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Hey there!

If you are anything like me you want to know as much as you can about the enlisting process which includes the ASVAB. Your recruiter won’t be able to tell you much and most won’t be able to suggest study material. I spent my first six months studying for the ASVAB after I failed my pre-ASVAB the first time. So let me back up and tell you what the pre-ASVAB is what why it is so important.

Unless you have just graduated and already been in contact with a recruiter who has assured you that your high school ASVAB score is acceptable, then the pre-ASVAB is nothing to be concerned about.

Pre-ASVAB / Practice ASVAB

The pre-ASVAB is a short four topic test that is taken at the recruiter’s office or at MEPS. If I remember properly that it was four sections and forty-five questions. The practice ASVAB is not as hard as the real ASVAB or the full practice ASVAB that you can get from online sources or the bookstore. I personally used McGraw-Hill’s ASVAB, I tried to find one that was up to date. This particular study material has four tests and a CD with more tests, I found it at books-a-million for $30.00.


The Real ASVAB

  • Take the ASVAB in high school or at MEPS
  • Three hour long test
  • No obligation to join a service.
  • Scores are good for two years
  • Can re-take after 30 days

To re-take the ASVAB you will have to speak with a branch recruiter about a retake and they will schedule you to re-take the test at MEPS. If you have to see a recruiter you are in no way obligated to join or continue to talk with that recruiter or branch after you take the ASVAB.

Type of Tests:

   Computer Admin ASVAB (145 Questions)

Taken at MEPS:

  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
  • Word Knowledge (WK)
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
  • General Science (GS)
  • Electronics Information (EI)
  • Auto Information (AI)
  • Shop Information (SI)
  • Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
  • Assembling Objects (AO)***

Pencil and Paper ASVAB (205 Questions) ***

Taken in high school

*** The Navy is the only military branch with this category.

What is AFQT?

Chances are If you have taken the ASVAB you have seen “AFQT” on your test results.

  • Armed Forces Qualification Test
  • Based on population norm for males and females from the ages 18-23 years old.
  • AFQT score reflects your position compared to men and women in this age groups
  • AFQT is made up AR, MK, VEx2***

***Arithmetic Reasoning(AR, Mathematics Knowledge (MK), VE= Word Knowledge (WK) + Paragraph Comprehesion (PC)

For more information on the ASVAB and about what kind of study material you can try and study tips check out the folowing links:

*** They also have affordable Study Packs, Online Courses, and practice tests.

Thanks so much for Taking the time to read this and please let me know if you have anymore questions about the ASVAB, scores and what it has to do with your job! Have a great day and thanks again!!!!


2 comments on “The ASVAB

  1. Lawrence Messer
    April 6, 2016

    Great information about the ASVAB test.


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