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2016 / 2017 ASVAB For Dummies

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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!

Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. Foolish Assumptions
      3. Icons Used in This Book
      4. Beyond the Book
      5. Where to Go from Here
    3. Part 1: Getting Started with the ASVAB
      1. Chapter 1: Putting the ASVAB under a Microscope
        1. Knowing Which Version You’re Taking
        2. Mapping Out the ASVAB Subtests
        3. Deciphering ASVAB Scores
        4. Do-Over: Retaking the ASVAB
      2. Chapter 2: Knowing What It Takes to Get Your Dream Job
        1. Eyeing How ASVAB Scores Determine Military Training Programs and Jobs
        2. Understanding How Each Branch Computes Line Scores
      3. Chapter 3: Getting Acquainted with Test-Taking and Study Techniques
        1. Taking the Test: Paper or Computerized?
        2. Tackling Multiple-Choice Questions
        3. When You Don’t Know an Answer: Guessing Smart
        4. Studying and Practicing for the ASVAB
        5. Making Last-Minute Preparations: 24 Hours and Counting
    4. Part 2: Words to Live By: Communication Skills
      1. Chapter 4: Word Knowledge
        1. Grasping the Importance of Word Knowledge
        2. Checking Out the Word Knowledge Question Format
        3. Building Words from Scratch: Strategies to Help You Decipher Word Meanings
        4. Yin and Yang: Understanding Synonyms and Antonyms
        5. You Are What You Speak: Improving Your Vocabulary, Improving Yourself
        6. Word Knowledge Practice Questions
        7. Answers and Explanations
      2. Chapter 5: Paragraph Comprehension
        1. Understanding the Importance of Paragraph Comprehension for Military Jobs
        2. Eyeing the Physique of the Paragraph Comprehension Subtest
        3. Trying the Four Flavors of Comprehension Questions
        4. Do You Get My Point? Breaking down Paragraphs
        5. Analyzing What You’ve Read: Guessing at What the Writer Really Means
        6. Faster than a Speeding Turtle: Tips for Slow Readers
        7. Test-Taking Tips for Reading and Gleaning
        8. Paragraph Comprehension Practice Questions
        9. Answers and Explanations
    5. Part 3: Making the Most of Math: Arithmetic Skills
      1. Chapter 6: Mathematics Knowledge and Operations
        1. Just When You Thought You Were Done with Vocab: Math Terminology
        2. Operations: What You Do to Numbers
        3. Working on Both Sides of the Line: Fractions
        4. A Powerful Shorthand: Writing in Scientific Notation
        5. Getting to the Root of the Problem
        6. An Unknown Quantity: Reviewing Algebra
        7. Looking at Math from a Different Angle: Geometry Review
        8. Test-Taking Techniques for Your Mathematical Journey
        9. Math Knowledge Practice Questions
        10. Answers and Explanations
      2. Chapter 7: Arithmetic Reasoning: Math Word Problems
        1. Tackling the Real World of Word Problems
        2. The Guessing Game: Putting Reason in Your Guessing Strategy
        3. Arithmetic Reasoning (Math Word Problems) Practice Questions
        4. Answers and Explanations
    6. Part 4: The Whole Ball of Facts: Technical Skills
      1. Chapter 8: General Science
        1. There’s a Scientific Method to the Madness
        2. Understanding Forms of Measurement
        3. Another Day, Another Science: Scientific Disciplines You Should Know
        4. Uncovering Biology, from Big to Small
        5. Chemistry: Not Blowing Up the Lab
        6. Where Few Have Gone Before: Astronomy
        7. Down to Earth: Rocking Out with Geology and Meteorology
        8. Improving Your Chances on the General Science Subtest
        9. General Science Practice Questions
        10. Answers and Explanations
      2. Chapter 9: Auto & Shop Information
        1. Checking under the Hood
        2. Picking Up the Tools of the Trade
        3. Sticking Materials Together with Fasteners
        4. Building a Better Score
        5. Auto & Shop Information Practice Questions
        6. Answers and Explanations
      3. Chapter 10: Mechanical Comprehension
        1. Understanding the Forces of the Universe
        2. You Call That Work?!
        3. Relying on Machines to Help You Work
        4. Working Your Way to a Better Test Score
        5. Mechanical Comprehension Practice Questions
        6. Answers and Explanations
      4. Chapter 11: Electronics Information
        1. Uncovering the Secrets of Electricity
        2. Switching Things Up with Alternating and Direct Current
        3. Picture It: Decoding Electrical Circuit Codes
        4. Eyeing Some Electronic Information Test Tips
        5. Electronics Information Practice Questions
        6. Answers and Explanations
      5. Chapter 12: Assembling Objects
        1. Getting the Picture about Assembling Objects
        2. Two Types of Questions for the Price of One
        3. Tips for the Assembling Objects Subtest
        4. Assembling Objects Practice Questions
        5. Answers and Explanations
    7. Part 5: Practice ASVAB Exams
      1. Chapter 13: Practice Exam 1
        1. Answer Sheet for Practice Exam 1
        2. Subtest 1: General Science
        3. Subtest 2: Arithmetic Reasoning
        4. Subtest 3: Word Knowledge
        5. Subtest 4: Paragraph Comprehension
        6. Subtest 5: Mathematics Knowledge
        7. Subtest 6: Electronics Information
        8. Subtest 7: Auto & Shop Information
        9. Subtest 8: Mechanical Comprehension
