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Increase your Score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (AVSAB) Exam – Complete Test Prep and Practice Exams

The Army Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (AVSAB) exam is required in the first stage of military entrance processing. Your score on the AVSAB is part of your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. Your score on the ASVAB helps determine what Armed Services specialty you qualify for, such as Army, Navy, or other.

The ASVAB test scores are made up of 3 different scores, sometimes called Career Exploration Scores. These scores give students a general sense of their verbal, math, science and technical skills. See our Printable ASVAB Practice PDF

See how your ASVAB score effects the type of job in the Armed Services

ASVAB Test Scores

A good score on the ASVAB depends on what you want to do – Learn More about ASVAB scores and different branches of the Armed Services. 

The scoring system of the ASVAB Test can be difficult to understand, especially as the results are broken down into further categories. The scoring system is based on the Item Response Theory (IRT) which designs and scores tests based on the individual’s performance to particular questions. For example, if two people take a test of five questions and they both get two correct, their results are the same, correct? Not exactly. One person may have correctly answered two easy questions, whilst the other person answered two difficult questions correctly. Therefore, despite their results being the same, one person can be considered more proficient than the other.

Once a computer has used this highly technical system to calculate the scores, they are converted into standard scores. This is done by standardizing the scores against the national norms. The national norms were last calculated in 2004. This was from a sample of about 6,000 American youths between the ages of 18 and 23 who underwent testing in 1997.

The ASVAB Score you need is different for the different branches of the Armed Services.

Test Scores for the Army
Test Scores for the Air Force
Test Scores for the Marine Corps
Test Scores for the Navy
Test Scores for the Coast Guard
Test Scores for the National Guard

What is on the ASVAB?

The ASVAB is a general Aptitude test.  Test Areas include:

  • General Science (GS) – 25 questions
  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) – 30 questions
  • Word Knowledge (WK) 35 questions
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC) 15 questions
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK) 25 questions
  • Electronics Information (EI) 20 questions
  • Auto and Shop Information (AS) 25 questions
  • Mechanical Comprehension (MC) 25 questions

Paragraph Comprehension

The paragraph comprehension section tests your ability to obtain information from written passages.
11 questions to be answered in 22 minutes.

Questions may include:

Finding information in a passage
Finding the main idea
Making inferences

Practice

Reading Comprehension I - 20 questions
Reading Comprehension II - 8 questions
How to Answer Passage Comprehension - The Complete Guide - Tips on improving your reading skills, and a step-by-step strategy for answering passage comprehension questions

Word Knowledge

The Word Knowledge tests your vocabulary.

You are given 16 questions in 8 minutes

Questions include:

  • Meaning in Context
  • Synonyms

Practice

Arithmetic Reasoning

This section tests your knowledge of high school mathematics.

You are given 16 questions to be answered in 20 minutes.

Questions may include:

  • Basic Geometry
  • Fractions, decimals and percent
  • Number operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Exponents
  • Order of Operation
  • Basic algebra

Practice

For Math Practice - see Math Workbook Includes questions and answers
Arithmetic Reasoning  Word Problems  Tutorial

Basic Science

This section tests your knowledge of high school science, (physical and biological)

You are given 16 questions, to be answered in 8 minutes

Questions may include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

 

Practice

Biology - 10 questions
Basic Science - 7 questions
Scientific Reasoning and Method - 10 questions
Chemistry

Auto and Shop

This section tests your knowledge of automobiles and auto repairs.

You are given 11 questions to be answered in 7 minutes.

Questions may include:

  • Common auto problems and repairs
  • Knowledge of common shop tools
  • Diagnosis of common auto problems
  • Basic automobile functioning

Practice

Auto and Shop - 10 questions

Electronics

This section tests your knowledge of electricity and electronics.

You are given 16 questions to be answered in 8 minutes.

Questions may include:

  • Circuits and circuitry
  • Basic concepts
  • Diagnosis of circuit problems
  • Identification of circuit components

Practice

Electronics - 10 questions

Mechanical Comprehension

Tests your knowledge of mechanical and physical principles

You are given 16 questions to be answered in 20 minutes

Questions may include:

  • Gears and gearing
  • Levers and pulleys
  • Basic physics

 

Practice

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Date Published: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
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