Length of ASVAB Tests: Paper vs. Computer
The computer-based ASVAB takes an average of 1.5 hours to complete, while the paper-based exam takes about three hours to complete. Computer tests are given at Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) locations. Paper tests are utilized by most Military Entrance Test sites, which are satellite locations used only for test-takers located too far away from a MEPS facility.
ASVAB subtests are self-paced when taken on a computer, so it is possible that a student may complete the entire ASVAB faster than the total time allotted. For paper-based exams, however, an instructor paces all test-takers by the time allowed for each subtest.
|ASVAB Subtest||Test Length: Computer-Based Delivery||Test Length: Paper-Based Delivery|
|General Science||8 minutes for 16 questions||11 minutes for 25 questions|
|Arithmetic Reasoning||39 minutes for 16 questions||36 minutes for 30 questions|
|Word Knowledge||8 minutes for 16 questions||11 minutes for 35 questions|
|Paragraph Comprehension||22 minutes for 11 questions||13 minutes for 15 questions|
|Mathematics Knowledge||20 minutes for 16 questions||24 minutes for 25 questions|
|Electronics Information||8 minutes for 16 questions||9 minutes for 20 questions|
|Auto Information||7 minutes for 11 questions||n/a|
|Shop Information||6 minutes for 11 questions||n/a|
|Auto & Shop Information||n/a||11 minutes for 25 questions|
|Mechanical Comprehension||20 minutes for 16 questions||19 minutes for 25 questions|
|Assembling Objects||16 minutes for 16 questions||15 minutes for 25 questions|
|Total||154 minutes for 145 questions||149 minutes for 225 questions|
Despite the difference in delivery, paper- and computer-based ASVAB versions are designed to measure the same knowledge so an individual's score typically would not vary if they took the test with a different format.
Test-takers are advised to prepare ahead of time by reviewing sample questions and reading content descriptions for each subtest. To familiarize themselves with ASVAB concepts and subjects, test-takers may also want to take a prep course, like this course offered by Study.com:
This course helps students brush up on the content of all subtests through short, easy-to-follow videos then tests their knowledge of the material with quick quizzes, and practice exams.