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!