Anyone interested in joining the military is required to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) exam. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is also used for those who are not wishing to enter the military to help determine what type of career is best fit for them. The ASVAB also helps to identify the individual’s strengths and weaknesses as well as their interests.
The ASVAB exam contains 10 sections: General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Automotive Information, Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension, and Assembling Objects.
The ASVAB includes a total of 145 questions and takes a total of 2.5 hours to complete.
The General Science portion of the ASVAB exam contains 16 question and is timed for 8 minutes. This section measures your knowledge of life science, earth and space science, and physical science.
The Arithmetic Reasoning section also has 16 questions but is timed for 39 minutes. This section measures your ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems.
What to Expect on the ASVAB
The Word Knowledge section of the ASVAB exam contains 16 questions to be completed in 8 minutes. This section measures your ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms.
The Paragraph Comprehension section contains 11 questions for a total of 22 minutes and measures your ability to obtain information from written material.
The Mathematics Knowledge section has 16 questions and is timed for 20 minutes. The Mathematics Knowledge section measures your knowledge of mathematical concepts and application.
The Electronics Information section includes 16 questions for 8 minutes and measures your knowledge of electrical current, circuits, devices, and electronic systems.
Both the Auto and Shop Information portion has 11 questions. The Auto Information section is timed for 7 minutes while the Shop Information section is timed for 6 minutes. These sections measure your knowledge of automotive maintenance and repair, as well as wood and metal shop practices.
The Mechanical Comprehension section has 16 questions which are timed for 20 minutes. The Mechanical Comprehension section of the ASVAB exam measures your knowledge of the principles of mechanical devices, structural support, and properties of materials.
The Assembling Objects section has 16 questions but is timed for 16 minutes. This section measures your ability with spatial relationships.
The score received on the ASVAB exam determines what job the test taker will be qualified for in the military. Examinees will also receive a score on what is called the Armed Forces Qualification Test, or the AFQT. AFQT scores are computed using the Standard Scores from four ASVAB Subtest: Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Word Knowledge.
How Much Does the ASVAB Cost?
There is no fee to take the ASVAB. If a student is interested in taking the ASVAB, they may contact their school counselor.
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