What is the AFQT Percentile Score?

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
An AFQT percentile score indicates how a test taker's performance compares to the military's established norm. Learn how a percentile score is calculated and how it might influence your enlistment.

Understanding Your AFQT Percentile Score

Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) percentile scores range from 1 to 99. The percentile score you receive represents how many test takers in the military's established reference group scored the same or lower than you on the AFQT. If your percentile score is 60, for example, you performed better or as well as 60% of test takers in this group.

Why Your Percentile Score Matters

In addition to determining your eligibility to enlist in a particular branch of the armed services, percentile scores are used to award incentives upon enlistment. For these purposes, scores are divided into six categories:

Percentile Score Category Eligible for Incentives
93 - 99 I Yes
65 - 92 II Yes
50 - 64 IIIA Yes
31 - 49 IIIB No
10 - 30 IV No
1 - 9 V No

How to Boost Your Percentile Score

Your AFQT percentile score is based on your performance on four subtests included in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a standardized test that all candidates for enlistment must take. One of the best ways to boost your AFQT score is to fully understand and prepare for the content of these tests, which gauge your math and verbal skills.

  • AFQT Math Tests: The Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematics Knowledge subtests measure your ability to solve high school-level math problems, including word problems. To learn more about these tests, brush up on your math skills and assess your knowledge with practice tests, check out Study.com's ASVAB Math online prep course.
  • AFQT Verbal Tests: The Paragraph Comprehension and Word Knowledge subtests assess your vocabulary and reading skills. Study.com's online ASVAB Practice & Study Guide course includes chapters dedicated to helping you prepare for these two tests.

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