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2016 / 2017 ASVAB For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-119-23917-8
456 pages
May 2016
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The bestselling ASVAB For Dummies—expanded and improved for 2016/2017

Are you one of the more than one million students who take the ASVAB every year? ASVAB For Dummies is your ultimate guide to acing the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, with clear explanations, plenty of practice, and proven test-taking techniques. It includes in-depth reviews of all nine test subjects with complete explanations for every question, and is complemented with proficiency exercises and tips to help you pinpoint your weaknesses and hone your test-taking skills in the areas where you need improvement. Featuring three full-length practice ASVAB tests and two AFQT practice tests, 2016/2017 ASVAB For Dummies helps you discover the pros and cons of the paper and computer exams, which tests are important for your military career, and cutting-edge study techniques. This new edition includes a countdown to the ASVAB exam—chock full of tips and strategies to help you steer your focus if you're taking the ASVAB in two weeks, four weeks, or further down the road.

The ASVAB is no small thing. Your scores in four critical areas—Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, and Mathematics Knowledge—determine whether you're qualified to enlist in the U.S. military and eligible for certain military occupational specialties and enlistment bonuses. So why leave your scores to chance? With the help of this newly updated test-prep guide, you'll be armed with the know-how to score high and secure the military job and signing bonus you want.

  • Test your skills with practice problems of each of the test's nine subtests
  • Score high and qualify for the military job you want
  • Boost your math, science, and English skills
  • Gauge your understanding of the material as you go and focus on where you need the most help

Packed with practice questions and proven study tips, this is the only guide you need to score your best and find your place in the military!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1: Getting Started with the ASVAB 5

CHAPTER 1: Putting the ASVAB under a Microscope 7

CHAPTER 2: Knowing What It Takes to Get Your Dream Job 17

CHAPTER 3: Getting Acquainted with Test-Taking and Study Techniques 23

Part 2: Words to Live By: Communication Skills 31

CHAPTER 4: Word Knowledge 33

CHAPTER 5: Paragraph Comprehension 47

Part 3: Making the Most of Math: Arithmetic Skills 63

CHAPTER 6: Mathematics Knowledge and Operations 65

CHAPTER 7: Arithmetic Reasoning: Math Word Problems 97

Part 4: The Whole Ball of Facts: Technical Skills 111

CHAPTER 8: General Science 113

CHAPTER 9: Auto & Shop Information 135

CHAPTER 10: Mechanical Comprehension 153

CHAPTER 11: Electronics Information 175

CHAPTER 12: Assembling Objects 191

Part 5: Practice ASVAB Exams 201

CHAPTER 13: Practice Exam 1 203

CHAPTER 14: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations 235

CHAPTER 15: Practice Exam 2 249

CHAPTER 16: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations 283

CHAPTER 17: Practice Exam 3 297

CHAPTER 18: Practice Exam 3: Answers and Explanations 329

CHAPTER 19: AFQT Practice Exam 1 343

CHAPTER 20: AFQT Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations 361

CHAPTER 21: AFQT Practice Exam 2.369

CHAPTER 22: AFQT Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations 387

Part 6: The Part of Tens 397

CHAPTER 23: Ten Surefire Ways to Fail the ASVAB 399

CHAPTER 24: Ten Tips for Doing Well on the AFQT 403

CHAPTER 25: Ten Ways to Boost Your Math and English Skills 407

APPENDIX A: Matching ASVAB Scores to Military Jobs 411

APPENDIX B: Countdown to Taking the ASVAB 425

Index 429

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Author Information

Rod Powers retired from the United States Air Force with 23 years of service, 11 of them spent helping to solve the problems of the enlisted corps as a first sergeant. A world-renowned military careers expert, he advised thousands of troops about U.S. Armed Forces careers.

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