If you’re planning on joining the military after high school graduation, you should plan to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). The test is a measure of your knowledge and ability. Each branch of the military has a different cut score requirement from the ASVAB, and the test results can determine the types of opportunities available to you in the military.

You should prepare for the test by understanding the format and taking practice tests.

ASVAB test areas

  • General science – measures knowledge of life science, earth and space science, and physical science
  • Arithmetic reasoning – measures ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems
  • Word knowledge – measures ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms
  • Paragraph comprehension – measures ability to obtain information from written material
  • Mathematics knowledge – measures knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications
  • Electronics information – measures knowledge of electrical current, circuits, devices and electronic systems
  • Auto and shop information – measures knowledge of automotive maintenance and repair, and wood and metal shop practices
  • Mechanical comprehension – measures knowledge of the principles of mechanical devices, structural support and properties of materials
  • Assembling objects – measures ability with spatial relationships
You might want to check out the ASVAB Career Exploration Program for more help on what to expect and to start planning.
Are you ready?