About the ASVAB  (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

The ASVAB is a career assessment developed by the military that is administered at MHS annually.   It is free can be taken by students in grades 10, 11, or 12. Anyone can take the ASVAB for career planning purposes; you don't have to be interested in the military.

The ASVAB is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. The ASVAB was originally designed to predict future academic and occupational success in military occupations. Since its introduction in 1968, the ASVAB has been the subject of extensive research. Numerous validation studies indicate the ASVAB assesses academic ability and predicts success in a wide variety of occupations.

Taking the ASVAB is the first step in evaluating a military career but it is not exclusive to the military and anyone can benefit from taking it.  It provides an assessment of your academic strengths, personality, and work preferences. 

Following the exam, the school will arrange a score review meeting with the ASVAB Career Exploration Program manager to help you evaluate your strengths and career interest areas using the website. 

MHS offers the ASVAB or Armed Services Vocational  Aptitude Battery every November and you can sign up in the Counseling Center.   


What's on the exam?


  • General Science
    A 25-item test measuring knowledge of life science, earth and space science, and physical science
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
    A 30-item test measuring ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems
  • Word Knowledge
    A 35-item test measuring ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms
  • Paragraph Comprehension
    A 15-item test measuring ability to obtain information from written material
  • Mathematics Knowledge
    A 25-item test measuring knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications
  • Electronics Information
    A 20-item test measuring knowledge of electrical current, circuits, devices, and electronic systems
  • Auto and Shop Information
    A 25-item test measuring knowledge of automotive maintenance and repair, and wood and metal shop practices
  • Mechanical Comprehension
    A 25-item test measuring knowledge of the principles of mechanical devices, structural support, and properties of materials

ASVAB preparation and resources

ASVAB preparation: - create a free account and then under courses take the high school math and verbal skills online courses.

ASVAB info:

ASVAB Official site:

ASVAB Fact sheet:  asvab_fact_sheet.pdf