The ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) is a two part program that includes a validated aptitude test and interest assessment sponsored by the Department of Defense with a two part mission: to provide career explorations services to American youth and provide qualified leads to military recruiters. The ASVAB CEP promotes career literacy through personalized career exploration, awareness of career-field entry requirements, and future-oriented planning tools that help students develop an action plan they can share with parents and educations. The ASVAB CEP is about understanding options and offers students a unique opportunity to learn about themselves, whether they’re interested in pursuing post-secondary education, work-based learning, or the Military.
What is the ASVAB?
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an aptitude test designed to measure developed strengths, skills, and potential for future academic and occupational success. Test results faciliate career planning, regardless of students’ post-secondary plans. It is designed to measure aptitudes in four domains: Verbal, Math, Science and Technical, and Spatial. Scores for these domains are reported as composite scores from the 10 smaller tests in the areas of General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Auto Information, Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension, and Assembling Objects. Your scores from Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Artithmetic Reasoning, and Mathematics Knowledge are combined to compute your Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT is used to determine your eligibility for enlistment in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps. Scores on all of the individual ASVAB tests are used to deterime the best job for you in the military. AFQT scores are reported as percentiles between 1 – 99. An AFQT percentile score indicates the percentage of examiness in a reference group who scored at or below that particular score.
The ASVAB is just one part of the ASVAB CEP. While scores are released to military recruiting, students have no obligation to talk to a military recruiter or enter military service. However, students in 11th and 12th grade can use their scores to consider enlistment.
Who needs to take the ASVAB?
The ASVAB is offered to all 10th, 11th, and 12th graders free of charge. If you are serious about joining the military, you definitely need to take the ASVAB. BHS participates in the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP), making the ASVAB a beneficial tool for ALL students, not just those who want to enlist in the military. Along with the test, the ASVAB CEP provides post-test guided interpretation of your ASVAB scores and a variety of online resources that allow teens to explore career options and plan for the future. For this reason, all 10th and 11th graders are encouraged to take the ASVAB to help develop your post-secondary plan. You can find more information about the ASVAB CEP at https://www.asvabprogram.com.
BHS offers the ASVAB in early fall each year and depending on scheduling and availablity the ASVAB may be offered again in the spring.
After the ASVAB
Video 1 – Understanding Your ASVAB Scores
Video 2 – Taking the FYI
Video 3 – Exploring the OCCU-Find
Video 4 – Completing Your Portfolio