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The ASVAB Test: The Facts You Need To Know NOW

The ASVAB test is the official exam that’s given to applicants who are contemplating a career in the military. No matter which military branch you want to join, it’s required by all military branches that you achieve a minimum pass score. It’s important to view this military exam as more than just a standardized exam; a high score can allow you to enjoy better enlistment and employment opportunities in the armed forces. The information below gives you a clear focus for your ASVAB study.

Why You Should Take The ASVAB

The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) exam is a multiple-aptitude test that measures a candidate’s potential for success in the military. Recruiters use this test information to determine your employment opportunities, or if you qualify for full or partial tuition scholarship should you enroll in the ROTC.

The pencil-and-paper version of this exam consists of 225 questions, will take 149 minutes to complete, and can be broken down into the following parts:
  • General Science (GS; 25 questions; 11-minute time limit)
  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR; 30 questions; 36-minute time limit)
  • Word Knowledge (WK; 35 questions; 11-minute time limit)
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC; 15 questions; 13-minute time limit)
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK; 25 questions; 24-minute time limit)
  • Electronics Information (EI; 20 questions; 9-minute time limit)
  • Auto and Shop Information (AS; 25 questions; 11-minute time limit)
  • Mechanical Comprehension (MC; 25 questions; 19-minute time limit)
  • Assembling Objects (AO; 25 questions; 15-minute time limit).
The computerized version of the ASVAB (CAT-ASVAB) can be broken down as follows:
  • General Science (GS; 16 questions; 8-minute time limit)
  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR; 16 questions; 39-minute time limit)
  • Word Knowledge (WK; 16 questions; 8-minute time limit)
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC; 11 questions; 22-minute time limit)
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK; 16 questions; 20-minute time limit)
  • Electronics Information (EI; 16 questions; 8-minute time limit)
  • Auto and Shop Information (AS; 22 questions; 13-minute time limit)
  • Mechanical Comprehension (MC; 16 questions; 20-minute time limit)
  • Assembling Objects (AO; 16 questions; 16-minute time limit).

The Minimum Score For Military Branches

Applicants who take the ASVAB are asked by recruiters to mark down ten job choices that they may fulfill when enlisted into a specific military branch. A high ASVAB score could play a role in helping applicants secure their top job choices, as they’ve shown themselves to be highly qualified candidates.

Taking Steps To The ASVAB

An applicant must speak with a recruiter before taking the exam, as the recruiter will need to determine that you fulfill basic requirements. These may include the following:
  • Your marital status
  • Your health
  • Your education
  • Your drug use
  • Your criminal history
Applicants should answer the recruiters’ questions honestly, as these basic qualification questions are critical for determining occupational success in the U.S. Armed Forces. After answering these questions, your recruiter will schedule you to take the ASVAB, as well as a physical exam.

Applicants will take the exam at one of many ASVAB locations. Most applicants will take the exam at a Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS), or at a Military Entrance Test Site (MET), a satellite location site designed to accommodate applicants who do not live MEPS.

Please note that the ASVAB is not available in any other language. There is no fee to take this exam.

Your ASVAB Score And Your Military Career

The main ASVAB score is known as the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT), which military branches use to determine eligibility for enlistment. This score is a combination of the applicant’s Arithmetic Reasoning, Math Knowledge, and Verbal Composite scores, multiplied by two.

It’s important for applicants to note that each specific military branch has a minimum ASVAB score that must be achieved to be considered for enlistment. These service branches and their relevant AFQT scores are as follows:
  • ASVAB for Army: 31
  • ASVAB for Navy: 35
  • ASVAB for Marines: 31
  • ASVAB for Air Force: 36
  • ASVAB for Coast Guard: 45
Your ASVAB scores on other test sections can help recruiters determine your enlistment and employment opportunities. Applicants who score highly on the ASVAB and in school as well may be eligible for ROTC scholarships. This is an ideal benefit for applicants who wish to become officers, as this prestigious position requires a four-year college degree.

Taking the ASVAB doesn’t commit you to the military; however, it can help you decide how successful you’ll be in a job position within the U.S. Armed Forces.

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