Here in this ASVAB automotive and shop information guide, we learn more about the exam format; syllabus of questions; as well as the top tips you need to apply to score the highest possible result.
The automotive phase of the exam tests subjects such as structure and function of engines; the four kinds of stroke; common types of engine; carburetors; fuel injectors; function of the throttle; octane ratings; systems such as the cooling, electrical, ignition, brake, and drive systems; and emission-controlled systems.
The shop information phase of the exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of topics such as striking tools; fastening tools; cutting tools; drilling, punching, and gouging tools; finishing tools; clamping tools; measuring tools; and the various types of fastener.
Many of the ASVAB test questions asked are pictorial. You will be presented with the image of an engine component or tool, for example, and asked to correctly identify what that tool is – or its function.
Automobile knowledge is a core part of this exam. Approximately half of questions will be about automobiles and engines. It is imperative that you are comfortable with how automobiles work at the highest level. Many questions get asked that talk about how automobiles work and what the function of various systems are.
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The best way to learn about engines is to receive practical experience on how they work. Ask a family member or a friend to assist, if possible and – if not – go to your local mechanic and ask them if you can spend a day, free of charge, on their site to learn more about not just engines but also about the tools used daily to resolve the common complaints that crop up.
Practice questions are always the best way to prepare for the exam because they let you know whether you have the knowledge needed to take on the real thing. And if you are hoping to score high on this part of the ASVAB exam, then practice questions become that much more important. By learning from detailed, explained answers, you plug any gaps in your knowledge and bring your understanding of a topic to the next level.
The next-best thing to practical experience is video footage. True, studying tutorials and books has its own set of advantages but it cannot compare to seeing objects and engines work – whether this is in the real-life setting or watching those settings on free online videos. Often, these videos can become a far easier method of studying for the automotive and shop information exam than studying books and guides.
At ASVAB Test Practice, we are a great advocate of flashcards, so much so that we have created hundreds of flashcards to help you pass the exam. That said, you can always make your own. Creating flashcards is free, simple, and – when done properly – can maximize the learning experience with a minimum of learning time. This is no different for the automotive/shop information exam.