Aptitude Exam Tests More Than Military Readiness

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If you would like more insight to your aptitudes and ideas on your future career then Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) might be a good thing to look into. The test was created by the military, but it is not just for ROTC  — the test is for all students who are interested.

“There’s many different types of occupations in the military, so they design the test to help their recruits where to be placed within the military,” Timber Creek counselor Randall Colvin said. “So they use it for that purpose, but there’s been a tradition of schools using it because it’s a really good test, probably millions of people have taken it over the decades and so it gives you kind of a snapshot of how you compare to all these other people who have taken this test over decades.”

If you take the test and have no interest in being in the military, don’t worry — taking the test does not mean you are now part of the
Army. That group scores the test will give the students the results. The test is based on a large amount of information including general science, reading passages, math, electronics and auto knowledge, and even questions over how to assemble items. If you need more information go to: http://official-asvab.com/.

The test will be taken on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the lecture hall. On the testing day you will be provided a pass to get out of class around 3:15 p.m.  The students have three hours to take the test, but according to Colvin most students finish around and hour and a half to two hours.  There will be no food or drinks allowed in the testing center, so be fed and hydrated for the test. It’s not the kind of test that requires significant studying, it’s a test to find out more about yourself and what path you might want to take once you see your strengths and weaknesses.

“These are all areas that different careers need to one extent or another. So you kind of get a sense of how you compare to other people maybe if you scored very high in electronics information then maybe you want to take it a step further and maybe do further research about careers that use that type of knowledge or skill.” Colvin said.

Sign up is available in the counseling office, but there is the option registering online at: Click here to sign up

 

Madison Butler

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Madison Butler is a junior at Timber Creek High School. She is the News Editor and reporter for the Talon.