Category Archives: Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take the ASVAB Online?

Although the most frequently taken ASVAB test is computer based (the CAT-ASVAB) it’s not available online.  You’ll have to go to a military entrance processing station (MEPS) to actually take the test.

However, you can take ASVAB online practice tests on this ASVAB study guide that mimic the format and content of the actual ASVAB test.  Taking these online tests can prepare you for the actual test not only by helping you learn the material the test covers but also by building your confidence that you can complete the test within the alloted time.

So, although you can’t take the ASVAB online you can certainly prepare for it online – something Instant ASVAB helps testers do every day!

ASVAB Minimum Score Changes

I’ve had several inquiries about changes to the minimum AFQT and line scores necessary to enlist and/or qualify for certain jobs in the military.  Their assumption was that these minimum scores hold true in all occasions and at all times which isn’t the case.

The numbers provided by the military and republished on this web site are guidelines only and are subject to change at any time.  The documentation of these changes lags well behind the actual changes so it’s important to check with your recruiter to determine the exact minimums in place at the time you’re going to take your ASVAB test.

Minimum scores for the Reserves and National Guard also change and are typically much higher than those for active duty military.

Why do the ASVAB minimum scores change?

Due to budgetary and logistics constraints, the military only has so many openings within a given time period.  That includes openings for enlistment and openings in the various jobs each service branch offers.

If the military were a commercial business they could just stop accepting applicants but, for various reasons (legal and otherwise) that I won’t get into here, not accepting applicants even for a short period of time isn’t an option.

When a service branch is near a cap on enlistment or job openings they need a quick and easy way to reduce the number of people who are eligible for enlistment or who qualify for training in those jobs.  To do this they raise the minimum AFQT or line scores necessary to enlist or to qualify for those jobs.

Because these scores may change frequently, they don’t bother to update the official documented minimum scores with every change and rely on recruiters to inform applicants of the most up-to-date minimum scores.

Currently, the minimum AFQT score necessary to enlist is now higher than the minimums for most service branches (again – consult your recruiter for specific details).  This just underscores the need to prepare effectively for the ASVAB test – it’s only getting harder to get the branch and job you want with low to average scores.

What’s a Good Score?

I get this question a lot so I thought I would address it here:

What’s a good score on the ASVAB?

There are really two answers to that question – what score will get you into the service branch of your choice and what score will qualify you for the military job training that you want.

First, what most people call their “ASVAB” score is actually their “AFQT” score and that score is what determines if you qualify to enlist in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.

Each service branch has a different minimum score but most fall in the lower 30s for high school graduates and at 50 for applicants with a GED.  (Note that GED applicants who’ve earned 15 college credits qualify to enlist at the high school graduate minimum).

So, the first answer is that a good ASVAB score is the minimum AFQT score or around 35.

But, just getting in and getting the job you want are two very different things.  A better measure of an ASVAB good score is the line score(s) that will qualify you for the job you want.

Each service branch has a different set of line scores and different ASVAB subtests that make up those line scores so you’ll need to do some research to discover exactly which subtests you’ll need to do well on to earn that job.  (Find out the minimum scores for military jobs.)

Therefore, a good score on the ASVAB is high enough on the AFQT subtests to qualify to enlist and high enough on the other subtests that make up the line scores you need to earn your military branch and job choice.

Not an easy answer but since when has the military been easy!