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Photo: Female student studying a book 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.


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The ASVAB Test

The ASVAB was originally designed to predict future academic and occupational success in military occupations. Since its introduction in 1968, the ASVAB has been the subject of extensive research. Numerous validation studies indicate the ASVAB assesses academic ability and predicts success in a wide variety of occupations.

Several composite scores are formed from different combinations of ASVAB test scores. Three composites, or Career Exploration Scores, are provided specifically to help students engage in career exploration. These scores help students to get a good sense of their verbal, math, and science and technical skills compared to other students in the same grade. ASVAB results are reported to students and counselors on the ASVAB Summary Results sheet. This report shows grade-specific, gender-specific, and combined standard scores and score bands for all eight tests and three Career Exploration Scores. It also provides students with percentile-based interpretations of those scores. The ASVAB Summary Results sheet provides students with appropriate explanations of the scores, as well as suggestions for their use.

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  • General Science
    A 25-item test measuring knowledge of life science, earth and space science, and physical science
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
    A 30-item test measuring ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems
  • Word Knowledge
    A 35-item test measuring ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms
  • Paragraph Comprehension
    A 15-item test measuring ability to obtain information from written material
  • Mathematics Knowledge
    A 25-item test measuring knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications
  • Electronics Information
    A 20-item test measuring knowledge of electrical current, circuits, devices, and electronic systems
  • Auto and Shop Information
    A 25-item test measuring knowledge of automotive maintenance and repair, and wood and metal shop practices
  • Mechanical Comprehension
    A 25-item test measuring knowledge of the principles of mechanical devices, structural support, and properties of materials