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
09L INTERPRETER/TRANSLATOR
INFANTRY BRANCH
11B INFANTRYMAN
11C INDIRECT FIRE INFANTRYMAN
11X INFANTRY ENLISTMENT OPTION
11Z INFANTRY SENIOR SERGEANT
CORPS OF ENGINEER
12A ENGINEER SENIOR SERGEANT
12B COMBAT ENGINEER
12C BRIDGE CREWMEMBER
12D DIVER
12G QUARRYING SPECIALIST (RC)
12H CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING SUPERVISOR
12K PLUMBER
12M FIREFIGHTER
12N HORIZONTAL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER
12P PRIME POWER PRODUCTION SPECIALIST
12Q POWER LINE DISTRIBUTION SPECIALIST (RC)
12R INTERIOR ELECTRICIAN
12T TECHNICAL ENGINEER
12V CONCRETE AND ASPHALT EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
12W CARPENTRY AND MASONRY SPECIALIST
12X GENERAL ENGINEERING SUPERVISOR
12Y GEOSPATIAL ENGINEER
12Z COMBAT ENGINEERING SENIOR SERGEANT
FIELD ARTILLERY
13B CANNON CREWMEMBER
13D FIELD ARTILLERY AUTOMATED TACTICAL DATA SYSTEM SPECIALIST
13F FIRE SUPPORT SPECIALIST
13M MULTIPLE LAUNCH ROCKET SYSTEM (MLRS)/HIGH MOBILITY ARTILLERY ROCKET SYSTEM (HIMARS) CREWMEMBER
13P MULTIPLE LAUNCH ROCKET SYSTEM (MLRS) OPERATIONAL FIRE DIRECTION SPECIALIST
13R FIELD ARTILLERY FIREFINDER RADAR OPERATOR
13T FIELD ARTILLERY SURVEYOR/METEOROLOGICAL CREWMEMBER
13Z FIELD ARTILLERY SENIOR SERGEANT
AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY
14E PATRIOT FIRE CONTROL ENHANCED OPERATOR/MAINTAINER
14G AIR DEFENSE BATTLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM OPERATOR
14H AIR DEFENSE ENHANCED EARLY WARNING OPERATOR
14J AIR DEFENSE C41 TACTICAL OPERATIONS CENTER ENHANCED OPERATOR MAINTAINER
14S AIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE (AMD) CREWMEMBER
14T PATRIOT LAUNCHING STATION ENHANCED OPERATOR/MAINTAINER
14Z AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY SENIOR SERGEANT
AVIATION
15B AIRCRAFT POWERPLANT REPAIRER
15D AIRCRAFT POWERTRAIN REPAIRER
15E UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS REPAIRER
15F AIRCRAFT ELECTRICIAN
15G AIRCRAFT STRUCTURAL REPAIRER
15H AIRCRAFT PNEUDRAULICS REPAIRER
15J OH-58D ARMAMENT/ELECTRICAL/AVIONICS SYSTEMS REPAIRER
15K AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS REPAIR SUPERVISOR
15M UH-1 HELICOPTER REPAIRER (RC) (del 1310 / 1210 - 30)
15N AVIONIC MECHANIC
15P AVIATION OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
15Q AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OPERATOR
15R AH-64 ATTACK HELICOPTER REPAIRER
15S OH-58D HELICOPTER REPAIRER
15T UH-60 HELICOPTER REPAIRER

15U

CH-47 HELICOPTER REPAIRER
15V OBSERVATION/SCOUT HELICOPTER REPAIRER (RC)
15W UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE OPERATOR
15X AH-64A ARMAMENT/ELECTRICAL/AVIONICS SYSTEMS REPAIRER
15Y AH-64D ARMAMENT/ELECTRICAL/AVIONIC SYSTEMS REPAIRER
15Z AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE SENIOR SERGEANT
CYBER WARFARE
17C CYBER OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
SPECIAL FORCES
18B SPECIAL FORCES WEAPONS SERGEANT
18C SPECIAL FORCES ENGINEER SERGEANT
18D SPECIAL FORCES MEDICAL SERGEANT
18E SPECIAL FORCES COMMUNICATIONS SERGEANT
18F SPECIAL FORCES ASSISTANT OPERATIONS AND INTELLIGENCE SERGEANT
18X SPECIAL FORCES ENLISTMENT OPTION
