Web Exclusive: What is the ASVAB?

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In order to enlist in the Air Force, or any military position, applicants must first pass the ASVAB. Listed below are the important questions answered about the test.

WHAT: Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test

  • - The ASVAB was introduced in 1968. More than 40 million people have taken the test since then.
  • - The ASVAB has ten tests. Scores from four of the tests (Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning and Mathematics Knowledge) are combined to determine your Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT).
  • - High school seniors or graduates must achieve a minimum score of 36 AFQT.
  • - GED holders must achieve a minimum score of 65 AFQT.

WHERE: Contact a local recruiter

  • Huber Heights: 6144 Chambersburg Rd.; (937) 237-5010
  • Springfield: 1804 N Limestone St.; (937) 902-0261
  • Fairborn: 2970 Presidential Dr. #250; (937) 426-2116
  • Kettering: 4345 Far Hills Ave.; (937) 296-1860
  • Xenia: 52 Xenia Towne Square, Ste 1; (937) 253-9333
  • 445th Airlift Wing, WPAFB; SMSgt Robert Mielke (937) 257-6884


  • Applicants must wait one calendar month to retake the test and an additional month to retest a second time. Any tests after that require an applicant to wait six months.

For more information and sample test questions, visit the official ASVAB website.

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