ASVAB Scores Required For Navy Ratings (Jobs)

ASVAB Sub-Tests for Navy Jobs

Recruits at MEPS

If you are going to join the Navy or any other branch of service, you'll be required to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB Test).

The Navy uses each individual's results for the ASVAB subtest score areas to determine whether or not a person qualifies for a certain job, or rating.

The Subtest Sections

The ASVAB subtests are comprised of the following sections, number of questions, and time limit:

  • General Science (GS): General principles of biological and physical sciences - includes 25 items that are to be completed in 11 minutes.
  • Arithmetic Reasoning (AR: Simple word problems that require simple calculations - includes 30 items that are to be completed in 36 minutes.
  • Word Knowledge (WK):  Correct meaning of a word (synonyms); occasionally antonyms (opposite meaning of a word) - includes 35 items that are to be completed in 11 minutes.
  • Paragraph Comprehension (PC): Questions based on the information of several paragraphs that you read - includes 15 items, which are to be completed in 13 minutes.
  • Assembling Objects (AO): Assembling objects questions test your ability with spatial relationships between objects that typically work together. There are 16 questions on this section and you will be given 16 minutes to complete them all.
  • Auto and Shop Information (AS): Knowledge of automobiles, shop terminology, and tool use - includes 25 items that are to be completed in 11 minutes.
  • Mathematics Knowledge (MK): High school level math, including geometry, trigonometry, and algebra - includes 25 items that are to be completed in 24 minutes.
  • Mechanical Comprehension (MC): Basic mechanical and physical principles - includes 25 items to be completed in 19 minutes.
  • Electronics Information (EI): Electronic principles, basic electronic circuitry, and electronic terminology - includes 20 items that are to be completed in 9 min and measure knowledge of electric principles and electronic terminology.

    The VE and the AFQT Scores

    The VE Score is comprised of two of the above sub-tests:  

    Paragraph Comprehension (PC) and Word Knowledge (WK) make up the Verbal Expression Score of the ASVAB.  You can say that the AFQT is comprised of the VE score plus the math sections. 

    Specifically, the sub-tests used to make the AFQT are Paragraph Comprehension (PC), Word Knowledge (WK), Mathematics Knowledge (MK), and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR).

    Combining related subtests that match the requirements of the Navy ratings is how the recruiters will determine if you have the ability/aptitude for certain jobs.

    ASVAB Requirements for Ratings

    While these requirements are subject to change, the list below provides useful examples of the individual ASVAB score requirements for the following Navy enlisted jobs:

