Army ASVAB - Aptitude Test Qualifications and Standards

Army ASVAB Scores

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The testing method the military utilizes for determining if someone has the mental aptitude required to be an enlisted member of the United States Military is the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). This ASVAB is the test the recruiters use as a tool to help them better understand the recruit as well as inform the recruit where their strengths and interests may lie.  As you can see from thorough breakdown of the test below, the ASVAB tests the following:

The ASVAB consists of nine sub-tests, which the military uses to form composite score which show what military jobs you qualify for.  The ASVAB sub-tests for determining the composites are:

General Science (GS) -  The General Science sub-test consists of questions on high school-level science (biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, astronomy, ect.). 

Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) - The Arithmetic Reasoning sub-test of the ASVAB consists of multiple choice questions.

Word Knowledge (WK) - The Word Knowledge sub-test of the ASVAB consists of multiple choice questions.

Paragraph Comprehension (PC) - The Paragraph Comprehension subtest of the ASVAB consists of multiple choice questions.

Auto and Shop Information (AS) - The AS sections of the ASVAB consists of questions about principles of automobiles and recognition of common tools.

Mathematics Knowledge (MK) - The MK section of the ASVAB consists of basic high school math questions.

Mechanical Comprehension (MC) - The Mechanical Comprehension questions concern mechanical principles and test your ability to answer how systems operate.

Electronics Information (EI) - The Electronics questions are about basic electronics and test your understanding of how simple electronics operate.

Assembling Objects (AO) - Assembling objects questions  test your ability with spatial relationships between objects that typically work together.

Verbal Expression (VE) - The Verbal Expression is an important composite sum of the two sub-tests: Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension  (WK + PC = VE)

The use of this military jobs aptitude test and scoring of a variety of composites can tell a recruiter what jobs you may be best at doing or what you may be naturally drawn toward if you are unsure of where to focus your future education and job skills.  

Current Army aptitude area composites used for MOS selection are as follows:

CL -Clerical-VE+AR+MK

CO -Combat-AR+CS+AS+MC

EL -Electronics-GS+AR+MK+EI

FA -Field Artillery-AR+CS+MK+MC

GM- General Maintenance-GS+AS+MK+EI

GT- General Technical-VE+AR

MM- Mechanical Maintenance-NO+AS+MC+EI

OF- Operators and Food-VE+NO+AS+MC

SC - Surveillance and Communications-VE+AR+AS+MC

ST- Skilled Technical-GS+VE+MK+MC

The AFQT score is derived from only four of the ASVAB sub-tests:   Paragraph Comprehension (PC), Word Knowledge (WK), Mathematics Knowledge (MK), and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR).

    The chart below shows the scores for every enlisted MOS in the Army (click link for ASVAB other requirements)

