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If you have a junior/senior that is interested in the military or is planning on vocational training after/during high school, the ASVAB test might be for them. The ASVAB is offered as an option (along with PSAT, ACT Practice, preACT 8/9) at Olathe North on October 16 during on National Testing Day. Sign-ups are happening NOW. Check student email for the link to sign up or see Mr. Tarwater in room 217 (or firstname.lastname@example.org).
More Information about the ASVAB below.
Did you know that Olathe North participates in a National Testing Day where students in grades 9-11 are offered opportunities to take the Pre-ACT 9, the PSAT, and a practice ACT test? Seniors often see this as an opportunity to do community service or to go on a college or career visit. But did you know that Olathe North brings in the military that day as well to give the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test to juniors and seniors that sign up?
The ASVAB test is an often overlooked test and many students that might be interested don’t even realize that it is available as an option. Although it is a test given by the military, it doesn’t mean that you are committed to military service. It does provide students with a perspective of opportunities that that military has to offer, but it also provides students with some vocational perspective. Read more below if you think that this might be beneficial to you.
ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
5 Great Reasons to Take the ASVABMilitary.com | Marco O'Brien
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) could be one of the most important tests you ever take. This test is given to many juniors and seniors at high schools all across the country. What I have found is some people don’t take the test seriously. There are several reasons to do your best and try to get the highest score possible.
1. Your ASVAB score is good for two years – for ALL branches of the military. Even if you aren’t interested in joining the military when you take the test, a lot can change in two years, so why not do your best.
2. This is your best chance to obtain a high-test score. With Math and English fresh in your mind there is no better time to give it your all and see how smart you really are.
Math for instance gets harder and harder to recall the less you do it, so test while it is still fresh on your mind.
3. Your scores are not only used to determine which service you are qualified to join, but also which jobs within that service you are qualified to do. The higher you score the more career options you have. In addition, your score can directly affect your eligibility for bonuses and money for school.
4. Some find the “Student” version of the ASVAB easier. If you have to retake the ASVAB you will be given a different version. You may find the other three ASVAB versions tougher than the one you didn’t take seriously.
5. The “Student” ASVAB is a great career assessment tool that can help you identify which career areas best suit you. Because this is an aptitude test it doesn’t just tell you what you are currently good at, it will also tell you what you may be good at learning. You may know nothing about electronics but your scores may say you have the ability to learn electronics.
I know it may seem like a waste of time to take the ASVAB because you currently have no desire to join the military. Remember the ASVAB does not obligate you to anything. It is just a test used by the military to determine if you are qualified to join and what area or areas you would excel in. You might as well do your best a lot can change in the next two years and even if you never join, think how much fun it would be to score higher than all of your friends! If your high school doesn’t offer the test, contact a local recruiter and he or she can set you up to take it.
Practice, Practice , Practice… If you plan to take the ASVAB, check out the Military.com ASVAB Practice Tests, they can help ensure you score your best.