All candidates for enlistment in the United States Armed Services must sit for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB test. The ASVAB both tests the candidate’s qualification for enlistment as well as assesses the candidate’s skill set in order to match him or her with a job within the Armed Services that best matches his or her natural talents. The ASVAB is required for all candidates for enlistment regardless of whether they seek enlistment in the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the United States Marines Corps, the United States Coast Guard as well as the United States National Guard.
Many successful candidates for enlistment in the United States Armed Services report that the reason they performed well on the ASVAB was because they prepared by taking multiple versions of the ASVAB practice test. This is true because by taking multiple versions of the ASVAB practice test the candidate for enlistment in the United States Armed Services both becomes familiar with the ASVAB test format but also makes himself or herself knowledgeable regarding what areas of study require further study.
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery consists of two parts. The first part is a standardized, multiple choice test format. The second part is a written format. Both parts cover ten distinct subject areas. These subject areas include, (1) General Science, (2) Arithmetic Reasoning, (3) Word Knowledge, (4) Paragraph Comprehension, (5) Mathematics Knowledge, (6) Electronics Information, (7) Automotive and Shop Information, (8) Mechanical Comprehension, (9) Assembling Objects, and (10) Verbal Expression. These subject areas are designed with the intention of covering all possible traits and qualities necessary for a candidate for enlistment in the United States Armed Services to possess for all possible career paths available for an enlisted member of the United States Armed Services regardless of the branch of the Armed Services they ultimately join.