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What is the ASVAB?

Image Credit: Official ASVAB site
Image Credit: Official ASVAB site

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. To enlist in any branch of the military you need to complete and score accordingly: for the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines, you need to score a minimum of 31 AFQT overall and the United States Coast Guard requires a minimum 32 AFQT score, according to the Branches official sites. The ASVAB is also a graduation pathway: “Meet standard on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) by scoring at least the minimum established by the military for eligibility to serve in a branch of the armed services,” according to the Washington State Board Of Education. At Bothell High School, the ASVAB was offered on May 15, from 2 PM to 4 PM. 

The ASVAB contains ten subtests. The General Science (GS) tests your knowledge of physical and biological science. Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) tests your ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems. Word Knowledge (WK) tests your ability to identify the best synonym for a given word, and Paragraph Comprehension (PC) tests your ability to obtain information from written passages. Mathematic Knowledge (MK) tests your knowledge of high school mathematics principles. Electronic Information (EI) tests your knowledge of electricity and electronics. Auto Information (AI) tests your knowledge of automobile technology, and Shop Information (SI) tests your knowledge of tools and shop terminology and practices. Mechanical Comprehension (MC) tests knowledge of mechanical and physical principles, while Assembling Objects (AO) tests your ability to determine how an object will look when its parts are put together.

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