Average ASVAB Scores

What is the average ASVAB score?

The ASVAB consists of ten subtests. Each of these subtests receives a standardized score based on the performance of a sample of test-takers across the nation. The standardized score received by around half of the ASVAB test takers for each section is 50 or higher. Less than 20% of the test-takers earn a score of 60 or higher. Therefore, the average ASVAB score is 50.

How does the ASVAB score differ from an AFQT score?

While the ASVAB covers ten subtests in areas like science, electronics, math, and language arts, your standardized scores on the following four subtests are the most important:

  • Word Knowledge
  • Mathematics Knowledge
  • Paragraph Comprehension
  • Arithmetic Reasoning

The standardized scores on these subtests are combined to form the score of the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT).

How are the AFQT scores reported?

The AFQT score is given to you as a percentile. So, if you receive a percentile score of 70, this means your score matched or exceeded the scores of 70% of the sample group of test-takers you're being graded against. A 50th percentile AFQT score - which is an 'average' score - would mean you performed better than or as well as the 50% of the test-takers in the sample.

What are the different categories of AFQT score?

The minimum and maximum scores for AFQT are 1 and 99 respectively. The scores in AFQT are assembled into eight categories to report them. The scores that fall in each of these categories are as follows:

AFQT Category Percentile Score Range
I 93-99
II 65-92
III A 50-64
III B 31-49
IV A 21-30
IV B 16-20
IV C 10-15
V 1-9

Candidates whose scores are in categories III A and above will be eligible for incentives during enlistment.

What are ASVAB scores used for?

ASVAB scores are used to decide the eligibility of candidates to join the military (navy, marines, and air force) and to assign appropriate job roles to qualified candidates. The ASVAB test also offers a career exploration program to secondary students to help them understand their aptitude and interests and plan their careers.

What is the minimum ASVAB score required for enlistment?

ASVAB scores are not used for enlistment. The scores of ASVAB subtests are considered when applicants are being assigned to different jobs within the armed services.

AFQT scores, on the other hand, will qualify you for enlistment. The various branches of the military do not all require the same minimum AFQT score. None of them require a score above the 50th percentile. The minimum AFQT scores required for the different branches are:

  • Air Force: 36
  • Army: 31
  • Coast Guard: 50
  • Navy: 35
  • Marine Corps: 32

How are military jobs assigned based on ASVAB scores?

The military job suitable for each eligible candidate is assigned through a process called classification. In this process, various composite scores are calculated by combining different ASVAB subtest scores. Each department chooses the subtests that are most related to their job roles, and only these subtests are combined. Each service uses a unique formula to calculate the composite scores. The candidates' composite scores are used to determine the job(s) that matches them.

What if you couldn't pass or score well on the ASVAB?

ASVAB allows examinees to retake the exam if they didn't pass or score well. However, ASVAB has a strict policy regarding the retake duration. After the initial ASVAB test, candidates must wait at least one month before retaking the test. The waiting period for a second retest is one month and for a third retest is six months.

How do I prepare for the ASVAB?

You can prepare for the ASVAB by learning what to expect on each of the subtests and checking out sample questions. The official site of the ASVAB (official-asvab.com) offers both of these resources for you to study.

There are also study guides available. Study.com's ASVAB test-prep course covers the information included on all of the subtests and includes easy-to-follow video lessons as well as quizzes that allow you to track your progress. You can also contact expert instructors with any questions you have about the information in the course.

Continue reading: ASVAB Scores for Army Jobs

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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