked out of whatever branch of the military you join. And they will find out about it. It can and will happen to you, even if you think it can’t possibly.

EgaoNoGenki's avatar

@avvooooooo Aren’t there waivers for these, for applicants who score high enough on the ASVAB? I doubt that it says anywhere that the above isn’t waiverable.

(How do I underline on Fluther?)

avvooooooo's avatar

@EgaoNoGenki There are not waivers for things that would seriously impair someone’s ability to function in the military And for things that can impair the military’s ability to function when that person is a member of it. Any unit is only as strong as its weakest link.

If someone has “the degree of immaturity, instability, personality inadequacy, impulsiveness, or dependency will seriously interfere with adjustment in the Army as demonstrated by repeated inability to maintain reasonable adjustment in school, with employers and fellow workers, and with other social groups” there is nothing that anyone would be willing to waive. Nor would it be a responsible thing for the military, or whatever smaller unit that a person who is unable to adjust is put into, that the person has to be taken out because they can’t hack it. Its disruptive and detrimental.

Another tidbit from the same website, “Although the disqualifying health conditions or legal history may not be permanently disqualifying, Lying or not telling your recruiter about them is. In fact lying to a recruiter can lead to a fraudulent enlistment and could land you in jail. Jail would be a lot less fun than being up front, especially for something that could have been taken care of before you joined!”

Failure to disclose is a lie. Its called a “lie of omission.” Lying about your suitability to be in the military, failing to disclose all your mental health diagnoses, is likely to get you in big, big trouble no matter your score in a test. Its not testing your suitability to be in the military, its testing your basic educational skills.

Here’s a link you might find interesting.

Basically, while they may be willing to waive for some physical things, the mental things are less likely because they are contrary to the purpose and goals of the military. Autism and spectrum disorders are automatic disqualifiers. If you lie about having Asperger’s, which you have been diagnosed with and people will notice, you will be in the deepest kind of shit that you can imagine.

Disqualifications of this sort are not something you can waive, nor should they be.

EgaoNoGenki's avatar

@avvooooooo Where on Fluther have I said anything about having any disorder on the Autistic spectrum?

avvooooooo's avatar

@EgaoNoGenki You leave a wide swath of “I have Asperger’s” over several sites. Not this one yet, but all one has to do is to have seen your questions and discussion on Askville or Answerbag to know this fact. You link your blog on your profile where you post endlessly about everything, including your diagnoses. You ask people to read endless journal entries on Asperger’s… And you’re surprised that people have found out? You who challenged people on two sites to see what dirt they could find on you?

There are many people here who are members of several sites. You can’t be surprised when you leave a wide and obvious trail and people have seen it.

EgaoNoGenki's avatar

@avvooooooo Okay, I remember now. Thanks for bringing me up to speed. Being frazzled lately doesn’t help.

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