ASVAB Test Results

How are ASVAB Results Interpreted

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test is a standardized test that every candidate aspiring to join the Armed Forces must appear for. The ASVAB test has two formats:

  • Paper and Pencil based test, otherwise known as the P&P-ASVAB
  • Computerized test, also known as CAT-ASVAB




The test format you opt for depends on your location. The ASVAB tests are held at the following locations:

  • Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS)
  • Military Entrance Test Sites (METS)
  • High School

If you are a student in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade at school, you can appear for the ASVAB Career Exploration Program held at your school. In order to appear for the ASVAB test, you must contact a recruiter at your local MEPS near you. The CAT-ASVAB is held at the MEPS. If you do not have an MEPS near you, you will need to appear for the P&P-ASVAB, which is held at METS.

What are ASVAB Test Results?

The ASVAB test results are the important aspect in ASVAB. The ASVAB test results are scores that are given based on your performance in the various sub-tests. The following is a list of sub-tests:

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

A combination of test results is used to arrive at the following composite scores:

  • Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT): This is the most important part of the ASVAB test results. It is a qualifying score that determines your eligibility to enlist in the Armed Forces. Though there is no passing or failing the exam, almost all branches of the Armed Forces have a minimum qualifying score that needs to be achieved in order to join the branch. For example, to join the Army you need a minimum AFQT score of 31. Most students strive to score more than the average score so that they are ahead of other candidates. The following table lists the minimum score required to join the respective branch:
  • Branch Minimum Score
    Army 31
    Navy 35
    Air Force 36
    Air National Guard 31
    Army National Guard 40
    Marines 32
    Coast Guard 40
  • General Technical (GT): The GT score is the other important score that is calculated in conjunction with other subjects to know your ability for jobs in the technical field, such as Information Technology or Electronics.
  • Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): While the AFQT determines whether you can join the military services, the MOS score tells your recruiter the kind of job you are capable of performing. Here also, it is important to score more than the average because this score determines your eligibility for the job of your choice. If you are interested in a particular field, you need to make sure that you secure more than the average score so that you can choose a job that interests you.

How Should You Interpret Scores?

ASVAB test results appear as a percentile that is arrived at after a statistical process called Equating. The process determines your scores in comparison with the scores of other students who appeared for the test. For example, if you scored 90, it means that your score is better than those of 90% of the candidates who appeared for the test. The following table lists the AFQT category and the range of scores in each category.

AFQT Category Score Range
I 93-99
II 65-92
IIIA 50-64
IIIB 31-49
IVA 21-30
IVB 16-20
IVC 10-15
V 1-9

You must check your score in each sub-test and the scores from the following four sub-tests to compute your AFQT score:

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

For more information about the sub-tests and to know about scores from sub-tests that are considered for specific jobs, see http://official-asvab.com/military_res.htm.

How to get your ASVAB Test Results?

Your ASVAB test results are delivered based on the format of the test you take. Therefore:

  • If you appeared for CAT-ASVAB, your test results will be available immediately.
  • If you appeared for P&P-ASVAB, your recruiter will inform you when your ASVAB test results arrive.
  • If you appeared for it at school, your counselor will let you know when your results are declared.



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