What is the ASVAB Test?

Importance and Purpose of the ASVAB Test

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) includes ten subtests designed to measure a military enlistee's academic and technical knowledge. Performance on the first four sections determines whether a test taker is eligible to enlist:

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

Scores on these and the remaining subtests are used to qualify examinees for clerical, mechanical maintenance, combat, surveillance or other occupational specialties within the military. High scores on the ASVAB can help enlisted personnel achieve specialized positions they desire. Additional subtests include:

  • General Science
  • Shop Information
  • Mechanical Comprehension
  • Electronics Information
  • Assembling Objects
  • Auto Information

Taking the Test

Individuals wishing to sit for the ASVAB should keep in mind that testing arrangements must be made by a military recruiter on an examinee's behalf. Tests are administered at 65 Military Entrance Processing Stations in the United States and Puerto Rico as well as at Military Entrance Test locations, such as reserve centers and Federal office buildings.

There is a one-month waiting period for individuals who wish to take the ASVAB a second time. A second retake is allowed a month after the second test. Anyone who doesn't pass a second retake has to wait six months before they can take the ASVAB again.

Prep Tools for the ASVAB

The ASVAB website provides detailed descriptions of how computer- and paper-based tests are delivered (official-asvab.com). Examinees may also review sample questions for each section of the ASVAB.

Test takers who want to refresh their knowledge of key concepts on the ASVAB can complete the ASVAB prep course offered by Study.com. This online study guide includes 47 chapters covering a range of topics found on the exam, including:

The course uses brief and engaging video lessons and self-paced practice tests. Students can watch lessons on the go with their mobile device or print out worksheets for additional review.

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