    MOS 
    09LINTERPRETER/TRANSLATER
     INFANTRY BRANCH
    11BINFANTRYMAN
    11CINDIRECT FIRE INFANTRYMAN
    11XINFANTRY ENLISTMENT OPTION
    11ZINFANTRY SENIOR SERGEANT
     CORPS OF ENGINEER
    12AENGINEER SENIOR SERGEANT
    12BCOMBAT ENGINEER
    12CBRIDGE CREWMEMBER
    12DDIVER
    12GQUARRYING SPECIALIST (RC)
    12HCONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING SUPERVISOR
    12KPLUMBER
    12MFIREFIGHTER
    12NHORIZONTAL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER
    12PPRIME POWER PRODUCTION SPECIALIST
    12QPOWER LINE DISTRIBUTION SPECIALIST (RC)
    12RINTERIOR ELECTRICIAN
    12TTECHNICAL ENGINEER
    12VCONCRETE AND ASPHALT EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
    12WCARPENTRY AND MASONRY SPECIALIST
    12XGENERAL ENGINEERING SUPERVISOR
    12YGEOSPATIAL ENGINEER
    12ZCOMBAT ENGINEERING SENIOR SERGEANT
     FIELD ARTILLERY
    13BCANNON CREWMEMBER
    13DFIELD ARTILLERY AUTOMATED TACTICAL DATA SYSTEM SPECIALIST
    13FFIRE SUPPORT SPECIALIST
    13MMULTIPLE LAUNCH ROCKET SYSTEM (MLRS)/HIGH MOBILITY ARTILLERY ROCKET SYST EM (HIMARS) CREWMEMBER
    13PMULTIPLE LAUNCH ROCKET SYSTEM (MLRS) OPERATIONAL FIRE DIRECTION SPECIALIST
    13RFIELD ARTILLERY FIREFINDER RADAR OPERATOR
    13TFIELD ARTILLERY SURVEYOR/METEOROLOGICAL CREWMEMBER
    13ZFIELD ARTILLERY SENIOR SERGEANT
     AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY
    14EPATRIOT FIRE CONTROL ENHANCED OPERATOR/MAINTAINER
    14GAIR DEFENSE BATTLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM OPERATOR
    14HAIR DEFENSE ENHANCED EARLY WARNING OPERATOR
    14JAIR DEFENSE C41 TACTICAL OPERATIONS CENTER ENHANCED OPERATOR MAINTAINER
    14SAIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE (AMD) CREWMEMBER
    14TPATRIOT LAUNCHING STATION ENHANCED OPERATOR/MAINTAINER
    14ZAIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY SENIOR SERGEANT
     AVIATION
    15BAIRCRAFT POWERPLANT REPAIRER
    15DAIRCRAFT POWERTRAIN REPAIRER
    15EUNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS REPAIRER
    15FAIRCRAFT ELECTRICIAN
    15GAIRCRAFT STRUCTURAL REPAIRER
    15HAIRCRAFT PNEUDRAULICS REPAIRER
    15JOH-58D ARMAMENT/ELECTRICAL/AVIONICS SYSTEMS REPAIRER
    15KAIRCRAFT COMPONENTS REPAIR SUPERVISOR
    15MUH-1 HELICOPTER REPAIRER (RC) (del 1310 / 1210 - 30)
    15NAVIONIC MECHANIC
    15PAVIATION OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
    15QAIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OPERATOR
    15RAH-64 ATTACK HELICOPTER REPAIRER
    15SOH-58D HELICOPTER REPAIRER
    15TUH-60 HELICOPTER REPAIRER

