While at MEPS, each National Guard applicant is required to take the CAT-ASVAB, which is an aptitude test that measures your aptitude in a broad range of career fields. A product of more than 50 years of research, the ASVAB is now available in both computerized (CAT-ASVAB) and traditional “paper and pencil” versions.
You may have already taken the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) in high school or for enlistment purposes. If so, tell your recruiter or your test administrator, because you may not be required to take the test again.
Your score on this test will determine what job (MOS) you are eligible for. There is also a minimum score you must attain simply to join the Guard in any MOS. This isn’t just a test of your intelligence, but a test of simple skills and comprehension. If you wish to prepare before taking the real test, there are plenty of study guides out there. Your recruiter will also likely give you a practice ASVAB to get an idea of what your score will be and if you will need any assistance improving your score.
For more in-depth information about the ASVAB, see these items below:
- ASVAB Basics
- ASVAB Test Design
- How the Test is Scored
- Test Prep & Tips
- ASVAB Scores for Careers
- Do’s and Don’ts
Did you know….
You don’t have to go through any lengthy preparation to take the ASVAB. Getting a good night’s rest and arriving on time to take the test are the two most important steps. As with other tests, how hard you have studied and how much you have learned in school through the years will probably make the most difference in your results.