If you’re planning to complete the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, you may have questions about how your score results and the personal information you provide will be used.
Testing in High Schools
Rules and regulations regarding completion of the ASVAB by high school students vary widely from state to state and even from school district to school district. Some schools automatically administer the test to all students, while others have optional testing policies. The majority of states do not require parental consent for students to complete the test, or allow students to decide who will have access to their results. Students who are concerned about the privacy of their information should contact their local school district before testing day.
If you are a high school student taking the exam as a career-exploration tool, you will want to keep in mind that the test places you under no obligation to the military. Information about your score is used by the United States Department of Defense primarily for research purposes, although a recruiter may contact you if your school allows for the release of this information, and your scores indicate that you would be well-suited to military service.
Your school will have access to your test results, but this is only to assist you in career planning activities. Your test scores will not be used to determine high school grades or class ranking.
Although it is a standardized test, ASVAB scores have no impact on the college-application process. College admissions officers use your high school GPA and your ACT or SAT scores to determine whether or not you will be admitted.
Testing for Military Recruitment
If you are taking the test as part of the process of military enlistment, your test scores will be used by United States Armed Forces recruiters to determine if you are eligible for service. Scores from the Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Mathematics Knowledge portions of the exam are used to calculate an Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT). Each branch of the military has minimum AFQT score requirements.