Army ASVAB Aptitude Test Qualifications and Standards

Army ASVAB Scores

Military recruits taking tests

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 a 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, etc.). 
  • 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/TRANSLATOR
 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 SYSTEM (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