MEPS Confirmation ASVAB Test

ASVAB Confirmation Test

For some time now I have been getting email questions regarding the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), specifically about the confirmation test and what is it about. I answered each question confidentially and tailored the answer to the individual, I will continue to do that, but those questions prompted me to put the regulation into, hopefully, an understandable way. So here it goes! (Remember, the AFQT score is what is used to indicate your aptitude for service; it is not, by itself, the score used to determine what Navy job you may qualify for – that is what the ASVAB line scores are used for.)

Confirmation testing applies to any person who was given a retest on any version of the (ASVAB) who’s ASVAB score increased 20 AFQT points or more than their previous test score, and the two tests are taken within 6 months of each other, they are required to take the confirmation test. If 6 months passed from the date of the retest then the confirmation test is not required no matter what the AFQT point increase may have been. The rule applies regardless if it was an enlistment or a student ASVAB when deciding if a confirmation retest is required.

Confirmation testing cannot be given at a school or MET site, it will only be conducted in the MEPS and it is a full version containing all sections of the ASVAB.

If you fall into the above rule, and you complete a confirmation test, your AFQT from the confirmation test must be compared to the previous test. If your confirmation test AFQT is higher than the AFQT from the previous test, or the AFQT from the confirmation test does not decrease by more than half the value of the retest’s gain, then you have met the required criteria for a successful confirmation test. The results from the test that made you take the confirmation test in the first place becomes the score you will use for enlistment, not the confirmation test score.

If your confirmation ASVAB test AFQT goes down more than half of your initial point increase (retest AFQT minus previous test AFQT), you will be required to complete a confirmation interview.

UPDATE: Per USMEPCOM Regulation 611-1, dated November 4, 2013 — effective December 4, 2013, the Confirmation Interview requirement is no longer required. The Confirmation Test is now officially a pass/fail test based on the score you achieve as defined in this post.

An example; If you got a 33 AFQT on the first test and two months later you take a retest and score a 59 AFQT. Because the test was within 6 months the 26 point increase of your AFQT will require you to take a confirmation test (unless you wait 6 more months). If on the confirmation test you scored a 45 AFQT which is 14 points less than the retest AFQT (greater than half of the 26 point increase) – you will require the interview.

The interview will determine the cause of the anomaly and scores associated with the confirmation test are held from further processing pending results of that interview.

If you are required to take the Confirmation ASVAB Test and refuse to go to the MEPS to take it, you will no longer be allowed to take the pencil and paper ASVAB tests. If you refuse to return for the confirmation interview, you must wait 6 months for further processing from the date of the confirmation test. After the 6 month wait, you may voluntarily retest at the MEPS or process using your last valid test score (the score that prompted the confirmation test would not be a valid test unless you did take the confirmation test).

Hope this helps, feel free to ask questions!

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  1. tanny says:

    I think you made a mistake in your example. In the example the person scored more than half of the retest gain and you said that the person will have to take the interview. I spotted this mistake and decide to inform you.Please correct it has soon has possible cause pepole will get confused.

  2. kenny says:

    Why should the person take the interview when he scored higher than half of the retest gain.Thanks

  3. NCCM(ret) says:

    “If on the confirmation test you scored a 45 AFQT which is 14 points less than the retest AFQT (greater than half of the 26 point increase) – you will require the interview.”

    Not sure how to say it any better than this. The original test was a 33, then you get a 59 – that is a 26 point difference. If you score on the confirmation test LESS than half of the difference of the 33 to the 59 (more than 13 points) then an interview is required. In the example the person scored a 45 which is 14 points less than the 59, one point less than the minimum threshold required. Make sense? It is the policy.

  4. kenny says:


  5. shawn says:

    if you waited six months for you retest,and hit twenty points higher than the previous test would you be required to take the retest.

  6. NCCM(ret) says:


    If you waited 6 months and scored 20 points higher a confirmation test would not be required.

  7. luis says:

    if some one took the test three times and the six months have passed and he or she is ready for the fourth retest and score more than 20 points does he or she have to take a confirmation test? thanks

  8. NCCM(ret) says:


    If 6 months pass and you take the test again you will not have to take a confirmation test no matter how many points higher you may score.

  9. luis says:


  10. jean says:

    how do you know he will not require a confirmation test ouch?

  11. NCCM(ret) says:


    The instruction states to the effect, “If 6 months passed from the date of the retest then the confirmation test is not required no matter what the AFQT point increase may have been.”

