What’s the Average ASVAB Score?

When most potential recruits get their ASVAB score they wonder how well they did compared to everyone else who took the test.  Thankfully, it’s very easy to rank your score against other test takers as your AFQT score is specifically computed to show that ranking.

Your AFQT score is a combination of your scores on the following ASVAB subtests:

• Word Knowledge
• Paragraph Comprehension
• Arithmetic Reasoning
• Mathematics Knowledge

However, it’s not computed by simply adding those scores together but by a formula designed to take the scores and convert them to a percentile value.  It’s this percentile that represents your ASVAB score and ranks your results in comparison to others.

For example, if you score a 60 on the ASVAB that means that you scored higher than 60% of those who took the test (you’re in the 60th percentile).  If you score a 90 you scored higher than 90% of those who took the test.

So, the average ASVAB score would be the percentile value that puts you right in the middle of everyone who has taken the test or a score of 50.  That score of 50 is also important because it’s the minimum score necessary to qualify for most enlistment bonuses like student load repayment and enlistment bonuses.