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OVERVIEW:
Presently, both the ASVAB and CATASVAB are given in
about 14,000 schools and numerous METS (Military
Entrance Testing Sites). About 900,000 students and many
others take them.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
ASVAB began in 1968 as a joint military effort to
standardize military entrance testing. The ASVAB is
largely a pencil and paper type of exam with several
categories or subtests. The ASVAB is still given in high
school and at several MEPS nationwide.
Computerized Adaptive Testing
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (CATASVAB)
CATASVAB began in 1997 and is largely an automated
testing system. Several of the MEPS are currently giving
the CATASVAB.
1. What is the difference between the ASVAB
and the CATASVAB?
The straightforward pencil and paper test is just that?a
set list of questions that the candidate answers and
then waits for military processing personnel to correct
and compute. The CATASVAB not only corrects the answers
immediately, it is also adaptive to the candidate’s
answers.
2. CATASVAB: How does it work?
Students are seated in front of a computer station and
terminal. The test is displayed on the screen. As the
students answer the test questions, the program
immediately scores and records the answers, including
the subtests. When the candidates have completed the
CATASVAB, the AFQT (Armed Forces Qualification Test,
the math and verbal sections of the ASVAB) and composite
scores for all the services are already computed.
Advantage (Alleged):
The CATASVAB bases the next question you answer on the
ability level pattern you exhibited from the previous
question’s answer. In other words, if you answer the
question correctly, you are given a harder question. If
you answer the question incorrectly, you are then given
an easier question. This process is continued for each
subtest until you have completed the entire CATASVAB.
Disadvantage:
Unlike the ASVAB, the CATASVAB does not allow
candidates to go back and change answers.
3. Scoring
The straightforward pencil and paper test ASVAB raw
score equals the total number of questions answered
correctly.
The CATASVAB raw scores are not equal to the total
number of correct answers. The CATASVAB subtest scores
are computed using formulas that take into account the
difficulty level of the question and the number of
correct answers. Because the test is adaptive, a process
called "equating" is used to compute the standard
scores, AFQT, and the service composites.
Although the CATASVAB is designed so that
individuals with no computer experience can take the
exam, it is highly recommended that a candidate practice
using a computer before taking the CATASVAB. A well
prepared candidate will always do better than one who is
not.
Tip It is critical that you do well on either of
these tests. The better your score, the more military
career choices you will have. These exams are used to
determine what military occupational specialties or
opportunities you qualify for. They can literally limit
your future in the military. This author strongly
recommends that you study and practice before taking
them.
Math Topics Arithmetic Reasoning The military
exams have several sections that deal with math.
The Arithmetic Reasoning section tests your ability to
apply basic math (addition, subtraction, multiplication,
division) to solve problems encountered in everyday
life. You need to know how to apply math to solve
these problems. An example question would be: A car
dealership has 32 cars on their lot. Of the 32
cars 3/8 of them are on sale with employee pricing.
How many cars are on sale? To solve this problem you
need to multiply 3/8 times 32. If you do this you will
get 12. Another way to think of it is to figure
out what 1/8 of 32 is and then multiply it 3. Oneeight
of 32 or 32/8 is 4. Multiply it by 3 (1/8 * 3 =
3/8) will give you 12. Math Knowledge Math knowledge
involves the application of mathematical principles and
measures the ability to use learned mathematical
relationships. The subjects include:
 Equation Solving
 Plane / Solid geometry
 Exponents
 Roots
 Powers
 Fractions
 Decimals
 Percents
 Least common denominator
 Greatest common factor
 Smallest common multiple
 Prime numbers
 Factorials
 Linear equations
 Transforming verbal problems
An example problem would be:
Find x if 2^{2x3} = 32.
To solve this you need to know how exponents
work. You can rewrite 32 as 2^{5}. You
have both side with 2 raised to some power.
Since both sides of the equation are equal to
exponents need to be equal.
2x3 = 5
x = 4
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