Retesting Policies

Your exam score is an important part of the process of military enlistment, so it’s natural to want to do your very best. Scores from the Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Mathematics Knowledge sections of the exam are used to calculate an Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score. If you don’t meet minimum AFQT score requirements for the branch of the military you want to join, you won’t be allowed to enlist. Scores from the other sections of the test are used to determine if you’re eligible for training in a particular career field, which is important if your reason for enlisting is to gain work experience in an area such as engineering or mechanical maintenance.

If you aren’t satisfied with your ASVAB test scores, you can retake the test one month after your initial testing date. If you’re not happy with your second set of scores, you can retake the test if you wait one more month. After the third test, however, you will need to wait at least six months before taking the exam again. For this reason, it is best to spend plenty of time reviewing practice questions and study guides before you schedule a day to retake the test.


Since it is an aptitude test, it’s natural to score higher in some sections and lower in others. Unfortunately, military retesting policies say you must complete the entire battery of tests, every time you sit for the exam. You are not allowed to choose which sections you wish to retake.

Many people think that the pen-and-paper version of the test is harder than the computer version. While the computer assisted version of the test automatically adjusts questions to your performance level, scores are calculated in exactly the same way. Taking a different version of the test will not raise your score unless you’ve devoted extra time to studying.

Cheating on the test is not tolerated. If you retake the exam and your AFQT score improves by 20 points or more, you will be asked to take a confirmation test to verify that the scores are legitimate. If you are found to be guilty of cheating, your scores will be thrown out, and you will not be allowed to take the ASVAB for six months.