What is the ASVAB test?


Arianna Pardue

Hanna Gibson practicing her push-ups.

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test is a standardized test that covers strength and abilities in science, math, and language. This is one of the first steps you must complete before enlisting in the military.

“I took the test in hopes it would help me find some sense of direction for my future, and it did just that,” senior Bo Crosley said. “The wide variety of topics covered in the test helped me reflect on my skillset.”

Another name for the ASVAB is the placement exam. This test determines the best opportunities career-wise in the military based on knowledge and score

“The expectations were a lot easier than I thought, but the mechanical and electrical parts were the hardest part of the test,” junior Kyle Dobyns said.

There are ten categories that a person can be sorted into after taking the test. Clerical, Combat, Electronics, Field Artillery, General Maintenance, General Technical, Mechanical Maintenance, Operators and Food, Surveillance and Communications, and skilled Technical.

“I wanted to learn more about myself and to see what grade I would get if I were going into the military,” junior Carter Pack said.

The high school provides the test for free for any 10th, 11th, or 12th graders. The test is administered by a member of the military and is held in the JV gym.

“I’ve wanted to be in the Air Force since I was really young,” sophomore Stephanie Yarbor said. “I wanted to go into the medical staff, and I wanted to know if I would be good in that area.”