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ABCs of the ASVAB

Computing the VE Score

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The Verbal Expression, or VE Score is one of the most important scores on the ASVAB. Not only is it used in computing the AFQT score, but it is also used by the services for computing many of the line scores used for military job qualifications.

The VE score is derived from two of the ASVAB subtests: Paragraph Compehension (PC) and Word Knowledge (WK)

To compute your VE score, the military adds the standard scores of your PC and WK, and then compares it to a chart very much like the one below.

A Note About Standard Scores. The standard scores are simply number correct. There are 35 Word Knowledge questions on the ASVAB and 15 Paragraph Comprehention questions, for a maximum possible added score of 50, which would equate to a VE score of 62.

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Computing the VE Score

PC+WK
Standard Scores
VE Score
0-3 20
4-5 21
6-7 22
8-9 22
10-11 25
12-13 27
14-15 29
16-17 31
18-19 32
20-21 34
22-23 36
24-25 38
26-27 40
28-29 42
30-31 44
32-33 45
34-35 47
34-35 47
36-37 49
38-39 50
40-41 52
42-43 54
44-45 56
46-47 58
48-49 60
50 62

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