Retaking the ASVAB

Procedure for Retaking the ASVAB

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a test that requires high scores in order to get the job of your choice. However, there may be a time when you were not able to achieve good scores, were unable to enlist, or your scores simply expired after a period of two years. In such circumstances, retaking the test is beneficial because it opens the doors to a career in military services. Moreover, circumstances change when you decide to retake the test; you might be better prepared to retake the ASVAB. If you are interested to retake the test, you must contact the local/nearest recruiting office or Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS). The recruiter at the MEPS will verify whether you are eligible to appear for your next attempt. However, you can retake the test only if you meet the following requirements:

  • You must not have crossed the age limit.
  • You can retest only after a month of your last ASVAB test.
  • You can take subsequent attempts only after six months.




Circumstances for retaking the ASVAB:

  • ASVAB scores are valid for two years. If your score has expired, you can appear for the test.
  • If a month has passed after your first attempt, you can appear for the second attempt. Thereafter, you can appear only after a period of six months.
  • If your test was rendered invalid due to cheating, you will need to wait for six months before you can retake the test.

For more information about the ASVAB retest policy, see the Official ASVAB website at http://official-asvab.com/retest_rec.htm.
Listed below are the various branches of military services that allow you to retake the ASVAB test.

Army

The Army does not allow you to retake the ASVAB if you want to appear it for increase your score so that you will be eligible for the signing bonus amount. Retaking the ASVAB to join the Army and the National Guard is allowed if you fulfil the following conditions:

  • If your previous ASVAB score has expired.
  • You could not attempt the test successfully.
  • If you do not achieve the minimum score required to enlist in the Army or National Guard.

Air Force

The Air Force does not allow you to retake the ASVAB if you have already been inducted into the Delayed Entry Program (DEP). Retaking the ASVAB is allowed in the Air Force only in the following scenarios:

  • You have secured the minimum Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score.
  • Your line scores are not equivalent to your qualification and the job requirement.

Navy

The Navy does not allow you to retake the ASVAB if you are part of the DEP. However, if you score in the range of 28 to 30 in the AFQT, you will be allowed to enrol in the DEP Enrichment Program. At the end of the academic session, you will be allowed to appear for retaking the ASVAB if your score is more than 31. Retaking the ASVAB is allowed in the Navy if:

  • Your previous ASVAB score is no longer valid.
  • You did not meet the minimum score requirements to enlist.

Marines

Retaking the ASVAB to join the Marines is allowed if you fulfil the following conditions:

  • Your previous ASVAB score has expired.
  • Your score is not corresponding to the scores required for a job.
  • If your recruiter considers that you can perform well if retested.

Coast Guard

The Coast Guard does not allow you to retake the ASVAB within a time span of six months; that is six months should have passed between your last ASVAB test and the one you want to appear. Retaking the ASVAB to join the Coast Guard is allowed if you fulfil the following conditions:

  • You want to increase your score to get your desired job.
  • If your recruiter considers that you can perform well if retested.



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