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Retaking the Exam and Scoring Report for McGraw-Hill's ASVAB

By — McGraw-Hill Professional
Updated on Jun 25, 2011

Can you Retake the ASVAB?

If you have taken the ASVAB within the past two years, you can retake the test as long as you follow certain rules. If you are taking the ASVAB for enlistment purposes, your most recent valid score is the one that will be considered.

The rules about retaking the ASVAB are as follows. First, you must take the entire test battery-that is, all eight subtests, not just one. Military applicants who have taken an initial ASVAB-student or enlistment-can retest after one calendar month has elapsed. For example, if you first took the test on February 3, the earliest you could retake it would be March 3. If you wished to retake the test a second time, you would have to wait until April 3. After that, you would need to wait at least six months before you could take the test again. In other words, if you first took the test on February 3, took a retest on March 3, and took a second retest on April 3, you would have to wait until October 3 before you could take a third retest.

Retesting with the same version of the ASVAB that was used on any previous test is strictly prohibited for at least six months. If an applicant is retested with the same test version within a six-month period, the retest score will be invalidated and the previous valid test score will stand as the score of record. However, if the condition is the result of a MEPS or OPM test administrator procedural or administrative error, the MEPS commander may authorize an immediate retest using a different ASVAB version.

Applicants who are dismissed for cheating or disruptive behavior will have their test invalidated, and are not permitted to retest for six months from the date of the invalid test.

If you are taking the ASVAB in order to enlist in the military and your Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score on your most recent test is 20 points or more higher than your score on an ASVAB you took less than six months previously, you will be required to complete a confirmation test.

Retaking the ASVAB for Enlistment If You Took It in High School

If you took the test in high school, should you take it again if you want to join the military? Remember that you can retake the test every six months and that your most recent valid score will be the one used for military enlistment purposes. That being the case, it is a good idea to take the test again if you think you can get a better score.

Retaking the ASVAB If You Are on Active Duty

Low ASVAB scores on initial tests do not have to be permanent, barring access to certain schools and other opportunities. Active-duty military personnel whose original ASVAB scores were low can retest to raise their scores and improve their eligibility for some programs. Higher ASVAB scores can help active-duty personnel change to more technical ratings and can improve eligibility for a class A school.

However, enlisted personnel are allowed to retake the ASVAB only once, and that test score becomes permanent, even if it is lower than the original score. As a result, if you are already in the military and wish to retake the ASVAB, you must be certain that you have made the improvements necessary to raise your score. If you want to retake the test, you must prove that you have improved your abilities enough-through training, practical experience, and schools-to expect a higher ASVAB score.

Improvements may be gained in a number of ways: functional skills training, completing study at public or private institutions, participation in training courses, study at academic skills learning centers, or using this test preparation book. Other proven ways to achieve higher ASVAB scores include command programs to enhance basic academic skills, attending boot camp, military experience, and increased maturity.

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