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ABCs of the ASVAB



PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2011) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) take the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. The
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cheng Yang/Wikimedia Commons

The ASVAB contains nine separately timed sub-tests:

General Science (GS) - 25 questions concerning general high school-level science (biology, chemestry, physics, environmental science, astronomy, ect.) with an 11 minute time-limit.

Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) - 30 math word problems with a 36 minute time-limit.

Word Knowledge (WK) - 35 question vocabulary test, with an 11 minute time-limit.

Paragraph Comprehension (PC) - 15 reading comprehension questions with a 13 minute time-limit.

Auto & Shop (AS) - 25 questions about principles of automobiles and recognition of common tools, with an 11 minute time-limit.

Mathematics Knowledge (MK) - 25 math questions with a 24 minute time-limit.

Mechanical Comprehension (MC) - 25 questions concerning mechanical principles, with a 19 minute time-limit.

Electronics Information (EI) - 20 questions about basic electronics, with a 9 minute time-limit.

Assembling Objects (AS) - 16 questions, which measure your ability with spatial relationships, with a 9 minute time-limit.

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