18Z SPECIAL FORCES SENIOR SERGEANT
ARMOR
19D CAVALRY SCOUT
19K M1 ARMOR CREWMAN
19Z ARMOR SENIOR SERGEANT
SIGNAL CORPS
25B INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST
25C RADIO OPERATOR-MAINTAINER
25D CYBER NETWORK DEFENDER
25E ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM MANAGER
25F NETWORK SWITCHING SYSTEMS OPERATOR-MAINTAINER (del 1310 / 1110 - 21)
25L CABLE SYSTEMS INSTALLER-MAINTAINER
25M MULTIMEDIA ILLUSTRATOR
25N NODAL NETWORK SYSTEMS OPERATOR-MAINTAINER
25P MICROWAVE SYSTEMS OPERATOR-MAINTAINER
25Q MULTICHANNEL TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS OPERATOR-MAINTAINER
25R VISUAL INFORMATION EQUIPMENT OPERATOR-MAINTAINER
25S SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS OPERATOR-MAINTAINER
25T SATELLITE/MICROWAVE SYSTEMS CHIEF
25U SIGNAL SUPPORT SYSTEMS SPECIALIST
25V COMBAT DOCUMENTATION/PRODUCTION SPECIALIST
25W TELECOMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS CHIEF
25X CHIEF SIGNAL NCO
25Z VISUAL INFORMATION OPERATIONS CHIEF
JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S CORPS
27D PARALEGAL SPECIALIST
ELECTRONIC WARFARE
29E ELECTRONIC WARFARE SPECIALIST
MILITARY POLICE
31B MILITARY POLICE
31D CID SPECIAL AGENT
31E INTERNMENT/RESETTLEMENT SPECIALIST
31K WORKING DOG HANDLER
MILITARY INTELLIGENCE
35F INTELLIGENCE ANALYST
35G GEOSPATIAL INTELLIGENCE IMAGERY ANALYST
35L COUNTER INTELLIGENCE AGENT
35M HUMAN INTELLIGENCE COLLECTOR
35N SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE ANALYST
35P CRYPTOLOGIC LINGUIST
35Q CRYPTOLOGIC NETWORK WARFARE SPECIALIST
35S SIGNALS COLLECTOR/ANALYST
35T MILITARY INTELLIGENCE SYSTEMS MAINTAINER/INTEGRATOR
35V SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE (SIGINT) SENIOR SERGEANT/SIGINT CHIEF (add 1404 / 1210 - 05)
35X INTELLIGENCE SENIOR SERGEANT/CHIEF INTELLIGENCE SERGEANT
35Y CHIEF COUNTER INTELLIGENCE/HUMAN INTELLIGENCE SERGEANT
35Z SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE (SIGINT) SENIOR SERGEANT/SIGINT CHIEF (del 1410 / 1210 - 05)
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
36B FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT TECHNICIAN
PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS
37F PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
CIVIL AFFAIRS
38B CIVIL AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S CORPS
42A HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST
42R MUSICIAN
42S SPECIAL BAND MUSICIAN
PUBLIC AFFAIRS
46Q PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
46R PUBLIC AFFAIRS BROADCAST SPECIALIST
46Z CHIEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS NCO
CHAPLAIN
56M CHAPLAIN ASSISTANT
MEDICAL CMF
68A BIOMEDICAL EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST
68B ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
68C PRACTICAL NURSING SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
68D OPERATING ROOM SPECIALIST
68E DENTAL SPECIALIST
68F PHYSICAL THERAPY SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
68G PATIENT ADMINISTRATION SPECIALIST
68H OPTICAL LABORATORY SPECIALIST
68J MEDICAL LOGISTICS SPECIALIST
68K MEDICAL LABORATORY SPECIALIST
68L OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
68M NUTRITION CARE SPECIALIST
