Military Careers

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

The Military uses the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)  to identify the occupations that best suit your abilities.  

The ASVAB consists of the following eight individual tests:

General Science 
Arithmetic Reasoning 
Word Knowledge 
Paragraph Comprehension 
Mathematics Knowledge 
Electronics Information 
Auto and Shop Information 
Mechanical Comprehension 

ASVAB Exam takes approximately 3 hours to complete, and test results are returned to schools in a few weeks. 

Junior, senior and post-secondary school students can use their ASVAB scores for enlistment for up to two years after taking the test. For more information about the ASVAB please click here ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

Interpreting Test Scores

ASVAB test scores correspond to the eight ASVAB test areas. Career Exploration Scores are comprised of a combination of some of the individual ASVAB tests. The Verbal Skills score includes Word Knowledge and Reading Comprehension. The Math Skills score includes Arithmetic Reasoning and Math Knowledge. The Science and Technical Skills score includes General Science, Electronics Information, and Mechanical Comprehension.

Percentile scores indicate how well students do in relation to others in their grade.  Standard scores show how well students do in relation to the average scores of others who have taken the ASVAB tests.  Notice how the standard scores are displayed using gray score bands.  Students need to know that test scores are never an exact measure of skills and abilities.  In this example, score bands show the range that this student’s scores would probably fall in if she took the test again.

Military entrance scores are appropriate for students wishing to explore opportunities in the Armed Services.