What is the ASVAB?

    The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is one of the most widely used, multiple-aptitude tests in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. More than half of all high schools nationwide administer the ASVAB test to students in grades 10, 11 and 12 (sophomores cannot use their scores for enlistment eligibility). Students may also take the test at another school or through a recruiter and may retake the test at any time.

    With thousands of different jobs for enlisted personnel and officers, there’s a lot to do in the Military. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program can help young adults identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations and develop effective strategies to realize career goals.

    The ASVAB consists of the following eight individual tests:

    • General Science
    • Arithmetic Reasoning
    • Word Knowledge
    • Paragraph Comprehension
    • Mathematics Knowledge
    • Electronics Information
    • Auto and Shop Information
    • Mechanical Comprehension

    Students are provided with scores on each of these individual tests and three Career Exploration Score composites: Verbal Skills, Math Skills and Science and Technical Skills. The battery takes approximately three hours to complete, and test results are returned to schools in a few weeks.

    The Military uses students’ ASVAB scores to identify the occupations that best suit their abilities. Junior, senior and post secondary school students can use their ASVAB scores for enlistment for up to two years after taking the test.

    Testing Dates

    Norco High School is hosting the Spring ASVAB this school year on Thursday, November 2, 2017. Testing begins at 8:00 a.m. Students must check-in at 7:45 a.m. in the Library. Students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. will not be allowed to test.  Please arrive on or before 7:45 a.m.

    Who can test?

    The ASVAB test is only open to all juniors and seniors.  Due to the testing location, room and space is limited.  Ninth and tenth graders are welcome to take the practice tests found online using the links listed below.

    Permission Slips

    Students interested in taking the ASVAB must turn in their permission slip to Ms. Villalobos in the Career Center by no later than Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  Students who are not 18 or older must have a parent signature.

    Print out the PERMISSION SLIP and turn it in to the Career Center on or before the deadline.

    An important message to students:

    The ASVAB test at Norco High School is the official test.  This is not a practice test so please do your best. The higher the score you receive, the better chances you have to get the job you want once you join the military.  For those who are taking the ASVAB to explore your career options and what to major in college, please take advantage of all the programs that the ASVAB Career Exploration Program can give you.  Tests like the ASVAB are very expensive once you are out of high school.   

    Helpful Links

    Use these links to learn more about the ASVAB and use the free practice tests to help you study:



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     ASVAB Practice Test Online