  12. Carlos Rios says:

    I have taken the test four times. Before the fourth test, I had to wait six months. I was determined to pass the ASVAB, therefore, I paid 200 dollars to an person who gave me tips and strategies to practice, bought the Baron’s DVD, bought the ASVAB book and studied at home for a month prior to the date of the 4th test. I used all the practice tests on and many other tests I could find on the internet and passed all the tests using all the tips and stragtegies suggested by all internet resources, book, DVD, website and the day of the test, the ASVAB was totally different than the tests I prepared for and had taken in the past. Unfortunately, I still didn’t pass. Test one was taken in November 2007( scored a 17) , test two: June 2008 ( scored 28) Test three: November 2008( scored 28) and the fourth test: June 8 2009 ( scored 25). No one has told me about this confirmation ASVAB test. Should I keep trying? What aother alternatives do I have? I really want join the armed forces and feel the doors are closing on me. The fourth test was totally different becasue no one told me that I had to perpare for another test. For example, in the first three tests, the WK had 35 words to define in 11 minutes. In the 4th test, I had 16 words and 8 minutes in WK section. I compared the score of the 4th test with the WK score of the 3rd test, got the same standardized score and still did not pass. I am not frustrated yet, but would like to know where can I get an accurate practice for the ASVAB, but moreover, undrstand how scores are determined or tests are scored. It seems to me that DODS is making it more difficult for people to join the Arm Forces. Any advice? Thank you for the attention on this matter.

  13. NCCM(ret) says:


    I have had applicants retake the test as many as 8 times before they finally passed the ASVAB. Keep at it!

    Read, read and read some more. When you find a word during your reading you are not familiar with, look it up – write down the definition and use it in a sentence. This method will build your vocabulary, taking practice tests only test your knowledge about the subject when you take it – the test will teach you nothing but how many questions there may be.

    Practice your multiplication and division (basic math). Pick numbers, any combination of numbers and add, multiply, divide and subtract them. Practice, practice, practice! Then work the fractions and percentages – what percent is 12.75 of 130? How would the number be represented as a fraction?

    Did I mention read? Read everything you can get your hands on, cover to cover!

    Practicing these things will not only help you on the ASVAB but also in life.

    Good luck my friend! Thank you for visiting and let me know how you progress.

  14. Carlos Rios says:

    Thank you for answering so promptly. I will take your advice!

  15. Kesha says:

    What if you don’t go and take the confirmation test. Would the score you made be invaild? Or can you just wait six months and then try again to go in? How long is your score vaild for? All of this so confusing. My nephew took the test once and scored a 30. He waited four months and stupied very hard and we even got him a tutor. He then retakes the test and scores a 74. Now they wants him to b retested. I think that is so wrong. Retaking that test is so stressful it isn’t funny. Be help me better uderstand this system.

  16. NCCM(ret) says:


    The confirmation test is just a different version of the ASVAB test he took (same format just different questions), all the versions have the same difficulty level. It has been my experience that people who take the confirmation test do just fine.

    I wish him good luck, let us know how he does!

  17. kesha says:

    So he will have to take the confirmaton test no matter what? Even if he decided to wait a few months before he goes back and talk to another recruiter. He is afraid that they will be watching him personally to see if he does something different and the thought of that is making him nervous. The first time he took it he was very nervous and made a bad score.
    How long do they make you wait before you can take the confirmation test?

  18. NCCM(ret) says:

    If he decides not to take the confirmation test he will have to wait 6 months to take a retest. Honestly though – he should just take the confirmation test, it is just like the ASVAB he just took – worst case is he fails the confirmation test and he’d have to wait 6 months anyway…so take the test!!

    The confirmation test is designed only to make sure the person who is getting the new and much higher score is really the person who is the one to be joining the service – there is not a special person watching him take it – the only difference is he has to take it up at the MEPS, the test control officer will check his ID and ask him why he got a much higher score than the first time he took it. Getting a tutor is absolutely a good reason!!

    From everything you have told he me should do just fine!! Tell him to relax and go kick the test’s butt!!

  19. kesha says:

    You have been so helpful concerning this matter. One more question. If he didn’t pass the confirmation test does he have to go back to MEPS to retake his test in six months. Or can he go locally andr retest.

    I think he will do just fine. But you never know and it’s good to have some answers for whats next.

  20. NCCM(ret) says:

    The confirmation test is the only ASVAB test required to be taken at the MEPS. If he takes a retest 6 months from now he can take it anywhere the test is offered.

    If the confirmation test is giving him this much mental anguish, he may want to reflect more deeply about joining – I know he will be confronted with much greater stress situations while serving. I know the ramifications of the test – I know it can be stressful because it is a controlling factor and is a presumed gateway to the future but he needs to relax, do his best and live life!

    Remember, we are defined by what we do with the things we can control and how we react to the things we can not :)

  21. kesha says:

    You have been so helpful through this tough time for my family. Of all the recruiters I have had the pleasure speaking with none of them explain it the way you have. This website is very helpful and you give such straight to the point answers. Another thing is your response time to a question. If I have anymore questions in the future regarding the military I know where to come.

    He wants go in so bad to better himself and get a better education. Also to have something that he can be proud of. I just wanted help him somehow. I needed to ask the question that he didn’t understand. I hope I wasn’t too much of a problem. The military process can be very hard to understand if you know nothing about it.

    Again, NCCM(ret) you have been a great help to me and my family.

    I will let you know how well he does.

