Joining the military is a serious committment and to make sure you are committed, you are required to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB exam).
The ASVAB is a timed test given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide. It is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense.
Your scores in four critical areas -- Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge (see below) -- count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether you're qualified to enlist in the U.S. military. Your scores in the other areas of the ASVAB determine how qualified you are for certain military specialties. Score high, and your chances of getting the specialty/job you want increase.
The ASVAB features eight individual subtests:
ASVAB (AFQT) Practice Test
Exam Description: Additional Information
|General Science||11||25||Measures knowledge of physical and biological sciences|
|Arithmetic Reasoning||36||30||Measures ability to solve arithmetic word problems|
|Word Knowledge||11||35||Measures ability to select the correct meaning of words presented in context, and identify synonyms|
|Paragraph Comprehension||13||15||Measures ability to obtain information from written material|
|Auto and Shop Information||11||25||Measures knowledge of automobiles, tools, and shop terminology and practices|
|Mathematics Knowledge||24||25||Measures knowledge of high school mathematics principles|
|Mechanical Comprehension||19||25||Measures knowledge of mechanical and physical principles, and ability to visualize how illustrated objects work|
|Electronics Information||9||20||Tests knowledge of electricity and electronics|
Total number of items: 200
Test Time: 134 minutes
Administrative Time: 46 minutes
Total Test Time: 180 minutes
Note: Until recently, "Numerical Operations" and "Coding Speed" were also administered on ASVAB, but have been dropped.
Scoring high on the ASVAB will require study and concentration. Don't skimp on preparing for this test -- read about what you should prepare for, and take our practice test, which gives you an idea of how well you'll score, identifies areas that need improvement and suggests resources you can use.