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The Program

The ASVAB is a nationally-normed, multi-aptitude test battery that has been provided to high schools and post-secondary schools since 1968.

The ASVAB was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program was developed with input from a panel of career development experts and designed to encourage students to increase their level of self-knowledge and to understand how that information could be linked to civilian and military occupational characteristics.

The ASVAB Program recently was re-designed to be helpful to virtually all students, whether they are planing on immediate employment after high school in civilian or military occupations, or further education at a university, community college, or vocational institution.

The Eight ASVAB Test Areas
  • General Science
    • A 25-item test measuring knowledge of life, earth, space, and physical science.
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
    • A 30-item test measuring ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems.
  • Word Knowledge
    • A 35-item test measuring ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms.
  • Paragraph Comprehension
    • A 15-item test measuring ability to obtain information from written material.
  • Mathematics Knowledge
    • A 25-item test measuring knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications.
  • Electronics Information
    • A 20-item test measuring of electrical current, circuits, devices, and electronic systems.
  • Auto and Shop Information
    • A 25-item test measuring knowledge of automotive maintenance and repair and wood and metal shop practices.
  • Mechanical Comprehension
    • A 25-item test measuring knowledge of principles of mechanical devices, structural support, and properties of materials.
ASVAB Summary Results

Several composite scores are formed from different combinations of ASVAB test scores. Three composites, or Career Exploration Scores, are provided specifically to help students engage in career exploration. These scores help students to get a good sense of their verbal, math, and science and technical skills compared to other students in the same grade. ASVAB results are reported to students and counselors on the ASVAB Summary Results sheet. This report shows grade-specific, gender-specific, and combined standard scores and score bands for all eight tests and three Career Exploration Scores. It also provides students with percentile-based interpretations of those scores. The ASVAB Summary Results sheets provides students with appropriate explanations of the scores, as well as suggestions for their use.
Testing Information

Some schools in the Kern High School District offer the exam on campus. Contact the school your student attends for further information.

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updated Aug. 2019