  22. NCCM(ret) says:

    Kesha, thank you for your comments! I hope you share my site with others :)

    If you or anyone ever need to contact me about questions regarding this site or its content (I get a lot and respond to all questions and enjoy researching the answers) you can use my email owner[at] (the [at]=@ to reduce spam) I will keep any and all conversations private via email.

    Tom Goering
    NCCM USN(ret)

  23. Justin says:

    I was looking up reasons for retesting the ASVAB. The first time I took it, I scored a 33. I’m not going for the Navy, but for the National Guard. I have to score a 50 or higher to get in in my state and also doing the GED+ program. When I went for the retest, which was a month after my first test, my AFQT score was a 55. My recruiter told me I had to do the confirmation test a month later. I was wondering why I had to do that, I mean I didn’t struggle or anything for the test, but I pushed my limits further. I took the first test on the computer, and my second was the paper and pencil version. Now my recruiter told me that the reasoning behind the confirmation test was because maybe the personnel at MEPS think that somebody else took the test for me or they just want to see why all of the sudden an increase jump in my score. I would like to know the real reason behind the retest, and I sort of wish I would have known sooner, I would have studied for more MOS’s.

  24. NCCM(ret) says:

    The confirmation test is in place to verify the score. If in a short period of time a score goes a person’s score rises substantially for no apparent reason then MEPS owes it to the service, the applicant and the tax payer to verify the score as not to place the person into a job/service they may not be academically ready to pursue. A majority of the people who take the confirmation test do just fine, but some do verify that the lower score obtained during the first test was more inline with their level of academic prowess.

    So, the short answer is: The confirmation test is used to verify which score is a real reflection of a persons knowledge level during the period of the testing.

  25. unknown says:

    What happen if you took the confirmation test and didn’t pass? How long do you have to wait to retest? Also are you required to take it at MEPS or can you take it at any local MET site.

  26. NCCM(ret) says:

    6 months from the date of the test.

  27. Sam says:

    My situation is a bit complicating but for the last 4 months Ive been trying to get into the military, at first I was trying to get into the Air force I took the asvab and got a 46. They told me I had to get a 50 or above I visited the Navy recruiter the same day and they told me to I needed to get a 50 or above too, The recruiter told me I should retake it but there would be a risk of me getting a lower score. I retook the test, (It was a bad day for me to take it) but that time I managed to get a 38. I believe a month later I visited the Coast Guard guys with my 46 and they had my paperwork ready and everything until they looked into my scores and saw that my recent score was a 38 so I had to retake the test a 3rd time and that time I got a 66. I kept in touch with the recruiter from time to time and eventually I received a phone call saying that I was a “SHU IN” I just had to take a confirmation test to confirm that I did not cheat.They told me it would have no affect on my score, Im in I just need to take the confirmation test. I took the confirmation test and got a 41. This really upset me because they turned around and said they would have to take my 41! but to get in the coast guard, I would need a 45 they told me they would call me back to see if they can waiver me the 4 points. In the process I return to the navy recruiter to keep a my options open. One of the recruiters happened to be a good family friend from a while back, he gave me advice and told me what I COULD do for the navy, he told me that they would have to request my scores and see whats up from there. He got an email saying that I would have to be interviewed. I figured navy would be the best thing for me I no longer want to invest my time with the Coast Guard I have gotten nothing but long waits and unanswered questions I was being persistant and got nothing out of it. What advice could you give me at this point? If I were to do this interview would there be a good chance I could enlist? What’s the interview about and how can I prepare for it?

    Thanks kindly,

  28. NCCM(ret) says:


    As I wrote in my post, “The interview will determine the cause of the anomaly and scores associated with the confirmation test are held from further processing pending results of that interview.” That said, you have to have the interview if you ever want to process for any service. There is no preparing for it; just be yourself and answer honestly. No reason to be nervous as it is procedure. Nobody is thinking you cheated on the test; that is a very common and wrong perception. Keep in mind, the scores are used not only to determine eligibility for service, but also what jobs you may qualify for, so it is imperative the MEPS gets this right. It is for your sake as well as the service’s.

    For future responses, I will answer your questions directly, via email, in-order to maintain your privacy. To email me; owner[at] ([at] = @ :))

  29. tom says:

    I took the asvab 4 times and on the 4th test i got a 34 but the navy test me to soon b/c i had to wait 6 month.. do i have to wait 6 month again??

  30. NCCM(ret) says:


    Yes, regrettably, you would have to wait 6 months to retest.

  31. lorena says:

    i have taken the test twice first one was on december n i got 16 second one was today n i got 80 they said i have to take a confirmation test. how long i have to wait to take the confirmation test n what is the minimun i have to score in the confirmation test?

  32. NCCM(ret) says:

    If you require a confirmation test, you do not have a waiting period – your recruiter can schedule the confirmation test asap.

  33. lorena says:

    thank u so much

  34. tom says:

    anytime after the the 3rd time u have to wait 6 month rite?

  35. tom says:

    anytime after the 3rd time u have to wait 6 month until u pass it rite? not a year?

