Details of the ASVAB Navy Test

ASVAB Score Requirements for Navy

The United States Navy is one of the branches of the seven armed forces that deal with maritime warfare. There are some basic requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to join the Navy. These requirements are:

  • Citizenship:
    • You need to be a US citizen
    • Possess a Social Security Card
  • Age:
    • To serve in active service: 17-34
    • To be part of the Navy reserve: 18-39
    • To enlist as a sailor: 17-39
  • Education:
    • High-School Diploma holders must score at least 35 in AFQT
    • General Education Development (GED) graduates must score at least 50 in AFQT
    • Proficiency in English
  • Physical Standards:
  • Character:
    • Zero tolerance for substance abuse
    • Should not have been criminally convicted

Testing Purpose:

In addition to the requirements, you need to appear for the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. The test, which is designed for the Navy measures two aspects:

  • Your aptitude to join the Navy: basic skills such as knowledge of Math and English are tested.
  • The nature of job that is best fit for you: The Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) scores tell the recruiter about your skill-set so that you get the best job that suits your personality and skills.

The Test Format:

The ASVAB is administered in two formats: Paper and Pencil based test (P&P-ASVAB) and Computerized (CAT-ASVAB) test. Following are the sub-tests that you will have to pass, to become a part of the Naval services:

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

Recruiters from the Navy calculate your scores from the test to determine your eligibility to enlist. This is called the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score, which is computed by adding your scores from four sections: AFQT score= AR + MK + PC + WK.

The Scoring Pattern:

Most jobs in the Navy have an alternative way to enter; that is, if you do not qualify for a particular job, you can use an alternative set of scores. For example, to get a job as a YN Submarine (SS), you need have a line score of 200 in the test in any of the following combinations:

  • AR+MK+EI+GS=200
  • VE+AR+MK+MC=200

For more information about the line score requirements for each job, see
There are also many calculators available online that you can use to calculate your overall scores. You simply need to enter the raw ASVAB score to check what your final score would be like. This is particularly helpful for practice tests so that you check the area of improvement and can study accordingly. To find out more, click on the following link:

The Test Sections:

The jobs available in the Navy can be broadly classified within the following categories:

  • Aviation
  • Special Warfare
  • Administration/Deck
  • Mechanical/Engineering
  • Technical/Intelligence

For more information about the kind of jobs available under these categories, see A table comprising the various jobs and specialist ratings available appears; this includes links to each. Click the respective link to know more about each job.
The sections or sub-tests of the examination are mentioned above. The sections that you perform well in decide your career. For example, to be part of the Naval Aircrew, you must have a line score of 210 in order to qualify. Therefore, you can either have a combination score of VE+AR+MK+MC=210 or a combination score of VE+AR+MK+AS=210. However, it is imperative that you score above 35 in the AFQT.


There are many jobs available in the Navy. However, it is important that you study the requirements first and decide where your aptitude lies. It is important to have domain knowledge of the job or career you are planning for and work towards it. This will enable you to choose your career rather than the recruiters' choosing a career for you. For more information about the Navy, types of jobs, benefits and more, see