Auto and Shop Information

Questions on the Auto and Shop Information portion of the ASVAB may deal with topics such as:

  • Types of automotive tools
  • Types of shop tools
  • Properties of building materials
  • Automotive systems
  • Automotive components
  • Procedures for automotive troubleshooting and repair
  • Building and construction procedures

There are 25 questions on the Auto and Shop Information section. You have 11 minutes to complete this portion of the test, which means that you have less than 30 seconds to spend on each question. Learning how to manage your time effectively is essential if you hope to do well on this section. Time yourself as you’re completing practice-test questions to determine if you’re working at the appropriate pace.

To prepare for the Auto and Shop Information portion of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, it’s a good idea to make flash cards regarding common vocabulary words. Many people have an intuitive understanding of automotive repair and building procedures, but do not know the proper terminology for various tools and techniques.

The topics covered on the Auto and Shop Information section of the exam are part of the standard curriculum in high school auto, wood, and metal shop classes. If you have not taken these types of courses in high school, you may want to have a friend explain the operation of a lawnmower or show you how to build a simple structure in order to give you a practical demonstration of key concepts.

The Auto and Shop Information section of the ASVAB is not part of the four sections that are used to determine the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score that decides if you’re eligible for military enlistment. However, your Auto and Shop Information score is used to calculate a series of Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) scores. Also called “line scores” or “composite scores,” MOS scores help your recruiter decide if you’re a good fit for training in a specific field. You need a high Auto and Shop Information score in order to be eligible for training in combat operations, general maintenance, and mechanical maintenance.