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ASVAB TestHow in the hell did I fail the ASVAB Mechanical Test? It’s freaking ridiculous! I studied my ass off for that thing! Not only could I answer every question forward and backward, I probably could have written half of the damn thing in my sleep!AAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

Whew… OK… Deep breaths…

Where did I go wrong? I bought two different ASVAB study guides including the ASVAB for Dummies book (you can tell where I started on the self esteem scale). I bought a CD-ROM based study aid which was supposed to do a bang-up job of coaching. I memorized every question in both of these aids. I just don’t get it. What happened?

At the beginning, I was getting questions like: F / m = ? with choices being things like momentum, velocity, acceleration, and inertia. Of course I can answer that… F = ma so divide both sides by “m” and you’re golden.

As time went on, I started getting garbage like Which of the following units do not describe pressure? N/ft^2 or lbf/in^3 or mmHg or ksi. What the hell?!? That seems clearly out of bounds for what a person would need to know to be a 0311 Marine grunt (which I guarantee is where they’ll put me). “Pressure” is having some camel jockey set an IED which hits your convoy and blows your Humvee…and best chance to quickly get the hell out of Dodge…to smithereens.

Anyway, I’ve heard of a couple of apps and maybe some other study groups that might help. I’m determined to ace this thing…so back to the drawing board I go…

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