  36. Shawn says:

    Recently, I took test and scored 61 but a month before I scored 40. Now my score increased 21 points than last month they are telling me to take the confirmation test so that they would know that I really didn’t cheated. I think that is what they wanted to see. They don’t think how hard I worked they just wanna know whether I cheated or not. If it’s not true what the hell they want us to take the confirmation test. I’m regretting now that I scored that score point because I have to give whole test again.

  37. NCCM(ret) says:

    I say again, the confirmation test is not a test designed to see if you cheated! The confirmation test is to see which score, the 40 or the 61, is the real you. If they suspected cheating, they would not be giving you another test – they would be starting a criminal investigation!

  38. Mike says:

    Know this is a Navy site but maybe you could answer a question for me. My son took the ASVAB and scored 36 and was denied entry into the Air Force due to the low score. We looked at the Army and was told he could get in with the score. A little about him – he is a high graduaute and can speak 2 foregin language fluently. With these skill we were looking at maybe him being able to be a linguist or translator. However,we were told his scores were too low. I asked if he could retake the ASVAB in hopes of getting a higher score and improving his chances but was told if he did and scored lower they would go on the lower score since it was the latest and it would limit his job choices even further. The claimed they were working on a waiver to try to get him the positions but at MEPS the counselor told him he had no record of this and offered him a choice of 4 jobs – cook, canon crew member, refueler, and transportation. He went with the transportion and got a 3 month ship date. I ask the recuriter if that during this time if he try to improve his score and see if he could get into the translator/linguist slot prior to shipping. I was told he could retake the test but if he scored lower he could loose his contract if he score falls below the 36. Is what I am being told true or is the recuriter not telling me everything.

  39. NCCM(ret) says:

    I do not know how the Army works, but the Navy does have a policy for retesting while in the Delayed Entry Program –

  40. Gasper Rios says:

    I have taken the test 4 times, but I didn’t use internet, now I’m, I’m using Ace the asvab program, am i doing the right thing to pass it w/ a good score now?

  41. NCCM(ret) says:


    There are only 4 sections on the ASVAB that count toward your score for qualification; the sections are arithmetic reasoning (AR), mathematics knowledge (MK), word knowledge (WK), and paragraph comprehension (PC). What ever you can do to increase your proficiency in those subjects the better (PC and WK = VE). AR is basically word problems – like if a man drives 35 miles on one gallon of gas – how many miles per gallon does he get? O.K. – a little more difficult than that, but you get the message. MK is basic algebra – solve for X sorta stuff – like 3x=3*7 which is x = 7 sorta thing. WK is like poised = balanced. PC is potentially the easiest section – you read a paragraph and answer questions from the information you gathered from what you read – the answers are in the paragraph! The only issue is the time.

    Practice reading! I mentioned it in an earlier post – read everything; what you don’t understand – look it up! Math should be simple if you comprehend what you read – it is again practice – it is easy to answer my first example about gas mileage because it is broken down to its most basic element already, but the question won’t be that easy – VISUALIZE the questions – make them real to you – if it is spending money, then make it YOUR money!

    As you are aware, the test is timed. Practice will increase your confidence – confidence will allow you to complete the test sooner, so to your question, “Will ACE [help you]?” Yes – anything that increases your proficiency in the above disciplines is a great thing.

    Hope this helps :)

  42. ZOE ZHANG says:

    I have taken the test 4 times Test one was taken in February 2009 (scored 11) Test two was taken in April 2009 (scored 17 at computer
    ) Test three was taken in August 2009 (scored 30) and Test four was taken at September 2009 (scored 42) I was very exciting I can join the army but I waitted for a few days my ret told me the score is invalid because I took four time in six months so the last one was invalid and I was not give up just yesterday six months passed the Ret told me do not take the Testbook as same as you last time take I remeber last time I took the Testbook was 25B and just yesterday I took the Test the Testbook was 26B scored 47 and I can join the army but I can not remeber the early times is this a problem

  43. NCCM(ret) says:


    Congratulations; as long as the 6 months has gone by (day for day), that 47 should be a good score!

  44. ZOE ZHANG says:

    thanks fou you help and one more question how many days can the RET get my score in his system thanks
    you have a nice day thenk you sir

  45. Janarra says:

    Okae, so I am really frustrated right now with everything that is going on. I really hope you can answer my questions because not even my recruiter can explain it clearly to me. So this is what happend, in January 12th i took the asvab for the airforce and got a 42, then my dad decided that he wanted me to join the navy and not the airforce becuase my whole family is in the navy. So then i went to the navy recruiter and i told him that i am willing to wait a month to retake the test since i was not happy with my score. In february 26 i took the asvab again and got a 51. Now when i went to the test site, i told the test admin that i was retaking the test in other words i was doing a retest. He clearly said that when he asked who are the people retaking the test \, i dont have to raise my hand since he knows who i am, before handing me my test booklet, he showed me the paper that i signed to take the test the first time and asked me if that was mine, i answered yes and he handed me the booklet. Now, i didnt realize that he had given me the same booklet. Then a week passed by and I heard from my recruiter and he said that I need to take the confirmation test because my 2nd test was not valid. I think that its not fair how they want me to take the confirmation test when it wasnt me who made a mistake, i did what i was suppose to do. But now all i can do is wait for my recruiter to call, I dont want to wait 6 months, I want to leave by june. It would kill me to wait for 6 months. Please help me. Thank you very much. I got a 51 on my 2nd test by the way, I used the kaplan asvab book.

