ASVAB Marine Test

Categories of Marine and ASVAB Scores

The Marines is one of the elite services of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the most sought-after services in the country and many candidates aspire to join the services. The Marines or Marine Corps, as most popularly known, have several job areas. The jobs available in the Marines are described below.

Candidates aspiring to join the Marine Corps can enter either by:





  • Enlisting as a Marine Corp recruit
  • Joining as an Officer in Marine Corps

Purpose of the ASVAB Test

The ASVAB Marine test assesses your capability to join the Marine Corps. It also predicts the jobs that are suitable for you. The ASVAB Marine test determines your suitability for jobs by calculating your scores for the following:

  • Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score
  • General Technical score
  • Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) score

Categories of Jobs in Marine Corps

The ASVAB Marine test has line scores that are used to determine the job for you. Based on these, there are a variety of jobs offered in the following fields:

  • Clerical
  • Electronics
  • General Technical
  • Mechanical Maintenance
  • Skilled Technical

The scores for a clerical post range between 90 and 100. Similarly, jobs in the Skilled Technical field require a higher score of about 115. The scores required for each category or job depends on the skill requirement; the more complex or skilled the job, the higher the score required. For more information about the categories of jobs available in the Marine Corps and the minimum line scores required for each job, see http://www.military.com/ASVAB/0,,ASVAB_MOS_USMC.html.

Score Requirements

The ASVAB Marine test is the first step to enlist in the Marine Corps. The minimum score requirements to enlist in the Marines are as follows:

  • You must score at least 32 in the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) if you have a high-school diploma.
  • You must score at least 50 in the AFQT if you have a General Educational Development (GED) qualification.

Duration and Sections in the ASVAB

The ASVAB Marine test is a standardized test that every candidate must appear for if he/she wishes to join the Armed Forces. The ASVAB Marine test includes sub-tests from various subject areas. The number of sub-tests depends on your choice of test format. You can opt for the Paper and Pencil based test (P&P-ASVAB) or the Computerized test (CAT-ASVAB). The P&P-ASVAB is usually administered at locations where there are no Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS). Therefore, they are administered at Military Entrance Testing Sites (METS). The CAT-ASVAB is administered at all MEPS.

The Paper and Pencil based test (P&P-ASVAB) includes the following sub-tests:

  • Arithmetic Reasoning: 30 questions
  • Assembling Objects: 25 questions
  • Auto and Shop Information: 25 questions
  • Electronic Information: 20 questions
  • General Science: 25 questions
  • Mathematics Knowledge: 25 questions
  • Mechanical Comprehension: 25 questions
  • Paragraph Comprehension: 15 questions
  • Word Knowledge: 35 questions

The Computerized ASVAB (CAT-ASVAB) is a popular and modern way to appear for the test. The CAT-ASVAB is an adaptive test; this means that the level of questions change according to your response. Thus, if you answered a previous question correctly, the next question will be slightly difficult whereas if you answered it incorrectly, the next question will be relatively easy to solve. The following sums up the differences in both formats:

  • In the CAT-ASVAB, the next question appears based on your response to the previous question.
  • In the P&P-ASVAB, all candidates appear for the same set of questions in the given time.
  • The sections in the CAT-ASVAB are different from those in the P&P-ASVAB.
    • The Auto Information and the Shop Information sub-tests in the CAT-ASVAB are tested separately (two different sections), whereas they are a combined section in the P&P-ASVAB.
    • In the CAT-ASVAB, the Auto Information sub-test has 11 questions and needs to be completed in 7 minutes. The Shop Information sub-test also has 11 questions and needs to be answered in a time span of 6 minutes.



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