ASVAB-Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery

The ASVAB is one of the oldest and best career exploration tests. It is administered to over 750,000 students in grades 10-12 at approximately 14,000 high schools annually. It is used by the military services as an entrance requirement, but many schools, employers and other institutions use it to help students, employees, etc. decide which careers and job occupations best fit their interests, personalities, goals, values, etc. It is not used as a recruiting tool for students unless they specifically request interest in the military.

Overview of the Test

General Science
A 25-item test measuring knowledge of life science, earth and space science, and physical science
Arithmetic Reasoning
A 30-item test measuring ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems
Word Knowledge
A 35-item test measuring ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms
Paragraph Comprehension
A 15-item test measuring ability to obtain information from written material
Mathematics Knowledge
A 25-item test measuring knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications
Electronics Information
A 20-item test measuring knowledge of electrical current, circuits, devices, and electronic systems
Auto and Shop Information
A 25-item test measuring knowledge of automotive maintenance and repair, and wood and metal shop practices
Mechanical Comprehension
A 25-item test measuring knowledge of the principles of mechanical devices, structural support, and properties of materials
Sample ASVAB Questions

Linking ASVAB Results to Core Subjects

Coursework Planner

Core Subjects and your career

Educational & Career Plans

Skills Valued most by employers

Work Values

Work Environment

Information for Parents

Counselor Manual


Students use a Holland typology in a 90 question interest inventory similar to the ACT World of Work: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional. Students record their interest results in the OCCU-FIND with their ability results. Student use markers to find stars in their top 4 work values, top 2 ability or ASVAB codes, top interest code and education preference. Students match with close to 500 occupations that suit them the best. Students may then use the results for career opportunities on O*Net, the Occupational Outlook Handbook and other resources. 63% of students who participated in the ASVAB testing program felt that it helped them connect their skills and interests with appropriate career choices. The ASVAB web site is: 800-323-0513

ASVAB-percentiles correlated to ACT SAT I
1 to 9% 9 or less 390 or less
10 to 15% 10 400 to 490
16 to 20% 11 500 to 520
21 to 30% 12 or 13 530 to 630
31 to 49% 14 to 16 640 to 780
50 to 64% 17 or 18 790 to 890
65 to 92% 19 to 26 900 to 1180
93 to 99% 27 to 36 1190 to 1600

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