One of the best ways to prepare for the ASVAB is by taking ASVAB practice tests.
Our sample questions mimic the actual questions you will see on the computer adaptive testing ASVAB (CAT-ASVAB). Our sample exams require no registration and also include scoring and answer explanations.
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ASVAB Practice Tests - SET 1
- General Science Practice Test 1
- Arithmetic Reasoning Practice Test 1
- Word Knowledge Practice Test 1
- Math Knowledge Practice Test 1
- Electronics Information Practice Test 1
- Auto and Shop Practice Test 1
- Assembling Objects Practice Test 1
- Mechanical Comprehension Practice Test 1
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Practice Quizzes - Set 2
- General Science Practice Test 2
- Arithmetic Reasoning Practice Test 2
- Word Knowledge Practice Test 2
- Math Knowledge Practice Test 2
- Electronics Information Practice Test 2
- Auto and Shop Practice Test 2
- Assembling Objects Practice Test 2
- Mechanical Comprehension Practice Test 2
Our ASVAB practice test questions are categorized to help you focus your study. Just like in the real exam, each of our questions will have four possible answers to choose from. The questions are similar to what you can expect on the actual ASVAB exam. After you submit answers to the practice questions, a test score will be presented. In addition, you will be given rationales (explanations) to all of the questions to help you understand any questions you may have gotten wrong.
ASVAB Practice Tests from other providers
Please note: Test-Guide.com did not create any of the following practice tests, and cannot vouch for their quality.
Official ASVAB Practice Tests - Small sample of test questions from the official site of the ASVAB testing program.
TutorMeMath ASVAB Sample Questions (PDF) - Large collection of sample questions in PDF format.
ASVABer Practice Exam #1 (PDF) - Another large collection of practice tests in PDF format.
ASVAB Test OVERVIEW
Review our infographic for information on how to pass your ASVAB.
The ASVAB exams have questions in the following categories:
- General Science - including life science, physical science, and earth and space science. 16 questions/8 minute time limit.
- Arithmetic Reasoning - including operations with whole numbers, operations with fractions and decimals, ratios and proportions, interest and percentage and measurement of perimeters, areas and volumes. 16 questions/39 minute time limit.
- Word Knowledge - definitions of words both with and without context. 16 questions/8 minute time limit.
- Paragraph comprehension - tests literal comprehension and implicity, inferential or critical comprehension. 11 questions/22 minute time limit.
- Mathematics Knowledge - including number theory, algebraic operations and equations, geometry and measurement, probability and numeration. 16 questions/20 minute time limit.
- Electronics Information - including electrical tools, symbols, devices, and materials. 16 questions/8 minute time limit.
- Auto Information and Shop Information - including automotive components, systems and tools, shop tools, building materials, and building and construction procedures. 11 questions/7 minute time limit.
- Mechanical Comprehension - including basic compound and simple machines. 16 questions/20 minute time limit.
- Assembling Objects - determining how objects will appear when parts are put together. 16 questions/16 minute time limit.
ASVAB STUDY TIPS
Best way to prepare is to study smart:
- Understand what’s on each of the 10 subject tests
- Focus on the material you’re not good at
- Develop a flexible study schedule
- Study when you are most alert
The ASVAB is a timed exam. To finish the exam, you need to keep pace. Answer each question in less than this amount of time:
- General Science - 30 seconds/question
- Arithmetic Reasoning - about 2 minutes 20 seconds per question
- Word Knowledge - 30 seconds/question
- Paragraph comprehension - 2 minutes per question
- Mathematics Knowledge - 1 minute 15 seconds per question
- Electronics Information - 30 seconds/question
- Auto Information and Shop Information - about 35 seconds per question
- Mechanical Comprehension - 1 minute 15 seconds per question
- Assembling Objects - 1 minute/question
Practice makes perfect. Take as many practice exams as possible:
- Fully understand all the questions you get wrong
- Tackle one section of the exam at a time
- Take exams with self-imposed time limits
There are many benefits of preparing for your ASVAB exam with practice tests. Studying for your ASVAB test using sample questions is one of the most effective study practices you can use. The advantages of using sample ASVAB tests include:
- Familiarity With the Test Format - Every standardized test has its own unique format. As you take practice tests you will become comfortable with the format of the actual test. Once the test day arrives you will have no surprises!
- Focusing Your Study - As you take more and more sample tests you begin to get a feel for the topics that you know well and the areas that you are weak on. Many students waste a lot of valuable study time by reviewing material that they are good at (often because it is easier or makes them feel better). The most effective way to study is to concentrate on the areas that you need help on.
- Improving Your Problem Solving Abilities - As you practice with our sample questions, and review the provided explanations, you will increase your ability to solve problems. Solid problem solving skills will be crucial for you to achieve a passing score on your exams, especially the mathematics portions.
- Managing Your Time - The ASVAB exams are all timed. Although most students who take the ASVAB feel that there is sufficient time, taking the practice tests with self-imposed timers help you budget your time effectively.
