ASVAB is an acronym for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. This test is given to those who are interested in joining the military to determine the best career path for them based on their aptitude and knowledge.
This is not a pass or fail test, though recruits do need a minimum score of 31 in order to enlist in the Army. It is also important to know that the ASVAB is not an IQ test and does not measure intelligence. It simply assists the recruiter in helping you choose an appropriate career path in the military.
If you are still in high school or in college, it is possible to take the test on campus. If you are no longer in school, you can take the test at the local recruiter’s office. The ASVAB is a timed test which must be completed in three hours. It consists of ten different sections, each of which is timed.
The test sections include: General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Numerical Operations, Coding Speed, Auto and Shop Information, Mathematics Knowledge, Mechanical Comprehension and Electronics Information.
There are practice tests and other study guides that can help you prepare to take the ASVAB. However, many recruiters will tell you a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast before the test are your best study aids. If you’d like additional assistance or want to take a practice test to get comfortable with the process before taking the real test, check out some of the online study guides or talk to your recruiter about practice tests.
After the test is complete, it will compute a score based on your answers. This score is used to determine the occupational specialties you qualify for as a military career. Your recruiter can review your results in detail and help you choose a career based on your ASVAB score.
The ASVAB test is one of the first steps in the recruiting process after initiating a conversation with the recruiter. This is not a test to be nervous about when taking. Simply take your time and answer the questions to the best of your ability.
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