Do subtests that don't affect your AFQT on the ASVAB matter?

I'm studying for taking the ASVAB about 3 weeks from now. I'm planning on going into the air force in one of the mechanical engineering fields, can anyone advise me on whether I should take time out to memorize a lot of stuff for the sub-tests unrelated to the AFQT or is there such little benefit to it, that it's better to just focus on the AFQT related sub-tests.

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  • 7 years ago
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    The AFQT is used ONLY to determine your joining or not. Not what jobs you qualify for once you join.

    While the AFQT is determined from only a portion of the subtests, those other subtests may be what the specific job (AFCS) you are looking for needs for you to qualify for it.

    Find out what particular job you are interested in and then find out it's requirements. Air Force uses a composite score system called MAGE.

    Mechanical (M):

    Computed from the Mechanical Comprehension, General Science, and Auto and Shop sub-tests of the ASVAB.

    Administrative (A):

    This score is computed from the Numerical Operations, Coding Speed, Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension portions of the ASVAB

    General (G):

    Derived from the Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Arithmetic Reasoning sub-tests of the ASVAB.

    Electrical (E):

    This composite is derived from the Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information and General Science sub-tests of the ASVAB.

    For example, to be a Boom Operator, those guys who do the Mid-air refueling of other aircraft... you need a G of 55 or higher. Among many other requirements.

    If your goal is simply to join and you could care less what specific jobs you qualify for... By all means, concentrate only on those subtests in which the AFQT score is derived. Otherwise concentrate on those IN ADDITION to those which matter for the job you want.

    Source(s): USN Vet
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  • 7 years ago

    the subtest are more important than your AFQT score

    the AFQT score is ONLY used to determine if you can enlist or not enlist

    the subtest are what is used to determine what AFSC's you qualify to do

    so as long as you make the minimum AFQT to enlist, thats all that counts - otherwise the afqt is meaningless

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  • 7 years ago

    What he said!

    CG-23 Sailor's answer is spot on!

    Great job shipmate!

    Source(s): 20 year Navy Veteran. Former USN Recruiter
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