Take the ASVAB

A Step by Step Guide for Taking the ASVAB

Collecting information about the ASVAB test is as important as studying for the test. Collect as much information about ASVAB as possible before you take the ASVAB. All that you need to know about the ASVAB test is explained in detail here.

Steps to follow while you take the ASVAB

Learn about,

1. The test
2. The requirements for the test
3. The registration for the test
4. Test centers for the test
5. Test dates for the test

I. The Test

The first step you must take before you take the ASVAB test is to learn about the test. The test has 10 subtests and the test is a multi-aptitude test in which all the questions are multiple-choice questions. There are three test versions available for those who take the ASVAB.

  1. CAT-ASVAB - There are 10 subtests and it is a Computer Adaptive Test.
  2. P&P-ASVAB - There are 9 subtests and it is a Paper & Pencil version of the test.
  3. Student-ASVAB - There are 8 subtests and this is taken up by students to identify the areas they are good at.

The subtests in this multi-aptitude ASVAB test are, General Science (GS), Mechanical Comprehension (MC), Electronics Information (EI), Auto Information (AI), Shop Information (SI), Word Knowledge (WK), Paragraph Comprehension (PC), Mathematics Knowledge (MK), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) and Assembling Objects (AO). All these 10 together form the CAT-ASVAB.

In the P&P-ASVAB, the Auto Information and Shop Information subtests are combined to give the Auto & Shop Information subtest. Therefore, there are 9 subtests in the P&P version of the ASVAB.
In the Student-ASVAB, Assembling Objects subtest is not administered and the other subtests are similar to the P&P version. So, there are only 8 subtests in the student version of the ASVAB.

II. Requirements for the Test

Any test will have eligibility criteria for candidates who want to take up the test. Similarly, the ASVAB also has certain eligibility criteria. Anyone wanting to take up the ASVAB has to be a U.S. citizen. There is no minimum age for one to take the ASVAB, but candidates are usually over the age of 17. The test score is valid for 2 years, which means that students who take up the test in the sophomore year will not be eligible to get enlisted.

III. Registering for the Test

The educational counselor is the first person one needs to contact if he/she is interested to take the ASVAB. The candidate's criminal background, failed drug screening, number of dependents or problems with medical history, if any, are checked by a military recruiter. The military recruiter also verifies the candidate's eligibility. There is no registration fee.
Parental consent is required for candidates who are 17 years to get enlisted in the U.S. Military Services. However, for the candidates who are aged 18 years and above, parental consent is not required.

IV. Test Centers for the Test

The CAT-ASVAB is administered at Military Entrance Processing Stations, known as the MEPS. Military and civilian personnel are staffed in this organization. In the U.S. and Puerto Rico, there are 65 MEPS centers.
Satellite locations called the Military Entrance Test (MET) sites are located in the Office buildings of Federal Government, National Guard armories and Reserve centers. ASVAB is conducted in the P&P-ASVAB version in these locations. If you live far away from an MEPS, you can take the ASVAB at the MET site. Student-ASVAB is conducted in the high school itself along with other exams like CAT and ACT.

V. Dates for the Test

The military recruiter will schedule your ASVAB test as there is no specific date for the ASVAB. In the schools for the student-ASVAB, there are specific dates which are different from school to school. Therefore, it is best to contact your counselor for the exact exam date.


It is important that you gather as much information as possible before you take the ASVAB. Hence, you must follow all the steps mentioned here and prepare well to get enlisted in the U.S. Military Service of your dream.

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