Comparing ASVAB Tests

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Oct 9, 2020 10:16:20 AM

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a series of aptitude tests that evaluates developed abilities in order to predict future academic and professional success in the military. 

Students take the ASVAB to determine their best-fit path when it comes to military enlistment and careers. They have the option to take the computerized ASVAB (CAT-ASVAB) or the paper and pencil ASVAB, also known as the MET-site ASVAB, and they can also participate in the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP).

Here are some advantages of taking the CAT-ASVAB:

  • Reduced testing time (average testing time is 1.5 hours)

  • Students can work and move on at their own pace

  • Immediate scoring
  • Reduced scoring errors

  • Standardized instructions and procedures

Here are some factors to consider around the MET-site ASVAB:

  • Administered at a Military Entrance Test site in different cities
  • Recruiter referral required
  • The MET is an eight-area, multiple-choice exam where students will write their answers on a separate answer sheet.
  • Unlike the CAT-ASVAB, students may not leave the testing room if they finish before the other testers.

Here’s how the ASVAB CEP works:

  • Students take the ASVAB at their school to identify their skills, then they take the Find Your Interests (FYI) interest inventory to identify their interests.
  • Students then use the results of the ASVAB and FYI to find a list of matching careers in the OCCU-Find database.

For a handy visual guide on comparing these exams, download the Comparing ASVAB Tests chart below:

Comparing ASVAB Tests

For more information on the ASVAB and military readiness, educators can log on to the Texas OnCourse Academy and look for the module under Postsecondary Pathways > Entrance and Placement Exams > ASVAB.

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