ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning Exam Format.

Depending on whether you are taking the CAT-ASVAB or the P&P ASVAB, there are different numbers of questions and time allotted.


15 Questions

39 Minutes


30 Questions

36 Minutes

What gets tested?

Arithmetic reasoning is about word-based math problems. You should have the analytical skills needed to work through each problem in a step-by-step, logical format.

Unlike the math knowledge exam, candidates are not asked questions on abstract topics such as algebra or other formulaic methods.

Test Taking Tips!

To succeed at the ASVAB arithmetic reasoning exam, candidates must study in the weeks and months leading up to the exam - practicing as many ASVAB test practice questions as possible.

  • Never rush. Instead, structure your exam performance by assigning the correct number of minutes to each question. This means you don’t be left rushing toward the end of the exam, potentially getting questions wrong that you otherwise would have scored correctly.
  • Double-check solutions. Never assume that you chose the correct answer. Remember, some of the answers may reflect some of the most common mistakes made. Just because you arrived at a solution that happens to be one of the answers, does not mean that answer is correct. It could very well be a trick answer.
  • Take ASVAB test practice questions. The more practice problems you try, the more you acquire the mental skills necessary to identify your strengths and to discover where your weaknesses lie – and to plug those gaps in your knowledge base. Practicing ASVAB questions also lets you know whether you are prepared to take the real thing.
  • Avoid unnecessary detail. On ASVAB arithmetic reasoning questions, you may be provided with more detail than is needed to answer the question. It is vital that you can identify this as irrelevant detail and not get side-tracked. Only use the information and data needed to answer the question.
  • Does the answer make sense? One of the advantages with ASVAB arithmetic reasoning questions is that many of them can be worked out logically in your mind. If an answer does not make sense, it is probably wrong. Try to work through in your mind a “likely” type of answer. It may even be an approximate range, but it can provide some degree of reasonableness to whatever solution you come up with.


As it is one of the four subtests used to calculate your AFQT score!

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