17 October, 2014 In: ASVAB Score Requirements 42 Comments

How to Calculate ASVAB Practice Test Scores

ASVAB practice test score calculatorYour AFQT score, or Armed Forces Qualifying Test score, is the military term for the commonly referred to “minimum ASVAB score” enlistment requirement. Four areas of your ASVAB will be used to calculate your AFQT score: 

To find out what AFQT score you need to qualify to enlist in a specific military branch, visit this article about military requirements for ASVAB scores categorized by military branch. It is impossible to calculate your AFQT score using a practice test because each Mathematics Knowledge and Arithmetic Reasoning question is worth 1-3 points depending on it’s level of difficulty. The amount of points each math question is worth is only known by the Department of Defense. Below is information on how AFQT Percentile scores are typically calculated. However, each branch calculates scores differently so it is important to get the numbers for each branch directly from the military.

However, the best way you can study before taking the actual ASVAB is to averageyour score on each test (just like you would a normal test) and simply study the area that you score low on. For example, if there are 30 Arithmetic Reasoning question and you get 15 correct then your average score in Arithmetic Reasoning is 50%. You will want to study more to get your score up to at least 70% on ASVAB Practice Tests. This will ensure you get a high enough AFQT score to qualify for the military.

, the military determines your Verbal Expression (VE) score as it makes up part of your AFQT score. To compute your VE score from ASVAB practice test results, add the number of correct (1 point per correct answer) questions from the Paragraph Comprehension (PC) and the Word Knowledge (WK) sections. Then find what your overall weighted VE Score would be according to the following table.

Table for Calculating VE Score

Standard Scores (PC + WK) Weighted VE Score
50 62
48–49 60
46–47 58
44–45 56
42–43 54
40–41 52
38–39 50
36–37 49
34–35 47
32–33 45
30–31 44
28–29 42
26–27 40
24–25 38
22–23 36
20–21 34
18–19 32
16–17 31
14–15 29
12–13 27
10–11 25
8–9 22
6–7 22
4–5 21
0–3 20

 the military uses the following formula to calculate your AFQT score: 2VE + AR + MK.  Here are step-by-step directions:

  1. Double the VE score (VE score x 2)
  2. Then they add the result of step 1 to the Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) and Math Knowledge (MK) totals (1-3 point per correct answer).
  3. Your results are turned into an AFQT percentile score based on the below table. This is your AFQT Percentile Score that will be used to see if you meet minimum military enlistment requirements.
Score AFQT Percentile Score AFQT Percentile
229 99 189 60
228 98 187–188 59
227 97 186 58
226 96 185 57
225 95 183–184 56
224 94 182 55
223 93 181 54
222 92 179–180 53
221 91 178 52
220 90 176–177 51
219 89 175 50
218 88 173–174 49
217 86 172 48
216 85 170–171 47
215 84 168–169 46
214 83 166–167 45
213 82 165 44
212 81 163–164 43
211 80 161–162 42
210 79 159–160 41
209 78 157–158 40
207–208 77 155–156 39
206 76 154 38
205 75 151–153 37
204 74 149–150 36
203 73 147–148 35
202 72 145–146 34
201 71 143–144 33
200 70 140–142 32
199 69 138–139 31
198 68 135–137 30
197 67 132–134 29
195–196 66 128–131 28
194 65 125–127 27
193 64 124 26
192 63 123 25
191 62 122 24
190 61 121 23

Note: For points of 120 or lower,  keep reducing by one.


  • Jb

    I need an st score of 91 do I add my GS MK MC and ve together to get my St score

  • Iuliana oloa

    I need help determining what my AFQT is? I received a 25 but I’m still unsure how to calculate it. I’m confused on how to get the verbal expression number (VE). GS:37 AR:35 WK:41 PC:44

  • Richky Vo Doan

    I took the ASVAB and my AFQT Percentile score is: 20
    Standard Scores: GS(45) AR(45) WK(39) PC(49) MK(41) EI(42) AS(40) MC(36) AO(40) VE (42)

    Can someone calculate if MEPS is scoring my test right for the AFQT scores? Please and thank you.

