Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery



U.S. Department of Defense


Assess potential of military recruits for job specialties in the armed forces; provide a standard for enlistment

What is measured

Knowledge and reasoning skills in eight areas

Target population

Young Americans interested in military careers

Item format

Multiple choice

Sample size

More than 900,000 high school students annually

Frequency of administration

Ongoing in its present form since 1968


Sample items available from various test preparation books (e.g., Kaplan ASVAB 2004 edition, Simon and Schuster)


The U.S. Department of Defense maintains and administers the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)1 to assess the potential of military recruits for enlistment and various specialties. ASVAB is currently administered in three forms. High school students, the most common test takers, can take the form 18/19 version of the ASVAB as early as 10th grade. Recruiters can also administer a paper version or computer-adapted exam to prospective recruits who are no longer in


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