Testing Locations for ASVAB

5 criterions for ASVAB testing location selection

The Department of Defenses of the U.S. administers the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), which is a multi-aptitude test. There are many  locations across the country about which all the test aspirants must know. However, before we discuss about the locations for testing, we need to know briefly about the test.

About The ASVAB

There are three versions of the ASVAB:

1. The CAT-ASVAB- The CAT-ASVAB is the computer adaptive version of the test. There are 10 subtests in this version and the difficulty level of the test depends on the capability of the candidates. Therefore, each candidate gets a different set of questions. This version is taken up by candidates who want to get enlisted in the U.S. Military Services.

2. The P&P-ASVAB- The P&P-ASVAB is the traditional paper and pencil version of the test. Here, 9 subtests are administered to the candidates and all the candidates receive the same set of questions. This version is also is taken up by those who want to join the U.S. Armed Services.

3. The Student ASVAB- The student version of the test is taken up by students to identify their aptitudes in different subjects. There are eight subtests in this version and it is administered in the respective schools. The scores of this version can also be used for enlistment purposes if the test is taken up in the junior or senior year of the high school.

Testing Locations

There are typically three types of  Testing Locations. These are:

1. MEPS-The Military Station Processing Stations conduct the test. The CAT-ASVAB version of the test is administered at these centers. There are 65 such locations across the U.S. The military recruiter after consultation with the candidate can fix a convenient date with the MEPS.

2. MET Sites- MET or the Mobile Examination Team is the travelling team of MEPS. The paper version of the test can be taken up in these MET sites. Usually, the National Guard Armories are the designated locations and the test is given on a scheduled basis.

3. High School- It is conducted in high schools for school students. Each school has a different set of testing dates and the school councilor can be contacted for details with respect to it.

Selection of a Testing Location

Selecting a testing location is a very important task. The following points need to be considered before you select a test location:

1. Proximity

The testing location should not be very far away from where you stay. First, check if there is a test center available in your own city. If it is nearby, then you can save on the travel time and you can arrive at the testing location well before the start time. On the other hand, if there are no test locations in your city, choose a test center in the city that is closest to your residence.

2. Accessibility

In some cases, the test location may not be far but reaching there may be very difficult. In such a case, it is better that you do not choose such locations since you may undergo a lot of stress trying to reach the testing location. Moreover, if you want to make sure that the accessibility of the center is good, you can try to go to that center yourself and then decide on it.

3. Type of ASVAB administered

The version of the test administered plays a very important role in selecting the test center. These locations administer either one of the versions of the test. You have to first decide on the version of the test you want to take up. Based on this, you have to select your testing location.

4. Availability of test date

If you are particular about a test date, then you must check, which center holds the ASVAB on that date. This availability will play a crucial role in selecting your testing location.

5. Comfort Level

Gather as much information about the test center as possible. Some centers may not be very comfortable for taking up a test there. Hence, you have to make sure that you do not choose such locations. If you are planning on taking the test in another city then book your room for stay, this will ensure that you get a good and comfortable night's sleep before the test.


Your performance on the test date matters the most if your aim in life is to get enlisted in the U.S. Military Services. Each decision you make about the test is very important; one such decision is with respects to the testing location. Therefore, even if there are many test locations available, but you must choose the right testing location and ace the ASVAB.