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Video:What Is the ASVAB?

with Jessica Gallardo

The ASVAB test is taken by those looking to join the American military. This video from About.com will explain what the ASVAB is.See Transcript

Transcript:What Is the ASVAB?

Hello, this is Jessica with About.com, here to talk to you about the ASVAB Test.

Definition of ASVAB Test

The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is the most widely used multiple-aptitude tests in the world. It is given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations, also known as MEPS. The test measures strength and weaknesses as well as potential for future success, providing information for civilian and military occupations. It also helps to determine which branch of the military is best suitable for each applicant based upon their aptitude and knowledge.

The ASVAB is a timed multiple-choice test that takes about three hours to complete. Practice tests and books as well as online help are available, and studying is recommended before taking the test. No cell phones, calculators or electronic devices other than the computer used to test on are allowed and tests will be monitored.

Sections of the ASVAB Test

The ASVAB is not an IQ test, nor is it a pass or fail exam. ASVAB Branch Requirements for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard vary and details are readily available should you wish to delve deeper into a specific area.

The ASVAB contains eight or nine separately timed sub-tests, depending on which version you take. Subjects include General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Auto & Shop, Mathematics Knowledge, Mechanical Comprehension, Electronics Information, and Assembling Objects.   

Your scores in four critical areas- Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether you're qualified to enlist in the U.S. military.

Versions of the ASVAB Test

There are three main versions of the ASVAB test; the CAT-ASVAB (computer adaptive test) is taken by a large number of potential military recruits. This test automatically adapts in difficulty to your answers, which lead to varying results in scores.

The MET-site ASVAB is given at a Mobile Examination Test site. This test is used solely for enlistment into one of the military services. You will need to be referred by a recruiter to take this version of the test.

The Student ASVAB is used for career exploration for high school and college students. This pen and paper test version is given in high schools, colleges, or vocational schools to help explore different occupations, identify a college major, and find out about your personality.

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