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Retaking the Exam and Scoring Report for McGraw-Hill's ASVAB (page 3)

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

The Military Careers Score

If you have already taken the ASVAB at a school, your score report contained a Military Careers Score. This score is a composite of your scores on the verbal, math, mechanical, and electronic portions of the ASVAB. It reflects your current skills and aptitudes in these areas. The Military Careers Score ranges from 1 to 7, with higher scores indicating higher levels of proficiency.

Starting in school year 2005-2006, this score was deleted because it is very confusing and not very helpful to individuals trying to interpret it.

Your best indication as to your chances of getting into the military is your AFQT score.

The Military Entrance Score (AFQT)

The score report also provides a Military Entrance Score, or AFQT. This is the most important score for the purposes of entrance into the military. It is called the AFQT because it is based on your scores on four ASVAB tests-Arithmetic Reasoning, Math Knowledge, Word Knowledge, and Paragraph Comprehension-that together make up what is called the Armed Forces Qualification Test.

The AFQT is calculated by combining your scores on Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension into a composite called Verbal Ability (VE) and adding to it your scores for Math Knowledge (MK) and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR). In mathematical terms, the formula is AFQT = 2VE + MK + AR. That score is then compared to the scores of a nationally representative sample of other test takers aged 18 to 23 to produce a percentile score. The percentile indicates how well you ranked in comparison to these individuals. The higher the AFQT score, the higher the percentile.

If You Take the Paper-And-Pencil ASVAB at a Military Facility

If you take the ASVAB at a military facility called a MET site, you will be given a paper-and-pencil version of the test. You won't receive as much information about your results as those who take the ASVAB at a high school or postsecondary school.

If You Take the CAT-ASVAB at a MEPS

If you take the CAT-ASVAB at a MEPS, you will receive more scoring information than if you took the test at a MET site, but less than if you took the ASVAB at a high school. The CAT-ASVAB report provides your scores on every subtest of the ASVAB, your AFQT, and your general scores for qualifying for services occupations.

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