The ASVAB Career Exploration Program provides high
quality, career exploration and planning materials at no
cost to high schools throughout the country. The Program
encourages students to explore a wide variety of careers,
rather than limiting their exploration by telling them what they
can or should do.
Importance of Career Exploration
Students make decisions about college or careers before
they have spent time thinking about the following key areas:
The ASVAB Program gives students the opportunity to
explore a variety of careers using knowledge they have
gained about their interests and skills through assessment
components and structured activities.
Keeping Options Open
Planning and decision making will benefit students
throughout their lives.
Career Development is an Ongoing Process
Students’ career plans are in formative stage
Career plans develop and change over time
The ASVAB Program encourages students to:
– Learn about themselves and the world of work
The career exploration is
– Find out what they need to do to wonderful. I think it
meet career goals especially helps because it
uses interests and skills to
• Do look at careers. Often, students
have a hard time putting those
– Take steps toward getting together on their own.
skills and qualifications
-- High School
for various Counselor
School and Counselor Benefits
The ASVAB Program gives schools and counselors:
• Comprehensive Career Program
– Designed for all students, regardless of future career or
– Aligned with current career development theory and practice
• Ready-to-Use Activities
– Created to guide students through career and coursework
What are the Main
• Assessment of student’s ability to learn new skills
• Predictor of success in training and education programs
General Science Arithmetic Reasoning
Knowledge of life science, earth and space Ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems
science, and physical science
Word Knowledge Paragraph Comprehension
Ability to understand the meaning of words through Ability to obtain information from written material
Mathematics Knowledge Electronics Information
Knowledge of mathematical concepts and Knowledge of electrical current, circuits, devices,
applications and electronic systems
Auto and Shop Information Mechanical Comprehension
Knowledge of automotive maintenance and repair, Knowledge of the principles of mechanical devices,
and wood and metal shop practices structural support, and properties of materials
Find Your Interests (FYI)
• 90-item interest inventory
• Work-related interests
Career Exploration Tool
• 400+ occupations
• Skill Importance Ratings
Interpretation Session Overview
Who Runs the Sessions? How Long do They Last?
• Education Services • 30-60 minutes
• High school counselors What do Students Receive?
• ASVAB test results
• Exploring Careers: The
ASVAB Career Exploration
Interpreting Test Scores
ASVAB Summary Results Sheet
Student Reaction to Scores
Questions for Students to Ask Themselves
• Have I put as much effort into my school work in an area (verbal,
math, or science and technology) as I can?
• To what extent have I taken the right classes? Have I avoided the
extra math or English classes that would have likely allowed me to
increase my scores?
• Has the fact that I have not taken some of the technical classes
lowered my scores? Will this impact my readiness for a career?
• Did the climate at home or in school make it difficult to focus
on school work?
Taking the FYI
Importance of the FYI
• Interest types can help determine career fields
• Work-related interests link to career development
and enjoyment of life
Using the OCCU-Find
With results from the ASVAB test and the FYI, students
can explore occupations using the OCCU-Find.
ASVAB Program Website
Career Planning Materials
• Coursework planning
based on career
interests and goals
Is the Program
Right for Your
Another Assessment Test?
How the ASVAB Test Differs
• Important component in
• Objective ability The ASVAB test “is
distinguished by superior
assessment with links norms, a thorough
to career planning investigation of test fairness,
and unsurpassed criterion-
related validity data.”
-- Ryan Krane and Tirre (2005).
Ability Assessment in Career Counseling
Administering the ASVAB Test
What Role Does the School Play?
• Determines test date
• Sets aside a quiet, well-lit room for three hours
What Role Does the ASVAB Program Play?
• Administers and proctors the test
• Arranges follow-up interpretation session
ASVAB Program and the Military
• Civilian education services specialists administer ASVAB
• Schools determine whether or not student information is
released to the military
• Recruiters serve as test proctors only; they are expressly
prohibited from recruiting actions during test
• Participants have no obligation to speak to a recruiter or
pursue a military career
• 50% of participants intend on going to a 4-year college;
9% have an interest in military careers
Career Intentions of High School Students
Student Testing Program, 2007-08
Why the Program Benefits You
• The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is a cost-free
and comprehensive program for high school students.
• Students explore occupations in line with interests and
skills, and develop strategies to realize career goals.
• The Program is easily integrated into the high school
• The Program presents a full-spectrum of career
opportunities to students.