Where Can I Take the ASVAB?
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is an exam taken by recruits looking to join the United States military. It is a multi-aptitude assessment that gauges several subject areas, including science and mathematics.
If you are interested in taking the ASVAB, you'll need to reach out to a military recruiter, who will set you up with the appropriate testing location closest to you.
The ASVAB is available at testing sites known as Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS). As many as 65 MEPSs are spread out across the country, meaning many recruits will have a site near them.
In the event that you do not have an MEPS near you, you'll have to take the test at a different site, known as a Military Entrance Test (MET) site. MET sites are usually found in government office buildings and armed forces facilities that can include military reserve centers, so they're much more common for recruits who don't live near an MEPS.
ASVAB Test Day
Once you've found your test site and a recruiter has scheduled an ASVAB testing session for you, you'll need to know what to expect on test day.
First things first, you have to bring proper identification. As with most military affairs, punctuality is also essential; candidates who arrive late will not be allowed to test and will have to reschedule.
If you're taking the ASVAB at an MEPS, your exam will be administered via computer. Candidates will use paper and pencil if they take the assessment at an MET site.
ASVAB Retake Policy
The ASVAB allows for multiple retakes if candidates want to attempt to earn higher scores.
To sit for your first retest, you'll need to wait at least one month from your initial test date. Any tests taken before this one-month period elapses will not be considered valid.
If you sit for a second retake, you will once again have to wait another month for your third try at the exam.
Any subsequent retests require a six-month waiting period. If, for example, your second retake was on March 1, you won't be able to take the exam again until September 1. All retests from this point on will require a six-month wait.
Preparing for the ASVAB
To ensure that you succeed on your first try and do not need multiple testing attempts, you'll need to devote plenty of time to preparation and studying.
To get started, check out these ASVAB: General Science and ASVAB: Mathematics test prep and study guides for instruction on two of the key subject areas on the test. Each course's self-paced lessons are accompanied by quizzes you can use to check your progress. There's also a practice test you can take at both the beginning and end of your studies.
For a broader overview of the exam, this ASVAB Practice and Study Guide contains lessons designed to get you ready for the Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension portions of the test, in addition to covering the math and general science content. This resource also includes practice test questions that will assess your knowledge and confirm your preparedness for the test.