4 June, 2015
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Are you thinking about a career in the military? The U.S. Armed Forces have a rigorous process in place for screening applicants—they won’t just let anyone into the military. First, they want to make sure all their applicants measure up to the tasks they’ll be required to perform. That’s where the ASVAB exam comes into play.

**What is the ASVAB exam?**

The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) exam is a multiple choice format qualification exam that is used by the military to evaluate your qualification for enlistment. However, it isn’t just used to determine whether you are eligible for enlistment or not. The strengths you demonstrate on the ASVAB can influence where you are placed within the military once you are enlisted. If you are looking at a specific career trajectory, you may want to hone your math skills before you take the test.

**What does the test look like?**

The ASVAB consists of a series of subtests. Each subtest will contain a set number of multiple choice questions, and you will have a set time limit to answer those questions. The categories for the subtests include:

- General Science (GS)
- Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
- Word Knowledge (WK)
- Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
- Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
- Electronics Information (EI)
- Auto and Shop Information (AS)
- Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
- Assembling Objects (AO)

Your math skills are tested through the Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematics Knowledge ASVAB subtests, but strong math skills can also be helpful on some of the other subtests (such as Electronics Information).

**What should you do if math isn’t your strong suit?**

You have a couple of options. The official website for the ASVAB Testing Program contains basic information about what you need to know for the test, including sample questions. While this will not be an exact copy of the test you will have to take, it may give you a good idea of the areas you need to brush up on.

This may not be enough for everyone, though. If you really want to learn the skills you need to do well on the math section of the ASVAB, you should take a look at ASVAB Boot Camp’s study packs. Our ASVAB Math Study Pack contains interactive lessons in both Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematics Knowledge. Plus, you get practice tests as a part of the package. This way you can practice what you learn to ensure you understand the math concepts you will need to know for the ASVAB.

**What topics will the Mathematics Study Pack cover?**

The mathematics study pack will focus on the 10 key areas of mathematics and arithmetic you will need to know for the exam. These include:

- An introduction to Arithmetic Reasoning basics
- An introduction to Mathematics Knowledge basics
- Math terminology, functions, and the order of operations
- Calculations with fractions
- Decimals, percentages, ratios and proportions
- Formulas for shapes, factorials and number pattern series
- Types of averages and reading scale drawings
- Algebra expressions and equations,
- Geometry: shapes, lines and formulas
- Calculating without a calculator and quadratic equations

If you want to make sure you qualify for military enlistment, check out our study packages at ASVAB Boot Camp. You’ll be amazed at the results you can achieve from a little studying.