My son will graduate High School in May 2012 and is ready to join the Navy. We met with a recruiter last night and he took a practice test and didnt do very good. He is going back Thursday to take it again. WHat does that mean...is there a possibility that he wont get in? He said the test was hard and that it is timed and he didnt feel like he had enough time.
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How well he does on the ASVAB determines what jobs will be open to him. Yes, there is a minimum score he must meet in order to enlist. The test in in sections, and some jobs will require high scores in some areas, such as math and science.
You can buy a study and practice guide, these books are a great help. You might have to shop online for one, ask the recruiter.
Thank you and I will look for a book.
We got ours at Barnes and Noble. They had a quite a few to choose from.
I just ordered from Amazon "Asvab for Dummies" Hope it helps him...
moni - He must pass the ASVAB with a score of 50 to be eligible for the Navy. You will see alot of place where it will say 35, but that was about 3 years ago. Now with so many people wanting to get in, they changed it to 50. Then, he must qualify for the various ratings (jobs) with different scores on the 10 different areas.
Have him start with this book, it is really good.
Does he have any idea on what he wants to do? If so, I can help him with which area's he needs to focus on. Have him go to NavyDEP.com and I can help him.
We had the same situation and my niece is retaking it again. I got her "ASVAB for Dummies" book so she can study. They raised their requirements so it is harder to pass the test. Good luck!
My son failed the first try. He purchased the ASVAB book studied it for a month went back and passed. My son feels that the ASVAB book helped him. He went on to taking the final test and physical and passed.
The recuiter had told my son that he was able to retake the practice test as many times as he needed but when he went to take the final test and physical he'd only have one shot.
Have him study the ASVAB book. He'll good well.
Great advice from everyone. I would just like to add that the areas they score highest in the Navy suggest the job that would be best for them.
We borrowed a book from a neighbor. It helped my oldest daughter a lot. She likes mechanics anyway and it gave her a boost on what to look for on the test. My youngest took it and the guy giving it actually was upset over her score. She did well enough to get in, but her good scores were in math and science. She got Ships Services as a rate. The test scores strong and weak points. She actually aced the practice test, and didn't do so well on the actual test. The big thing is to stay calm and focused.
One thing that others did not mention is that sleep deprivation, which is sort of common among High School Seniors, can affect test scores. I recommend study, and practice tests if needed. But I also recommend that your son work on getting adequate sleep and good nutrition. He will miss a lot of sleep during training, and duty, but if he learns to see sleep and nutrition as important to his general well being, and his ability to handle stress, including test taking, then he will be better prepared to make the social sacrifices neccessary to do well.
Get the books that let them take a practice test at home. That way he can focus on studying the sections where his scores are the weakest. The ASVAB score is only used to determine their eligibility to join but there are about 7 additional sections they test to determine if he's qualified to qualify for a particular job. Go online and there should be some sources out there that tell you the minimum qualifications for the various jobs that interest him.
Well my niece took the real ASVAB test yesterday and she got a 59. This is so great since she got a 37 on the practice test. The ASVAB for Dummies book sure helped.