How To Score the ASVAB

The ASVAB or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is a test that is utilized in all five US Armed Forces branches to identify if aspiring trainees in any branch of specialization are qualified. There is a standard of a minimum AFQT score or Armed Forces Qualifying Test score in each branch. The specialty qualification comes from the eight subtests scores. There is a need to identify composite scores that comprises these scores. Below are guides to help you determine your score in ASVAB.

  • Compute the verbal ability combined score. You can compute it by adding your word knowledge score and your paragraph comprehension score.
  • Compute the math ability combined score. You can compute it by adding your mathematics knowledge score and your arithmetic reasoning score.
  • Compute the academic ability combined score. You can compute it by adding your math ability combined score and your verbal ability combined score.
  • Calculate the AFQT score. Compute it by adding your math knowledge score, your arithmetic reasoning score, and two times your verbal ability composite ability score.
  • Determine the military job specialty that you desire. There is a specific score that you need to attain so you can get yourself enlisted in your preferred military job. Ensure that your preferred branch of service is available. However, be prepared because you might get enlisted in another branch where your services are needed. After you have accepted your preferred service branch, you will be assigned into a specialty unit which will depend on your composite scores and subtests results.
  • Understand the difference between ASVAB AFQT, and ASVAB GT. ASVAB scoring isn’t straight forward. Understanding the differences between the mentioned tests will help you before you take the exam. ASVAB AFQT is much important because your score here will determine if you will become enlisted.

    When people are referring to ASVAB, it’s much probably that they are stating about ASVAB AFQT. There is a category in every score bracket; the qualification for your enlistment will depend on your score.

  • Understand the sections in ASVAB. There are nine sections, which are word knowledge (WK), mechanical comprehension (MC), Arithmetic reasoning (AR), electronics information (EI), automotive and shop information (AS), general sciences (GS), mathematics knowledge (MK), paragraph comprehension (PC), and assembling objects (AO).

    While other included categories are coding speed (CS) or Morse code, numerical operations (NO), space perception (SP), tool knowledge (TK), general information (GI), and attention to detail (AD).

  • Understand the various categories in ASVAB. Category, 93-100% (outstanding); Category II 65-92% (excellent); Category III-A, 50-64% (above average); Category III-B, 31-49% (average); Category IV-A, 21-30% (below average); Category IV-B, 16-20% (markedly below average); Category IV-C, 10-15% (poor); and Category V, 0-9% (not trainable).
  • Tips about ASVAB. There are two added ASVAB versions offered. They are the Met-site or mobile examination test side and the CAT (computer adaptive test). These test versions are the only versions that are offering assembling objects (AO) subtest. Note that you can only schedule your ASVAB examination with the help of a recruiter. Navy applicants need to take the coding speed examination. Train hard to achieve your dream of become a successful military officer.


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