After taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, you will receive a report with all your scores on it.
These scores include your Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score as well as your scores on each of the 9 individual subtests that make up the ASVAB. When you get your report, the most important score you will want to look for first is your AFQT score. This score determines your eligibility to serve in the military and to enlist in the U.S. Marines you need to have achieved a score of at least 32.
Exceptions to this limit are made for about 1 percent of recruits who exhibit other exceptional qualities and who have a score of at least 25.
If you have a GED instead of a high school diploma you will need to score at least 50 to qualify for enlistment in the Marines.
Military Requirements for Minimum ASVAB Score
|Military Branch||High School Diploma||GED|
ASVAB Subtest Scores
Next on the scale of importance are your ASVAB subtest scores. These scores indicate how you did in each of the nine subtest categories that make up the ASVAB. These categories are:
• General Science
• Arithmetic Reasoning
• Word Knowledge
• Paragraph Comprehension
• Mathematics Knowledge
• Electronics Information
• Auto & Shop Information
• Mechanical Comprehension
• Assembling Objects.
One thing to keep in mind as you look at all of your scores in the report is that each score is expressed as a percentile. This means that if you scored a 65 on the Electronics Information subtest you performed as well or better than 65 percent of the men and women in your age group who took the test.
The reason your subtest scores are important is because the Marines take these scores and use them to determine what jobs you qualify to perform. The marines do this by creating three composite line scores, which are:
• Electronics Repair, Missile Repair, Electronics & Communications (EL) – General Science (GS), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK) and Electronic Information (EI).
• General Maintenance, Construction, Utility and Chemical Maintenance (MM) – General Science (GS), Auto & Shop (AS), Mathematics Knowledge (MK) and Electronics Information (EI).
• General Technical, Special and Officer Programs (GT) – Verbal Expression (VE) and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR).
Verbal expression is the combination of the Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension subtest categories.
If you want to follow one of the above career tracks, you will want to make sure that you perform well in the associated subtest categories. Failure to do so could mean being stuck in a career track that you don’t enjoy or that will not benefit you later.
One more thing to remember about your ASVAB scores, the higher they are the greater your career options and the higher your chance of receiving enlistment incentives, including bonuses.
If you feel your ASVAB scores don’t match your education, training and experience and a Marine recruiter agrees with you, you can retake the ASVAB. You can also retake the ASVAB if your previous test results are expired.
However, a retest can’t be scheduled solely because your scores didn’t meet those required for enlistment options or programs.
That means you should take your first test with the utmost seriousness and be sure to study thoroughly. One effective way to study is to take online practice exams like those offered here on this website.
ASVAB Scores and Marine Corps Jobs
Jobs in the Marine Corps are referred to as”MOS” (short for Military Occupational Specialty). To find the MOSes you qualify for, the Marine Corps organizes your ASVAB subtest scores into various groups known as line scores. The ASVAB subtests are: General Science (GS); Arithmetic Reasoning (AR); Word Knowledge (WK); Paragraph Comprehension (PC); Numerical Operations (NO); Coding Speed (CS); Auto and Shop Information (AS); Mathematics Knowledge (MK); Mechanical Comprehension (MC); Electronics Information (EI); and Sum of Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension (VE). It’s important to remember that as Numerical Operations (NO) and Coding Speed (CS) subtests are phased out, some line scores may be updated.
Note: Use the data listed below as a general guide to help you determine the minimum ASVAB scores required for each MOS (Military Occupational Specialty).
Marine Line Scores:
CL – Clerical: VE+AR+MK
EL – Electronics: GS+AR+MK+EI
GT – General Technical: VE+AR
MM – Mechanical Maintenance: NO+AS+MC+EI
ST – Skilled Technical: GS+VE+MK+MC
See the table below for Marine jobs and the corresponding minimum ASVAB line scores.
