The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is a timed multi-aptitude test, which is given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide and is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. The ASVAB tests students on four critical subject areas—Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge. These scores count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether you’re qualified to enlist in the U.S. military.
How to Apply the Results
The other aspects of the ASVAB test your qualifications for specific careers or job positions. This test is more than a military entrance exam, it is an aptitude test that serves students in many areas. We spoke to the counselor at Pell City High School, Amy Smith, and asked her views on the ASVAB and how it applies to her students.“The ASVAB is an excellent predictor of future ACT scores, it is especially helpful for those students that may have not been able to take the ACT before. When used for students at the beginning of their junior year, it gives both the students and the teachers a good idea of what they should score when they take the State-administered ACT in the spring,” – Amy Smith, Pell City High School Counselor.
The Three E’s
She shared an interesting take on the aptitude test. At Pell City High School, they have a program set in a place called the “Triple E” program. This program consists of three options the school encourages for seniors:
The ASVAB helps to satisfy these three options:
- The test provides a predicted ACT score which can be determined through a conversion chart to help students with college enrollment.
- The test provides a way for students to enlist in the military.
- The test provides a career inventory of the students to assist them in figuring out what they want to pursue in terms of employment.
How does the ASVAB correlate with the ACT?
The scores on this aptitude test can accurately predict a student’s success on the ACT. Amy shared how her school utilizes this feature and what it has meant to her students.
For further information on the ASVAB and to view the conversion chart for the ACT and SAT, visit www.asvabprogram.com.