All That You Wanted To Know About ASVAB!

All That You Wanted To Know About ASVAB!

The military enlistment test or commonly known as The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) can determine if you are qualified for getting a job in the military service. The exam can be a computerized one or can be attempted by paper and pencil. Read on to know more on both these types of ASVAB examination. 

The CAT-ASVAB or Computerized ASVAB Exam:

The CAT-ASVAB is an adaptive exam, which means that the exam questions adapts to your abilities. In simpler words, if you give a wrong answer for a question then the subsequent question will be slightly simpler. Alternatively, if you have provided the correct answer for a question then the next question will be slightly tougher. So, the computer software selects the questions that are suitable for you. As the questions depend on your ability level, the exam will be shorter in comparison to the pencil and paper test.  

The P&P ASVAB or Pencil and Paper ASVAB Exam

The P&P ASVAB is a traditional form of attempting an examination. In this test, everyone has to attempt the same set of questions and at the same pace. The test has to be completed within 3 hours. Moreover, you won’t get negative markings for a wrong answer. So, if you do not know the answer for some questions then you can guess and mark some random answers. If you get it correct then you will get scores for it, and if it’s wrong then there is nothing to lose.  

Why isn’t the recruiter allowing me to take the ASVAB test?

There are many reasons for the recruiter not allowing you to appear for the ASVAB test. It is advisable to contact the recruiter and ask for the reasons. The main job of the recruiter is to ensure that the applicants meet all necessary qualifications. The age of the applicant, medical issues, dependants, criminal history, prior or present drug addiction, etc. are some of the reasons for the recruiter to disqualify a person from appearing for the test. Some recruiters take a prior test to determine your performance on the AFQT portion. Based on the results, the recruiter may decide whether you should or should not appear for the ASVAB examination.  

Information On Subtests Of ASVAB:


  • General Science: You have to learn biological and physical sciences.
  • Word Knowledge: You need to know how to correct the meaning of words in a sentence and identify the best synonyms.
  • Arithmetic Reasoning: You should have the ability to solve arithmetic word problems.
  • Mathematics Knowledge: To know all principles of mathematics.
  • Paragraph Comprehension: You have to know how to obtain information from written passages.
  • Electronics Information: Facts about electronics and electricity.
  • Shop Information: You should have information about the various tools, shop terminology and practices.
  • Auto Information: To know about automobile technology.
  • Assembling Objects: You should have the ability to determine how an object will look when its parts are put together.
  • Mechanical Comprehension: To have information on physical and mechanical principles.
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Now that you know every detail of ASVAB, study well and if you are determined then you will certainly know how to pass the ASVAB exam. All the best!