The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
Before you join the Oregon Army National Guard, you’ll need to take a standardized test called the ASVAB—Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.
Every applicant has to take the ASVAB, so don't let it intimidate you (it’s not supposed to). It’s designed to help us determine your strengths, so we can find where you’ll fit best and be most likely to succeed.
The test measures your knowledge in nine areas:
General Science - Life, earth, space, and physical sciences
Arithmetic Reasoning - Ability to solve basic math and word problems
Word Knowledge - Ability to grasp the meaning of words through synonyms
Paragraph Comprehension - Ability to understand written material
Mathematics - Math concepts and applications
Electronics - Electrical current, circuits, devices, and electronic systems
Auto and Shop - Car maintenance and repair, and wood and metal shop
Mechanical - Principles of mechanical devices, structural support, properties of materials
Assembling Objects - Ability to determine how an object will look when its parts are put together
The ASVAB is timed and takes about 3½ hours to complete. It’s a good idea to practice in advance, to get familiar with the process, and to find any areas you might need to improve before you take the real exam.
Most likely, you’ll take the exam at your school, at one of over 14,000 Military Entrance Testing Stations (METS), or at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in your area. Check with your Career Counselor to find METS and MEPS locations near you.
For more information, contact your Career Counselor.
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