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Free ASVAB testing allows students to explore military career options

The test measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. (courtesy of The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
The test “measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.” (courtesy of The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

For many students, joining the military is the ideal path after high school. To serve those interests, ETHS offers students the option to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery exam (ASVAB). This test, which “measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military,” is designed for students who want to determine their military eligibility.

“Every year ETHS hosts the ASVAB for interested students in grades 10-12. Typically we get about five to 15 students yearly,” said Michelle Vazquez, a Post-Secondary Counselor and ETHS’ military liaison.

For students, taking the test opens the door for job options that might not be traditionally talked about.

[The test] helped me after I took it because there was the potentiality to look at different military careers,” said junior Tristan Schultz, who took the test as a sophomore.

To ensure a student’s military eligibility, the test contains questions on a wide variety of topics.

“The ASVAB includes tests in 10 areas: general science, arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, mathematics knowledge, electronics information, auto information, shop information, mechanical comprehension and assembling objects,” said Vazquez. “Typically, a minimum score of 31 (out of 99) is passing and makes one eligible to enlist in the military.”

The test is completely free and does not require subsequent enrollment in the armed forces, allowing for students of varying military interest levels to explore their career options.

“The ASVAB offers students a chance to explore all paths to careers – college, certifications, apprenticeships, licensure programs and the military – in one place,” said Vazquez.

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Rosie Witt, Assistant News Editor
Hey! My name is Rosie Witt (she/her) and I am a junior, and this is my third year on staff for The Evanstonian. I am an Assistant Editor for News and have written for News and Feature as well! I love being on The Evanstonian because it is such a great community and has truly helped me become a stronger writer. It has also been a fantastic experience for improving my journalistic skills. Outside of The Evanstonian, I am on the ETHS varsity softball team and I dance at Dance Center Evanston. Hope you all enjoy all of the incredible aspects The Evanstonian has to offer!! Peace out. 
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