When Unsure Of An ASVAB Question – Guess With A Purpose

No matter how well or how hard you study for your upcoming ASVAB exam, you will undoubtedly come across a question or concept on exam day that leaves you confused. Don’t panic! In this article I will show you how to increase your chances of guessing the correct answer even when you have absolutely no idea what the question is asking

The entire ASVAB exam is presented in multiple choice format. This means that even if you do not know the answer to a specific question, or perhaps you don’t even understand what the question is asking for, you can still get points for the correct answer

How?
By GUESSING of course
But don’t just guess based on some silly trick you’ve learned such as ‘the answer is always C or chanting “eeny meeny miny mo”
How you guess on a question will help determine how accurately your guess turns out

And so the first rule for the ASVAB:
NEVER leave a single question blank
But how do you guess?
Let’s look at some mathematical statistics. If a question has 4 possible answer choices, and you leave it blank, you get no credit. This leaves you with the same score as the next person who answers the question incorrectly.
However, if you blindly choose 1 of the 4 answer choices, you have a 1 in 4 or 25% chance of getting the answer right. Logic then dictates that if you guess on 4 questions, you will likely guess correctly on at least one.

Let’s underestimate your power to guess on the ASVAB by taking into account factors like nerves and a feeling of panic and lower this ratio to 1 in 5 guessed correctly. This still gives you a decent set of odds assuming you know the answer to enough additional questions.
However, you may come across a question you halfway recognize. And even if you don’t know the answer, you can comfortably rule out one or two choices that are obviously incorrect.

If you don’t know the answer, but rule out 1 of the 4 choices. You are now left with a 1 in 3 guess therefor a 33% chance of guessing right.
If you can rule out 2 choices you are left with 2 options and therefor have a 50% chance of guessing correct.
So don’t completely disregard questions you don’t know. I’ve come across students who get very good at guessing and score quite decently on questions they are unsure of.