The ASVAB Subtests: Paper Version

By Rod Powers

Part of ASVAB For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you take the ASVAB at a Military Entrance Test (MET) site, you’ll likely take the paper-and-pencil version of the test. The following table outlines the subtests on the paper version of the ASVAB, including information on content, the number of questions, and time limits.

Subtest Questions Time (Minutes) Content
General Science (GS) 25 11 General principles of biological and physical sciences
Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) 30 36 Simple word problems that require simple calculations
Word Knowledge (WK) 35 11 Correct meaning of a word; occasionally antonyms (words with
opposite meanings)
Paragraph Comprehension (PC) 15 13 Questions based on several paragraphs (usually a few hundred
words) that you read
Mathematics Knowledge (MK) 25 24 High-school math, including algebra and geometry
Electronics Information (EI) 20 9 Electrical principles, basic electronic circuitry, and
electronic terminology
Auto & Shop Information (AS) 25 11 Knowledge of automobiles, shop terminology, and tool use
Mechanical Comprehension (MC) 25 19 Basic mechanical and physical principles
Assembling Objects (AO) 25 15 Spatial orientation