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To meet the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) graduation pathway option, students must meet the minimum score on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) to be eligible to serve in a branch of the armed services at the time the student takes the test. The AFQT is a component of the ASVAB (not a separate test). Satisfying this graduation pathway option meets requirements in both English and math.

The current score students must meet is: 31 (this score will be confirmed and updated here annually by September 1st). Students may choose to meet either the minimum score the year a student take the ASVAB or the score established by any branch of the military on a later date prior to the student turning 21 years of age.

To meet the graduation pathway option, the student must take the ASVAB while in high school. (The military has age and other restrictions concerning the acceptance of the ASVAB, so students considering a military career should look into military entrance requirements. See the resource links below.)  

To provide this option to students, districts must:

  • Inform students about the scores required for each branch of the military, as well as eligibility requirements for specific military occupations. 
  • Inform students regarding the ways their scores and personal information might be shared with the Department of Defense.
  • Provide students with a written opportunity to indicate whether the student authorizes his or her information to be shared with the military.

In meeting this pathway option students are not required to:

  • Meet physical or other military enlistment requirements.
  • Enlist. Note: unless a student is certain they want to enlist in the military, students are encouraged to meet this pathway option through taking the ASVAB test at a high school. A student probably would not be able to access the ASVAB immediately by visiting a recruitment office. 
  • Release score to the military for recruitment purposes.


Current minimum scores for each branch of the military are: Air Force—31; Army—31; Coast Guard—40; Marine Corps—31; National Guard—31; Navy—35. (Scores posted on August 27, 2020.)

The following information is provided from Washington’s local MEPS stations (military entrance processing stations) in Spokane, Seattle, and Portland.

Information on the ASVAB Test and Career Exploration Program (CEP)

The Department of Defense introduced the ASVAB (which stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) in 1968. It was originally designed to predict future academic and occupational success in military occupations. However, extensive research indicates the ASVAB assesses academic ability and predicts success in a wide variety of occupations.  

Schools are asked to plan for 3.5 hours of uninterrupted test taking time to complete the test.  This time includes test subtest administration as well as passing out, collecting back and counting all test materials to ensure test security. Following completion of the ASVAB test the school will receive the test results back within 2 weeks and then the school and ASVAB personnel will agree to a date and time to schedule the ASVAB Career Exploration Program class.

The ASVAB CEP is a free career planning program designed for students in grades 10-12, and first- and second-year post-secondary. To find out more about scheduling the ASVAB test and Career Exploration Program in your school, please review this resource document that lists logistics and contact information for the Washington local MEPS stations.

Further Information on the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) 

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program (CEP) is a comprehensive occupation exploration and planning program that includes a multiple aptitude test battery, an interest inventory, and additional planning tools designed to help students explore the world of work. This program is provided at no-cost to schools and students.

The ASVAB CEP is the only career planning resource that allows students to explore multiple paths to success college, certificates, apprenticeships program, licensure programs, or the military. The ASVAB program is designed to assist students across the nation in their career exploration/planning process, not only those interested in military careers.  

The composite scores from ASVAB tests show students where their skills and aptitudes are currently in verbal, math, and science and technical subjects, compared to other students across America in their grade, what occupations match their current interests and skills, and what subjects they need to focus on to attain a desired occupation. These results are also integrated with the students’ work values and interests to help them identify and prioritize possible career choices.  

The ASVAB CEP can also be used as a foundation for High School and Beyond Planning because it engages the students, clearly displays the paths to attain an occupation, and provides information and career planning assistance. With this program, students are given questionnaires to complete regarding their future plans, which is then given to the school counselor who use them to guide the student through the High School and Beyond Plan. Many counselors have stated that after the seminar, the majority of their students no longer say “I don’t know what to do in the future,” and begin to focus on their future occupational ideas and education necessities.

We have adapted the ASVAB CEP to align it with the Washington state Common Core 24 High School and Beyond Plan requirements. Our program covers all of these requirements:

  • Learning about yourself;
  • Learning about the work force; and
  • Learning about the labor force.

And our career seminars, following the test, help students to:

  • Understand Academic and vocational strengths;
  • Identify career goals; and    
  • Identify future Education goals.
  • Identify colleges and other postsecondary training programs necessary for a specific occupation.

On our website ( each student will have access to their:

  • Individual high school coursework career portfolio; and    
  • Educational and career planner.