The ASVAB is a comprehensive career exploration and planning program that includes a multiple aptitude test battery, an interest inventory, and various career planning tools designed to help students explore the world of work. It is intended for use with students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, as well as students in post-secondary schools. The program provides tools, including the test battery and interest inventory, developed by the Department of Defense to help high school and post-secondary students across the nation learn more about career exploration and planning. Results of the aptitude test and interest inventory enable students to evaluate their skills, estimate performance in academic and vocational endeavors, and identify possibly satisfying careers. These results are integrated with work values to help students identify and prioritize possible career choices. Students are encouraged to consider their own work-related values and other important personal preferences as they explore the world of work and learn career exploration skills that will benefit them throughout their work lives.
Juniors and seniors can use their scores from the ASVAB to enlist in the United States Military after graduation. The scores are good for two years. However, no one is under any obligation to the United States Military as a result of taking the ASVAB. Many students take the ASVAB for career exploration and have no interest in military occupations. The Guidance Department does select Option 8 during the test administration, which guarantees that no scores are released to the United States Military without the permission of a student and his/her parents.
The United States Military, in conjunction with the Guidance Department, usually administers the ASVAB during the fall to juniors. It usually takes three hours. About a month later, a two-hour assembly is held to help students interpret their individual score results.
Further information may be found at www.asvabprogram.com.