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.

The United States Army accepts both high school graduates and GED holders. The minimum ASVAB score is 31.

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. The minimum ASVAB score is 35.

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 31.

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.

6 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

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