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The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a comprehensive test that helps determine students' eligibility and suitability for careers in the military. Students who score at least 31 on the AFQT are eligible for service (along with other standards that include physical condition and personal conduct). Students and schools are also encouraged to take advantage of a free career exploration program that links personal interests with demonstrated aptitudes from the 9 ASVAB subtests, half of which relate to vocational skills, in addition to math and verbal skills.
The cut score listed on the Graduation Guidelines Menu of Options refers to the AFQT score. A score of “31” indicates readiness in English and math.
Students who take the ASVAB are not required to enlist in the military.
ASVAB Fast Facts
- The ASVAB incurs absolutely no military obligation of any kind. Because it is a free test, local military recruiters provide proctoring support to keep it free to schools.
- The ASVAB can be offered by schools without results being released to military recruiters ("Option 8" when scheduling the test).
- The ASVAB has decades of occupational data driving its content development.
- The ASVAB measures vocational aptitude. These test results can show students that their current aptitudes match them to dozens of careers. This insight enables informed college preparedness.
- The ASVAB Post-Test Interpretation shows students that their current occupational interests match them to dozens of careers, including salary, occupational outlook, and education pathways information.
- In short, the ASVAB tells students they are likely to do well (positive feedback) in dozens of jobs, that they will enjoy dozens of these jobs, and that these insights provide relevant and intrinsic motivation for college and career. (Don't we wish this for all youth?!)
Implementation Strategies and Promising Practices
The information about ASVAB was reviewed by an education specialist at the Department of the Army and is available on the official websites, ASVAB Offical Site and ASVAB Career Exploration program.