Conquering Test Day

Your goal on test day is to be confident and put yourself in the best position to do well on the ASVAB.  Part of that is the confidence you’ve developed from studying and preparing yourself for the test but here are a few test day tips to make sure you’re at your best:

  • On the morning of the test eat a light breakfast.  Eating too heavy of a meal will make you drowsy but having something on your stomach will make it easier to concentrate.
  • Avoid early morning meals that are high in carbohydrates. While eating high-carb foolds will initially make you feel energetic, that energy rush will turn into an energy crash a couple of hours into the test. Eat foods high in protein (eggs, milk, yogurt, chicken, etc.) instead.
  • Exercise the day before and, if you’re up to it, the morning of the test.  Getting your blood pumping will help you remain mentally sharp.
  • If you’re sick you may want to reschedule the test. Right before the test starts, the proctor will ask if there’s anything, such as sickness or injury, which may affect your test performance. After the test starts there’s no stopping in the middle and, if you do poorly, you’ll have to wait thirty days to take a retest.
  • If you need glasses to read make sure to bring them!  If you wear contacts bring a pair of glasses just in case.
  • Bring a watch to help you keep track of time.
  • Don’t bring calculators, MP3 players, backpacks, or any other personal items with you.  You won’t be able to bring them into the testing room.
  • Don’t drink a lot of liquids just before the test so you’re not wasting testing time having to take bathroom breaks.
  • Make sure you arrive at the test site early and I mean military early where on time is ten minutes late!
  • Do a “test run” drive to the testing center a few days in advance and around the time of day you’re scheduled to take the test.  Make sure you know where the testing location is and what traffic and parking are like during the time frame you’re going to be taking the test.