There are several valid options to consider when preparing for the ASVAB:
1. Study Guides from the Bookstore
If you work best when you have an actual book in front of you (away from the distractions of the internet!) then there are plenty of good study guides to choose from. McGraw-Hill and Kaplan are both well-established education companies that publish books on the ASVAB, complete with practice tests, topic reviews, and test-taking strategies.
The U.S. military also publishes its own ASVAB book called ASVAB: How to Prepare that your recruiter might recommend to you. We recommend looking through each book in the test prep section of your local bookstore (or with the page view function on amazon.com) to see which book’s style is best suited to your way of learning.
2. Online Study Programs-
If you’re most comfortable working with the latest technology and doing things on your computer or mobile device, then this is the option for you. You will have the full text of a study guide, plus extra digital functions, available to you through any computer and even on your smart phone. For this option, we recommend the ASVAB Prep Course on BenchPrep.com.
3. Classes at a Testing Center or College-
If you doubt your ability to hold yourself to a study schedule or to focus on an online course, sign up for a course at your local community college. Many colleges offer test prep courses under department labels such as “Continuing Education” or “Professional Development.” With this option you will have a teacher to select your study materials and set the pace for you.
4. Private Tutoring-
This option is also for a student who needs guidance and support to complete their test preparation. You will receive individual attention to help you work through the areas that you struggle with, and there will be more flexibility when it comes to determining the schedule. Private tutoring is the best option for someone who needs to learn the topics on the test, rather than simply to review them.
When most people think of private tutoring, they think of receiving tutoring 1-1, in-person. However, private tutoring can also be done online. We also offer online ASVAB tutoring.
Here at ASVAB tutors, we recommend the BenchPrep.com online program for those who are more independent, and private tutoring for those who want more structure and support.
These two options offer the most flexibility and personalization, which will yield better results.