  • Shantell

    Okay so I’m confused , I just went yesterday to take my CAT-ASVAB after 4 long hours I finally finished so the guy that helps us get settled printed off a sheet of paper and told me to give it to the lady at the front so as I was walking I peeped and it showed that my average score said 53 . I was gonna take that score and run with it but now today my recruiter tells me that I made a 45 when I looked dead at my score, I’m just confused as to why I saw one thing and he’s telling me another . Can anyone please break this down for me or give me some kind of explanation, I’m pretty bummed out

  • Mayrili Saenz

    Ok, I’m not understanding this I took the 40 question practice test and got 70, 70, 70, and a 20 in that order how do I calculate it my lowest score is in math it’s not my strongest point. I just want to figure out how this works. I think my headache is stopping me from understanding the process I need to get a 50 min to join.

    • Dev L

      31 is minimum to join

  • Jeffery D

    So I did the practice asvab and scored 71 so does that mean a 201 and I am studying the mos now and I’m thinking paralegal or judge advocate or possoblely the cid

  • Kyle

    I got an 11 on the practice what is going on with the scoring it took 30 minutes it was very short.. The real one I heard is longer will I do better on the real one since there’s more points to be scored? I have to get a 32 or higher

    • Shane

      Better luck next next time

  • karla

    my daughter has taken the ASVAB a few times and has been told she didn’t score “high enough” ironically she recently took it and so the score says she received a “32” yet her line scores shows scores over 100. so it had me curious.. I began to do research on how is the AFQT score determined. and what do you know…I have discovered that MEPS is NOT calculating the scores correcting which is why the line scores are higher than the percentile score. Ex: in order to get your AFQT score you must add the VE x2 + AR + MK there is a table (online) that list the totals of scores and the percentage it equals too. So my daughters score was 186 which leaves her in the 56% the percentage is the score they are using to see if you meet “enlistment” qualifications.. technically my daughter scored a 56 which means she is more than qualified for entry and jobs, but because MEPS is only adding the VE score once it gave her a score of 136 =32% leaving her no options for work. Most people do not understand how to read the scores or calculate (neither did I) so it is very important for everyone to do their research.. MANY people are being given the wrong test scores and are being turned away from military entry… DO YOUR RESEARCH PEOPLE!!!….. we need to raise awareness to the unfairness and to the recruiter who are so lazy and don’t do research themselves.

    • John Jenkins

      Hey my name is John Jenkins and i need help. I have a MK score of a 49, PC score of a 43, AR of 39,and WK of 31 and VE of a 35 can you tell me my Afqt? Please

    • Richky Vo Doan

      If this is true, let me know on how you resolved the issue. I would like to contact my recruiter and ask!

  • michael

    i got a 84 what does that mean for me

  • Keanai

    So if I got a 99 AFQT score on my practice ASVAB with my recruiter, is it safe to say I will most likely get a 90+ on the actual ASVAB? I’m mildly terrified over not getting the positions I want (which are all air crew or pilot (UAV) related x.x)

  • andrew

    i need to know how much should i get in the recruiter office to join the navy special forces as last time i took it it was 23 without solving the VE ( math was easy for me ) as most of those words never cross my way in English

    P.S: my mother language is not English

  • Genevieve

    Hey, I need some help determining my line scores. I got a 77 AFQT score, and I want to figure out if my GT score is high enough to be in the Special Forces. I’ve tried calculators and conversion charts, and they told me I scored a 181 GT but I don’t know of that’s even possible, that seems way too high. Please help.

  • Sharniece

    And I want to get into the medical field how many points you say that I might be away ?? The computer system was down during the holidays so we had to the paper test and I didnt practice without a calculator because I didnt know that you couldnt use one.

  • Sharniece

    Okay I haven’t gotten my line scores yet, but yesterday I took the ASVAB and I scored a 22. How could that be possible ?? I really want to get into the military

  • Steve

    I am trying to reverse engineer my ASVAB score base on my lines scores and AFQT and I could use some help. I tried breaking it down using the formulas given to calculate (i.e. ST=GS+VE+MK+MC) but, it really doesn’t work out. AFQT=93; GT=125; CL=132; CO=147; EL=145; FA=145; GM=148; MM=157; OF=148; SC=142; ST=140
    As an example if I use my GT of 125 which is VE+AR and my CL of 132 which is VE+AR+MK, then MK=7, I continued, SC (VE+AR+AS+MC) = 142, therefore if VE+AR=125 then AS+MC=17, this all looks like it might be ok until I tried to break down AR from CO (AR+AS+MC) =147 since AS+MC=17 then AR must equal 130, which is greater than GT, I continued but kept getting more anomalies so I stopped. Is there something more to it?

