ASVAB Scores

Your ASVAB scores determine what jobs you will qualify for in the military and whether or not you are eligible for an enlistment bonus.

Four of your ASVAB sub-test scores are particularly important.  The Paragraph Comprehension (PC), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Word Knowledge (WK), and Mathematics Knowledge (MK) combine to determine your AFQT, or Armed Services Qualifying Test score.  This is one of the critical deciding factors on whether or not you are accepted into the military.

AFQT scores fall into the following categories:

93 – 99 percent is Category I

65 – 92 percent is Category II

50 – 64 percent is Category III A

31 – 49 percent is Category III B

21 – 30 percent is Category IV A

16 – 20 percent is Category IV B

10 – 15 percent is Category IV C

0 – 9 percent is Category V

The formula for determining AFQT score is AR + MK + (2 x VE), or Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) + Mathematics Knowledge (MK) + [2 + Verbal Expression (VE)].  The Verbal Expression score is derived from combining your Paragraph Comprehension (PC) and Word Knowledge (WK) scores.

Below are the percentages you need for admittance into each of the five branches.  The requirements are different for high school graduates and GED holders.

  • HS Diploma
  • GED

The graph above does not apply, however, to those who have a GED and have also earned fifteen college credits or more.  Those individuals have what is called a Tier 1, or a standing that is equivalent to having a high school diploma above.