How Do I Enlist in the U.S. Military?

If you wish to be considered as candidate for the U.S. Army, you must contact a local military recruiter. The recruiter will determine whether or not you are eligible for enlistment based on a set of initial requirements. If you are eligible based on these requirements, the recruiter/recruitment department will help you schedule an ASVAB test at the location nearest to you.


How Do I Pass the ASVAB?

Preparing for the ASVAB is crucial in order to achieve a high score and increase your chances of getting your dream job in the U.S. Military. The most important parts of the ASVAB are the sections that make up your AFQT score. This score will determine whether or not you are qualified to enlist in the military and to which branch(es). Practicing is the key to acing this test, and JobTestPrep has just the right ASVAB pack to help you prepare for it.


How Do I Prepare for the ASVAB?

Preparing for the ASVAB test is essential in order to succeed. Your score on this test will determine a great deal of your future in the U.S. Military, and therefore you should aim to score as high as possible. Here are a few tips on preparing for the test:

  • Allow for ample time in order to prepare properly.
  • Improve your vocabulary by reading books, newspapers, or even online articles.
  • Practice, practice, practice; JobTestPrep has just what you need to help you perform your best, enabling you to get your foot in the door.

How Long Are My Scores Valid?

Your scores may be used for enlistment for up to two years after the date of testing.


How Often Can I Take the ASVAB?

After the first time you take the ASVAB, you must wait one calendar month to retake the test. You must wait an additional calendar month to retest a second time. After that, you must wait six calendar months to retake the ASVAB.


When Is the ASVAB Test Administered?

The ASVAB test is administered numerous times throughout the year. When scheduling your test date (via your local recruiter), make sure to allow for ample time in order to practice and prepare. We recommend starting your preparation 1-3 months before the actual test in order to study effectively. This will allow you enough time to study and comprehend new material and problem-solving techniques.


Are There Two Entrance Exams?

No, there is only one exam — the ASVAB. The ASVAB has 10 tests. Your scores from four of the tests — Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Mathematics Knowledge — are combined to make up your score on what is referred to as the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT). Scores on the AFQT are used to determine your eligibility for enlistment in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps. Scores on all of the ASVAB tests are used to determine the best job for you in the military.


Where Can I Take the ASVAB Test?

The ASVAB is usually administered in public schools by test administrators from the federal government. There are 65 Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) and thousands of Military Entrance Test (MET) sites located throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The computerized version of the ASVAB (CAT-ASVAB) is administered at MEPS locations, whereas the paper and pen version (P&P-ASVAB) is only administered at MET locations.


How Much Does the ASVAB Test Cost?

The ASVAB test is FREE for all candidates.


What Should I Expect on the Day of the Test?

The ASVAB consists of nine or ten* sub-tests that must be completed within three hours. An ASVAB test administrator will provide you with detailed instructions, such as the time allotment for each sub-test. Before the actual test begins, you will be exposed to some sample questions. At this point, you may ask the instructor any exam-related questions. Make sure to arrive at the test well-rested and prepared.

*On the pen and paper version, the Auto Information and Shop Information sections are two separate sections, whereas on the computerized version they are combined together as one section.


Which Version of the ASVAB Is Easier?

The CAT-ASVAB is an adaptive test, which means that the level of difficulty of each question is dependent on how well you perform on the previous question. If you answer correctly, the next question will be more difficult; if you answer incorrectly, the next question will be easier. As a result, the test experience will feel different from the P&P-ASVAB.

If your abilities are above average, the questions you will be asked will likely be more difficult. This might make the CAT-ASVAB appear more difficult than the P&P-ASVAB. Similarly, if your abilities are below average, the questions you will be asked will likely be easier. This might make the CAT-ASVAB seem easier than the P&P-ASVAB.

The scores are computed via an algorithm that takes into account the level of difficulty of the question and the amount of questions answered correctly and incorrectly. Therefore, you should expect similar results regardless of which method of administration you choose, CAT-ASVAB or P&P-ASVAB.


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