Details About the Coast Guard Test Under ASVAB

How to Decide your Target Scores for Coast Guard?





The ASVAB test is as important to coast guard recruitment as in all the other wings of military service. It is a battery of multiple aptitude tests that helps evaluate vocational aptitude, determine the eligibility to military enlisting, and classify selected recruits into appropriate job roles within the forces. As the test has its own minimum score and line score criteria for enlisting and classifying, it is also essential that candidates understand the target scores and prepare accordingly for the test.

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The ASVAB Test Content for Coast Guard

In general, the ASVAB test battery includes ten subtests (nine in case of the traditional P&P-ASVAB):

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

However, the exam does not use the score of the Assembling Object (AO) subtest
(http://www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay/Education/asvab.asp).

Question Types and Test Duration:
Questions are of the multiple-choice type and the duration for each subtest varies. The total time for the paper and pencil version of ASVAB is approximately three hours, while the CAT-ASVAB could be finished off well within the allocated timeframe (one and a half hour on an average) as per each candidate's pace. For more details on the test content, duration, and question types, refer to the official ASVAB site: http://official-asvab.com/whattoexpect_app.htm. You can also find ASVAB sample questions at: http://official-asvab.com/samples_app.htm.

Scoring Criteria:

As in the other wings of military services, the US Coast Guard also uses the AFQT score (the combined score of only four subtests) to determine the eligibility for enlisting. The subtests used are:
    • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
    • Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
    • Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
    • Word Knowledge (WK)
To decide what specific education and advanced training programs a candidate should undergo (for example, the A schools), the US Coast Guard uses scores of various ASVAB subtest groupings, called the composite scores. More information on the composite score requirements to join the Coast Guard is available at: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay/Education/cgmilcareerdev.asp#aschools

As per the current standards, the minimum AFQT score required for Coast Guard enlisting is 45, one of the highest in all the armed force branches. The total ASVAB scores (as different composites and/or individually) are used for enlistment and classification purposes. And because of this only, these criteria are generally strict and you do not get any waivers generally (http://www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay/Education/asvab.asp).

Conclusion:
Hence, based on your aptitude and the area of career interest, you need to target your ASVAB scores. The final decision is taken by recruiters, but based on your preferences, your scores in relevant areas, and also based on any previous experience.

The pre-requisite to targeting your scores, therefore, is that you must be aware of the score requirements for the AFQT. Also remember that the minimum score criteria are prone to change without prior notice; therefore, be sure before you set off!