Quiz: Are You Smarter Than a US Marine?
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Are You Smarter Than a US Marine?
by John Miller
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Uncle Sam wants you … to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)! The ASVAB is a multiple choice test offered to anyone who wants to enlist in the Marines (or other service branches). This sprawling test covers everything from science, to mathematics, to basic physics, mechanic concepts, English skills and a whole lot more. Do you think you can pass the ASVAB and get into the branch of your choice?

The ASVAB is a critical step in any Marine's career. You need a minimum score of 31 to get into the Army or Navy, 32 for the Marines, and because planes are like, complicated, a minimum score of 36 to get into the Air Force, the same score you need for the Coast Guard. Do you think you can pass the ASVAB with the minimum score to make it into the branch you’ve dreamed of?

To pass the ASVAB, you need a basic grasp on a wide range of concepts. You’ll have to prove your understanding of general science, arithmetic, electronics, word and sentence comprehension, electronics and automotive systems and a lot more. One part of the test is computer-based, while the second half is given in written format.

Before anyone hands you a .50-caliber machine gun, they want to know for sure that you understand the purpose of a “safety,” and they’ll be further reassured when you prove you can use that word correctly in a sentence. Take our sample ASVAB quiz now!

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