ASVAB - Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)

The Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) sub-test is common to both the CAT ASVAB and the pencil and paper version of the examination. It is designed to evaluate your high school knowledge of Mathematics. The Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)questions need to be answered carefully because the score of this subtest will form a part of the AFQT or Armed Forces Qualification Test score.


  • An essential point to remember here is that students taking the CAT ASVAB will have to solve 16 ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning questions in 39 minutes,
  • Students taking the pencil and paper version have to solve 30 questions in 36 minutes.

ExamFocus' Practice Support

The information mentioned above provides an insight into the nature of the sub-test. However, if you want to ace the examination, you must know the topics covered under the Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) sub-test. Ensure that you have practiced this section well before you decide to take the test. A perfect score can be achieved only if you practice and prepare well. Use ExamFocus' sample practice questions to get your skills sharpened.

Testing & Scoring Scheme

  • The Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) sub-test of the ASVAB covers the Mathematical topics -basic concepts of arithmetic, concepts of percentages, ratio and proportion, questions on interest and numbers.
  • The score you receive for the Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) sub-test is reported separately as an ASVAB Standard Score.
  • Moreover, this score is also taken into account while calculating your percentile rank.