  46. NCCM(ret) says:


    If your score of 42 was from the first test you have ever taken, followed by the second test after 30 days, then you are eligible to retest again 30 days after the second test. Any test after that require a 6 month wait.

    You did not score enough points to require a confirmation test. 42 to a 51 is only a 9 point difference; a confirmation test requires a 20 point or more difference — more than likely you just need a retest because of the duplicate test taken within a 6 month period.

    Your Recruiter can call MEPS and get the exact date you are eligible to retest; if he has trouble calling the MEPS, he can fill out a DD-714, have you sign it, and submit it for an official response as to when you are eligible to retest.

    Re-test information can be found on this page –

  47. Janarra says:

    Okay,well I calledmy recruiter today and he said that he has to go aheadand check back with meps, with i told him about the options that you told me about finding out the exact date i can take my test and he said he will go ahead and double check with meps.thanks a lot and i will definitely tell everyone in our women redefined page on facebook about your site! :] Thanks again and more power. !

  48. Janarra says:

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I switched recruiters yesterday. And I told thwm about my problem, fortunately my issue was old news to them. So they got me all set up for meps on Monday and Tuesday. I have to take a confirmation test but that’s ok. They guaranteed it will be the last time. I just want to thank you for answering my questions. You made me realize that my options are right in front of me and if my recruiter is not doing anything about it then I will. Thanks again and more power!


  49. Rebecca says:

    This is my situation… I took the ASVAB on January of last year and scored a 32, I didn’t study and it was 6 yrs that I hadn’t taken a math class. Well after that i studied for 3 months straight and scored an 82 the second time. Then my recruiter took sooooo long to get some medical papers together, it gave me time to think and I decided not join. Now, a year later I decided I wanted to join and they are telling me that I have to take a confirmation test, and my question is what’s the “ok” score for me? I am working now so I don’t have the same time as before to study as I did then. I’m sure I can do good but what would be the “passing” score in my situation? Thank you so much in advance.

  50. NCCM(ret) says:

    You need, of course, to pass the ASVAB with at least a 35QT, the minimum eligible score. That said, do your best and get another 80+! Worst case, you have to have an interview – that isn’t a bad thing; either way, you will be fine – don’t try and get in a range to try and avoid it, I say again, do your best!

  51. Kerri says:

    So i scored a 59 on the practice test today. Is that good? Bad? Okay-ish?

  52. NCCM(ret) says:


    Above average. The practice test is a fairly good indicator on how you’ll do, and you should do just fine.

    Now, go take the ASVAB! :)

  53. junn says:

    hi there! i just really don’t know whats going on and kinda need some understanding. so i took the asvab three times, 1st scored a 17 then a 43 and then i had to take a confirmation test and failed it! am just wondering how long will it be till i can retake the test. my recruiter told me i’d have to wait atleast a year after my third test and am hearing that you can retake it after 6 months. but as of right now am just confused cause i was told that i’d have to go through an interview which i don’t mind but really how long does it take to schedule an interview too? and what does the interview really concist of? its almost been a month and still i havent heard anything from anyone and i’m just wondering if i didn’t qualify or if thats just it, i gotta wait a year again! if i go through the interview does that mean i can enlist or are they just going to ask me to wait and then retake the test again

  54. NCCM(ret) says:


    You have to wait 6 months from the date of the confirmation test.

    You had a 26 point difference between the 17 (first test) and 43 (2nd test) which means a 29QT or less on the confirmation test would trigger the interview requirement (greater than half of the difference).

  55. bob says:

    If I have to wait 6 months to take the asvab test again. What happens if I get the same exact test after my 6 months wait is completed? Does that test count for me as an actual score? Or do I have to wait another 6 months?

  56. NCCM(ret) says:


    If you are on your third retest, and you have to wait the 6 months, then the version is not going to be an issue.

  57. Bob says:

    The reason why I have to wait 6 months because meps said I took the same test without a month going by so my recruiter said if I take the same test again it’s going to count is this true? I just want to make sure

  58. NCCM(ret) says:


    Yes, after 6 months it would count.

    Not that it would matter, if you recall the test version, and they try and give you the same version again – just tell the test administrator that and he/she will more than likely give you a different test – I say this, not because it will matter AT ALL from the testing prospective, but may make you feel better before you take it – and, that can’t be a bad thing.

    Good luck!

  59. beejay says:

    Can you still get in even though you didnt passed the confirmation test? because they told me that i got lower score on confirmation test than the 1st retake test I took. And they scheduled me for interview. Does that mean im not eligible to get in the NAVY?

