The general science subtest contains 25 questions that you must answer in 11 minutes.
This test is designed to test your knowledge of science facts and concepts that you learned in high school classes on earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics.
Take a general science practice test.
The arithmetic reasoning subtest contains 30 questions that test your ability to use mathematics to solve real world problems. You have 36 minutes to complete it.
These questions cover basic concepts of arithmetic like addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, percentages, ratio and proportion, simple and compound interest, and your knowledge of whole numbers, real numbers, fractions, and decimals.
You’ll see a question outlining a problem and four choices for answers. Choose the option that best answers the question.
Take an arithmetic reasoning practice test.
Each subtest is timed and, on the computerized version of the ASVAB, that’s the only time you’ll get for that subtest. On the paper version you can go back and check answers on previous subtests but, on the CAT-ASVAB once you complete a subtest your answers are set in stone and you can’t go back to review.
So, it’s very important to both know how long you have for each subtest and to have taken enough practice tests to know how long that subtest will typically take you. That way you’ll have a good understanding of how much time to spend on each question and what pace you need to maintain to get through the subtest in the time allotted.
Also, make sure to take practice tests under actual testing conditions – use a timer to make sure you’re not taking additional time to complete the practice test that you won’t have available at the real test.
Don’t spend too much time on one question. If you draw a complete blank make an educated guess and move on. You’re not expected to get every question right and the more time you waste on questions you know you don’t know the greater the chance that time will run out leaving questions you could have potentially answered correctly unanswered.
The best way to overcome time anxiety is to take practice tests to gain confidence that you have enough time to complete the test and to be focused on moving through the subtest. Answer a question, check your work, then move on and erase that question from your mind.
After what’s the average ASVAB score?, the second most asked question about the ASVAB is “what’s the highest possible score on the ASVAB test?”
Because the AFQT score (what’s typically referred to as the ASVAB score) is converted to a percentile score between 1 and 99, the highest score possible is a 99. Getting a 99 means you did better on the test than 99 percent of all the potential recruits who took the test.
But, because of the way the AFQT score is computed, getting the maximum score doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to ace each of the subtests that go into it so although 99 is the highest possible score that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a “perfect” score.
Of course your overall ASVAB score is important but, after getting the minimum score necessary to enlist and/or qualify for any enlistment bonuses, it’s your performance on the subtests that make up the line scores for the military job you want that actually make the most difference.
The ASVAB is not only designed to test your knowledge and aptitude but also to test your performance under stressful conditions and what could be more stressful than taking a test that will decide the course of the next 4+ years of your life!
You’ll take the nine subtests over a wide variety of material in around two hours. Although it may be difficult, you’re going to have to stay focused to do your best. Here are some tips to maintain your focus as you’re taking the ASVAB test:
- As mentioned in Study Tip 4 – make sure you get to the test location with plenty of time to spare. Nothing ruins focus and concentration more than being in a rush or arriving only to be rushed into the testing room.
- Let go of all your emotional baggage. Don’t worry about what’s going to happen at your physcial tomorrow or what your mom, dad, or recruiter will think about your performance. Focus on doing well on the test and think about the future after the test.
- Concentrate on one subtest at a time and don’tt waste your time thinking about the questions on the last subtest or wondering about what’s coming on the next subtest. Focus on the subtest you’re currently taking at all times.
- Take a few deep breaths and relax your mind before starting a new subtest. This will control your anxiety and get you in the right mental state to answer the questions. If you finish a subtest with time to spare use that extra time to take a few more deep breaths and relax.
- Remember that on the computerized version of the ASVAB you’ll immediately be moved on to the next subtest when you answer the last question on your current subtest. Be aware of the subtest timer and use those extra minutes to your advantage.