Details About ASVAB Army Test

How to Decide your Target Scores for Army?

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is one of the first steps to take to join a career in the U.S Army.Though there are no different ASVAB tests for the various branches of armed forces, the score criteria for enlisting and classifying are different for the various services. Read on to find more about this examination and how to decide on your target scores.

Introduction to the ASVAB





The ASVAB consists of multiple aptitude tests that help in evaluating the eligibility of the candidates to join the armed forces and it is also used to classify selected candidates into appropriate job roles within the forces. As the U.S Army (like all its counterparts) has its own minimum ASVAB score and line score criteria for enlistment and classification, it is essential that candidates understand the importance of target scores and proper preparation.

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The ASVAB Army Test - Content, Duration, and the Scores

The ASVAB test battery includes ten subtests (nine in case of the traditional P&P-ASVAB). Each of the subtests contains questions of the multiple-choice type and they vary in duration. The total duration for the P&P-ASVAB is approximately three hours, while the adaptive nature of the CAT-ASVAB makes it possible for candidates to finish it off in less time (one and a half hours, on an average). To learn more on the test content, duration, and question types, refer to the official ASVAB site: http://official-asvab.com/whattoexpect_app.htm. You can find some sample questions for this test at: http://official-asvab.com/samples_app.htm.

The various services of the US Army makes use of the AFQT score. This is a combined scores of only four of the ASVAB subtests and it is used to determine the eligibility for enlistment. The score of the entire ASVAB battery is used for classifying candidates into suitable job roles. The AFQT score is achieved by combining the scores of:

  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
  • Word Knowledge (WK)

It should also be noted that relative ASVAB and AFQT scores or the Standard Scores are used by the armed forces for enlistment and classification of candidates into the various services.The Standard Scores are computed by standardizing the individual scores against that of a representative youth sample using the available national norms (http://official-asvab.com/norming_rec.htm).

Targeting for Army AFQT and ASVAB Scores

As there are different criteria or minimum ASVAB score requirements to join the U.S Armed Forces, as different branches have different requirements. As such, it is important that candidates are aware of their target score requirements (AFQT and ASVAB) well in advance.
The minimum AFQT score for army enlistment is 31, as now. For more information on AFQT score requirements, you can refer to http://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/asvab/asvab-test-explained.html.

The ASVAB scores are further grouped into ten lines for classifying selected candidates into appropriate job roles or MOS:

  • Clerical (CL) - Paragraph Comprehension, Word Knowledge, Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematics Knowledge

  • Combat (CO) - Paragraph Comprehension, Word Knowledge, Mechanical Comprehension and Auto & Shop Information

  • Electronics (EL) - Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge, General Science, and Electronic Information

  • Field Artillery (FA) - Mathematics Knowledge, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Mechanical Comprehension

  • General Maintenance (GM) - General Science, Mathematics Knowledge, Auto & Shop Information, and Electronics Information

  • General Technical (GT) - Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)

  • Mechanical Maintenance (MM) - Auto & Shop Information, Electronic Information, and Mechanical Comprehension

  • Operators and Food (OF) - Paragraph Comprehension, Word Knowledge, Mechanical Comprehension, and Auto & Shop Information

  • Surveillance and Communications (SC) - Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Auto & Shop Information, and Mechanical Comprehension

  • Skilled Technical (ST) - General Science, Mathematics Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Word Knowledge, and Mechanical Comprehension

With sufficient information on the minimum AFQT score required, and the line score requirements for various MOS or job functions, it will be easier for you to identify the target scores that you should obtain in the ASVAB. For example, if you are interested in the mechanical field, you should set your target score to the average that is required in the Mechanical Maintenance line. For a list of MOS and corresponding minimum line scores, refer to: http://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/asvab/asvab-and-army-jobs.html?col=7000023459245&comp=7000023459245&rank=6

To summarize, if planning for a career in the US Army, an AFQT score of 31 or more is what you should be targeting. Also, depending on your aptitude and interests, you can set various target subtest scores so that your composite line scores meet the minimum score requirements for the aspired job title.You need to remember that the minimum AFQT and ASVAB scores are prone to change without prior notifications. Therefore, candidates are advised to check the minimum score requirements well ahead of the test and set the target accordingly.