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ASVAB Preparation

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is used to determine if you are qualified to enlist in the military and to assign you to an appropriate job in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.

The ASVAB contains nine (9) sections.

Classes and computer based instruction are offered for:
  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
  • Word Knowledge (WK)
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
  • General Science (GS) 
Computer based instruction is provided for:
  • Electronics Information (EI)
  • Auto Shop (AS)
  • Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
  • Assembling Objects (AO)

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Where can I take the ASVAB?
      Arrange to take it through a local recruiter (MET-site ASVAB or CAT ASVAB). Note: MET ASVAB—Pencil and paper test CAT ASVAB—Computer-based test
    • What if I fail the ASVAB?
      There is no pass or fail on the ASVAB. You cannot “ace” the ASVAB or “flunk it!” Your scores reflect your own abilities! You will want to do your best so that you will be eligible for the military skill specialty that matches your ability and interests. In addition, to be eligible to enlist in one of the military services, you must obtain a minimum AFQT score which varies between services.
    • What do I need to take the ASVAB test?
      • Bring an identification card to the CAT ASVAB and the MET-site ASVAB.
      • DO NOT bring a calculator. Calculators are not allowed at the test.
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Steps for ASVAB

    • Pre-Testing
      Assessment is provided in all subject areas of the GED, HiSET and ASVAB. Pre-and post-testing are emphasized to focus on the necessary areas of study.
    • Meet with a Counselor
      Make an educational plan, develop strategies for accomplishing your goals, and receive assistance with college and career planning! Make your appointment in Bldg 30, Room 115.
    • Study (Computer, text-based, classes, or distance)
      An Adult Learning Plan (ALP) is developed after pre-testing. Students set their own hours for study and instructors monitor progress.
    • Take the Official Exam
      Once the objectives of the ALP have been completed, an instructor will refer the student for the Official Exam at a designated testing site.
    • Earn the High School Equivalency Certificate and Graduate!
      (High School Equivalency Students Only) A cap and gown graduation is held in June of each year on the Mt. SAC campus. A counselor or advisor will assist you with continuing on your educational and/or career path.