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Top 10 ASVAB Study Guides

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The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is the test used by the United States Military to determine eligibility to join, and job qualifications. Using a Study Guide to help prepare can increase ASVAB test scores. Some folks have found these study guides can raise their AFQT scores by as much as 30 percent.

1. ASVAB for Dummies

What could be better than an ASVAB study guide written by yours truely? Written in the famous "Dummies" format, covering all areas of the ASVAB. This is the second edition of this book, published in 2007. Studying for the ASVAB shouldn't have to be dull.

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Author: Powers and Lawler
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (June 12, 2007)

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2. ASVAB Basics

The perfect book if you just want to increase your AFQT (Armed Forces Qualification Test) score. The AFQT score is the score that determines overall qualifications to join the military branch of your choice, and is comprised from the four English and Math subtests of the ASVAB. This is not the book for you if you want a guide for all of the ASVAB subtests.

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Author: Peterson's
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Arco; 7 edition (June 1, 2007)

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3. ASVAB Power

This is an easy to use book which adequately covers all eight subtests of the ASVAB. Included are sample tests, answer keys, and study tips to help improve test scores.

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Author: LearningExpress Editors
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: LearningExpress, LLC (June 25, 2006)

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4. ASVAB Success

ASVAB success is an excellent study-guide if all one wishes to do is improve their Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score. This score is not used for military job qualification purposes, but rather is the "overall" score used to determine whether or not one is qualified to join the service branch of their choice. As such, this book concentrates on the four math and English subtests of the ASVAB. Good information about solving math word problems. Included is free access to an ASVAB on-line practice test with immediate AFQT score computation.

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Author: LearningExpress Editors
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: LearningExpress, LLC; 2 edition (April 25, 2006)

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5. Master the ASVAB

Scott Ostrow has written many informative books about U.S. Military careers. Master the ASVAB includes four full-length ASVAB practice tests, detailed information about military enlisted careers, military training information, rank charts, and military pay charts. Also included is a computer CD with additional practice tests and a vocabulary builder.

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Author: Scott Ostrow
Paperback: 672 pages
Publisher: ARCO/Peterson's; 3 edition (August 24, 2006)

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6. 30 Days to the ASVAB

This is a good companion for ASVAB Basics (see above). Similar to Arco's other "30 day" books, this reference provides a 30-day study plan (broken up into 60 minute lessons) to help improve your ASVAB score.

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Author: Arco
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Arco; 1 edition (July 22, 2003)

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7. Barron's How to Prepare for the ASVAB

Barron's has been publishing ASVAB study guides forever. This is the 8th edition of Barron's ASVAB study guide. The manual presents review courses in all test subjects plus four full-length practice exams with all questions answered and explained.

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Author: Barron's Educational Series
Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 8 edition (May 1, 2006)

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8. Pass Key to the ASVAB

This is the short version of Barron's How to Prepare for the ASVAB, and concentrates exclusively on the four Math and English subtests of the ASVAB which make up the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score, the overall ASVAB score used to determine whether or not one is qualified to join the military branch of their choice. It makes a good companion book to the full Barron's study guide.

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Author: Barron's Educational Series
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 5 edition (March 1, 2006)

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9. McGraw-Hill's ASVAB

The author of this book is a former key member of the Department of Defense's ASVAB Career Exploration Program. You can't get a more informed source about the ASVAB than this. The book includes four full-length Practice Tests with complete explanations for every question, as well as in-depth instruction in all of the ASVAB study areas. Also included is a computer CD which mimics the actual ASVAB test as given by the U.S. Military.

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Author: Dr. Janet E. Wall
Paperback: 594 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 16, 2006)

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10. McGraw-Hill's ASVAB Basic Training for the AFQT

The companion book for McGraw-Hill's ASVAB (above). This study-guide concentrates on the four English and Math subtests of the ASVAB which make up the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score. The book includes eight full-length practice AFQT tests with complete explanations for every question, and reviews of AFQT math and verbal topics.

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Author: Dr. Janet E. Wall
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 22, 2005)

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