WHAT IS THE ASVAB TEST?
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DOES THE ASVAB MEASURE?
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery measures your knowledge and ability in ten different areas. It is not an IQ test, but the ASVAB does help the Army assess which jobs you are best suited to perform.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR THE ASVAB?
You don’t have to go through any special preparation to take the ASVAB. Getting a good night’s rest and arriving on time are the two most important steps you can take to prepare.
WHO GIVES THE ASVAB, AND WHERE CAN I TAKE IT?
The ASVAB is usually given in schools by test administrators from the federal government. Schools determine where and when the ASVAB will be given. See your academic advisor for more information. If you’re not currently in school, contact your local recruiter.
Understanding the ASVAB test areas
The ASVAB is a series of tests developed by the Department of Defense and is used by the U.S. Army to determine whether you have the mental aptitude to enlist. The ASVAB also helps determine which Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) you qualify for. The ASVAB is required to enlist in the U.S. Army and is valid for two years. The ASVAB may be given in a computerized version at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) or in a paper version at various Military Entrance Test (MET) sites around the country or at high schools and colleges.
ASVAB Test Areas
- General Science – measures knowledge of life science, earth and space science, and physical science
- Arithmetic Reasoning – measures ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems
- Word Knowledge – measures ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms
- Paragraph Comprehension – measures ability to obtain information from written material
- Mathematics Knowledge – measures knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications
- Electronics Information – measures knowledge of electrical current, circuits, devices and electronic systems
- Auto and Shop Information – measures knowledge of automotive maintenance and repair, and wood and metal shop practices
- Mechanical Comprehension – measures knowledge of the principles of mechanical devices, structural support and properties of materials
- Assembling Objects – measures ability with spatial relationships
The AFQT score is the most important ASVAB score, because it determines if you can enlist in the U.S. Army. However, the U.S. Army also converts the ASVAB test scores into 10 other composite score areas known as “line scores” that determine what MOS an individual may qualify for. Listed below are the parts of the ASVAB that affect your AFQT test scores and each of the ten line scores.
- Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) – Paragraph Comprehension, Word Knowledge, Mathematics Knowledge, and Arithmetic Reasoning.
- Clerical (CL) – Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematics Knowledge.
- Combat (CO) – Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Auto & Shop and Mechanical Comprehension.
- Electronics (EL) – General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge and Electronic Information.
- Field Artillery (FA) – Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge and Mechanical Comprehension.
- General Maintenance (GM) – General Science, Auto & Shop, Mathematics Knowledge and Electronics Information.
- General Technical (GT) – Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Arithmetic Reasoning.
- Mechanical Maintenance (MM) – Auto & Shop, Mechanical Comprehension and Electronic Information.
- Operators and Food (OF) – Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Auto & Shop and Mechanical Comprehension.
- Surveillance and Communications (SC) – Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, Auto & Shop and Mechanical Comprehension.
- Skilled Technical (ST) – Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, General Science, Mechanical Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge
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ARMY EDUCATORS TOUR
Expenses such as meals, lodging, and transportation are provided during this experience. Not only do you get the experience of seeing your Army in action, but you also can receive information on the following:
- Scholarship opportunities for your students such as Minute Man Scholarship.
- GI Bill and tuition assistance.
- An overview of higher educational institutions such as West Point.
- Officer opportunities through Officer Candidate School for those young men and women with a college education.
Those taking advantage of this trip may also have the opportunity to fulfill their continuing education requirements by receiving one credit per hour with a maximum of 24 credits earned! If you’re interested in learning more about the next educator’s tour, contact your local Army recruiter for more information.
Educators and Distinguished Community Members
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ADVOCACY STARTS WITH YOU
If you are in a position to influence how young people think about service in the Army, then you are encouraged to advocate for service in the Army. As an Army Advocate, you could speak at local events, visit schools and meet with young people. We’ll provide you with exclusive access to Army Advocates content that you can share with prospective Soldiers.
WHAT DOES AN ARMY ADVOCATE DO?
- Share information about the benefits of Army service to young people, like Army scholarships
- Provide information about Army education programs and services like March2Success.com, Army Tuition Assistance and the GI Bill
- Submit editorials to newspapers
- Invite Army Recruiters or ROTC representatives to speak at schools, places of business or community organizations
- Participate in speaking engagements and share your Army experiences
- Share Army information in newsletters, like the Army’s commitment to education, leadership development and selection of more than 150 Army career options
- Identify employers as potential Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) members
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