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Students that take the ASVAB are able to use the test to determine their aptitude in certain areas that will determine what majors will be of interest.

Students that take the ASVAB are able to use the test to determine their aptitude in certain areas that will determine what majors will be of interest.

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Students that take the ASVAB are able to use the test to determine their aptitude in certain areas that will determine what majors will be of interest.

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The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, also known as the ASVAB, is a “multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military,” according to the official website. While the test is administered to many students across the country, the purpose of the test is unknown to many, making the benefits of taking the test obscured.

Administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, the test determines the qualifications for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. It also acts as an aptitude test to help determine students’ strengths when deciding on a career path.

Students at New Milford High School took the test on March 23 for the first half of the day and then went back to class by period five. Junior Marcus Macalinao said his initial expectation was that the ASVAB would be a standardized test like the SAT. “I thought the test was easy at first but near the end of the test, the questions became harder.”

He explained, “I struggled with the questions that asked me about certain life skills, like mechanics and electricity.” In terms of the test influencing his career decisions, Macalinao said he thought the test would be really important because “it will help me decide what I’ll be majoring in college.”  

NMHS guidance counselor Carina Porr said the test can serve many purposes. “In addition to the career exploration component, the ASVAB is also a test that a student interested in entering the military can take to be placed in a particular branch/area of service. The score can also be used to satisfy the New Jersey state assessment graduation requirement.”

Mrs. Porr further explained, “We began giving the ASVAB at NMHS to provide an additional career exploration tool for students. The test itself is a multiple-aptitude battery which measures a student’s skills in a number of different areas.”

Mrs. Porr says the ASVAB is different compared to other standardized tests because it “goes beyond the typical math and reading sections found on other standardized tests. There is a general science section, a section in electricity and mechanics, and even a section on auto shop information.”

For the types of students who are best recommended to take the test, Mrs. Porr states 11th grade students should consider taking the ASVAB. “It is a wonderful, comprehensive career exploration tool, and career exploration is a critical part of the post-high school planning process. Taking the time in high school to properly explore different careers and college majors can save college students the same time and money that is often involved with changing their major in college.”

Mrs. Porr said the second component of the test is called the FYI, Find Your Interests. “Students are provided with access to a website that will combine both of these assessments and make recommendations on career choices that may be a good fit based on both a student’s skills and interests. This is extremely important because it doesn’t only matter that you are good at something, but that you like it too!”

Having coordinated the ASVAB for 10 years, Mrs. Porr says the test does definitely have a big impact on students. “The key is that students have to be willing to put in the work of exploring the personalized website after they take the test.”  

She explained, “Students are granted access to this website for two years after they test, so there is plenty of time to research different recommendations and possibilities. Many students enter the process with an idea of what they would like to study, and it is comforting for them to have their dreams and ideas validated.”

As for those students who don’t know what they want to do after high school, Mrs. Porr says it’s exciting to “see these students begin to recognize their strengths and talents, and how they can translate into an occupation they are passionate about.”  

In terms of preparation for the test, Mrs. Porr says students that are only taking the ASVAB for career exploration reasons have no need to study. “However, simply brushing up on the basics in some of the ‘specialty sections’ can go a long way. If a student is using the ASVAB for military entrance or state assessment purposes, there is plenty of preparation they can access. I would advise a student interested in studying for the ASVAB to see their counselor. We can help them discover resources and create a focused preparation plan.”

With this information, hopefully students will be able to decide whether they are going to take the ASVAB and what theyare going to do after high school.

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