ASVAB Scores for Navy Jobs & Navy SEALs

Why is getting a good Navy ASVAB score important?

All individuals who wish to join the Navy must take the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Navy ASVAB scores are used to determine an individual's Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score and to calculate line scores. Meeting minimum line score requirements is necessary to join the Navy SEALs and to qualify for certain Navy jobs.

What are Navy ASVAB requirements?

The minimum AFQT score needed to enlist in the Navy is 35. AFQT scores are based on results from the ASVAB's Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematical Knowledge (MK), Paragraph Comprehension (PC) and Word Knowledge (WK) tests. A test taker's score is compared to the test results from a nationally established sample test group. The score represents the percentage of people from that test group that the individual scores better than or as well as. Examinees who earn a 31 have done better than or as well as 31% of the individuals from the sample test group. The highest score possible is 99.

What are Navy SEAL ASVAB score requirements?

Navy SEALs must meet line score requirements to qualify. There are 3 possible line score formulas for Navy SEALs and scoring high enough on one of them will qualify individuals to pursue this career. The line scores are based on test results from specific tests that make up the ASVAB. The 3 formulas are:

Line Score FormulaScore Required
GS+MC+EI 170
VE+ AR and MC 110 and 50

What are ASVAB scores for some specific Navy jobs?

Here are examples of line score requirements on the ASVAB for some Navy Jobs. The line scores are used to determine who is qualified for different Navy careers:

CareerFormulaScore Required
Aviation Boatswain's Mate - Equipment AR + MC + AS 130
Aviation Machinist Mate AR + MK + EI + GS 190
Cryptologic Technician - Communications VE+AR 103
Damage Controlman VE+MC+AS 158
Steelworker VE+MC+AS 140

How do I calculate my ASVAB line scores?

These formulas are based on an individual's scores on specific ASVAB tests. There are 10 subtests covering these subjects:

  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
  • Assembling Objects (AO)
  • Auto Information (AI)
  • General Science (GS)
  • Electronics Information (EI)
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
  • Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
  • Shop Information (SI)
  • Word Knowledge (WK)
  • The Verbal Expression (VE) score represents the combination of individuals' scores on their Word Knowledge (WK) and Paragraph Comprehension (PC) tests.

What are some other requirements to join the Navy?

There are a number of other requirements that must be met to join the Navy or become a Navy SEAL. All applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Be no younger than 17
  • Have no more than one dependent under the age of 18
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED
  • Pass a physical fitness test
  • Pass a medical exam
  • Navy SEALs must be 28 years old or younger
  • Navy SEALs must be medically qualified to dive
  • Navy SEALs are also required to have color vision and meet specific vision requirements
    • 20/40 best eye; 20/70 worst eye; correctable to 20/25 with no color blindness
  • Must be eligible to obtain a security clearance from the United States Government

Can I retake the ASVAB to get the score I need?

If you need or want to retake the ASVAB, it is possible to do so. A waiting period of one month applies to the first and second retakes. This means that before each retake, you must wait a full month from your previous test attempt. A waiting period of 6 months follows the third attempt on the test; you will not be allowed to take the test a fourth time until the full 6-month period has elapsed.

How can I prepare for the ASVAB so I get the best score possible?

Earn a strong score on your ASVAB by thoroughly studying the relevant material. There are study guides and practice tests that can be accessed through the links below. These materials will help you review the appropriate subject material that is covered on some of the ASVAB subtests.

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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