  60. NCCM(ret) says:


    If your confirmation test score is not sufficient for enlistment, then you will have to take another ASVAB when eligible. Follow your Recruiter’s direction as it pertains to the interview and the retest.

  61. beejay says:

    but what if for example i got 73 on my retest and then i got 52 on confirmation test. does it mean i didnt passed the confirmation?

  62. NCCM(ret) says:


    The minimum score for a person to join the Navy is a 35QT if you are considered a high school diploma graduate, and a 50QT if you are considered a non-high school diploma graduate.

    So, if you got a 52QT on the confirmation test and you pass the interview, then you would be test eligible to join.

    ADD: The reason for a confirmation interview has been discussed many times in this post and comments (comment XXVIII has a good explanation).

  63. beejay says:

    Thank you so much this site is very helpful. Last question(sorry), What are they gonna do with me on the interview?

  64. tom says:

    i need to take the confirmation test. first score was 31. second was 60

  65. Shaun says:

    Hello first up… me the computer test is way easier then the written test….. one principle reason is that second guessing is costly. I took the written and got a 25 I was shock. I was determine to pass this test…i went and bough the asvab for dummies booklet. and went up to a 51……also was very helpful….i got a 103 on the GT planning to retake the asvab test….and get even higher….wake up in the morning eat a banana and study….start with the basics and once you understand it…move on…..challenge yourself….read and read and read and read it over and over till it sinks into your brain. good luck all……..future brothers in arm…

  66. bob says:

    Hi I Was wondering if someone new which formula is used to grade the ASVAB?

  67. NCCM(ret) says:


    The formula to calculate the AFQT is on this page:

  68. John says:

    Question I took the asvab feb of 2009 and retested Oct 2010. In feb of 09 I scored a 30 and in Oct of 10 I scored a 52. I was told I have to take a conformation test. Is that true?

  69. NCCM(ret) says:


    You should not require a confirmation test because your first retest was more than 6 months after your initial test.

  70. john says:

    My Recruiter is new. What can i do to get him to understand that i dont have to take a conformation test. He is trying to get me to take it Oct. 24. Should i go to another recruiter station? How can i show him i do not need a conformation test?

  71. NCCM(ret) says:


    Your Recruiter is not the person who decides you need a confirmation test – it is an automatic process at MEPS based on when you took a test and what you got. If those are the ONLY two tests you have ever taken, then I do not know why you need one, but if you took a test I am unaware of in the past, it may very well be the reason. You’d have to ask the MEPS as to why you have to take it.

  72. D WALKER says:

    I need to know if there is anything I can do in my situation. I went to retest last week Tuesday because my recruiter told me I was ok to retest. It’s been 6 months since my last test. I took the test and pass, but received something that says test is not valid because the date was too early. I was told I will need to wait another 6months to retest. Is there anything that can be done.

  73. NCCM(ret) says:

    D Walker,

    There is nothing you can do. MEPS is very strict about test dates.

  74. Carlos says:

    This is my situation I have taken the Asvab 3 times with scores of 57 then 61 and finally an 82 GT117….Now because this last score was over 20 point more than the last score I had to take the confirmation test. I failed I got a 67.

    My question is after the interview is done and goes well. What will be my score?

    PS I need the 82 score for the job I want.

  75. NCCM(ret) says:


    The answer is written in the post. “The results from the test that made you take the confirmation test in the first place becomes the score you will use for enlistment, not the confirmation test scores.”

  76. Carlos says:

    Okay :) hehe I guess am asking again because I want complete clarity so in my case if the interview goes well my score will be an 82 not the 67?

  77. David says:

    Hi.I just really don’t know whats going on and kinda need some understanding.
    I took a ASVAB test two times(Paper&pencil) 1st score a 14 (Aug 30) and 2nd test was on DEC 7th. but I and my recruiter don’t know 2nd test AFQT score.
    My recruiter told me we can’t figure out about your 2nd score.(something wrong in MEPS) but, recruiter told me I have to take a confirmation test in MEPS. because of 2nd test 20 score higher then 1st test.
    Why am I going to take a confirmation test? we don’t know my 2nd AFQT score!!
    I’m just courious.

    And I don’t want to take confirmation test on CAT(Computer based).
    I want to take on Paper(MET Site).how can I take a confirmation test on paper?

    And How much do I have to get score in confirmation test.
    what if for example i got 14 on my 1st test and then i got 55(guess)on 2nd test
    and then I got 36 on confirmation test.
    does it mean i didnt passed the confirmation?

  78. NCCM(ret) says:


    More than likely, your Recruiter cannot get your latest ASVAB score because the Navy portion of the MEPS is enjoying the holiday stand down which puts a halt to most processing – on vacation is the best way to describe it and will be back after New Years.

    Your confirmation test will be taken at the MEPS and more than likely on the CAT. The type of questions are not different than that of the paper test; you need to get over your phobia of computers.

    Do your best on the confirmation test – the score scenarios have been articulated pretty well in the post and other comments.

