As discussed, there are differences between the computerized and the paper-and-pencil ASVAB test. However, regardless of whether you take the ASVAB by computer or paper-and-pencil, scores should be very similar.

The computerized ASVAB (CAT-ASVAB) test is adaptive, which means that the test adapts to your ability level. The test software is developed in such a way that it selects items that are suitable for your ability level, based on your responses to earlier items in the test. Another thing to remember is that you are not able to review or change answers once you have submitted them. The average candidate takes about one and a half hours to complete the test. The CAT-ASVAB consists of a total of 145 questions and 154-minute time limit, divided as follows:

- General Science (GS) - 16 questions with an 8-minute time limit
- Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) - 16 questions with a 39-minute time limit
- Word Knowledge (WK) - 16 questions with an 8-minute time limit
- Paragraph Comprehension (PC) - 11 questions with a 22-minute time limit
- Mathematics Knowledge (MK) - 16 questions with a 20-minute time limit
- Electronics Information (EI) - 16 questions with a 8-minute time limit
- Automotive Information (AI) - 11 questions with a 7-minute time limit
- Shop Information (SI) - 11 questions with a 6-minute time limit
- Mechanical Comprehension (MC) - 16 questions with a 20-minute time limit
- Assembling Object (AO) - 16 questions with a 16-minute time limit

The paper and pencil test is administered traditionally, which means that all examinees take the same set of questions at the same time. Another difference with the computerized test is that during the P&P test you are allowed to review your answers. An important thing to remember here is that if you run out of time on the P&P version of the ASVAB, it is to your advantage to fill in random guesses for the remaining items, as there is no penalty for guessing answers. The average candidate takes about three and a half hours to complete the test. The P&P-ASVAB test consists of a total of 225 questions and a 149-minute time limit, divided as follows:

- General Science (GS) - 25 questions with an 11-minute time limit
- Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) - 30 questions with a 36-minute time limit
- Word Knowledge (WK) - 35 questions with an 11-minute time limit
- Paragraph Comprehension (PC) - 15 questions with a 13-minute time limit
- Mathematics Knowledge (MK) - 25 questions with a 24-minute time limit
- Electronics Information (EI) - 20 questions with a 9-minute time limit
- Automotive and Shop Information (AS) - 25 questions with an 11-minute time limit
- Mechanical Comprehension (MC) - 25 questions with a 19-minute time limit
- Assembling Object (AO) - 25 questions with a 15-minute time limit

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