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Many high schools offer students the opportunity to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test (ASVAB) as part of career exploration programs during a scheduled school testing day. However, the ASVAB test scores are only acceptable for military enlistment for two years from the date of testing. If you want to join the military and it has been more than two years since you last took the ASVAB or if you have never taken the test, you need to schedule a new test.
Contact the Armed Forces Recruiting Office for your area. Recruiting office locations and contact information are listed under "Government" in the phone book and at the Today's Military website from the Department of Defense.
Schedule an appointment when you reach a recruiter for the branch of the military you wish to enter.
Attend your appointment. Your recruiter will conduct a brief interview and may give you a short pre-screening test consisting of questions from the four components of the ASVAB that comprise the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT). The AFQT determines your enlistment eligibility while the ASVAB determines what position would best suit your aptitude within the military.
Take a signed Form 680-3A-E from your recruiter. This form is the official Request for Examination needed to take the ASVAB test. Your recruiter informs you of your scheduled testing date
Practice ASVAB questions and tests are available online and in ASVAB test preparation books.
Arrive at your testing site at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled examination. Take the Request for Examination signed by your recruiter and a photo ID to your testing center.
- Practice ASVAB questions and tests are available online and in ASVAB test preparation books.
- Arrive at your testing site at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled examination. Take the Request for Examination signed by your recruiter and a photo ID to your testing center.
Ashley Mott has 12 years of small business management experience and a BSBA in accounting from Columbia. She is a full-time government and public safety reporter for Gannett.