    15U

    CH-47 HELICOPTER REPAIRER
    15VOBSERVATION/SCOUT HELICOPTER REPAIRER (RC)
    15WUNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE OPERATOR
    15XAH-64A ARMAMENT/ELECTRICAL/AVIONICS SYSTEMS REPAIRER
    15YAH-64D ARMAMENT/ELECTRICAL/AVIONIC SYSTEMS REPAIRER
    15ZAIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE SENIOR SERGEANT
     CYBER WARFARE
    17CCYBER OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
     SPECIAL FORCES
    18BSPECIAL FORCES WEAPONS SERGEANT
    18CSPECIAL FORCES ENGINEER SERGEANT
    18DSPECIAL FORCES MEDICAL SERGEANT
    18ESPECIAL FORCES COMMUNICATIONS SERGEANT
    18FSPECIAL FORCES ASSISTANT OPERATIONS AND INTELLIGENCE SERGEANT
    18XSPECIAL FORCES ENLISTMENT OPTION
    18ZSPECIAL FORCES SENIOR SERGEANT
     ARMOR
    19DCAVALRY SCOUT
    19KM1 ARMOR CREWMAN
    19ZARMOR SENIOR SERGEANT
     SIGNAL CORPS
    25BINFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST
    25CRADIO OPERATOR-MAINTAINER
    25DCYBER NETWORK DEFENDER
    25EELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM MANAGER
    25FNETWORK SWITCHING SYSTEMS OPERATOR-MAINTAINER (del 1310 / 1110 - 21)
    25LCABLE SYSTEMS INSTALLER-MAINTAINER
    25MMULTIMEDIA ILLUSTRATOR
    25NNODAL NETWORK SYSTEMS OPERATOR-MAINTAINER
    25PMICROWAVE SYSTEMS OPERATOR-MAINTAINER
    25QMULTICHANNEL TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS OPERATOR-MAINTAINER
    25RVISUAL INFORMATION EQUIPMENT OPERATOR-MAINTAINER
    25SSATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS OPERATOR-MAINTAINER
    25TSATELLITE/MICROWAVE SYSTEMS CHIEF
    25USIGNAL SUPPORT SYSTEMS SPECIALIST
    25VCOMBAT DOCUMENTATION/PRODUCTION SPECIALIST
    25WTELECOMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS CHIEF
    25XCHIEF SIGNAL NCO
    25ZVISUAL INFORMATION OPERATIONS CHIEF
     JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S CORPS
    27DPARALEGAL SPECIALIST
     ELECTRONIC WARFARE
    29EELECTRONIC WARFARE SPECIALIST
     MILITARY POLICE
    31BMILITARY POLICE
    31DCID SPECIAL AGENT
    31EINTERNMENT/RESETTLEMENT SPECIALIST
    31KWORKING DOG HANDLER
     MILITARY INTELLIGENCE
    35FINTELLIGENCE ANALYST
    35GGEOSPATIAL INTELLIGENCE IMAGERY ANALYST
    35LCOUNTER INTELLIGENCE AGENT
    35MHUMAN INTELLIGENCE COLLECTOR
    35NSIGNALS INTELLIGENCE ANALYST
    35PCRYPTOLOGIC LINGUIST
    35QCRYPTOLOGIC NETWORK WARFARE SPECIALIST
    35SSIGNALS COLLECTOR/ANALYST
    35TMILITARY INTELLIGENCE SYSTEMS MAINTAINER/INTEGRATOR
    35VSIGNALS INTELLIGENCE (SIGINT) SENIOR SERGEANT/SIGINT CHIEF (add 1404 / 1210 - 05)
    35XINTELLIGENCE SENIOR SERGEANT/CHIEF INTELLIGENCE SERGEANT
    35YCHIEF COUNTER INTELLIGENCE/HUMAN INTELLIGENCE SERGEANT
    35ZSIGNALS INTELLIGENCE (SIGINT) SENIOR SERGEANT/SIGINT CHIEF (del 1410 / 1210 - 05)
     FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
    36BFINANCIAL MANAGEMENT TECHNICIAN
     PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS
    37FPSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
     CIVIL AFFAIRS
    38BCIVIL AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
     ADJUTANT GENERAL'S CORPS
    42AHUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST
    42RMUSICIAN
    42SSPECIAL BAND MUSICIAN
     PUBLIC AFFAIRS
    46QPUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
    46RPUBLIC AFFAIRS BROADCAST SPECIALIST
    46ZCHIEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS NCO
     CHAPLAIN
    56MCHAPLAIN ASSISTANT
     MEDICAL CMF
    68ABIOMEDICAL EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST
    68BORTHOPEDIC SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
    68CPRACTICAL NURSING SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
    68DOPERATING ROOM SPECIALIST
    68EDENTAL SPECIALIST
    68FPHYSICAL THERAPY SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
    68GPATIENT ADMINISTRATION SPECIALIST
    68HOPTICAL LABORATORY SPECIALIST
    68JMEDICAL LOGISTICS SPECIALIST
    68KMEDICAL LABORATORY SPECIALIST
    68LOCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
    68MNUTRITION CARE SPECIALIST
    68NCARDIOVASCULAR SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
    68PRADIOLOGY SPECIALIST
    68QPHARMACY SPECIALIST
    68RVETERINARY FOOD INSPECTION SPECIALIST
    68SPREVENTIVE MEDICINE SPECIALIST
    68TANIMAL CARE SPECIALIST
    68UEAR, NOSE AND THROAT (ENT) SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
    68VRESPIRATORY SPECIALIST
    68WHEALTH CARE SPECIALIST
    68XBEHAVIORAL HEALTH SPECIALIST
    68YEYE SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
    68ZCHIEF MEDICAL NCO
     CHEMICAL
    74DCHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL AND NUCLEAR (CBRN) SPECIALIST
     RECRUITING AND RETENTION
    79RRECRUITER
    79SCAREER COUNSELOR
    79TRECRUITING AND RETENTION NCO (ARMY NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES)
    79VRETENTION AND TRANSITION NCO, USAR
     TRANSPORTATION
    88HCARGO SPECIALIST
    88KWATERCRAFT OPERATOR
    88LWATERCRAFT ENGINEER
    88MMOTOR TRANSPORT OPERATOR
    88NTRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR
    88PRAILWAY EQUIPMENT REPAIRER (RC)
    88TRAILWAY SECTION REPAIRER (RC)
    88URAILWAY OPERATIONS CREWMEMBER (RC)
    88ZTRANSPORTATION SENIOR SERGEANT
     AMMUNITION,MECHANICAL MAINTAINANCE and ORDNANCE
    89AAMMUNITION STOCK CONTROL AND ACCOUNTING SPECIALIST
    89BAMMUNITION SPECIALIST
    89DEXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL SPECIALIST
      
