The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple choice test, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. It is often offered to American high school students when they are in the 10th, 11th and 12th grade, though anyone eligible for enlistment may take it
The ASVAB currently contains 9 sections. The duration of each test varies from as low as ten minutes up to 36 minutes for Arithmetic Reasoning; the entire ASVAB is three hours long. The test is typically administered in a computerized format at Military Entrance Processing Stations, known as MEPS. If you do not live near a MEPS, the ASVAB can be administered at a satellite location called a Military Entrance Test (MET) site. 

Section breakdown:

​                             - Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) - 16 questions in 39 minutes

                             -Word Knowledge (WK) - 16 questions in 8 minutes

                             - Paragraph Comprehension (PC) - 11 questions in 22 minutes

                             - Mathematics Knowledge (MK) - 16 questions in 20 minutes

                             - General Science (GS) - 16 questions in 8 minutes

                             - Electronics Information (EI) - 16 questions in 8 minutes

                             - Automotive and Shop Information (AS) - 11 questions in 7 minutes

                             - Mechanical Comprehension (MC) - 16 questions in 20 minutes

                             - Assembling Objects (AO) - 16 questions in 16 minutes 


The Armed Forces Qualification Test, or AFQT, consists of the first four sections from the ASVAB: Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Word Knowledge (WK), Paragraph Comprehension (PC, and Mathematics Knowledge (MK). The AFQT score is used to determine eligibility for entrance into the Armed Services.  AFQT score is computed as follows:

​1. Combine the scores on Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension into a composite known as Verbal Ability (VE).
​2. Add twice the Verbal Ability score to your scores for Math Knowledge (MK) and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR).

​Mathematically, this is computed as: AFQT = 2VE + MK + AR.

Scores required for enlistment:


                       DIPLOMA           GED

Navy                     35                    50

Airforce                 36                    65 & 15 college credits

Army                     31                    31

Marines                 32                    50

Coast Guard         50                    50 & 15 college credits               



The remaining five sections of the ASVAB are used to determine qualification for certain military occupation specialties.

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