AFQT Test Breakdown

June 12, 2018 0 Comments

AFQT Exam Breakdown

AFQT is a test taken by prospective armed forces individuals and is specially designed for the military services. The AFQT is is a subtest of the ASVAB test. These are not two tests, rather one test. The split scores of certain tests determine different things. The ASVAB is a combination of 10 tests. The AFQT is a combination of four tests within the 10 (computerized) or 9 (written) tests of ASVAB. More specifically, the AFQT scores determine which sector of the armed forces the test taker will be eligible for; Air Force, Navy, Marines Corp, or Army. If you pass the ASVAB, you automatically pass the AFQT.


How to register:

  • You need to contact a military recruiter to begin the entire enlistment process
  • If the recruitment deems you eligible to apply for the military, you will be set up with a time to take the ASVAB/AFQT exam


  • The ASVAB/AFQT is free for candidates

How long is the ASVAB?:

Time limits vary amongst sections

How long is the AFQT?:

  • Paper and pencil
    • ~84 Minutes

  • Computerized

    • ~89 minutes

What subjects make up the AFQT?:

  • Word Knowledge
  • Paragraph Comprehension
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Mathematics Knowledge

Where do I take the test?:

  • Your military recruiter will work with you to arrange an appropriate testing location:
    • Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)
    • or an affiliated Military Entrance Test (MET) site
  • If you are a high school or post-secondary education student
    • Contact your counselor for more information

  • If you are currently in the military and want to retake the ASVAB/AFQT for reclassification services:

    • Contact your base educational office

How long does it take to get the test score?:

  • Computerized scores may available immediately
  • Paper and Pencil scores may take up to 2-3 weeks to be available

  • Length of time may vary depending where you take the test

How is the AFQT scored?:

  • Scored in percentiles 1-99
  • Each percentiles represents how well a student performed compared to others who took the same test

How long are scores valid?:

  • 2 years

What to bring/not bring to the test?:


  • Valid Photo ID

  • Do Not Bring

    • Calculator

    • Your own pens, pencils, paper

Is the test available in other languages?:

  • No, English is the only available language

Does taking the ASVAB/AFQT commit me to the military?:

  • No, but after taking the test you will be contacted by a recruiter to talk about your options