What Scores Do You Need to Pass the ASVAB Test?

The Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB test, is required of all people trying to enlist in the United States military service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps) or the United States Coast Guard. This multiple-choice test is divided into eight subtests to assess individual subject area strengths and weaknesses. Passing (being admitted to the branch of service) is determined by a combination of ASVAB score and if the future enlistee has graduated from high school or has a GED (General Educational Development series of tests). Enlistees must also pass the ASVAB with a certain scores for each subtest to be eligible to obtain certain jobs within the service.

Air Force
The United States Air Force accepts high school graduates. The minimum ASVAB score is 36. In actual practice, though, more than 70% of those accepted for enlistment score a 50 or higher.

The United States Army accepts both high school graduates and GED holders. The minimum ASVAB score is 31. Certain enlistment bonuses require a score of 50 or higher.

Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard accepts high school graduates. The minimum score to enter the Coast Guard is 50. If the enlistee possesses certain desired skills, or scores very high on a subsection test where enlistees are needed by the Coast Guard, a waiver may be granted to accept a score as low as 36.

The United States Navy accepts both high school graduates and GED holders. As a general rule, the minimum ASVAB score is 35. Reserve enlistment programs require only a 31, but GED holders are required to score at least a 50.

Marine Corps
The United States Marine Corps accepts high school graduates; there are very few exceptions granted for GED holders or other high school equivalency certificates. The minimum ASVAB score is 32.

A passing score for entrance into any of the services is comprised of the scores of four of the subtests: word knowledge, math knowledge, paragraph comprehension, and arithmetic reasoning. According to The Education Trust, 77% of enlistees between the ages of 17 and 20 years passed the ASVAB with a score of 31 or above in 2010.

21 Comments for What Scores Do You Need to Pass the ASVAB Test?

Posted on Monday 9th December, 2013, 1:56pm

Since the GED will get harder in 2014 will the asvab requirements for GED holders drop?

Posted on Friday 23rd May, 2014, 7:36am

I have a question regarding ASVAB scores for 2014

What ASVAB scores are needed to make certain jobs in the Army such as Military Police, Combat Engineer, Infantry, and Special Forces?

Any assistance on this question, would be greatly appreciated.


Mark VanElls

Posted on Thursday 5th June, 2014, 11:05am

I want to join the Navy, but I need to know the score that I will need to pass the ASVAB. I know the minimum score is 35, but I want to know the maximum score needed.

Thank You!!

Posted on Thursday 31st July, 2014, 10:11pm

My recruiter advised me to score a 50 on the asvab in order to get a good job.

Posted on Wednesday 13th August, 2014, 3:32am

What is the minimum ASVAB score for Navy and how soon is the. Medical test. After someone might have meet up. With the minimum ASVAB score? Thanks

Posted on Monday 22nd September, 2014, 11:10pm

It is no longer 35 for the Navy.It’s 50 minimum

Posted on Friday 14th November, 2014, 12:53pm

so i need a 50 to join the navy now

Posted on Monday 8th December, 2014, 1:17am

yuhp navy is 50 now tierra

Posted on Monday 8th December, 2014, 1:09pm

The Navy requires you to score a 50 if you only have a GED. With a high school diploma, only a 35 is required. Higher scores allow you to qualify for different job positions.


Posted on Wednesday 10th December, 2014, 11:39am

I’m a high school graduate wanting to go navy but they keep telling me that I need at least a 50. If 35 is all you need how come I haven’t gotten in with the score I jave?

Posted on Wednesday 10th December, 2014, 9:04pm

I graduated high school in the philippines so i have a high school nd i am confused what is the minimum score. cause my mom is telling me that the minimum score is 50 because i didn’t graduate high school here at US. so is it really 50?

Posted on Wednesday 17th December, 2014, 2:55pm

I just spoke to a recruiter. He assured me that 35 is the score needed.



Posted on Sunday 18th January, 2015, 7:37pm

So ive had a tremendous urge to enlist. However
Im dumber than a box of rocks, is there any academic help i could get to help me thru the test

Posted on Wednesday 28th January, 2015, 1:23pm

what do i have to score on asvab to be a combat engineer in the u.s. marines?

Posted on Friday 13th February, 2015, 7:37pm

Im tryna go into 68K Medical Laboratory Specialist for the Army, does anyone know what’s the least score i can get in the ASVAB to choose this MOS?


Posted on Tuesday 17th February, 2015, 11:18am

you need a 50 but they might accept you if you are a few points lower

Posted on Saturday 21st February, 2015, 6:58pm

i graduated at the philippines, will the air force tell me to score 50 cause i didn’t graduate in US? cause i have been taking my practice test and i just kept scoring from 37 and 40


Posted on Thursday 26th February, 2015, 10:20pm

Is scoring a 50 a minimum for USMC? I have a high school diploma

Posted on Friday 6th March, 2015, 9:37am

so all i need is 31 to join the army tho?

Posted on Saturday 14th March, 2015, 9:26am

My son wants to serve in the military. He graduates this May from HS. He’s taken a practice ASVAB at school along with others wanting to join. He’s very bright and is a B student at at his school and knows the class material. However, he didn’t test well on the ASFAB pretest at school with only a 16. His concern is that he won’t get in the military and is worried he won’t be able to serve in some military capacity. Any ideas on how we can help him? Thanks!


Posted on Sunday 26th April, 2015, 2:54pm

I’m attending FAU ,I am in my sophomore year. I just decided reacently to join the army but to be a doctor. I’m 19 years old.What sould I do, what asvab score will they require?

Posted on Monday 11th May, 2015, 1:48am

So I scored a 77 for the afqt and I’m curious to what possibilities I have…

Wanna say something?

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