ASVAB Scores for Air Force Jobs

Air Force ASVAB scores

The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test is used to qualify applicants to join the military, as well as to identify a recruit's aptitude for various military careers. The ASVAB includes four content domains: Science and Technical, Math, Spatial, and Verbal. These domains are further broken down into 9 subtests. Candidates need to demonstrate their understanding of:

  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
  • Word Knowledge (WK)
  • General Science (GS)
  • Electronics Information (EI)
  • Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
  • Auto Information (AI) and Shop Information (SI)
  • Assembling Objects (AO)

What score do I need on the ASVAB for Air Force jobs?

Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC)

Air Force jobs are divided into four basic career areas: general (G), administrative (A), mechanical (M) and electrical (E). An applicant's scores on specific subtests are used to determine if the individual is suited to that career area. Here are some examples of score requirements and applicable scoring formulas for Air Force job categories (or AFSC):

Air Force CareerRequired ScoreFormula for Score
In-Flight Refueling G55 Word Knowledge (WK) + Paragraph Comprehension (PC) + Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) = 55
Airborne Cryptologic Linguist G72 WK + PC + AR = 72
Airfield Management G50 & M40 WK + PC + AR = 50 & Mechanical Comprehension (MC) + General Science (GS) + 2(Auto Information (AI) + Shop Information (SI) = 40
Signal Intelligence Analysis G72 WK + PC + AR = 72
Financial Management G57 WK + PC + AR = 57
Helicopter Maintenance M56 MC + GS + 2(AI+SI) = 56
Aircraft Structural Maintenance M47 MC + GS + 2(AI+SI) = 47
Airborne Communication Systems E70 Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) + Mathematics Knowledge (MK) + Electronics Information (EI) + General Science (GS) = 70
Missile and Space Facilities E70 AR + MK + EI + GS = 70
Biomedical Equipment E70 & M60 AR + MK + EI + GS =70 & MC + GS + 2(AI+SI) = 60
Logistics Plans A56 Numerical Operations (NO) + Coding Speed (CS) + Word Knowledge (WK) + Paragraph Comprehension (PC) = 56
Traffic Management A35 NO + CS + WK + PC = 35

Minimum scores needed on the ASVAB

What do I need to score on the AFQT to qualify for the Air Force?

The minimum ASVAB score needed to qualify for the Air Force is 31 (or 50 for GED holders). However, earning a score of 31 does not guarantee that a candidate will be accepted to the Air Force. They must fulfill all of the other admission requirements and may need to have higher score results for specific Air Force roles.

An individual's Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK), Paragraph Comprehension (PC), and Word Knowledge (WK) scores are combined to produce an Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score. An individual's test results are compared to the results of a sample testing group and are provided as a percentage score in comparison to the sample group's results. This means that someone who receives a score of 50 did better or as well as 50% of the sample test group. The highest score an individual can receive is 99.

In order to qualify for certain incentives that are offered when you enlist, your ASVAB score must be 50 or more.

What are some other Air Force requirements?

All applicants must meet the age requirements to join the Air Force. The Air Force considers applicants who are 17 to 39 years of age. Applicants are also expected to provide proof that they are a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident. Applicants must also take mental and physical fitness tests.

Can I retake the ASVAB?

A full 30 days must pass before an individual can take the ASVAB a second time. If the individual needs to take it a third time, they must wait another 30 days from the date of their second attempt. After a third attempt, there is a 6-month waiting period before the test can be taken again.

How do I prepare for the ASVAB?

The 10 subtests that make up the ASVAB cover a wide range of subject and skill areas, so it is a good idea to use practice tests and study guides (such as those listed here which are available on Study.com) to ensure you've studied thoroughly for your ASVAB test.

The ASVAB test measures the qualifications of individuals attempting to enlist in the U.S. military. Learn about the content of the test, the impact of results on a recruit's military career and resources you can use to prepare for this exam.

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