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The ASVAB Test


You’ve heard taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is your ticket to a great U.S. military career. If you’re serious about joining the military, then it’s time also to get serious about taking the ASVAB by using ASVAB practice tests.

What is the ASVAB test?

The ASVAB is a timed, multi-aptitude test, which is given at more than 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide and is developed and maintained by the Defense Department (DoD). 

Before your oath of enlistment you must take the ASVAB.

The ASVAB helps the DoD not just determine whether you are a good fit to join the service, but also which service branch you might be best for and even what military jobs you can hold after you finish basic training or boot camp. The better your ASVAB score, the broader your options.

You can start preparing now by taking our ASVAB practice tests (click or tap on the test links in the header above). These tests will give you an idea of how you'll score and identify areas for improvement. Then, use our suggested resources and ASVAB study guides to learn how to prepare for the ASVAB test.

Related: Your ASVAB questions answered

Scoring well on the ASVAB

Your ASVAB score determines the military jobs for which you qualify. The higher your score, the more options you have in your military career. A very high score can give you a wide array of job options, some of which might come with special pay and bonuses. That means it’s a good idea to study for the ASVAB and do your best to score well.

You don’t just want to take the ASVAB. You also want to get a good ASVAB score that can help open doors to a wealth of military opportunities.

Preparing for the ASVAB

As you get ready to take the ASVAB test you will need to spend some time studying. Remember, the higher your ASVAB score, the more job options you have for your military career, including an array of special pay and bonuses. 

What’s the best way to study for the ASVAB? Start by taking a practice test to set a base-line score and understand the portions of the test that might be extra challenging for you. Find a quiet place to study, gather the tools you need and set a study schedule for yourself. You can take ASVAB practice tests on and learn more about ASVAB study tips.

What is a good ASVAB score?

Each military service has different minimum ASVAB score requirements for entering the service or holding specific types of jobs. The maximum score for all ASVAB tests is 99.

ASVAB Score Chart

You can learn more about what makes a good ASVAB score for individual service:

How many questions are on the ASVAB?

Just how many questions are on the ASVAB depends on which version of the test you take. There are three versions of the test, with two given at military facilities and one by high schools and colleges.

Related: Learn more about the three version of the ASVAB

Different Versions of the ASVAB

  • The CAT-ASVAB. The CAT-ASVAB is a computer-based test given at MEPS.
  • The MET-site ASVAB. The MET-site ASVAB is a paper-based test given at satellite locations for those who cannot travel to MEPS.
  • The Student ASVAB. The student ASVAB is given by schools for career exploration.

The CAT-ASVAB has a time cap of 154 minutes with nine test subsets and 145 questions. The MET-site ASVAB has 225 questions and a cap of 149 minutes.

Can You Use a Calculator on the ASVAB?

No outside help is allowed while taking the ASVAB, including the math sections of the test. That means you cannot use a calculator to take the ASVAB.

Depending on which version you take, the ASVAB will include up to 55 questions on math concepts. Start studying by taking the ASVAB practice test.

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