Choosing Good ASVAB Guide Books

How to judge ASVAB study guides

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ASVAB Study Guides

While preparing for any examination, good books are essential. You will find lot of books and websites available, to help you prepare for the test. However, one needs to be very careful while choosing a study guide.

Judging an ASVAB Study Guide

Different candidates will have different views regarding a book. You are the best judge for your requirements and that consequently will help you choose a suitable study guide. The following points will help you to judge which study guide is ideal for you.

  • Your Requirement
  • Reviews
  • Practice Tests
  • Cost
  • Your Requirement - Each of us will have different expectations from a book. First, decide on what you require. Be clear about what you want from the book. A study guide can be used to increase your AFQT score as a whole or it can used for increasing specific subset scores. Based on this decision, you can choose a study guide that is best suited for you.

  • Reviews - The second step in choosing a study guide would be to read the different reviews posted or written by students like you. Check from the review if the study guide meets your expectation. This step will further narrow down your choices from the available study materials.

  • Practice Tests - Check whether the study guide just helps you to study or if there are practice tests also available. Practice tests are very important to increase your scores. Most guides will have practice tests. If the book has no practice tests, but you find the book to be very good you can still choose the book. There are lots of online practice tests available. You can practice using those.

  • Cost - Check the cost of the guide. Most of the online stores will have both new and used books. If cost is a constraint, you can buy a used book.

ASVAB Study Guides - A Review

As said earlier there are many guide books available in the market ; here we will review a few of them.

1. ASVAB for Dummies

This book offers in-depth material on all the different sub tests in the examination. Full explanation is given to all the questions. Tips on how to identify your weaknesses and develop your test taking skills is also given in the book. Positives and negatives of the two formats of the test- the paper and the computer based formats - are also explained. Four full- length practice tests are available in the book. All the subtests are covered in this study guide. This book is available at the following website: It is priced at $9.88 for a paperback edition and $10.59 for the kindle edition.

2. ASVAB Basics

This guide book contains extensive drills and exercises for the four subjects that are used for the AFQT score: Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Word Knowledge. This book also helps you to sharpen your test taking skills. This book is available at the following website: The price of the paperback edition of the book is $3.99. Old books are also available at lower rates. "Master the ASVAB Basics", a newer edition of this book is also available.

3. Kaplan ASVAB

For anyone preparing for this test, Kaplan ASVAB offers a comprehensive study guide. All the subtests are reviewed in detail and information about the test is also given in the book. 3 full-length practice tests are given with answers and full answer explanations. An overview of important concepts in math, a vocabulary word list and strategies to take the test are added, which is a very big advantage. This book is also available at It is priced at $9.87 for a paperback edition and $6.61 for the kindle edition.

The above are a few of the good study guides for ASVAB. One must remember that whatever book you buy, you have to study hard to get a good score in the test. One has to be very sincere in the preparation for the test. You can prepare as a group and each of you can buy 1 study guide and share. But care must be taken to ensure that the group is not too big, an ideal size would be 3 or 4.