Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program (ASVAB CEP) is a free program offered by the Department of Defense that consists of:

  • The ASVAB multiple aptitude test
  • Interest Self-Assessment
  • Career Exploration Tools

Laws and Rules

Senate Bill (SB) 1843 (85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017) authorizes that each school year, each school district and open-enrollment charter school is required to provide students in grades 10 through 12 an opportunity to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test and consult with a military recruiter. School districts and open-enrollment charter schools must:

  • Schedule the test during normal school hours; and
  • Schedule the test at a time that limits conflict with extracurricular activities.

Additionally, SB 1843 requires that school districts and open enrollment charter schools communicate the date, time and location of testing to students and their parent/guardians.

A school district/open enrollment charter school may elect not to provide the ASVAB test, if the school provides an alternative test that:

  • assesses a student's aptitude for success in a career field other than a career field that requires postsecondary education;
  • is free to administer;
  • requires minimal training and support of district or school faculty and staff to administer the test; and
  • provides the student with a professional interpretation of the test results that allows the student to:
    • explore occupations that are consistent with the student's interests and skills; and
    • develop strategies to attain the student's career goals.
     

If school district or open-enrollment charter school has entered into a prior contract under which a vocational aptitude test that does not comply with the requirements for an alternative test outlined above, then the school district, open-enrollment charter school, or high school may elect not to provide the ASVAB for the term of the contract. On the expiration of the contract term, the requirements outlined in this letter become applicable to the school district, open-enrollment charter school or high school.

Finally, Senate Bill 1843 requires that no later than August 1st, the Texas Education Agency will publish a list of school districts and open-enrollment charter schools that elect not to provide the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test during the previous school year.

The reporting requirements were announced through a TAA letter on November 30, 2017. Listed below are three lists that contain the following:

  • Districts that did not complete the reporting requirement
  • Districts that completed the reporting requirement but did not administer the ASVAB
  • Districts that completed the reporting requirement, did not administer ASVAB, but did administer an alternative test

Resources

The Department of Defense ASVAB Program website has resources for educators, parents and students. Links to specific website pages are provided below:

The ASVAB Program Website

ASVAB Program Information for Schools

  • Fact sheets
  • Counselor Guides
  • Testing information and processes
  • Opt in/Opt out letters for schools
  • Interpreting Results
  • Statistics
  • Student materials

Department of Defense ASVAB Frequently Asked Questions

ASVAB Career Exploration Program Introduction Video

March2Success online study program

TEA and Department of Defense ASVAB Webinar recording link

TEA and Department of Defense ASVAB Webinar presentation (PDF)

Webinar Presentation Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)