Students take ASVAB test to determine military readiness

This morning while many students were enjoying an extra hour before school, some students came to school early to take the ASVAB test. The Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery test, more commonly known as the ASVAB, was given to those sophomores, juniors, and seniors who wished to take it.

Designed to inform students of many things, the approximately 3 hour ASVAB test has eight different areas: General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Auto and Shop Information, and Mechanical Comprehension.

“…There were two objectives to it. One was to get you into the military, so you can take it and… your score [determines] where you get placed in the military and readiness. And the other one is like career readiness and shows you this is your strengths and weaknesses and the career fields you are interested in. I took it for the career readiness, just to see what were my strengths and weaknesses, and just see what it came up with,” said Junior Marina Kenner, a student who took the ASVAB test this morning.

Kenner found some sections of the test definitely more challenging than others. “There was a mechanical part that was not like any other test that you regularly take,” said Kenner, “and then there was the math, science, English part which was a lot like the ACT [and] which was actually really easy, except the math portion you couldn’t use a calculator which was like wait! I don’t know!”

While some students may not want to spend a morning taking a test, Kenner found the experience very worthwhile. “I think it will really help with getting ready and it was nice to take another test because the more tests you take the better off you’ll be for the ACT and the SAT,” said Kenner, “And it was really nice that it doesn’t count for anything, so it was just a nice, free test.”