What Does the ASVAB Consist Of
For any persons wanting to join up in the US Military they are required to take an entrance examination, known as ASVAB, or The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Test. The test is designed to—
- Assess the person’s mental capability and suitability to join the selected branch of the military.
- To determine which military jobs the person’s mental capability is best matched to.
The ASVAB consists of more than one version depending on where the test is taken and the main purpose of the test.
CAT- ASVAB Test This is a computerized version used at Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS). The majority of applicants wishing to join up take this kind of test.
The computer software is ‘adaptive’, so the questions are posed according to your mental ability, and become progressively harder with each correct answer.
Paper Recruiting Test. This version is used if it is impractical for the person to travel to MEPS establishment. It is usually carried out by traveling MEPS teams at local National Guard stations.
In Service ASVAB. This test is taken by existing members of the military who wish to re-train for another type of military job.
Mini-ASVAB. The mini ASVAB is primarily used as a screening test for possible recruits. Passing the test does not qualify the person for enlistment in the military.
What Does the ASVAB Test Consist Of.
The ASVAB is split into 9 sub sections, and the person taking the test is expected to complete each sub section within an allotted time period.
General Science. 25 questions, usually consisting of High School level physics, chemistry, and biology with an allowed 11 minutes.
Arithmetic Reasoning. Word problems associated with arithmetic. 36 minutes allowed for 30 problems.
Word Knowledge. Vocabulary test of 35 questions, with an 11 minute time- limit. Accompanied by a Paragraph Comprehension Test, with a 13 minute time allowance.
Auto & Shop Test. 25 questions about automobiles and common tools. Again with an 11 minute time- limit.
Mathematical Knowledge. 24 minutes are allowed to solve 25 mathematical problems.
Mechanical Comprehension. 25 questions on the subject of Mechanical principles with a 19 minute time- limit.
Electronics Information. 20 questions about basic electronics with a 9 minute time- limit.
Assembling Objects. This test measures the person’s ability to deal with spatial relationships. 9 minutes are allowed for 16 questions. This test is only available on the computerized versions of ASVAB.