|MOS||MARINE JOB TITLE||Minimum ASVAB Line Scores|
|0261||Geographic Intelligence Specialist||EL=100|
|0352||Antitank Assault Guided Missileman||GT=90|
|0411||Maintenance Management Specialist||GT=100|
|0431||Logistics/Embarkation and Combat Service Support (CSS) Specialist||GT=100|
|0451||Air Delivery Specialist||GT=100|
|0481||Landing Support Specialist||GT=95|
|0511||MAGTF Planning Specialist||GT=110|
|0614||Unit Level Circuit Switch (ULCS) Operator/Maintainer||EL=100|
|0621||Field Radio Operator||EL=90|
|0622||Mobile Multichannel Equipment Operator||EL=100|
|0624||High Frequency Communication Central Operator||EL=100|
|0626||Fleet SATCOM Terminal Operator||EL=100|
|0627||Ground Mobile Forces SATCOM Operator||EL=100|
|0811||Field Artillery Cannoneer||GT=90|
|0842||Field Artillery Radar Operator||GT=105|
|0844||Field Artillery Fire Control Man||GT=105|
|0847||Artillery Meteoroloqical Man||GT=105|
|0861||Fire Support Man||GT=100|
|1142||Electrical Equipment Repair Specialist||EL=100|
|1171||Hygiene Equipment Operator||MM=85|
|1181||Fabric Repair Specialist||MM=85|
|1341||Engineer Equipment Mechanic||MM=95|
|1345||Engineer Equipment Operator||MM=95|
|1391||Bulk Fuel Specialist||MM=85|
|1812||M1A1 Tank Crewman||GT=90|
|1833||Assault Amphibious Vehicle||GT=90|
|2111||Small Arms Repairer/Technician||MM=95|
|2131||Towed Artillery Systems Technician||MM=95|
|2141||Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Repairer/Technician||MM=105|
|2146||Main Battle Tank (MBT) Repairer/Technician||MM=105|
|2147||Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Repairer/Technician||MM=105|
|2171||Electro-Optical Ordnance Repairer||MM=105|
|2542||Communication Center Operator||GT=110|
|2621||Communications Signal Collection/Manual Morse Operator/Analyst||GT=100|
|2631||Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) Intercept Operator/Analyst||GT=100|
|2651||class=”shaded” Special Intelligence System Administrator/Communicator||GT=100|
|2671||Arabic Cryptologic Linguist||GT=105|
|2673||Korean Cryptologic Linguist||GT=105|
|2674||Spanish Cryptologic Linguist||GT=105|
|2676||Russian Cryptoloqic Linguist||GT=105|
|2818||Personal Computer (PC)/Tactical Office Machine Repairer||EL=115|
|2822||Electronic Switching Equipment Technician||EL=115|
|2831||Multichannel Equipment Repairer||EL=115|
|2841||Ground Radio Repairer||EL=115|
|2844||Ground Communications Organizational Repairer||EL=115|
|2846||Ground Radio Intermediate Repairer||EL=115|
|2847||Telephone Systems/Personal Computer Intermediate Repairer||EL=115|
|2871||Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Technician||EL=115|
|2881||Communication Security Equipment Technician||EL=115|
|2887||Counter Mortar Radar Repairer||EL=115|
|3043||Supply Administration and Operations Clerk||CL=110|
|3112||Traffic Management Specialist||CL=90|
|3361||Subsistence Supply Clerk||CL=90|
|3381||Food Service Specialist||GT=90|
|3521||Organizational Automotive Mechanic||MM=95|
|3531||Motor Vehicle Operator||MM=85|
|3533||Logistics Vehicle System Operator||MM=85|
|4066||Small Computer Systems Specialist||GT=110|
|4067||Programmer – ADA||GT=110|
|4421||Legal Services Specialist||CL=100|
|5711||Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) Defense Specialist||GT=110|
|5937||Aviation Radio Repairer||EL=105|
|5942||Aviation Radar Repairer||EL=105|
|5952||Air Traffic Control Navigational Aids Technician||EL=105|
|5953||Air Traffic Control Radar Technician||EL=105|
|5954||Air Traffic Control Communications Technician||EL=105|
|5962||Tactical Data Systems Equipment (TDSE) Repairer||EL=105|
|5963||Tactical Air Operations Module Repairer||EL=105|
|6046||Aircraft Maintenance Administration Specialist||CL=100|
|6048||Flight Equipment Technician||MM=105|
|6061||Aircraft Intermediate Level Hydraulic/Pneumatic Mechanic||MM=105|
|6071||Aircraft Maintenance Support Equipment (SE) Mechanic||MM=105|
|6072||Aircraft Maintenance Support Equipment Hydraulic/ Pneumatic Structures Mechanic||MM=105|
|6073||Aircraft Maintenance Support Equipment Electrician/ Refrigeration Mechanic||MM=105|
|6074||Cryogenics Equipment Operator||MM=105|
|6091||Aircraft Intermediate Level Structures Mechanic||MM=105|
|6092||Aircraft Intermediate Level Structures Mechanic||MM=105|
|6311||Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical/Weapon Systems Technician||EL=105|
|6312||Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Weapon Systems Technician – AV-8||EL=105|
|6314||Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Avionics Technician||EL=105|
|6316||Aircraft Communications/Navigation Systems Technician – KC-130||EL=105|
|6317||Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Weapon Systems Technician – F/A-18||EL=105|
|6322||Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical Systems Technician – CH-46||EL=105|
|6323||Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical Systems Technician – CH-53||EL=105|
|6324||Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical/Weapon Systems Technician – U/AH-1||EL=105|
|6326||Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Electrical/Weapon Systems Technician – V-22||EL=105|
|6331||Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician-Trainee||EL=105|
|6332||Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician – AV-8||EL=105|
|6333||Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician – EA-6||EL=105|
|6336||Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician – KC-130||EL=105|
|6337||Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician – F/A-18||EL=105|
|6386||Aircraft Electronic Countermeasures Systems Technician – EA-6B||EL=105|
|6511||Aviation Ordnance Technician||GT=105|
|6531||Aircraft Ordnance Technician||GT=105|
|6541||Aviation Ordnance Systems Technician||GT=105|
|6672||Aviation Supply Clerk||CL=100|
|6673||Automated Information Systems (AIS) Computer Operator||CL=100|
|7011||Expeditionary Airfield Systems Technician||MM=95|
|7041||Aviation Operations Specialist||CL=100|
|7051||Aircraft Firefighting and Rescue Specialist||MM=95|
|7212||Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Gunner||GT=90|
|7234||Air Control Electronics Operator||GT=105|
|7242||Air Support Operations Operator||GT=100|
|7251||Air Traffic Controller||GT=105|
|7257||Air Traffic Controller||GT=105|
|7314||Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Air Vehicle Operator||GT=105|
|7381||Airborne Radio Operator/Inflight Refueling Observer/ Loadmaste||GT=110|