The Highest Possible Score on the ASVAB
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is used to identify qualified applicants who wish to enter the military.
The highest ASVAB score is 99. The score is a percentile generated from an individual's performance on the subtests making up the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT): Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematical Knowledge (MK), Paragraph Comprehension (PC) and Word Knowledge (WK).
A test-taker's results are compared to recorded scores from a controlled sample of individuals who took the same tests in 1997. The score a person receives indicates what percentage of those sample test-takers he or she did better than. Therefore, earning a score of 75 means that you did better than 75% of the sample group.
Lowest Score Possible
The lowest score that a person can receive on the AFQT is 1. This means a person did as well as 1% of the sample group of test-takers.
Enlistment Score Requirements
The AFQT score needed to join the military varies from branch to branch. The minimum score requirement to join the Army is 31. Joining the Air Force requires individuals to earn at least a 36. The Coast Guard only considers applicants with a score of 40 or higher.
Line scores, which are also known as composite scores, may be used to determine if an applicant would be a good fit for specific careers in a branch of the military. For example, an acceptable Skilled Technical (ST) score may be required for some positions in the Army. The ST score is determined by an individual's scores on the Mathematics Knowledge (MK), Mechanical Comprehension (MC), General Science (GS), Paragraph Comprehension (PC) and Word Knowledge (WK) subtests of the ASVAB.
Other line scores include a Clerical (CL) score, Combat (CO) score and a General Technical (GT) score. It is important to carefully review the military careers you are interested in to determine their specific requirements and whether a minimum line score is needed to qualify.
About the ASVAB
The subject areas covered on the ASVAB are:
- 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)
Test Formats and Lengths
The ASVAB can be taken on computer, or individuals may take a paper version of the test.
Up to 154 minutes are provided for individuals taking the ASVAB on computer, while 149 minutes are available to those who take the paper version of the test.
The computerized test has 145 questions, while the paper test includes 225 questions.
Retaking the ASVAB
If you need to take the ASVAB again you can do so. You must wait 1 full month before you can retake the test. If you wish to take the test a 3rd time, you must wait for another full month from the 2nd test date. After your third attempt, a 6-month waiting period applies before you can attempt the test again.
Preparing for the ASVAB
In order to earn the highest score possible on your ASVAB, you can use the resources included in this online ASVAB Study Guide. There are also study guides and practice tests available for some of the subtests making up the AFQT, such as those linked to here.