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Can you use a calculator on the asvab test?

Can you use a calculator on the asvab test?


The funny thing is that on the SAT, ACT and all graduate level exams we allow students to use their calculators. 

Not when I took SAT and GMAT....


As far as I know calculators are not allowed. You'll be given paper and pen to write down your calculations but necessary calculator. Math exam is not that hard, you just need to familiarize the basic math operations like your algebra, geometry. And you should know how to use. ASVAB math exam requires analysis. You better understand what is being asked. -- coach

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The answer is "No"

Calculators are not allowed on the ASVAB test. Now some people may argue why not but the reason is part of the testing. They give you math operations that can be easily performed without need for calculator and that way they are testing your ability to be able to be perform these operations without calculator help. This is incorporated into the test itself but some people are so in love with calculators that they feel at disadvantage whenever they tell them they can't use a calculator.

Study the multiplication table very well and you will not have a need for a calculator on the test.

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It stands to reason that if this is an aptitutde test that the test-taker would not be aloud outside sources or tools while taking the test.


Perhaps aloud, but not allowed.  Guess some people do better in math than in English.

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I took the ASVAB recently to join the Marine Corps and they do not let you use calculators. You do have a sheet of paper and pencil to work the problems out. But honestly there are more logical/common sense answers than hard ones, even in the math sections. Look for patterns.

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Regardless of the military branch you are going to be joining, calculators are off limits. Best of luck!

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While you are taking the test you will not be able to use a calculator at any time.

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No. Sadly, the test is test what you know. You're going to have to refresh a bit in Algebra and geometry.

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No. Culculators are not allowed. You are allowed pencil and paper which will be provided at the facility. I recommend that you get the book and study the methods the ASVAB.

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I do AFCT prep (the active-duty version of the ASVAB) and there are no calculators allowed on either. It is a test of problem solving ability but also in basic math skills-multiplication, division, etc.  

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Many standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, GRE and GMAT do allow the use of a calculator, and I believe the ASVAB should too. I posed this argument to the Department of Defense in October of 2011 and an aide to the Undersecretary of the US Navy wrote back stating that it was under consideration.  As of today, Sept. 9, 2012, the change has not been made and paper and pencil are your only calculator.

I've been preparing students for this exam, with a very high rate of success, for many years and I've developed a "calculator sheet" that my students memorize and write on the scrap paper provided as soon as they sit down. It has all of the formulas you will need and other useful facts as well.  In addition, I have developed a 4 week series of notebooks that each of my students receives so your preparation will be very strong and secure.  In fact, many of the men and women I work with end up deciding to take their SAT/ACT exam at the same time so that they can expand their choice of college options.

I welcome your inquiry about ASVAB prep. and .....thank you, in advance, for defending our country.

Dr. Carranza


I was wondering if you'd be kind enough to share with me your calculator sheet.  I live in California so I don't think I'll be able to seek your prep classes but I'm a junior in high school preparing for the ASVAB and I'm worried about the no calculator policy. Please email me if possible.  Thank you.
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It also stands to reason that the responder would know that 'aloud' is different from 'allowed'.  Keep that in mind and good luck!