Scoring High in ASVAB for Navy

How to Achieve ASVAB Scores for Navy?

When aspiring for a career in the US Navy, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is one of the primary steps towards your goal. Though the contents of the test remain the same for all branches of military services including the US Navy, the minimum AFQT and ASVAB score requirements vary as per the branch of service and the job roles thereunder. In this article, learn more about the scores required to get enlisted in the Navy and how to achieve them.

Navy ASVAB - the Test and the AFQT Scores Explained

The ASVAB battery is a combination of varied aptitude tests that is used for:

  • Enlisting the candidates into appropriate force branches.
  • Categorizing the eligible candidates into suitable occupations within the forces.

Though the first set of ASVAB was developed in 1968, its use for Naval enlisting and classifying started only after 1975. For more on the history of navy ASVAB, refer to the military testing history account online at

Out of the ten subtests/sections, the scores of only four are used to arrive at the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score that determines eligibility to naval and other armed forces enlisting. The four subtests that are used to calculate the AFQT are:

  • Word Knowledge (WK)
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK)

Though the test content is the same for all the branches, the minimum Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score needed to be enlisted in the various forces are different. Refer to the table below for the minimum scores required for enlisting:

Armed Forces Service Minimum AFQT Scores for Enlisting
Army 31
Marines 31
Navy 35
Air Force 36
Coast Guard 45

Accordingly, the minimum score required for navy enlisting is an AFQT score of 35. For more information on specific requirements, visit:

Also, not the individual ASVAB scores or AFQT scores, rather the relative scores or Standard Scores against the scores of a sample set of applicants are used for enlisting to and classifying in the US Navy.

Navy Ratings and Navy ASVAB Scores

Once a candidate is selected to the naval forces based on the AFQT scores, an appropriate job role or rating is identified using his/her total ASVAB scores (the relative scores). The navy ratings or job titles and respective, minimum ASVAB group score requirements are available online at:,,ASVAB_MOS_Navy.html.

Accordingly, a minimum group score in respective subtests is essential for being selected for each of the navy ratings. For example, to be selected for the rating Aviation Ordinanceman (AO), you need to have a minimum combined score of 190 in Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronic Information, and General Science subtests.

Gearing up for Navy ASVAB Scores

Now that you have understood the minimum score requirement for selection and classification of jobs, the important question is how do you achieve the required scores? Here are some tips and pointers to achieve the required scores:

  • ASVAB is not a test that requires any extra coaching programs for preparation. Generally, good understanding of the core courses at school/college level would be sufficient. However, it is always a good idea to refresh the core course areas, if required.

  • Taking a practice ASVAB test would be a good idea to start off your preparation, as this gives you a fairly good idea about the test in addition to information on where you stand, and what your strengths and weaknesses are. Sample tests/questions are available online at:;

  • As in any other competitive test, be systematic and regular in your preparation. If you are focusing on any areas specifically, work out a schedule and be regular.

  • Focus more on the Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Mathematics Knowledge subtests, as these count towards the qualifying AFQT scores for naval forces selection.

  • Based on your areas of interest and strong skills, focus on various subtests like Mechanical Comprehension, Word Knowledge, or Auto and Shop Information. This helps you ensure that you score well in the areas that you are genuinely interested in.

In addition to reviewing the content areas and taking practice tests, it is also important that you be well-versed about the test format, versions, content, and time limits. Also remember that minimum AFQT score requirements might change over time. Having a clear idea about all these definitely helps you achieve the target scores for getting enlisted.