ASVAB Requirements for Army Jobs
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery consists of subtests in ten subject areas. Individuals who wish to join any branch of the military, including the Army, must meet score requirements. The test is also used to determine how well an applicant may do in different types of military careers. Different career opportunities in the Army have different score requirements.
The ASVAB's ten subtests cover these areas:
- Arithmetic Reasoning
- Assembling Objects
- Auto Information
- Electronics Information
- General Science
- Mathematics Knowledge
- Mechanical Comprehension
- Paragraph Comprehension
- Shop Information
- Word Knowledge
Scores on these tests are used to generate line scores, also known as composite scores, to determine if applicants are suited to specific jobs. The line scores are determined by adding together scores from some of the different ASVAB subtests. For example, the Clerical (CL) score is determined by the scores received on the arithmetic reasoning, mathematics knowledge, paragraph comprehension and word knowledge subtests.
Examples of Career-Specific Score Requirements
|Career||Composite Score Requirement||Subtests Used For Score|
|Firefighter||General Maintenance (GM) score: 88||General Science, Auto Information, Shop Information, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information|
|Explosive Ordinance Disposal Specialist||Skilled Technical (ST) score: 110||General Science, Mechanical Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension|
|Military Working Dog Handler||Skilled Technical (ST) score: 91||General Science, Mechanical Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension|
|Parachute Rigger||General Maintenance (GM) score: 88; Combat (CO) score: 87|| GM Score = General Science, Auto Information, Shop Information, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information|
CO Score = Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Auto Information, Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension
|Financial Management Tech||Clerical (CL) score: 101||Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Word Knowledge|
|Criminal Investigations: Special Agent||Skilled Technical (ST) score: 107; General Technical (GT) score: 110|| ST Score = General Science, Mechanical Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension |
GT Score = Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning
Other categories used to qualify individuals for jobs include:
|Composite Score Category||Composite Score Formula|
|Electronics (EL)||Electronic Information, General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge|
|Mechanical Maintenance (MM)||Auto Information, Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension, Electronics Information|
|Surveillance and Communications (SC)||Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Auto Information, Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension|
|Operators and Food (OF)||Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Auto Information, Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension|
|Field Artillery (FA)||Mathematics Knowledge, Arithmetic Reasoning, Mechanical Comprehension|
It is important to refer to the official Army website (www.goarmy.com) and check the specific score requirements for the careers you are interested in.
Score Requirements to Join the Army
ASVAB results are also used to compile an AFQT score, which stands for Armed Forces Qualification Test. The AFQT score looks at an individual's results on the arithmetic reasoning, mathematical reasoning, paragraph comprehension and word knowledge subtests. The AFQT is considered the standard ASVAB score.
The basic AFQT requirement for joining the Army is a score of 31. Although the Army can accept individuals who earn a score of 31 or higher, it is common for applicants to compete against others who may have much higher scores. Therefore, earning a score of 31 does not guarantee an individual will be accepted into the Army.
Preparing for the ASVAB
Before you take the ASVAB, you can use online study guides and practice tests to prepare for some of the subtests. ASVAB preparation materials can be accessed through the links listed below.