ASVAB Test Prep

What is the ASVAB?

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple test aptitude battery that assists students and the military in determining your particular skills or talents. The ASVAB is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. It is the selection and classification test used by all five branches of the United States Armed Services to determine eligibility for enlistment and qualification of career opportunities. These five branches are Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The ASVAB measures strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future career success. The score you achieve on the ASVAB helps you make a decision about what sort of assignment or career plan is a good choice when joining the Armed Services. The ASVAB is only administered in English.

Who takes the ASVAB?

The ASVAB is intended for both men and women who plan to enlist in any of the five branches of the Armed Services. The ASVAB is not the only requirement for enlistment. Those planning to enlist should consider all other enlistment requirements, in addition to the ASVAB. These requirements are:

  • Are between the ages of 17 and 35 years old. You need the consent of your parent or legal guardian, if you are 17 years old;
  • Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent or plan on having a high school diploma or GED equivalent; for more information, click here
  • Are a U.S. citizen; or you are an immigrant alien legally admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence and possessing immigration and naturalization documents;
  • Meet other requirements, such as marital status, dependents, and moral character.


What content is tested on the ASVAB? What are the different test sections on the ASVAB?

Each branch of the U.S. Armed Services uses the ASVAB scores to determine the qualifications of people for enlistment and placement within military occupational programs. The ASVAB consists of eight subject areas, known as sub-tests.

Sub-test Title Sub-test Description Number of Questions Section Time
General Science Measures knowledge of the physical and biological sciences 25 11
Arithmetic Reasoning Measures ability to solve arithmetic word problems 30 36
Word Knowledge Measures ability to select the correct meaning of words presented in context and to identify the best synonym for a given word 35 11
Paragraph Comprehension Measures ability to obtain information from written passages 15 13
Mathematics Knowledge Measures knowledge of general mathematics principles, including algebra and geometry 25 24
Electronics Information Measures knowledge of electricity, radio principles, and electronics. 20 9
Auto and Shop Information Measures knowledge of automotive maintenance and wood and metal shop practices 25 11
Mechanical Comprehension Measures knowledge of mechanical and physical principals and ability to visualize how illustrated objects work 25 19

How long is the ASVAB?

The ASVAB is approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes in length.

How do I register for the ASVAB? When is the test offered?

To register, speak to a high school guidance counselor or contact the local military recruiter. There is no cost for this examination. You can find more information on test dates, locations, and registration at

How many times can I take the ASVAB?

You may retake the ASVAB according to certain rules. ASVAB scores are valid for 2 years from the test date. If you have taken the ASVAB within the last 2 years, the following rules apply:

  • You must take all 8 sub-tests when you retake the test.
  • You must wait at least 30 days to retake the ASVAB. After you retake the test twice (for a total of 3 tries), you must then wait 6 months to take it a fourth time.
  • You must retake the test with a different version, unless more than 6 months has passed.

In addition, if you take the ASVAB for enlistment purposes, and your most recent score is more than 20 points higher than your score on another ASVAB from within the last 6 months, you must complete a confirmation test.

How is the ASVAB Scored?

Your ASVAB Score Report will include the following:

  • Scores for each of the 8 sub-tests
  • Three Career Exploration Scores: Verbal Skills, Math Skills, and Science and Technical Skills
  • A percentile score for each area

The following table indicates what each Career Exploration Score measures:

Career Exploration Score Section Sub-test Description
General Science Measures performance on the Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension Tests combined. It is a general indicator of your ability to learn from written material.
Math Skills Measures performance on the Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematics Knowledge Tests combined. It is a general indicator of your success in future math courses.
Science and Technical Skills Measures general and technical skills, which are tested in the General Science, Electronics Information, and Mechanical Comprehension sections. It is a general indicator of your ability to do well on tasks that require scientific thinking or technical ability.


Percentiles scores indicate your standing in relation to a national sample of test-takers and demonstrate your strengths and weaknesses in each area. Percentile scores are used to understand your ability in one area over another. Your composite score will indicate your ability to perform specific functions within the Armed Services. Each branch of the Armed Services establishes its own minimum passing score requirements. For more information, click here

Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT)

The ASVAB Score Report also provides a Military Entrance Score. The Armed Forces Qualification Test, or AFQT, consists of the following four sections from the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB): Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Mathematics Knowledge. The scores from these four sections make up the Military Entrance Score, which is also known as the AFQT. For more information on the AFQT, click here

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