Effective Preparation With The ASVAB Practice Test

It is well established that the best way to prepare for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (or ASVAB) is to take the ASVAB practice test. By taking the practice test the candidate for enlistment in the U. S. Armed Services will become familiar with the test format as well as which subject areas on the test will require additional study. Performing well on the ASVAB is a crucial step to enter any branch of the U. S. Armed Services be it the U. S. Army, the U. S. Navy, the U. S. Marines Corps, the U. S. Air Force, the U. S. Coast Guard or the U. S. National Guard.

Effective Preparation With The ASVAB Practice Test

The Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery is designed to assess two criteria. First, the ASVAB is designed to assess whether a candidate for enlistment is qualified to enlist in the U. S. Armed Services. Second, the ASVAB is designed to assess which occupation within the U. S. Armed Services best fits the candidate’s personal skill set. It is for these two reasons that it is very important that the candidate for enlistment properly prepare for the ASVAB and perform well when taking the actual examination.

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery tests ten distinct subject areas. These subject areas include the following:

  • General Science (GS) which includes 16 questions in 8 minutes
  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) which includes 16 questions in 39 minutes
  • Word Knowledge (WK) which includes 16 questions in 8 minutes
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC) which includes 11 questions in 22 minutes
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK) which includes 16 questions in 20 minutes
  • Electronics Information (EI) which includes 16 questions in 8 minutes
  • Automotive and Shop Information (AS) which includes 11 questions in 7 minutes
  • Mechanical Comprehension (MC) which includes 16 questions in 20 minutes
  • Assembling Objects (AO) which includes 16 questions in 16 minutes
  • Verbal Expression (VE) which includes (WK)+(PC)

Scrooge and the ASVAB

armed-forces-logoIn Stave One of Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol” Mr. Scrooge is visited by his dead ex-business partner Jacob Marley on Christmas Eve. During their meeting Scrooge asks Marley, “why do spirits walk the earth and why do they come to me?”  To which Marley responds, “It is required of every man … that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen … and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death.

This requirement bears certain similarities to the requirement that every candidate for enlistment in the U. S. Armed Services must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. This requirement also requires that the candidate properly prepare for the ASVAB typically by taking multiple versions of the ASVAB practice test.

Jacob Marley’s description of the afterlife suggests that Hell within the context of the story exists within the material world and not in a separate location.  Marley’s ghost goes on to explain that he “wears the chains [he] forged in life.”  Each link was forged from all of his sins of commission and omission.  Interestingly, he also says he is permitted only a little time to converse with Scrooge suggesting that his punishment is being directly supervised by some other entity.

Scrooge does not understand why Marley deserves punishment because he was a good man of business.  Nor does Scrooge contemplate taking the ASVAB practice test. This makes perfect sense as there is nothing in the story that would indicate that he is contemplating joining the U. S. Armed Services. Finally he reveals his purpose to Scrooge.  Jacob Marley’s purpose is to help Scrooge escape his fate.  This begs the question why Marley was not given the same chance to escape his fate?  Was there no other ghost who felt compassion for Marley?  Does Scrooge live within a solipsistic universe?