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Military Job Line Scores

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The AFQT score is used solely to determine whether or not a person is eligible to join a particular branch of the military. The AFQT score is not used to determine whether or not someone is qualified to be trained in a specific military job. Military job qualification is determined based on Line Scores, which are derived from individual ASVAB subtest scores.

Air Force

The Air Force has four composite score areas made up from the individual ASVAB sub-tests, known as MAGE. All of the Air Force line scores are percentile scores, ranging from 0-99. The four composite score areas that make up MAGE are:

  • Mechanical Aptitude Score - Determined from General Science (GS), Mechanical Comprehension (MC), and Auto/Shop (AS).
  • Administrative Aptitude Score - Verbal Expression (VE).
  • General Aptitude Score - Determined from Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) and and Verbal Expression (VE).
  • Electronics Aptitude Score - Determined from General Science (GS), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK), and Electronics Information (EI).

See our Air Force Enlisted Job Description & Qualifications pages to see what composite scores are required for each Air Force enlisted AFSC (job).

Army

The Army determines job qualification from ten separate composite scores made up from various sub-tests of the ASVAB. The Army Composite Scores are:

  • Clerical (CL) - Determined from Verbal Expression (VE), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), and Mathematics Knowledge (MK).
  • Combat (CO) - Determined from Verbal Expression (VE), Auto & Shop (AS) and Mechanical Comprehension (MC).
  • Electronics (EL) - Determined from General Science (GS), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK) and Electronic Information (EI).
  • Field Artillery (FA) - Determined from Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) Mathematics Knowledge (MK) and Mechanical Comprehension (MC).
  • General Maintenance (GM) - Determined from General Science (GS), Auto & Shop (AS), Mathematics Knowledge (MK) and Electronics Information (EI).
  • General Technical (GT) - Determined from Verbal Expression (VE) and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR).
  • Mechanical Maintenance (MM) - Determined from Auto & Shop (AS), Mechanical Comprehension (MC) and Electronic Information (EI).
  • Operators and Food (OF) - Determined from Verbal Expression (VE), Auto & Shop (AS) and Mechanical Comprehension (MC).
  • Surveillance and Communications (SC) - Determined from Verbal Expression (VE), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Auto & Shop (AS) and Mechanical Comprehension (MC).
  • Skilled Technical (ST) - Determined from General Science (GS), Verbal Expression (VE), Mechanical Comprehension (MC) and Mathematics Knowledge (MK).

See our Army Enlisted Job Description & Qualifications pages to see what composite scores are required for specific Army MOS's (jobs).

Marine Corps

The Marine Corps determines job qualifications from three separate composite scores made up from various sub-tests of the ASVAB. The Marine Corps Composite Scores are:

  • Electronics Repair, Missile Repair, Electronics & Communications (EL) - Determined from General Science (GS), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK) and Electronic Information (EI).
  • General Maintenance, Construction, Utility and Chemical Maintenance (MM) - Determined from General Science (GS), Auto & Shop (AS), Mathematics Knowledge (MK) and Electronics Information (EI).
  • General Technical, Special and Officer Programs (GT) - Determined from Verbal Expression (VE) and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR).

See our Marine Corps Enlisted Job Description & Qualifications pages to see what composite scores are required for specific Marine Corps MOS's (jobs).

Navy & Coast Guard

The Navy and the Coast Guard don't use line scores. Instead, the use direct ASVAB subtest standard scores for job qualification determination. In other words, if a Navy job requires an ASVAB score of "VE+EI+AR=90," that means the total of your Verval Expression score, your Electronic Information score, and your Arithmetic Reasoning score must be equal to, or above 90.

See our Navy Enlisted Job Description & Qualification pages and our Coast Guard Enlisted Job Description & Qualification pages for ASVAB line score requirements for specific Navy and Coast Guard ratings (jobs).

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