Getting Comfortable With the ASVAB

The best way to properly prepare and get comfortable with the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test is to take multiple versions of the ASVAB practice test. When a candidate for enlistment in the United States Armed Services takes the ASVAB practice test he or she will be exposed to the test format as well as the ten distinct subject areas tested on the exam. The first subject area is General Science and covers generally the material contained within a typical high school science curriculum. This includes but is not limited to a smattering of biology, chemistry, physics, and geology. The second subject area, Arithmetic Reasoning covers the basic operations of arithmetic testing the candidate’s grasp of how they function on a logical level. The third subject area, Word Knowledge covers basic vocabulary and tests the candidate’s breadth of exposure to language necessary for effective communication. The fourth subject area is Paragraph Comprehension and deals with grammatical rules related to the construction of paragraphs and the written word. The fifth subject area is Mathematics Knowledge which differs from the second subject area Arithmetic Reasoning in that this section will test the candidate’s working knowledge of the various functions and operations inherent in basic mathematics. The sixth subject area is Electronics Information which tests the candidate’s comprehension and basic theory of electronics and it practical functioning. The seventh subject area is Automotive and Shop Information which probes the candidate’s understanding of the construction, operation and maintenance of automotive engines and related equipment. The eighth subject area is Mechanical Comprehension which covers material related to the understanding of the operation of mechanical components and the machines in which they operate. The ninth subject area is Assembling Objects which will test the candidate’s ability to understand how objects interrelate and come together to create tools and other multi-object constructions. Finally, the tenth subject area is Verbal Expression and will test the candidate’s ability to communicate effectively using the spoke word. Every candidate who takes the ASVAB practice test will become familiar with each of the aforementioned subject areas.