Function of the Test
The ASVAB is administered to many American high school students as part of the Armed Services’ Student Testing Program.Nearly 14,000 high schools administer the examination to juniors and seniors each year. In this context, the test is intended to measure students’ strengths and weaknesses in order to help students make more informed academic and career decisions. These test results may be used for military enlistment within two years from the date of testing. The examination is also administered to military applicants under the Enlistment Testing Program.In this context, the ASVAB is used for determining applicants’ eligibility for military enlistment as well as which military jobs would be best suited for each applicant. Military applicants who score lower than 90% of test takers are completely ineligible for military service, and individual branches of the Armed Services require different minimum scores for enlistment eligibilit
The ASVAB test is provided at both Military Entrance Processing Stations and many high schools. It can be taken in pencil and paper, or on the computer. The test allows the test taker to take it on their own pace, meaning they don’t have to wait for every test taker to finish. Usually the computer-based ASVAB Test takes about half the time that the pencil and paper test takes.
The ASVAB Exam contains four domains: Math, Science/Technical, Verbal, and Math. These domains are made up of ten subtests: General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Math Knowledge, Electronics Information, Auto Information, Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension, and Assembling Objects. In the paper and pencil version of this exam, the Auto Information and Shop Information are combined into one subtest. The test is designed to match your set of skills. If a question is answered incorrectly, an easier question will follow. If a question is answered correctly, a harder question will follow.
The ASVAB requires preparations. In the past many of our students have taken the test without any assistance ad preparation. This year I am preparing an ASVAB Preparation Course for High School Students. In the coming weeks the course outline will be provided as additional pages to this web page.