The very first step of the ASVAB study and preparation process is, of course, determining whether the test is right for you.
There are two reasons to take the ASVAB:
1. for career guidance, to see where your strengths lie and what career paths might be right for you,
2. for military enlistment, to achieve the minimum score for your desired branch and role in the military.
If you are a high school student or graduate taking the ASVAB for career guidance, you have probably been advised to take the test by a school guidance counselor. You do not need the ASVAB for college admissions, but it may help you decide whether or not to attend college if you are feeling unsure about that decision.
If you are considering joining the military, you probably do need to take the ASVAB. However, you do not to take the ASVAB if you qualify for an officer training program or will be attending a military academy. The ASVAB is for recruits who enlist directly into a branch of the armed forces at the entry level.
If you think you want to enlist in the military, the first step is actually not to take the ASVAB. There is a step to enlisting that comes before you sign up for the ASVAB- talking to a recruiter. Each branch of the military has different recruiters (you can find all the different options near you through this website http://www.todaysmilitary.com/contact-a-recruiter), so you need to consider which branch of the armed services is right for you.
Once you have picked a recruitment center and spoken to a recruiter, your recruiter will counsel you about signing up for the ASVAB.
The ASVAB is unlike other standardized tests for college and graduate school admission, because for those tests most people can assume that they should take the test and only submit their scores to universities later. With the ASVAB, you should not just sign up for the test and take it on your own. Make sure either a counselor at your school or a recruiter is helping you with the decision.