ASVAB Exam Dates

When should you take the ASVAB?

Selecting suitable test dates is crucial to the success of any examination and the ASVAB examination is no exception to this rule. Although, this test is taken primarily by candidates looking forward to a career in the Defensesector, many high school students take this test to analyze their aptitude and future career prospects. Hence, choosing proper dates is of paramount importance, if you want to ace this examination. In order to simplify the process and to help you choose dates, the following sections of this article will outline various aspects of the selection process.Points to Consider while Selecting Test DatesThe ASVAB is held a number of times in the year and students often think this will make the selection of test dates easier. However, this often complicates the process, because you must take into account a number of things during date selection. Some of those points are:

  • Sufficient time to prepare for the examination: The ASVAB examination may apparently seem to be an easy one because; it will evaluate only your high school knowledge. Nevertheless, this notion can prove to be deceptive, since the ASVAB is quite an elaborate examination consisting of a set of 9 to 10 sub-tests. These sub-tests are designed to test your knowledge of Arithmetic, English words, Mathematical concepts, Science etc. in details. Hence, you must prepare well if you want to ace the test and so when you select test dates, ensure that you have provided yourself sufficient time to complete your preparation.
  • Know the particular type of ASVAB that you have to take: Students can take the ASVAB even during high school. However, you must be at least 16 years of age in order to take the test. If you are a junior or senior in high school, then you will be taking the test as a part of the Career Exploration Program also known as the Student Testing Program. Candidates’ part of this program must choose dates accordingly. If you are more than 17 years old and your school ASVAB scores are no longer valid then you have to take the test from a local MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) or MET (Military Entrance Test) site. For that you will need to enquire with the local recruiter and then choose a test date.
  • Choosing dates in the case of re-tests: If you are not satisfied with your overall ASVAB scores or your AFQT score and rank, then you can consider re-taking the examination. If you are re-taking the test for the first time, in other words, if it is your second attempt at the examination, then you must wait at least one whole month before you can take the test again. If you are taking a re-test for the second time, i.e., it is your third attempt at the examination, then you must wait two months before you can take the test again. After that you must wait for at least six months for any subsequent attempts.

The above-mentioned list not only outlines some of the things that you should take into account while selecting test dates, but also explains the reasons behind them. The following section of this article will help you further with the selection of test dates for the ASVAB examination.On Selecting a Suitable Test DateOnce you have selected the test date, you must register for the examination at the earliest. This will ensure that you have a seat booked in the test center of your choice on the test date that you are most comfortable with. If you require more information about ASVAB, then click on the following link: Candidates are often spurred on to prepare in earnest for an examination, once they have selected the test date. If you are a like-minded student, then choose an examination date at the earliest.