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 Crops, 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.
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:
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|
The ASVAB is approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes in length.
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 www.military.com/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:
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.
Your ASVAB Score Report will include the following:
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
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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