  79. Carlos says:

    I’m sorry the answer in not completely clear because am being told by army recruiter that my score will be the confirmation test….

    So your answer: “The results from the test that made you take the confirmation test in the first place becomes the score you will use for enlistment, not the confirmation test scores.”

    My results were a 61 first and an 82 second then finally a 67 on the confirmation test: Please clarify that my score will be the 82.

    Again I thank you for clarifying your answer and I appreciate your time on it.

  80. NCCM(ret) says:


    Refer your Recruiter to USMEPCOM Regulation 611-1 as it states, “The confirmation test score will not be used as the score of record for enlistment.”

    Based on MEPS’ own instruction, as long as your confirmation interview goes well, you will be given the score of your final retest which is the 82QT.

  81. Bob says:

    Hey I’m very confuse i took the asvab 6 months ago i fail and had to wait 6 months now my ARMY Recruiter said that I can retest this month he also said that once I go in the room to take the test just to say it’s my first time taking the test. Why? Would that cause me to fail or would I take the same test that I did 6 months ago please explain what that means.

  82. NCCM(ret) says:


    Tell your Recruiter that you took the test 6 months ago, and that you will not mislead the test administrator. If he is aware of your test history, I do not know why he would have you say something that is not true, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with that if I were you.

  83. Carlos says:

    This is the best website in the world! if its true that i will keep the grade I earn if my interview goes well. I thank you for your help NCCM(ret) and will keep you posted.

  84. Bob says:

    Sorry for me not understanding on how the ASVB works. When my recruiter told me I’m ready to take the test again I was confuse cause I took the test on July 6th 2010 they said I had to wait six months which I did. But he told me to take the test on December 22 2010. My 6 months is not completed. I thought I was suppose to take it on January 6 2011. I ask him why so early he said that MEPS looked in there records and that I’m ready can that be true? Please help me thanks

  85. NCCM(ret) says:


    If the test you took back in July was the first or second test that you ever took, you only had to wait 30 days to retest. Read my latest blog post on how to prepare for the ASVAB for some study tips.

  86. Bob says:

    Yes the test that I took back in July was the second test. The reason why I had to wait six month was cause I went one week earlier then I was suppose to. I am going to look at the blog that you posted thanks.

  87. Ann says:

    Hi I was wondering my recruiter wants me to sign a forum
    To take the asvab again what forum is that? And I wad also wondering if I took the test before like a year ago can I say it’s my first time taking it?

  88. NCCM(ret) says:


    MEPCOM Form 680-3A-E is the form used to request an ASVAB.

    If you have taken the test before, how can you say you have never taken it before, and then sign your name to that affect on the form?

  89. bob says:

    Hi I took my asvab on Jan 7 2011 and i score a 75. six months ago i took the test i had to retest because i went to early i score a 35. My recruiter told me i have to take a confirmation test at MEPS. my question is if i fail the confirmation test am i going to get a confirmation interview? i have proof of asvab books that i bought six months ago to help me pass the test that i took recently can i bring that to show that i pass this test legitimate.

  90. NCCM(ret) says:


    Per instruction, if 6 months has passed since your last test, the confirmation test would not be required, even if you went from a 10 to a 99QT. I am surprised MEPS is requiring this. It has been a minimum of 6 months?

  91. bob says:

    yes 6 months went by. When i received my score there is a message that say
    AFQT 75
    “qualified for further processing” my recruiter said i need one but meps never told him I’m required to take it that would been in the print out of the test result?

  92. NCCM(ret) says:


    The requirement of a confirmation test is MEPS’ to dictate, but based on what you told me, you don’t need one.

  93. Daniel says:

    Hello! I took the asvab 3 times now and i scored 46, 42, and then 90. and now my recruiter told me that i have to take a confirmation test. I just want to ask if there is a passing score in the confirmation test? what happens if i fail the confirmation test? and I’ve been wandering which score will they use in my enlistment.

    Im hoping for your response,
    Thank you!

  94. NCCM(ret) says:


    As writen in the post;

    If confirmation ASVAB test AFQT goes down more than half of your initial point increase below your previous retest AFQT you will be required to complete a confirmation interview.

    There is not a pass or fail confirmation test score, per se.

    As stated in the comments, your last retest score is what will be used if the confirmation process works in your favor – not the confirmation test score.

  95. bob says:

    Please can someone explain to me what I might expect in a confirmation interview I’m very nervous i would like to know what I’m getting myself into before i go. i have proof of books that i study for six months and a tutoring class that i attended for 2 months is that enough?

  96. bob says:

    what happens if i fail the confirmation test do i get a confirmation interview? like i said before i have proof of tutoring class i attended and they even wrote a recongnizion letter in case they want it im also going to bring all the book i bought when six months of waiting to retest please explain to me better if you dont mind. And last question am i going to take the same test i took before so they can see how i pass?

  97. NCCM(ret) says:


    You will not take the same test. And as I told you before – you should not need a confirmation test because you took the test after a 6 month wait. Relax!

