The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) was originally
designed to predict future academic and occupational success in military
The majority of students score between 30 and 70 with an average score of 50 (this is different from
school where the average score is a 70 on a 100 point scale). A score of sixty is above average. The
score bands (in the center of your result sheet) allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Overlapping score bands indicate that your true ability level is similar in different areas.
Percentile scores indicate how well you did in relation to other students in the same grade. For each test,
you received a same grade/same sex, same grade/opposite sex, and same grade/combined sex percentile
score. The percentile indicates that you scored as well or better than that percent out of 100 students.
There are no passing or failing percentile scores. On some tests you may notice that the mean
performance of males is higher than that of females – this does not mean that males are innately more
skilled in that area but rather that more males have had exposure to those principles. Seeing the
difference between genders is important when a student is interested in pursuing a job that is traditionally
dominated by the opposite sex.
Career Exploration Scores:
The Career Exploration Scores (composites) are provided to help you get a sense of your verbal, math and
science and technical skills compared to other students in your grade.
The ASVAB tests refer to the 8 aptitude tests including: General Science (GS), Arithmetic Reasoning
(AR), Word Knowledge (WK), Paragraph Comprehension (PC), Mathematics Knowledge (MK),
Electronics Information (EI), Auto & Shop Information (AS), and Mechanical Comprehension (MC).
These tests are explained on the flip side of your results sheet.
Military Careers Score:
The Military Careers Score allows students to match their skills and abilities with the skills and abilities
of job incumbents in various military careers. This score can be used with the book “Military Careers,”
which highlights the occupational characteristics of about 140 enlisted and officer careers available in the
Military Entrance Score (AFQT):
The Military Entrance Score, which is also called the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score,
determines whether you have scored high enough to meet the entrance requirements for military service.
Please remember that the ASVAB is a snapshot of your skills at this time in
your life. Many of the skills tested here can be further developed or improved
through effort and academic preparation. While it is important to notice your
strengths and weaknesses, do not assume that your lower scores cannot
improve. Test scores are not absolute measures of ability but rather an
estimate of general levels of developed skills – taking more courses or
receiving outside tutoring can help you to improve these skills.