Why every student should take the ASVAB

Paris Dugan, Sports Editor

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an aptitude test developed by the Department of Defense. The test measures a young adult’s strengths and weaknesses and provides feedback on potential for future career success. The test will take place here at Dover Area High School on October 7th. 

Every high school student should take the test because it is a valuable career assessment tool which can help identify which career is best for each student. Since the test is an aptitude test, it will also inform test takers what their weaknesses are. Though the test is developed by the Department of Defense, it is not just for those going into the military. It’s a great start to finding the perfect career for students by highlighting those skills which students naturally have. The test also meets a requirement for career planning for part of the senior project.

ASVAB testing is free for all students. The test has 135 questions consisting of arithmetic reasoning, mathematics knowledge, paragraph comprehension, and work knowledge. To sign up for the ASVAB test you may go see your guidance counselor or register using the link in the October newsletter. Students must be signed up for the test by October 4th. 

Every student should at least consider taking the test. Even if you know what field you want to go into after high school, it’s still a good idea to know your strengths and weaknesses. Remember: the test isn’t about failing or passing; it’s about figuring out what things you’re already good at so that you can make informed career decisions. The test will help better prepare students for their future.