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Military Placement Exams
Basic Enlisted/Officer Enlisted Entrance Exams
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
Computerized Adaptive Testing
The CAT-ASVAB 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 CAT-ASVAB.
Unlike the ASVAB, the CAT-ASVAB does not allow candidates to go back and change answers.
The CAT-ASVAB raw scores are not equal to the total number of correct answers. The CAT-ASVAB 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 CAT-ASVAB 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.
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