If you’re studying for the ASVAB, you’ll want to develop some test-taking strategies so you get the score you want. Here are some of Kaplan’s ASVAB strategy recommendations:
If you are taking the CAT-ASVAB, applying certain CAT-specific strategies will have a direct, positive impact on your score:
- At the beginning of the section, each question you get right or wrong will rapidly move the computer’s estimate of your score up or down. Thus it pays to spend enough time on each question so that you can work your way up to the more difficult questions. Getting to the hard questions as soon as possible can only help your final score—as long as you don’t run out of time at the end of the section. If you answer several questions wrong at the end of the section (because, for example, you are rushing), or if you do not finish the section, you will undo your earlier gains. Thus, you must manage your time so that you are using just enough time to answer early questions correctly without taking time away from the later questions.
- As you progress through the middle part of a section, try to avoid getting several questions in a row wrong, as this can sink your score on the CAT. If you know that the previous question you answered was a blind guess, spend a little extra time trying to get the next one right.
- The CAT does not allow you to skip questions. So if you are given a question you cannot answer, you’ll have to guess. Guess intelligently and strategically by eliminating any answer choices that you know are wrong and choosing from those remaining.
- Don’t get rattled if you see difficult questions. Because the CAT increases difficulty when you get correct answers, earning difficult questions just means that you are doing well. Moreover, keep in mind that the CAT will continue to adapt until you are answering roughly half of the questions you see correctly. Thus, toward the end of the test, you likely will feel that you are getting about half the questions you see wrong. That means the test is working the way it should. So don’t get discouraged—just keep doing your best and keep your confidence up!