  • Confued

    How do I know which math problems are worth 1,2 or 3? As far as percentage (aka my score out of 200, I got a 172) 172/200=.86%.

    Can someone help me determine my AFQT?

    • When you take the test, your AFQT score is printed as part of the results. Where did you take your ASVAB?

      • Claw

        If this is the case they messed up on mine.. I have (47 VE x 2 = 94) (AR 49 + MK 51 = 101) 101+94 = 195 = 66… then why on my asvab paper that i took at meps say i have a 42?? I even took the lowest possible outcome with my points.. Lowest possibility would be 52… I took it for the Army at Tampa Help please?

        • Claw

          My bad 49+51 = 100 so 194= 65 afqt

    • karla

      your VE score is multiplied by 2 then add the AR + MK which gives you at total of 253 total score and 99% if your VE score was 104 total then your in the 34%

  • Maurice Morris

    I wanna thank you guys you just gave me much more confidence in my self

  • My son just took a practice cat-asvab in the recruiter’s office. They say he scored a 37. Is there a way to tell what he might score on the actual asvab?

    • Typically, the CAT-ASVAB at a recruiters office is slightly easier than the actual ASVAB. He will need to bring up his score to at least a 50 to be eligible for any branch of the military right now (unless he qualifies for special circumstances, which the recruiter should have told you if he did).

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  • Brad

    Thank you so much! Air Force is where he is headed.

  • Brad

    He is a senior in high school. He took the ASVAB at school. Administered by someone in the US Army.
    His teacher printed off the one page document. A representative will be at school on 12/4 to go over test results with students that took the test.
    Listed to the left are percentile scores for Male, Female, All. Then to the right are line scores.
    I have tried to use those scores to calculate VE as well as aptitude scores for general, mechanical, Electrical using the formulas on this site but the #s are way to high.
    The recruiter said the only way he can find out these scores it at MEPS. My son would like to know sooner than that so he can make a better informed decision at MEPS.

    • I will connect you with someone who will be able to help you out. :) I will email you separately with his contact details. It is difficult to calculate the line scores for each branch because each branch calculates things differently. However, the tool we have provided on this blog will get you very close to the actual score. Your son scored very well and should be eligible for 95% of the jobs in the Army.

  • Brad

    My son took the ASVAB and has a AFQT score of 77.
    He wants to join the Air Force. We are having a hard time determining VE score and Air Force Aptitude Scores (General, Electrical, Mechanical) there are formulas posted but our numbers don’t line up with anything.
    I thinks its because we are using scores shown on ASVAB and not the number of correct answers.
    Does anyone know how to find out # of correct answers?
    We asked his recruiter to help with the aptitude scores and he seemed to have no idea what we were talking about. I think he is a new recruiter. If we cant ask him, who do we ask?

    • Where did he take his ASVAB? Line scores and similar composite scores should be clearly listed in the results that were sent to your son.

  • Constance

    PS: I’m interested in enlisting as an orthopedic specialist and I was told I need a line score of either 105 or 110. I can’t remember which, but how far would you say I am off from achieving that score?

    • You will need to talk with your recruiter to answer this question. What branch are you applying for? When you get your answer, please let us know as we try to keep a running log of line score requirements and we depend on our customers for this information as the requirements evolve monthly.

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  • Joe Phinazee

    So I scored a 67 on the practice asvab for the army, and my recruiter told me I need a 110 line score or better on the real asvab to do special forces. How far away would you say I am?

    • You are not far as a 110 is the average GT line score. I’d shoot for a 70 on your practice test and then take the real thing once your reach 70.

  • The Mathematics Knowledge and Arithmetic Reasoning questions are each worth 1-3 points. Only the DOD knows how much each question is weighted, so it’s impossible to calculate an AFQT score from a practice test. Thanks for your feedback!

  • Cody Hutchens

    So where do the other sections of the test figure in to the score?

    • The other sections of the test figure into your line scores. Your line scores determine the three military occupation specialties (MOS) you get to select from when choosing your MOS.

  • Thank you for your feedback! Perhaps it helps to clarify that this is based on the number of questions that are on the paper version of the ASVAB. The paper version has a different number of questions per section than the computerized version. See details here: http://asvabbootcamp.com/content/asvab-scores-requirements.