GT Score on the ASVAB

How important is the GT Score on ASVAB?

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery tests the multitude of skills of an applicant who wishes to serve the United States Armed Forces. The test assesses the competence of aspirants to lead a fulfilling career in the armed forces. Candidates have the option to undertake a paper-based test or the computerized test. The paper-based test includes nine sub-tests, whereas the online test has ten sub-tests. The test is administered either at a Military Entrance Test Sites (METS) or at Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS).

The ASVAB tests the following areas:

  1. Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
  2. Assembling Objects (AO): (applicable only for the computerized version)
  3. Automotive & Shop Information (AS)
  4. Electronics Information (EI)
  5. General Science (GS)
  6. Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
  7. Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
  8. Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
  9. Word Knowledge (WK)

The scores from four sections of the test are calculated to arrive at the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT determines your eligibility to enlist yourself for a career in the Armed Forces.

  • AFQT score= AR + MK + PC + WK

What is the General Technical (GT) score?

The General Technical score is a test of your competency in the Math and Verbal domains. Arithmetic Reasoning tests your proficiency in solving mathematical problems, whereas Paragraph Comprehension and Word Knowledge test your proficiency in language (verbal) expression. This score is calculated by adding your scores from Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) and Verbal Expression (VE). The VE score is computed by adding your scores from PC and WK.

Why is the GT score important?

It measures your ability in arithmetic along with your language skills:

  • The AR section requires you to solve problems form the Math domain.
  • The PC and WK sections require you to have a strong vocabulary along with reasoning skills.

This score forms a crucial part of the ASVAB test because the scores from all three sections are calculated to obtain the AFQT percentile. The percentile is used to determine your eligibility to enter the:

  • Army
  • National Guard
  • Navy
  • Coast Guard
  • Air Force
  • Marine Corps

The three sections are basic and integral to the test because they encompass questions that gauge the applicant's reasoning as well as power of expression, which are the fundamental qualities required for a career in military services.

If you do not obtain a good GT score, it could hamper your chances of enlisting yourself for a career in the military services. There are other sections that are tested but the Math and Verbal domain scores form the percentile that decides whether or not you can enlist yourself. The technical, mechanical, and spatial aspects of the ASVAB only determine the type or area of service you are eligible for.

For example, your knowledge of automobile technology might help you to branch out to a career in the Army.

Communication and reasoning skills are necessary to pursue a demanding career in the Armed Services, which the GT section tests through two sections:

  • The PC section tests your understanding of a given passage as well as your ability to derive information from the passage.

  • The WK section tests your knowledge about words and their usage. You also need to be aware about the synonyms and antonyms of words. Reasoning skills are important to solve arithmetic problems.

The various military jobs associated with each branch of the US Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard, and Marine Corps) also require this score to determine the area of specialization, called Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). Based on the type of job, scores from selected sub-tests are computed to calculate the Line Score. The minimum GT score required to enlist in most of these branches is 110.


The AFQT percentile is the outcome of your scores in four sections, namely, AR, MK, PC, and WK. Hence, it is evident that three out of the four sections, which constitute the GT score, also form the crux of the AFQT score. The importance of practice cannot be stressed enough since these are the fundamental areas of testing. Although there are other areas of testing, such as the technical and mechanical subjects, your scores in these four sections render you eligible for the Armed Services; whereas the other sections depend on the nature of job you want to take up in, say, the Army, Navy, or Air Force. Therefore, it is important that you focus on these subject areas in order to raise your scores in the overall AFQT.