We've got your back. To pass the Arithmetic Reasoning section of the ASVAB, you must improve your ability to do word problems. But what does that mean?
That means you need to learn the topics, formulas, and strategies to stay calm and score your highest. That's exactly what we're going to show you on this page!
We’re going to cover:
- 1. What is the ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning Section?
- 2. How Many Questions are in the ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning Section?
- 3. What Topics are on the ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning?
- 4. How to Tackle ASVAB Math Word Problems (3 Step Strategy + Video)
- 5. ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning Practice Questions (with Video Solutions)
- 6. ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning Math Formulas (Quizlet)
- 7. Take a Free ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning Practice Test (Online and Printable)
- 8. Do You Feel Like You Can’t Pass the ASVAB Math Sections? Don’t Worry; We’ve Got Your Back.
- 9. How Do You Raise Your Arithmetic Reasoning Score? (Tips)
- 10. Conclusion - What Should You Do Next?
1. What is the ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning Section?
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2. How Many Questions are in the ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning section?
Here’s what matters though. You only have 39 minutes to complete all 16 questions. Do the math, and that’s just 2 minutes and 26 seconds per question.
No worries though! Using the following strategies, you’ll have more than enough time to complete all 16 questions.
Oh! And you can take a free practice test that has video solutions so you can learn from every mistake!
3. What topics are on the ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning?
- General Word Problems - Includes word problems that don't have a specific formula. You will have to understand the overall situation and create a solution.
- Ratios and Proportions - Includes word problems that compare the same things in the same way.
- Distance, Rate, and Time - Includes word problems involving the Distance, Rate, and Time formula (Distance = Rate x Time)
- Percentages - Includes word problems involving basic percent calculations, tax, discount, simple interest, and compound interest.
- Fractions - Any type of word problem that includes fractions and fraction operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
- Geometry (Perimeter, Area, Volume) - Includes word problems involving measurement. You'll need to know your formulas for perimeter, area, volume, and surface area of different shapes.
- Unit Conversion - Includes word problems that require you to change units to properly complete it. Harder questions include converting rate units (example: turning meters per second to kilometers per hour)
- Statistics (Mean, Median, Mode) - Includes word problems involving basic statistics. Harder questions involve working backwards, such as finding one of the numbers in a data set when given the mean.
- Probability - Includes word problems involving simple probability, compound probability, and the fundamental counting principle (knowing how many different ways you can arrange a set of items).
4. How to Tackle ASVAB Math Word Problems (3 Step Strategy + Video)
Raising your Arithmetic Reasoning score on the ASVAB starts with knowing your enemy and having a strategy to deal with it. That's where our 3-Step Word Problem Success Strategy comes in!
2. What do you have?
3. What's the connection?
So allow us to explain the strategy in a way that will have you excited to try out word problems! See below for both a video and a written explanation!
- The first thing you should always do when tackling any word problem is understand what the problem is asking you to figure out! Do not read the whole problem.
- Why is this the first step? Think about it like this: Do you like playing a game if you don't know how to win? Do you ever get in your car and drive without knowing where you're going first?
(what do you have?)
- You might think this just means "writing down the numbers." Nope. That's 1% of the work. Whenever you write a number down, always make sure to write down what the number means. That's going to help you big time when you're making your plan.
- Remember: the numbers can change, but the process won't. So instead of writing down "45", make sure to write down "45 miles per hour".
(what's the connection?)
- This is where you connect what you want and what you have. If you wrote down the numbers and what they mean, you will be able to see a clear path to the answer.
- What if you don't see a clear path? Then you have to ask yourself "How does this help me get what I need?
Remember this: Word Problems are about understanding the story. The numbers DO NOT MATTER unless you KNOW WHAT THE NUMBERS MEAN.
5. ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning Practice Questions (with Video Solutions)
General (Arithmetic Operations) Word Problems
These word problems don't have a specific formula to follow. Instead, you'll need to create a solution that makes sense within the story of the question.
Proportion Word Problems
"Compare the same things in the same way."
Need to know:
Understanding how to simplify ratios (fractions) helps a lot and solving equations.
Distance, Rate, and Time Word Problems
Percent Word Problems
Fraction Word Problems
Geometry: Perimeter, Area, and Volume Word Problems
Unit Conversion Word Problems
Mean, Median, Mode Word Problems
Probability Word Problems
6. ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning Math Formulas (Quizlet Sets)
ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning Quizlet Set:
ASVAB Unit Conversions Quizlet Set:
7. Take a Free ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning Practice Test (Online and Printable)
8. Do You Feel Like You Can’t Pass the ASVAB Math Sections? Don’t Worry; We’ve Got Your Back.
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9. How Do You Raise Your ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning score? (Tips)
- Knowing how to handle numbers saves you time on the test. That means you should constantly be practicing order of operations, fractions, decimals, negative numbers, and percents. Any problem can include any type of number, so make sure you're confident there.
Tip #2: Focus On Common Topics
- Proportions, Rates, and Unit Conversions are the most common topics. Master those first if you're just trying to pass.
Tip #3: Learn + Practice Word Problem Strategy
- We went over the 3 Steps to Word Problem Success earlier (click here), and it's how you should tackle every word problem. It'll help you stay focused, point out the necessary information, and learn from your mistakes.
Tip #4: Use the Right Resources
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10. Conclusion - What Next?
For EVERY problem that you come across while you practice, make sure you attacking it in this order:
1. What do I want?
2. What do I have?
3. What's the connection? (formula)
Essentially, this will help you stay on track while answering the problem so you don't get overwhelmed or run out of time.
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