The ASVAB/AFCT Test
The minimum Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score for enlistment to the Active Duty Navy or the Navy Reserve for non-prior service (NPS) applicants is a 35QT; however, a higher score may be required depending on local goaling requirements.
The AFQTs are the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT) test. The ASVAB is either a paper or computer-based exam that is administered by a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) test administrator before you would enlist in a branch of the armed forces. The Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT) is a paper-based test that is administered to Servicemembers by a test administrator in the command's Educational Services Office for those who desire to increase their score in order to reclassify to a different rating/program. The AFCT is a version of the ASVAB, and it is administered in the same manner as the ASVAB's paper-version.
NPS applicants with AFQT scores less than 50 must have a Tier I education status (i.e... Traditional high school diploma graduate, 15 semester hours of accredited college credit or other approved avenues - check with your Navy Recruiter for your education Tier status). If you are Prior Service, you may enlist with ASVAB scores obtained from your previous enlistment, regardless of your AFQT score, provided you are enlisting in the equivalent Navy job, or meet line score eligibility for the rating you are enlisting. Prior Service applicants not line score eligible shall be re-administered the ASVAB and processed with the new line scores, regardless of the AFQT score obtained. Other Service Veterans (OSVETS) with military training/skills directly convertible to a Navy rating may enlist in the directly convertible rating, regardless of your previous AFQT or line scores.
The AFQT standard (raw) score is computed with the formula 2VE + AR + MK. That standard score is then compared to a chart for the version of the ASVAB/AFCT you took to produce your true AFQT.
The ASVAB/AFCT tests are made up of nine sections in the following order:
- General Science (GS)
- Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
- Word Knowledge (WK)
- Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
- Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
- Electronics Information (EI)
- Auto Shop (AS)
- Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
- Assembling Objects (AO)
Verbal (VE) is not a separate section of the ASVAB. VE is your raw WK+PC scores compared to the table associated with your test version.
Navy Jobs (Rating) ASVAB Line Score Requirements
Aviation Boatswain Mate
Aircrew Rescue Swimmer
Aviation Structural Mechanic
VE+AR+ MK+AS= 175
AR+MK+ EI+GS= 200
AR+MK+ EI+GS= 223
VE+AR+ MK+AS= 205
Hull Maintenance Technician
VE+MK= 105 --OR-- VE+MK+CS= 157
Must score 35 AFQT
Nuclear Power Program
Sonar Technicians, Surface
Sonar Technician Submarine
VE+AR= 103 and MC=51
Standard ASVAB Retest Policy
The retest policy applies to both enlistment and student testing programs without distinction. A mandatory test session in a high school does not waive this policy.
- An ASVAB test within 2 years of any previous ASVAB test is a retest (including a student test) and will be counted toward the retest policy.
- When retested, a complete ASVAB is administered (this includes the ASVAB confirmation test if required).
- If you have taken an initial ASVAB, student or enlistment, you can retest after 1 calendar month has elapsed (e.g., initial test taken on 2 January, first retest was taken on 2 February, applicant is eligible for second retest on 2 March).
- Subsequent retests can be administered after 6 calendar months have elapsed from the last test date (e.g., initial test taken 2 January, retest taken 2 February, second retest taken on 2 March, third retest is authorized 2 September).
Note 1: When you answer at least one ASVAB question you are considered to have tested, retest date would be computed from that date.
Note 2: AS OF OCTOBER 15, 2012, RETAKING THE ASVAB WHILE IN DEP IS NO LONGER AUTHORIZED.
Authorized ASVAB Test Administration
Non-prior service applicants must be at least 17 years of age. If not 17 years of age or older, you cannot test. If tested by mistake before the age of 17, the test will be suspended for the 17 birthday, scanned and added to your record as invalid for enlistment purposes, and your retest eligibility starts from the date of test.
Whenever possible, military personnel (active duty, National Guard, and reserve) will arrange to take the in-service ASVAB from your service’s Test Control Officer at a military installation; however, on a case-by-case basis, Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) commanders may authorize administration of an ASVAB for in-service purposes at their MEPS. You must submit a memorandum from your unit commander requesting the MEPS to administer an ASVAB. The memorandum must include;
- Reason for retest.
- State the member’s personnel records indicate eligibility to take the ASVAB test.
- Include the address to which the results will be sent.
Note: Active duty Marines must get permission in writing from the Commandant of the Marine Corps before taking the ASVAB (ATTN: HQ Marine Corps, Marsh Center, Manpower and Reserve Affairs (MPP), 3280 Russell Road, Quantico, VA 22134-5103). Marine Corps Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) members and Marine Corps reservists do not need the Commandant’s permission before ASVAB testing at a MEPS. If any military personnel, not including those in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), tests at a MET site and not a MEPS, the test will be invalidated.