  98. Ann says:

    Hi i took my asvab and i score a 73 when my second test i got a 33. MEPS Said i need to take a confirmation test what happens if i fail? AM i going to get a confirmation interview?

  99. NCCM(ret) says:


    I assume the last test score your received was the 73? You really cannot fail the confirmation test, the score you achieve will be compared to your other attempts to determine if your latest score is really indicative of your actual academic prowess.

  100. Ann says:

    I’m sorry but i don’t understand i got a 73 because i study for 6 months is obvious I’m going to improve i don’t mind taking a confirmation test. I’m worried because i was told if i don’t good at all in that test my recruiter said I’m going to get a confirmation interview that’s scary but is that true? that’s all i want to know thanks for your help.

    I’m hopping for your response thanks!

  101. NCCM(ret) says:

    Ann or Bob, whatever your name is.

    Your question has been answered. Good luck.

  102. mike. wright says:

    hey, im just looking for advice, mentally and emotionally about the navy. i took the asvab test fail it once, im so determined not to fail again. im determine to become an anesthesiologist, and the way the navy can help with schooling, i cant let it pass me. i cant get any loans from schools because i have a default from a school loan i had for getting my associates degree in graphic design. and i dont have any cash at the moment (another reason im joining the navy)….. i feel that the navy is basically the only thing i have to change my life around. im 26, and the clock is ticking… please if anyone has any wise words for me, so i can stop worrying and just relax..and can give me any advice to help me getting into the navy… about the asvab test, me being flat footed, and me quiting marijuana.. how does everything work.. HELP!!!

  103. NCCM(ret) says:


    As to preparing for the ASVAB, I wrote this post –

    26 isn’t old, you have until your 35th birthday to get yourself to boot camp – plenty of time! Oh, being flat footed, as long as your feet have not caused you any discomfort, will not be a major issue for the Navy. However, if you cannot stop using marijuana, then go find another line of work.

  104. Anonymous says:


    I was reading all the questions of the other people and your responses. Thank you, you really helped us a lot! I’m doing a confirmation test on Tuesday and I’m nervous, but I know I should be fine. You’re awesome to the maximum level.LOL!:D

  105. Billy says:


    So my situation is that I took the ASVAB for the first time three months ago and scored a 32. Just a few weeks ago I retook it again for the second time and scored a 66. I have never studied so hard in my life but I want to join more than anything b/c I now have a newborn so I was a little surprised when the recruiter called me and advised me that I had passed the exam but I would need to take a confirmation test at MEPS. I felt as if he thought I cheated but from reading your previous comments….if he thought I had cheated he would not be setting me up for a confirmation test.

    My question is….If I don’t take the confirmation test then six months later I can go to any recruiter and not have to worry about this confirmation test?

    Or could I go to a different recruiter of a different branch and not have to worry about this being a problem?? I am really stressed because I am 27 years of age and will be 28 years of age in September and I do not have 6 months to wait or anytime to be wasting. Your advice is greatly appreciated!

  106. NCCM(ret) says:


    My goodness, if there is one thing that seems to cause a ton of anxiety, it is the confirmation test. You are right, if they thought you cheated, you would not be continuing your process by taking the confirmation test – as I stated before, it is to verify that your jump in scores was not a fluke and is indicitive of how you would really do. The military does not want to put you in a position beyond your academic capability – that would be a waste of your time, and taxpayer money.

    The ASVAB test, its requirements, tracking, rules, and everything concerning the procedures for taking it, are the same across all services and monitored by the MEPS. If the MEPS says you require a confirmation test after taking the ASVAB for the Army, then you still need it for the Air Force.

    Go take the dang test, with all that studying, you will do fine!

  107. Billy says:

    Thank you for the information! It is truly appreciated!

  108. Jon says:


    My problem is I took the asvab in September 2010 for the first time and scored a 15, I flew to Chicago and took the asvab on December 17 and scored a 30, and then I took it after 30 days of waiting and scored a 33. Now my recruiter for the army told me my scores were invaild because of the same test I took in September 2010 and I would have to wait 6 months to take it again, why do I have to wait that long I did nothing wrong and I was told the reuired score was a 31. Who do I contact at MEPS or whoever is in charge because I earned that 33 score?

  109. NCCM(ret) says:


    Nothing you can do. Your test becomes invalid if you take the same version of the test within a 6 month period. The USMEPCOM Form 680 asks for the previous test dates and versions that you took so the mistake will not be made, it would be hard for you to argue your case because you signed the form indicating the information was correct.

    A note to everyone, make sure the information that you put on a form is correct before you sign it. Sometimes you may be advised to just fill in something because it is easier – in the long run, it rarely ends up being the easier thing for you.

  110. Jon says:

    But I informed the recruiter when I took the test and the score, I never new what versions I took when I tested. I signed the form that my recruiter kept overlooking when I arrived at the test site. I did nothing except every question and showed up to take the test. I did nothing wrong I should not be penalized for taking the same test and I didnt know it.

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