        10. Subtest 9: Assembling Objects
      2. Chapter 14: Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations
        1. Subtest 1: General Science Answers
        2. Subtest 2: Arithmetic Reasoning Answers
        3. Subtest 3: Word Knowledge Answers
        4. Subtest 4: Paragraph Comprehension Answers
        5. Subtest 5: Mathematics Knowledge Answers
        6. Subtest 6: Electronics Information Answers
        7. Subtest 7: Auto & Shop Information Answers
        8. Subtest 8: Mechanical Comprehension Answers
        9. Subtest 9: Assembling Objects Answers
      3. Chapter 15: Practice Exam 2
        1. Answer Sheet for Practice Exam 2
        2. Subtest 1: General Science
        3. Subtest 2: Arithmetic Reasoning
        4. Subtest 3: Word Knowledge
        5. Subtest 4: Paragraph Comprehension
        6. Subtest 5: Mathematics Knowledge
        7. Subtest 6: Electronics Information
        8. Subtest 7: Auto & Shop Information
        9. Subtest 8: Mechanical Comprehension
        10. Subtest 9: Assembling Objects
      4. Chapter 16: Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations
        1. Subtest 1: General Science Answers
        2. Subtest 2: Arithmetic Reasoning Answers
        3. Subtest 3: Word Knowledge Answers
        4. Subtest 4: Paragraph Comprehension Answers
        5. Subtest 5: Mathematics Knowledge Answers
        6. Subtest 6: Electronics Information Answers
        7. Subtest 7: Auto & Shop Information Answers
        8. Subtest 8: Mechanical Comprehension Answers
        9. Subtest 9: Assembling Objects Answers
      5. Chapter 17: Practice Exam 3
        1. Answer Sheet for Practice Exam 3
        2. Subtest 1: General Science
        3. Subtest 2: Arithmetic Reasoning
        4. Subtest 3: Word Knowledge
        5. Subtest 4: Paragraph Comprehension
        6. Subtest 5: Mathematics Knowledge
        7. Subtest 6: Electronics Information
        8. Subtest 7: Auto & Shop Information
        9. Subtest 8: Mechanical Comprehension
        10. Subtest 9: Assembling Objects
      6. Chapter 18: Practice Exam 3: Answers and Explanations
        1. Subtest 1: General Science Answers
        2. Subtest 2: Arithmetic Reasoning Answers
        3. Subtest 3: Word Knowledge Answers
        4. Subtest 4: Paragraph Comprehension Answers
        5. Subtest 5: Mathematics Knowledge Answers
        6. Subtest 6: Electronics Information Answers
        7. Subtest 7: Auto & Shop Information Answers
        8. Subtest 8: Mechanical Comprehension Answers
        9. Subtest 9: Assembling Objects Answers
      7. Chapter 19: AFQT Practice Exam 1
        1. Answer Sheet for AFQT Practice Exam 1
        2. Subtest 1: Arithmetic Reasoning
        3. Subtest 2: Word Knowledge
        4. Subtest 3: Paragraph Comprehension
        5. Subtest 4: Mathematics Knowledge
      8. Chapter 20: AFQT Practice Exam 1: Answers and Explanations
        1. Subtest 1: Arithmetic Reasoning Answers
        2. Subtest 2: Word Knowledge Answers
        3. Subtest 3: Paragraph Comprehension Answers
        4. Subtest 4: Mathematics Knowledge Answers
      9. Chapter 21: AFQT Practice Exam 2
        1. Answer Sheet for AFQT Practice Exam 2
        2. Subtest 1: Arithmetic Reasoning
        3. Subtest 2: Word Knowledge
        4. Subtest 3: Paragraph Comprehension
        5. Subtest 4: Mathematics Knowledge
      10. Chapter 22: AFQT Practice Exam 2: Answers and Explanations
        1. Subtest 1: Arithmetic Reasoning Answers
        2. Subtest 2: Word Knowledge Answers
        3. Subtest 3: Paragraph Comprehension Answers
        4. Subtest 4: Mathematics Knowledge Answers
    8. Part 6: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 23: Ten Surefire Ways to Fail the ASVAB
        1. Choosing Not to Study at All
        2. Failing to Realize How Scores Are Used
        3. Studying for Unnecessary Subtests
        4. Losing Focus
        5. Panicking Over Time
        6. Deciding Not to Check the Answers
        7. Making Wild Guesses or Not Guessing at All
        8. Changing Answers
        9. Memorizing the Practice Test Questions
        10. Misunderstanding the Problem
      2. Chapter 24: Ten Tips for Doing Well on the AFQT
        1. As Soon as the Test Starts, Write Down What You’re Likely to Forget
        2. Read All the Answer Choices before Deciding
        3. Don’t Expect Perfect Word Matches
        4. Read the Passages before the Questions
        5. Reread to Find Specific Information
        6. Base Conclusions Only on What You Read
        7. Change Percents to Decimals
        8. Understand Inverses
        9. Remember How Ratios, Rates, and Scales Compare
        10. Make Sure Your Answers Are Reasonable
      3. Chapter 25: Ten Ways to Boost Your Math and English Skills
        1. Practice Doing Math Problems
        2. Put Away Your Calculator
        3. Memorize the Order of Operations
        4. Know Your Geometry Formulas
        5. Keep a Word List
        6. Study Latin and Greek
        7. Use Flashcards
        8. Read More, Watch TV Less
        9. Practice Finding Main and Supporting Points
        10. Use a Study Guide
      4. Appendix A: Matching ASVAB Scores to Military Jobs
        1. Army Enlisted Jobs
        2. Air Force Enlisted Jobs
        3. Navy Enlisted Jobs
        4. Marine Corps Enlisted Jobs
        5. Coast Guard Enlisted Jobs
      5. Appendix B: Countdown to Taking the ASVAB
        1. How Much Time Do You Have to Prepare?
        2. Outline Your ASVAB Study Strategy
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