ASVAB FAQ

  • What is the ASVAB?

    Created by the U.S. Department of Defense in 1968, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a series of aptitude tests which measure strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future academic and career success. The ASVAB may be conducted in paper-and-pencil format or as a computer adaptive test, but both versions take place over 3.5 hours and consist of the following eight subtests:

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

    Who should take the ASVAB?

    Students in 11th or 12th grade considering a U.S. military career are encouraged to take the ASVAB as a graduation pathway option. Please note that a student's High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) must also reflect a military career in order for the ASVAB to meet this graduation pathway. 

    Where can a student take the ASVAB?

    The ASVAB is offered at Everett High School, with availability dependent upon COVID-19 restrictions and student interest. Please visit the Career Center for more information on the ASVAB at EHS! Students may also schedule an ASVAB exam through their local branch's recruiter at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). 

    2022-2023 ASVAB administration dates are TBD - check back in September 2022 for updates!

    Why is the ASVAB important?

    Students who plan to enlist in the U.S. military will have to pass the ASVAB and the minimum scores required vary per military branch. ASVAB scores are also used to determine military enlistees' eligibility for future career and academic opportunities. 

    An ASVAB score of 31+ may be used to meet the WA state Military Career graduation pathway.

    How will a student or their high school receive ASVAB scores?

    If taken at Everett High School, ASVAB results will be provided at an Interpretation Session the student is invited to attend 14 days after the exam date. If a student does not attend the Interpretation Session, please contact the EHS Counseling Office or registrar.

    For ASVABs conducted through a military recruiter / MEPS, the results will be delivered to the student. 

ASVAB Information

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