    91AM1 ABRAMS TANK SYSTEM MAINTAINER
    91BWHEELED VEHICLE MECHANIC
    91CUTILITIES EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
    91DPOWER-GENERATION EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
    91EALLIED TRADES SPECIALIST
    91FSMALL ARMS/ARTILLERY REPAIRER
    91GFIRE CONTROL REPAIRER
    91HTRACK VEHICLE REPAIRER
    91JQUARTERMASTER AND CHEMICAL EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
    91KARMAMENT REPAIRER (del 1310 / 1110 - 28)
    91LCONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
    91MBRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLE SYSTEM MAINTAINER
    91PARTILLERY MECHANIC
    91SSTRYKER SYSTEMS MAINTAINER
    91XMAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR
    91ZMECHANICAL MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR
      
    94ALAND COMBAT ELECTRONIC MISSILE SYSTEM REPAIRER
    94DAIR TRAFFIC CONTROL EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
    94ERADIO AND COMMUNICATIONS SECURITY (COMSEC) REPAIRER
    94FCOMPUTER DETECTION SYSTEMS REPAIRER
    94HTEST, MEASUREMENT, AND DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT (TMDE) MAINTENANCE SUPPORT SPECIALIST
    94LAVIONIC COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
    94MRADAR REPAIRER
    94PMULTIPLE LAUNCH ROCKET SYSTEM REPAIRER
    94RAVIONIC AND SURVIVABILITY EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
    94SPATRIOT SYSTEM REPAIRER
    94TAVENGER SYSTEM REPAIRER
    94WELECTRONIC MAINTENANCE CHIEF
    94XSENIOR MISSILE SYSTEMS MAINTAINER
    94YINTEGRATED FAMILY OF TEST EQUIPMENT (IFTE) OPERATOR AND MAINTAINER
    94ZSENIOR ELECTRONIC MAINTENANCE CHIEF
     QUARTERMASTER CORPS
    92AAUTOMATED LOGISTICAL SPECIALIST
    92FPETROLEUM SUPPLY SPECIALIST
    92GFOOD SERVICE SPECIALIST
    92LPETROLEUM LABORATORY SPECIALIST
    92MMORTUARY AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
    92RPARACHUTE RIGGER
    92SSHOWER/LAUNDRY AND CLOTHING REPAIR SPECIALIST
    92WWATER TREATMENT SPECIALIST
    92YUNIT SUPPLY SPECIALIST
    92ZSENIOR NONCOMMISSIONED LOGISTICIAN
      

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