68N CARDIOVASCULAR SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
68P RADIOLOGY SPECIALIST
68Q PHARMACY SPECIALIST
68R VETERINARY FOOD INSPECTION SPECIALIST
68S PREVENTIVE MEDICINE SPECIALIST
68T ANIMAL CARE SPECIALIST
68U EAR, NOSE AND THROAT (ENT) SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
68V RESPIRATORY SPECIALIST
68W HEALTH CARE SPECIALIST
68X BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SPECIALIST
68Y EYE SPECIALIST (add 1304 / 1110 - 04)
68Z CHIEF MEDICAL NCO
CHEMICAL
74D CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL AND NUCLEAR (CBRN) SPECIALIST
RECRUITING AND RETENTION
79R RECRUITER
79S CAREER COUNSELOR
79T RECRUITING AND RETENTION NCO (ARMY NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES)
79V RETENTION AND TRANSITION NCO, USAR
TRANSPORTATION
88H CARGO SPECIALIST
88K WATERCRAFT OPERATOR
88L WATERCRAFT ENGINEER
88M MOTOR TRANSPORT OPERATOR
88N TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR
88P RAILWAY EQUIPMENT REPAIRER (RC)
88T RAILWAY SECTION REPAIRER (RC)
88U RAILWAY OPERATIONS CREWMEMBER (RC)
88Z TRANSPORTATION SENIOR SERGEANT
AMMUNITION, MECHANICAL MAINTAINANCE, and ORDNANCE
89A AMMUNITION STOCK CONTROL AND ACCOUNTING SPECIALIST
89B AMMUNITION SPECIALIST
89D EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL SPECIALIST
91A M1 ABRAMS TANK SYSTEM MAINTAINER
91B WHEELED VEHICLE MECHANIC
91C UTILITIES EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
91D POWER-GENERATION EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
91E ALLIED TRADES SPECIALIST
91F SMALL ARMS/ARTILLERY REPAIRER
91G FIRE CONTROL REPAIRER
91H TRACK VEHICLE REPAIRER
91J QUARTERMASTER AND CHEMICAL EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
91K ARMAMENT REPAIRER (del 1310 / 1110 - 28)
91L CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
91M BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLE SYSTEM MAINTAINER
91P ARTILLERY MECHANIC
91S STRYKER SYSTEMS MAINTAINER
91X MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR
91Z MECHANICAL MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR
94A LAND COMBAT ELECTRONIC MISSILE SYSTEM REPAIRER
94D AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
94E RADIO AND COMMUNICATIONS SECURITY (COMSEC) REPAIRER
94F COMPUTER DETECTION SYSTEMS REPAIRER
94H TEST, MEASUREMENT, AND DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT (TMDE) MAINTENANCE SUPPORT SPECIALIST
94L AVIONIC COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
94M RADAR REPAIRER
94P MULTIPLE LAUNCH ROCKET SYSTEM REPAIRER
94R AVIONIC AND SURVIVABILITY EQUIPMENT REPAIRER
94S PATRIOT SYSTEM REPAIRER
94T AVENGER SYSTEM REPAIRER
94W ELECTRONIC MAINTENANCE CHIEF
94X SENIOR MISSILE SYSTEMS MAINTAINER
94Y INTEGRATED FAMILY OF TEST EQUIPMENT (IFTE) OPERATOR AND MAINTAINER
94Z SENIOR ELECTRONIC MAINTENANCE CHIEF
QUARTERMASTER CORPS
92A AUTOMATED LOGISTICAL SPECIALIST
92F PETROLEUM SUPPLY SPECIALIST
92G FOOD SERVICE SPECIALIST
92L PETROLEUM LABORATORY SPECIALIST
92M MORTUARY AFFAIRS SPECIALIST
92R PARACHUTE RIGGER
92S SHOWER/LAUNDRY AND CLOTHING REPAIR SPECIALIST
92W WATER TREATMENT SPECIALIST
92Y UNIT SUPPLY SPECIALIST
92Z SENIOR NONCOMMISSIONED LOGISTICIAN