FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions about ASVAB)

1. What is the difference between ASVAB and AFQT? Do I need to appear for two different exams?

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) has 10 tests. You don’t have to give two exams for ASVAB and AFQT. The Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) is the combined score that you have achieved from four of the ASVAB tests. These tests are Paragraph Comprehension (PC), Word Knowledge (WK), Mathematics Knowledge (MK), and Arithmetic Knowledge (AK). So, the total score of these four tests will be your score for AFQT. In addition to this, the scores on ASVAB and AFQT are used for different purposes. AFQT scores are used to determine your eligibility for enlistment in the Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, or Navy. On the other hand, the ASVAB scores are used to decide the best job for you in the military.  

2. Can I appear for the ASVAB exam again?

Yes, you can appear for the ASVAB exam again. Once you have appeared for the exam, you need to wait for one month to retake the test. If you want to appear for the third time then wait for another month to take a retest. After that, you need to wait for six months to take a retest for the fourth time.  

3. What is the difference between CAT-ASVAB and P&P ASVAB?

CAT-ASVAB refers to the computerized form of examination whereas the P&P ASVAB stands for the paper and pencil form of examination. The CAT-ASVAB test is tailored to your specific ability level, so it may seem easier or harder than the P&P ASVAB test. Alternatively, the P&P ASVAB test consists of hard as well as easy questions, which are of an average difficulty level. Depending on your abilities, you will receive questions on CAT-ASVAB. So, if you are above average ability, the CAT-ASVAB exam would seem to be more difficult in comparison to the P&P ASVAB as the questions will be of above average difficulty. Similarly, if you are below average ability, the CAT-ASVAB exam would seem to be easier in comparison to the P&P ASVAB as the questions will be of below average difficulty. Regardless of whether you appear for the CAT-ASVAB or the P&P ASVAB, you will receive similar scores as the scores are statistically linked across the two methods of administration.  

4. 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.  

5. Do I need to enlist in the military as soon as I have given the ASVAB exam?

No, you don’t have to enlist in the military immediately. The scores you have achieved in the ASVAB exam can be used to enlist in the military for up to two years after the date of testing. So, within the time span of two years, you can enlist at your convenience. However, ensure that you keep all documents related to the ASVAB examination safely, so that your scores can be verified as being yours at the time of joining the military.