ASVAB Career Exploration Test

THE ASVAB CAREER EXPLORATION test was administered at East Ridge High School on Thursday, November 7, 2019. 

The student ASVAB was developed for high school students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year to help identify their abilities. It is an excellent and proven tool that has helped many students decide on their future educational or career path. The ASVAB test is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. It helps young people understand "how they are smart", not "just how smart they are". Comparative strengths in Math, Language and Science/Technology are paired with a Holland interest inventory to encourage students to explore careers they will both enjoy and be good at. Using the Department of Labor's "O*Net", students explore civilian careers, work values and environments during the Career Exploration Seminar. They learn how to use this powerful tool to identify post-secondary education options, projected job growth and wages and local and national employment opportunities.

More students take the ASVAB than the ACT or the SAT. The test has proven to be a good measure of how students have developed both academic and occupational skills, and correlates well with anticipated performance on the ACT. It also measures aptitudes that are related to success in different jobs as well as training and education programs. One of the most unique elements of the ASVAB is that it measures spatial and technical intelligence - the ability to think in three dimensions. Many students are not even aware that they have these abilities - abilities that can be developed into highly marketable skills in, for example, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

While the vast majority of students take the ASVAB for career exploration and planning alone, the student ASVAB also helps the military attract well-qualified volunteers for enlistment and to place them in military occupational programs. If a student is not sure what kind of career planning or career options s/he would like to pursue, s/he may want to consider taking the ASVAB to get a sense of the occupations s/he would be well suited for based on abilities and skills.