About the ASVAB
If you're serious about joining the military, then get serious about theArmed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
The ASVAB-CEP is a comprehensive career exploration and planning program available to sophomores, juniors and seniors. The ASVAB-CEP is federally funded and all program materials, including testing material, scoring and manpower are provided at no cost to schools and students. The program includes a multiple aptitude test battery, multi-use interest inventory based on Holland’s theory of career choice, and a multitude of career exploration tips and tools available on the ASVAB program website (www.asvabprogram.com)
All 11th grade students are offered the ASVAB test. The test results will be used as a personalized career tool to explore indicated careers for each students.
ASVAB How it is Scored
You receive a score for each of the eight subtests, as well as a score for three “composite areas” as described below.
Verbal Ability Composite = Word Knowledge Score + Paragraph Comprehension Score
Math Ability Composite = Arithmetic Reasoning Score + Mathematics Knowledge Score
Academic Ability Composite = Verbal Ability Composite + Math Ability Composite
Your Raw Score is calculated with the following formula:
(Word Knowledge Score x 2) + (Paragraph Comprehension Score x 2) + (Arithmetic Reasoning Score) + (Mathematics Knowledge Score) = Raw Score
The Military Careers Score is a combination of Academic Ability Composite score and the Mechanical Comprehension and Electronics Information scores. The score range is 140 to 240 with 200 being about average.
The scores you obtained in the General Science and Auto and Shop Information subtests are not used to calculate any of the above mentioned scores. These scores are used by recruiters to identify other career areas in which you might be successful.
Your first priority should be to get as high a percentile score as you possibly can.
The term “MOS” (Military Occupational Specialty) is used to identify careers in the Army. When reviewing a potential recruit, the Army will divide your ASVAB subtest score into groups that are called line scores. The ASVAB subtests are:
General Science (GS);
Arithmetic Reasoning (AR);
Word Knowledge (WK);
Paragraph Comprehension (PC);
Numerical Operations (NO);
Coding Speed (CS);
Auto and Shop Information (AS);
Mathematics Knowledge (MK);
Mechanical Comprehension (MC);
Electronics Information (EI);
and Sum of Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension (VE).
Note that as Numerical Operations (NO) and Coding Speed (CS) subtests are phased out, some line scores may be changed.
Army Line Scores:
CL – Clerical: VE+AR+MK
CO – Combat: VE+CS+AS+MC (CS has been removed from the ASVAB and is now replaced with a “dummy” score.)
EL – Electronics: GS+AR+MK+MC
FA – Field Artillery: AR+CS+MK+MC (CS has been removed from the ASVAB and is now replaced with a “dummy” score.)
GM – General Maintenance: GS+AS+MK+EI
GT – General Technical: VE+AR
MM – Mechanical Maintenance: NO+AS+MC+EI (NO has been removed from the ASVAB and is now replaced with a “dummy” score.)
OF – Operators and Food: VE+NO+AS+MC (CS has been removed from the ASVAB and is now replaced with a “dummy” score.)
SC – Surveillance and Communications: VE+AR+AS+MC
ST – Skilled Technical: GS+VE+MK+MC