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  •  Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.


  • The ASVAB is a timed multi-aptitude test, which is given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide and is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense.
  • Your scores in four critical areas — Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge (see below) — count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether you’re qualified to enlist in the U.S. military.
  • Your scores in the other areas of the ASVAB will determine how qualified you are for certain military occupational specialties and Enlistment Bonuses. A high score will improve your chances of getting the specialty/job and signing bonus you want.
  • Scoring high on the ASVAB will require study and concentration. Don’t skimp on preparing for this test. It’s your future. Get the most out of it.
  • Prepare well in advance of the day of the test.
  • Know what to expect on test day.
    [To learn more about what to expect when you take the ASVAB, click here.]
  • Familiarize yourself with the contents of the ASVAB subtests.
    [To learn more about the content of the ASVAB subtests, click here.]
  • Take sample questions and review content areas in which you need to freshen up your skills.
    [To see sample questions, click here.]
  • Find out whether you will be taking the paper and pencil (P&P) ASVAB, or the CAT-ASVAB, as optimal test-taking strategies differ across the two versions.
    [Note, however, that the test content is the same across both versions.]
  • Get plenty of rest the night before the test.To learn more about the ASVAB subtests that go into the computation of the composite scores, click here.

Information about specific careers in the military is available at and, or at the Service-specific websites:

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