When a candidate for enlistment in the United States Armed Services anticipates sitting for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (or ASVAB test) he must do what it takes to be properly prepared for excellence. This experience may parallel the motif of hero’s journey described by Joseph Campbell in great detail in his earth shattering work “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.”
First of all the candidate for enlistment finds himself in what is called the ordinary world. This is his comfort zone. It is a mundane experience. Perhaps the candidate for enlistment finds himself down on his luck or otherwise felling stuck in life. Suddenly in the midst of this existence he receives a call to adventure in the form of an invitation to sit for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. To prepare for this exam the candidate takes multiple versions of the ASVAB practice test. This helps him to become familiar with the test format and the subject areas the test itself will cover.
Without noticing it the candidate has found that he has crossed the threshold from the ordinary world into the special world of ASVAB test preparation. He finds himself scouring multiple versions of the ASVAB practice test making sure that he is quite familiar with all ten distinct subject areas covered by the test. Perhaps at this state the candidate meets up with allies in the form of other candidates for enlistment who are also studying for the ASVAB. Perhaps the candidate hero and his allies encounter enemies who seek to break his concentration. But all these tests only work to steal the hero’s resolve to succeed on the test. It must be obvious to anyone familiar with Joseph Campbell’s concept of the hero’s journey that the main ordeal that the candidate hero must face is the test itself.