Taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery

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The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is a multi-part test given by the U.S. Department of Defense. Your score determines whether you are eligible to join the U.S. military, and a high score can increase your chances of getting into your desired specialty. But even if you aren't gunning to get into the military, you may still want to consider taking the ASVAB. Here's why:

Most people take the test either to qualify for enlistment or to explore career options after high school. When you are about to graduate, everyone loves to ask you, "So what are you going to do now?" If you aren't sure yet, that question can be pretty stressful. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery can help you decide what you want to do with your future by testing how well you may perform in different careers.

Two factors determine which version of the test you will take and how administrators will interpret your results: where you take the test and your reason for taking it. The ASVAB is not a pass-or-fail test, though, so don't stress too much. You will get several scores based on your results.

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