What is an average ASVAB score?
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, commonly known as the ASVAB, is a multiple choice test designed by the military and government to evaluate a person’s skills. The ASVAB score helps the military determine a person’s MOS, or Military Occupational Specialty. The job opportunities open to you in the military will be determined almost exclusively by your ASVAB score.
What’s On the ASVAB?
The ASVAB features multiple choice questions on a range of topics:
- General Science
- Arithmetic Reasoning
- Word Knowledge
- Paragraph Comprehension
- Numerical Operations
- Auto and Shop Information
- Mathematics Knowledge
- Mechanical Comprehension and
The ASVAB has a total of 200 questions to be taken across a period of 134 minutes.
How Is the ASVAB Scored?
Not only are test-takers scored on each individual test section, but certain “cumulative scores” are also taken to indicate a person’s overall proficiency in certain subjects. These composites are called Verbal, Math, and Academic composite and are made up of point totals from sub-sections of the test.
The military looks at your scores and figures out which composite was your strong suit and assigns your MOS based on that.
Average ASVAB Score
Depending on what branch of the military you’re interested in, a good ASVAB score will fluctuate.
Nationwide and across all branches, the “average” ASVAB score is between 42 and 50. A “blowout” score on the ASVAB is anything 92 and above. A score that high or higher will guarantee you have access to the best MOS available, including nuclear work for the Navy or work as a Ranger in the army. The top score is a 99 (as it is rated on a percentile basis) and the bottom score is a 1.
Before you go worrying about averages and shooting the moon on your ASVAB, remember that the military is not required to place you in a specific program based on a high school. When a branch of the military has a great need in a certain area, they will fill that area regardless of the person’s MOS capabilities.
One of the best ways to prepare to take the ASVAB is by reading and using the Kaplan ASVAB guide, which is available at Amazon. (And if you buy it via our link, we make a few bucks.)
This article is part of a series about average test scores:
- What Is an Average ASVAB Score?
- What Is an Average MCAT Score?
- What Is an Average DAT Score?
- What Is an Average GMAT Score?
- What Is an Average PSAT Score?
- What Is an Average GRE Score?
- What Is an Average LSAT Score?
- What Is an Average ACT Score?
- What Is an Average SAT Score?