Acing the ASVAB

Tips to Score above Average in ASVAB

Scores are crucial to the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. For this reason, apart from fulfilling the basic requirements, you need to have good scores in this test. The important scores derived from these tests are

1. Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT): The AFQT score is calculated by adding your scores from:

a. Arithmetic Reasoning
b. Mathematical Knowledge
c. Paragraph Comprehension
d. Word Knowledge





2. General Technical (GT): The GT score is calculated by adding your scores from:

a. Arithmetic Reasoning
b. Paragraph Comprehension
c. Word Knowledge

3. Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) or line score: The MOS or line score is calculated by adding your scores from:

a. The respective domain knowledge required for a job
b. Scores from one or more AFQT sub-tests

Each branch of the Armed Forces has set its own standard for the minimum score that needs to be achieved in the ASVAB test in order to be considered for jobs in that branch. For example, to enlist in the Army, you need to have an AFQT score of at least 31 or more. The table below lists the average score required to enlist in various branches of the Armed Forces.

Branch Minimum Score
Army 31
Navy 35
Air Force 36
Air National Guard 31
Army National Guard 40
Marines 32
Coast Guard 40

How you can Score High

Achieving a high score in the test is not a very complex procedure rather a simple approach that needs to be adopted. Here are a few tips that can help you in achieving a good score in ASVAB.

1. Diagnostic test:

This is the first step to achieving a high score. The first important step is to identify your weak areas and your strong points. Take a diagnostic test or attempt a full-length practice test within the time limit. Taking a timed test will tell you the kind of pressure you will be in during the test. Study your scores carefully to see which subjects require more attention. You need to devote more time to those subjects than to those you are already good at.

2. Make a realistic plan:

It is about planning well and being consistent in driving your plan to the end. Make sure that you chalk out a realistic and practical plan considering the amount of time you have to prepare for the test. While making a plan, bear in mind all your other activities that will also need to be attended to; for example, classes or recreational activities. Stick to your plan and ensure that you are regular in studying for the test.

Think about how to prepare; whether you can prepare on your own or require help in the form of:

  • Online classes
  • Classroom coaching
  • Private tutorials

3. Brush up subject concepts:

The diagnostic test will give you an idea about the subject areas that require your attention. You do not require any advanced study on the subjects; high-school level knowledge about General Science, Technical subjects, Math and English will suffice. Make sure that your fundamentals about each subject are clear enough to help you to answer the questions.

4. Practice

Practice is the single key to achieving in this test. The more you practice, the better you get to know the pattern of the test and the more adept you become at solving questions. Make sure that you do not miss answering any question on the practice or the actual test. Make an intelligent guess if you do not know the answer. Practice making such guesses while taking practice tests.This also tells you about how you are progressing.

Achieving a high score in the test provides you an edge over other candidates, who have appeared for the test. Competition is tough and there are many candidates vying to enlist in the Armed Forces. Thus, scoring high will ensure that you are in the top league of candidates rather than those who have secured the minimum or average score.

Securing an average score will not give you the opportunity to choose your job; rather the recruiter chooses a job for you based on your scores. In such a case, retaking the ASVAB is the best option. High scores translate to a higher enlistment bonus. The bonus amount you receive when you enlist in the Armed Forces is commensurate with the scores you achieve in this test. Not only that, your scores also influence the way you progress in your career.