Candidates taking the ASVAB are given a AFQT (Armed Forces Qualifying Test) score which is simply a combination of your scores from four tests (Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge, Word Knowledge, and Paragraph Comprehension). This AFQT score is represented as a percentile (from 1-99) which depicts how well you scored compared to other test takers. For example, if your score is a 57, this means that you scored better than 57% of the other test takers. The AFQT score is used to determine whether you are qualified to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The scores from the other tests are used to determine what type of specialty you might be best suited for. These "composite" scores (also known as line scores, MOS scores, or aptitude area scores) are calculated by adding together combinations of the different sub test standard scores. These composite scores are then used to determine which different military jobs (aka Military Occupational Specialties or MOS) may be the best fit for you. Each branch of the military will have their own approach to these composite scores.
Check out our complete guide to ASVAB scores.
ASVAB Testing Administration
The ASVAB test can be taken at your school or a MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Stations) or MET (Mobile Examination Test) sites. When the ASVAB is administered at your school, it is usually part of the Student Testing Program or Career Exploration Program. When the ASVAB is given at MEPS or MET sites, it is part of the Enlistment Testing Program. The ASVAB test content is the same no matter where you take it, except that you will not have to take the Assembling Objects test if you take the test at your school (as part of the Student Testing Program). When you take the test in the Student Testing Program you will receive three composite scores (Verbal Skills, Math Skills, and Science and Technical Skills). When you take the ASVAB as part of the Enlistment Testing Program, you will receive an AFQT (Armed Forces Qualification Test) score and Service composite scores. These scores are used for assigning your military job.
The ASVAB is offered for free. Candidates do not have to pay for the test itself, however, if an MEP location is not located in your city or town, travel expenses may be required. The ASVAB is scheduled by the MEP. Dates are pre-determined and provided by the MEP. Students should check with the nearest MEP to determine when the test is offered.
To be admitted to the ASVAB testing room you will need to show a valid id. It is also important to be on time (or early!) since you will be turned away if you show up after the scheduled start time. The ASVAB can be given via computer or pencil and paper. If you are testing at a MEPS site you will take it on a computer. The pencil and paper version is given at most MET sites. The computer version of the test is given as a "computer adaptive test" (CAT) which means that the test will adapt based on the level of the individual test taker (e.g., if you answer many questions correctly, you may be shown fewer questions).
After a candidate has completed the ASVAB they must wait one calendar month before retaking the exam. An additional calendar month must pass before retesting a second time. Six calendar months must pass before retaking the test a third time. The scores received from the ASVAB may be used for enlistment for up to two years from the initial test date.
Learn more by visiting our ASVAB Testing Locations guide.
ASVAB Test Requirements
A military recruiter determines if the candidate is a possible recruit. A recruiter will ask about marital status, health, education, drug use, and arrest record. It is important for the candidate to be upfront and truthful when answering questions. Once the recruiter has determined the individual is qualified for additional processing, the ASVAB is scheduled. A physical examination may also be conducted at the time of the test.
Students may take the ASVAB as early as their sophomore year in high school. If a person is 17 or older, they may process at the MEPs using the ASVAB score from the test they took in high school when they were at least 16 years of age.
The ASVAB is one of the most widely used aptitude tests in the world. The intent of the ASVAB test battery is to assess a candidate's potential for future success in the U.S. Military. Because of the nature of the test, the ASVAB can also be used to give a candidate valuable information about both military and civilian career choices that they may be suited for.
What is a good score to get on the ASVAB?
A good score on the ASVAB is different than a minimum required score. Each of the military branches will have their own minimum required scores (see below). In practice, however, each branch will be more selective in their recruiting. A score of 50 on the ASVAB implies that you scored as well or better than 50% of comparable test-takers. Since ASVAB scores are used for many purposes (e.g., enlistment eligibility, military job placements, and career exploration), it is important that you score well on the ASVAB. A score of 60 or better should be your minimum target.
What are the ASVAB scores for the military branches?
Each branch of the military has their own AFQT score requirements. These requirements are summarized below:
ARMY AFQT SCORE REQUIREMENTS
- Minimum AFQT Score (with High School Diploma): 31
- Minimum AFQT Score (with GED): 31
NAVY AFQT SCORE REQUIREMENTS
- Minimum AFQT Score (with High School Diploma): 31
- Minimum AFQT Score (with GED): 50
AIR FORCE AFQT SCORE REQUIREMENTS
- Minimum AFQT Score (with High School Diploma): 36
- Minimum AFQT Score (with GED): 65
COAST GUARD AFQT SCORE REQUIREMENTS
- Minimum AFQT Score (with High School Diploma): 40
- Minimum AFQT Score (with GED): 50
MARINE CORPS AFQT SCORE REQUIREMENTS
- Minimum AFQT Score (with High School Diploma): 32
- Minimum AFQT Score (with GED): 50
How do you study for the ASVAB test?
There a few strategies you should use to prepare for the ASVAB. The first approach is to make sure you know what is on each of the 10 subject exams. The second strategy is to make sure you manage your time on the exam. The final strategy is to practice - take as many timed practice exams as possible.
Are you allowed to use a calculator on the ASVAB?
No, you are not allowed to use calculators at the exam. Your test administrator will provide everything you need, including: pencils (number 2), scratch paper, test booklets, and answer sheets.
Last Updated: 7/17/2019