Stay Focused

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.