ASVAB stands for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test.
Basically, it measures your strengths, weaknesses and potential for future success. The military uses your test results to determine what job you will have in the particular branch of military you entered. For example, someone scoring high in mathematics, may be trained as an Aviation Structural Mechanic, while someone testing very low may be trained as a Calvary scout.
The test in broken down into 8 categories:
- Arithmetic Reasoning- 20 questions
- Auto and Shop Information- 15 questions
- Electronics Information -15 questions
- General Science – 15 questions
- Mathematics Comprehension- 20 questions
- Mechanical Comprehension- 15 questions
- Paragraph Comprehension- 15 questions
- Word Knowledge- 20 questions
Your ASVAB test scores are broken down into individual sub tests to determine your AFQT (Armed Forces Qualification TEst) score. The AFQT is used to determine if you are qualified to join the military at all. Each branch determines their own qualifying AFQT score for enlisting.
The AFQT is comprised of your test results in Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Math Knowledge (MK), and Verbal Composite (VE) x 2. Your Verbal Composite score is a combination of your Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension scores.
Qualifying AFQT scores
Army- Required Score= 31
Navy- Required Score = 35
Marines- Required Score = 31
Air Force- Required Score = 36
Coast Guard- Required score = 45
Your ASVAB test scores will determine your career field or military occupation eligibility. The better your score is, the more opportunities you will have. That is why this test is so important and should be taken seriously. However, it is impossible to “ace” your ASVAB test. Your goal should be to prepare properly and do the best you can.
TAKE THIS TEST SERIOUSLY
In reality, this test will determine not only your acceptance into the military, but also what jobs you are assigned once accepted. More importantly, it can have a huge effect on your military income as the higher paying jobs go to the higher scoring recruits. All recruits should purchase a study guide and work through it thoroughly. Below is a link to the best study guide available.
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