Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

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Determine Your Potential For Armed Services Career Success with the ASVAB

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple-test aptitude battery that assists students and the military in determining 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 — Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard — to determine eligibility for enlistment and qualification of career opportunities. 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.


If you are preparing for the ASVAB, Huntington’s individualized test prep program is the perfect way to get ready for the test. We begin by giving you a practice test that will pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses and identify where we should concentrate when tailoring your test prep tutoring plan. Based on the results of the practice test, we tailor a personalized learning plan targeted to meet your specific needs and build the skills and strategies necessary to pass the ASVAB. Our program will give you the tools for the test and for the future.

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Common questions About 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 — Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The ASVAB is not the only requirement for enlistment. Those planning to enlist should also consider all other enlistment requirements, in addition to the ASVAB:

  • You must be 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.
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, or plan on having a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • You must be 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.
  • You must meet other requirements, such as marital status, dependents, and moral character.

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

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 by visiting

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.

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 Section Description
Verbal Skills
  • 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.

Percentile 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.

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. The AFQT score is used to determine your eligibility for entrance into the Armed Services, as well as your training potential with the Armed Services.

The AFQT score is computed as follows:

  1. Combine the scores on Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension into a composite known as Verbal Ability (VE).
  2. Add twice the Verbal Ability score to your scores for Math Knowledge (MK) and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR).

Mathematically, this is computed as: AFQT = 2VE + MK + AR.

The AFQT Raw Score is then converted into a Percentile Score to determine your eligibility. This Percentile Score is compared to the scores of a national sample of other test takers, ages 18 to 23. Your percentile score lets you know how well you scored compared to these other test takers.

AFQT scores are ranked in categories. AFQT Category I tend to represent those who are above average in trainability; and Category V tends to represent those who are extremely low in trainability. Individuals scoring in Category V are generally not permitted entrance into the military.

AFQT Category Percentile Score Range
  • I
  • 93-99
  • II
  • 65-92
  • IIIA
  • 50-64
  • IIIB
  • 31-49
  • IV
  • 10-30
  • V
  • 1-9

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