The test you take before enlisting in the United States Armed Forces will also give you great insight into what civilian career would be a good fit. What better way to start your career?!
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test (ASVAB) is a test created in 1968 with the intention of mentally preparing soldiers with knowledge that identifies with the following:
- Space perception
- Numerical operations
- General information
- Tool knowledge
- Coding speed
- Attention to detail
The test has since been changed and updated to test the following areas:
CURRENT ASVAB TEST AREAS
- General Science – measures knowledge of life science, earth and space science, and physical science
- Arithmetic Reasoning – measures ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems
- Word Knowledge – measures ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms
- Paragraph Comprehension – measures ability to obtain information from written material
- Mathematics Knowledge – measures knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications
- Electronics Information – measures knowledge of electrical current, circuits, devices and electronic systems
- Auto and Shop Information – measures knowledge of automotive maintenance and repair, and wood and metal shop practices
- Mechanical Comprehension – measures knowledge of the principles of mechanical devices, structural support and properties of materials
- Assembling Objects – measures ability with spatial relationships
So…Is It An IQ Test?
The test is not an IQ test, but rather measures knowledge and ability in the aforementioned areas. It helps the Department of Defense to decipher what your strong suits are and in which jobs you will best perform.
Preparing for the Test
There are 2 different formats of the test: Computerized Test Format and Written Test Format. They each have different amounts of questions and time per section. (Learn about the different formats explained here.)
If you are thinking of taking this test, you need to familiarize yourself with the exam, decide on which format you are going to take, and take lots of practice questions! There are loads of free practice quizzes here.. and here….
Insight Into Civilian Careers
What about outside of the military? If you’re looking down the line and also want some insight into what you would be good at in the civilian world, this test can help. Interestingly, The ASVAB test is also used as an indicator of what you would be good at in the civilian world. The skills and aptitude that you test highly for now can help you translate your military to civilian career later in life.
CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program was developed with input from a panel of career-development experts and designed to encourage students to increase their level of self-knowledge and to understand how that information could be linked to civilian and military occupational characteristics.
ASVAB Career Exploration Program helps you figure out what you’re good at, what is important to you, and the jobs that match your skills and interests. After you take the test, you will participate in a series of activities to help you understand your scores, yourself, and your options.
Higher Education After The Military
Maybe the career you’ll be best suitable for after service also requires extra education. In that case, search for schools with a degree program that will lead to your desired career path here. By educating yourself of the opportunities that are available to you before you begin your military career path, you will be far ahead of others. Having a direction will lead to success. Start carving your path to success today by exploring the educational opportunities you have available to you right here.
Best of luck transitioning from your military to civilian career!
(Featured Image Courtesy: DVIDS)