FHN Sophomores to Take the ASVAB Test

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FHN Sophomores to Take the ASVAB Test

By Rachel Stover, Photographer

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The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery measures your knowledge and ability in ten different areas. It is not an IQ test, but the ASVAB does help the military determine which jobs you are best suited for you to preform.

On November 26, Sophomores will be taking the ASVAB test during their first four hours starting at 7:20 am. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery(ASVAB) test is a multiple choice test, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States’ armed forces. The ASVAB measures your knowledge and ability in ten different areas. It is not an IQ test, but the ASVAB does help the military determine which jobs you are best suited for you to preform.

”We decided last year to start having our sophomores take the ASVAB because, primarily, it can help students understand what their career interests are, what their strengths are,” Vice Principal Christopher Birch said. “And our counseling department can use that information to help students make informed decisions about what to do in the future.”

The ASVAB is free, it doesn’t cost FHN anything. The military sends test and military personnel attend to help administer the ASVAB. If a student takes the test as a freshman or sophomore, the military can’t use it for recruitment purposes, even though they are the ones who administer it. They can only use it if a student who is a junior or senior takes the test themselves.

“All I know is that it tests you to see what you’re best at and what your best placement would be in the military,” sophomore Gage Anderson said. “I’ve always wanted to go into the Marines or Navy but I didn’t know you could study for a test like this.”

The ASVAB tests cover general science, arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, numerical operations, coding speed, auto and shop information, mathematics knowledge, mechanical comprehension and electronics information.

“I don’t think it’s necessary for sophomores to take it their sophomore year for just the purpose of taking it but for finding out what they want for future education it helps,” Air Force recruiter SGT Armstrong said. 

 

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