    Rating (Job)ASVAB Scores Required
    ABE - Aviation Boatswain's Mate - EquipmentVE+AR+MK+AS=184
    ABF - Aviation Boatswain's Mate - FuelsVE+AR+MK+AS=184
    ABH - Aviation Boatswain's Mate - HandlingVE+AR+MK+AS=184
    AC - Air Traffic ControlmanVE+AR+MK+MC=210 -OR- VE+MK+MC+CS=210
    AD - Aviation Machinist MateVE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210
    AE - Aviation Electronics MateAR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222
    AG - Aviation Aerographer's MateVE+MK+GS=162
    AIRC/AIRR - Aircrew ProgramAR+2MK+GS=194
    AM - Aviation Structural MechanicVE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210
    AME - Aviation Structural Mechanic - EquipmentVE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210
    AMH - Aviation Structural Mechanic - HydraulicsVE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210
    AMS - Aviation Structural Mechanic - StructuresVE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210
    AO - Aviation OrdnancemanVE+AR+MK+AS=185 or MK+AS+AO=140
    AS - Aviation Support Equipment TechnicianVE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210
    AT - Aviation Electronics TechnicianAR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222
    AV - Avionics TechnicianAR + MK + EI + GS = 218
    AW - Aviation Warfare Systems OperatorVE+MK+GS=152
    AZ - Aviation Maintenance AdministrationmanVE+AR=102
    BM - Boatswain's MateNone Established
    BU - BuilderAR+MC+AS=145
    CE - Construction ElectricianAR+MK+EI+GS=201
    CM - Construction MechanicAR+MC+AS=162
    CS - Culinary SpecialistVE+AR=88
    CS (SS) - Culinary Specialist (Submarine)AR+MK+EI+GS=200 or VE+AR+MK+MC=200
    CTA - Cryptologic Technician - AdministrationVE+MK=102
    CTI - Cryptologic Technician - InterperativeVE+MK+GS=162
    CTM - Cryptologic Technician - MaintenanceAR+MK+EI+GS=223
    CTO - Cryptologic Technician - CommunicationsVE+AR=102
    CTR - Cryptologic Technician - CollectionVE+AR=109
    CTT - Cryptologic Technician - TechnicalVE+MK+GS=162 (CCT AEF Program: AR+MK+EI+GS=223)
    DC - Damage ControlmanVE+AR+MK+AS=200 or MK+AS+AO=150
    ND - DIVER - Navy Diver ProgramAR+VE=103 -AND- MC=51
    EA - Engineering AidAR + 2MK + GS = 210
    EM - Electricians MateVE+AR+MK+MC=209
    EN - EnginemanVE+AR+MK+AS=195 or VE+AR+MK+AO=200
    EO - Equipment OperatorAR+MC+AS=145
    EOD - Explosive Ordinance DisposalAR+VE=109 and MC=51 or GS+MC+EI=169
    ET - Electronics TechnicianAAR+MK+EI+GS=223
    ETN - Electronics Technician (Submarine)AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222
    FC - Fire ControlmanAR+MK+EI+GS=223
    FT - Fire Control Technician (Submarine)AR+MK+EI+GS=222
    GM - Gunner's MateAR+MK+EI+GS=205
    GSE - Gas Turbine Systems Technician - ElectricalVE+AR+MK+MC=209
    GSM - Gas Turbine Systems Technician - MechanicalVE+AR+MK+AS=195 or VE+AR+MK+AO=200
    HM - Hospital CorpsmanVE+MK+GS=146
    HT - Hull TechnicianVE+AR+MK+AS=200 or MK+AS+AO=150
    IC - Interior CommunicationmanVE+AR+MK+MC=209
    IS - Intelligence SpecialistVE+AR=107
    IT - Information System TechnicianAR+2MK+GS=222 or AR+MK+EI+GS=222
    LN - LegalmanVE+MK=102
    LS Logistics Support VE + AR = 108
    MA - Master at ArmsAR+WK=98 and WK=43
    MC - Mass Comminication Specialist VE + AR = 110
    MM - Machinist MateVE+AR+MK+AS=195 or VE+AR+MK+AO=200
    MM - Machinist Mate (Submarine)VE+AR+MK+MC=210
    MN - MinemanVE+MC+AS=161
    MR - Machinary RepairmanVE+AR+MK+AS=200 or MK+AS+AO=150
    MT - Missile TechnicianAR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222
    MU - MusicianNone established
    ND Navy DiverAR+VE= 103 and MC=51
    NF - Nuclear FieldVE+AR+MK+NAPT = 290 (with minimum 50 NAPT score) or AR+MK+EI+GS+NAPT = 290 (with minimum 50 NAPT score) or VE+AR+MK+MC = 252 (No NAPT required) or AR+MK+EI+GS = 252 (No NAPT required).
    OS - Operations SpecialistVE+MK+CS=157 or AR+2MK+GS=210
    PS - Personnel SpecialistVE+MK=105 or VE+MK+CS=157
    PR - Aircrew Survival EquipmentmanVE+AR+MK+AS=185 or MK+AS+AO=140
    QM - QuartermasterVE+AR=97
    RP - Religious Program Specialist

      VE + MK = 105 OR VE + MK + CS = 157

    SECF - Submarine ElectronicsAR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222
    SH - Ship's ServicemanVE+AR=95
    SB - Special Boat OperatorAR+VE= 103 and MC=51
    SO - Special OperatorGS+MC+EI=170 or VE+MK+MC+CS=220 or VE+AR=110 MC=50
    STG - Sonar Technician - SurfaceAR+MK+EI+GS=223
    STS - Sonar Technician (Submarine)AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222
    SW - SteelworkerAR+MC+AS=145
    UT - UtilitiesmanAR+MK+EI+GS=201
    YN - YeomanVE+MK=105 or VE+MK+CS=157
    YN - Yeoman (Submarine)AR+MK+EI+GS=200 or VE+AR+MK+MC=200