ASVAB – Mathematics Knowledge & Arithmetic Reasoning

I mentioned before that I would be taking the ASVAB on Tuesday.  However similar (almost identical) to the previous week, I was unable to take it.  Last week a recruiter said he’d call me before the day of testing to confirm that the projection was successful.  Which he did.  So I woke up at 0500, get there by 0730 and again sign the document for the ASVAB.  However unlike last week, the recruiter (different than the previous week) looked at the roster that the 1Sgt (by the way, apparently he emails it to the office the day of the test… but I guess the last recruiter didn’t get it or didn’t look?) and did not see my name on the roster to take the ASVAB even though the projection went through in their system.  He said I could go to the testing site but the chances of me actually taking the test that day would have been 5% and then would have to stick around with the recruiter for 3 hours until the other three finished.  I opted to try again next week.  I joked that maybe the third time’s a charm.

Therefore, five days from today I hopefully will be finally taking the ASVAB.  Four days of studying.  I found a few random websites to hopefully aid in my studies.

Everything You Need To Know About Fractions


Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages

Math Word Problems

I view this as the Universe saying I better get a pretty awesome score with all these extended chances to study.  But I also hope that I get to take it soon and move on to the next step!


ASVAB – General Science

I’m a visual/hands-on learner.  So while reading through the General Science section of the ASVAB For Dummies (AFD) book, I decided to look up the charts about what I was reading about.  There is way too much to memorize in the subject that even though I hope to do well so that I can get a MOS that I would enjoy, I’m not all that worried.  I’m hoping a lot of it comes back to me when taking the test.  And if not, then I’ll be making a lot of educated guesses!

Types of Clouds

Types of Clouds

Layers of the Earth

Layers of the Earth

Animal Cell

Animal Cell

Plant Cell

Plant Cell

Scientific Method

Scientific Method

Classification of a Grizzly bear using Linnaeus's System of Classification

Classification of a Grizzly bear using Linnaeus’s System of Classification


Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species = King Phillip Came Over For Great Spaghetti

According to the AFD book, you need to know these three units of measurement (hooray for the metric system): meter (m) is the unit of length, liter (L) is the unit of volume, and gram (g) is the unit of mass.

temperature_convI know I learned how to convert temperatures from one scale to another but I saw the formulas and barely recognized them.  Another thing the AFD book says to commit to memory. So here you go:

To convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit:

F= 9/5C + 32

To convert from Fahrenheit to Celsius:

C= 5/9(F-32)

And I’m really hoping there’s nothing on the Kelvin scale but here it is anyway:

K= C + 273.15

To go from kelvins to Celsius, subtract 273.15 from the kelvin temperature.  (I don’t think I’ll be memorizing this before Tuesday!)

I should be able to make educated guesses on a  lot of the other parts of this subtest.  A lot has to do with vocab and root words.  And a lot of it is common knowledge.  There’s also a lot more to this chapter in the AFD book but this is what I felt I needed to see visually.

Credits for Images:

Layers of the Earth, Animal Cell, and Types of Clouds

Plant Cell

Scientific Method

System of Classification


Studying For The ASVAB

As I said in my first post, it’s been a while since I’ve taken any math classes.  The last math class I took was 2007 Fall semester.  When I took the practice test a little over a week ago, I felt like I was staring at a foreign language during the arithmetic reasoning and mathematics knowledge sections.  So many terms that I couldn’t remember.  All the equations I knew went with certain terms but I couldn’t quite remember exactly how they went.   If I expect to do well, even remotely close to the 83 I got in 2008, I’m definitely going to need to brush up on pretty much all areas of math.

I found a cheat sheet for ASVAB AFQT For Dummies online.  This cheat sheet specifically pertains to the math sections.  It has one tip that I used to do before taking a math test.  Before the test begins, write down on the sheet of scratch paper all the formulas you memorized so you don’t forget during the test.  Before I can even ever do that, I have to re-memorize all of the formulas.

Found a random math problem generator.  You’re able to choose from arithmetic, algebra, and calculus choosing the specific topic within each.  With algebra, you’re able to choose the level of difficulty for each question.  They’re multiple choice questions, like the ASVAB, so that could help you practice.  It took me a moment to figure out how they let you know whether you’ve selected the correct question or not.  If it’s correct, it highlights the answer in green.  If it’s incorrect, it highlights in red.

Third grade scarred me from doing fast addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  Just those short problems.  We were given a sheet of paper filled with addition problems.  Stuff like 6 + 8 and 2 + 2.  Really easy stuff.  You had to fill them out in a short amount of given time.  I forget how long you had to complete them.  Only a couple minutes.  Once you mastered addition, you moved on to subtraction the next day.  If you failed to complete the paper correctly, you had to re-do the type of math problems.  I believe I stopped at multiplication and didn’t progress to division.  I didn’t apply myself to memorize them as I should.  Instead I used my fingers to count from the equation below it that I recognized.  Incredibly ineffective and time consuming.  I’m absolutely sure I cried in class because I was one of a few to still be on multiplication while everyone else was on division.  Therefore, I am going to commit myself to memorizing these simple equations to guarantee that I solve simple math problems to save time and allow me to focus on the harder equations.  Third grade scarred me because to this day, I see math problems, whatever they may be, and my mind instantly closes off and I tell myself that math just isn’t my thing.  It’s never too late to change the way you think and view things, though!  Therefore, I found math flashcards (definitely geared toward elementary students) to practice with.  (You get a star for a correct answer!)