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ASVAB Career Exploration Program

Final exams are difficult, stressful, and emotional.  As we near the closing of the first semester of school, several thoughts come to mind:  1)  We are almost halfway through the school year; 2) Tests are coming faster than expected; 3)  Why is there so much testing?; 4) Have we covered all the necessary materials, and 5) What does all this information mean?  

In a world that relies heavily upon data, testing is simply part of the norm.  We take tests so we can drive; we take tests on our eyes to make sure we have clear vision; we take tests to know what we know; we take tests to ensure we are healthy, and we take more tests upon more tests.  So what is the ASVAB test?  Why do our students take it?  What does it mean?  

The ASVAB is offered to high school and post-secondary students as part of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program.  The program provides tools to help students learn more about career exploration and planning, in both the civilian and military worlds of work. The ASVAB measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success.  The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is free of charge to participating schools.  On Thursday, December 2, 2021, Creek Valley freshmen and juniors will be taking the ASVAB test.  

The ASVAB subtests are designed to measure aptitudes in four domains: Verbal, Math, Science and Technical, and Spatial. Subtests include the following categories:  general science, arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, math knowledge, electronics information, shop information, mechanical comprehension, and assembling objects  

The ASVAB Testing Program does not endorse any particular method of test preparation beyond recommending that examinees take a solid core of courses in mathematics, English, and science in high school and/or college.  It’s important to note that when taking the ASVAB, students don't "pass" or "fail". The results represent how well students have developed their skills in addition to their potential for training.  As with other tests, how much a student has learned in school through the years will probably make the most difference in his or her results.

Taking the ASVAB provides students with the opportunity to learn about themselves. Before students make decisions about what to do after high school, students should spend time thinking about their interests, values and abilities.  The three Career Exploration Scores (Verbal, Math, Science/Technology) are good indicators of a student’s potential for success in further education, training, and in occupations.  They focus on skills (which are learned and modifiable) rather than on abilities (which are often seen as fixed.)  

Interests are one of the most important predictors of career satisfaction.  Find Your Interests: The FYI is an interest inventory that asks students questions about the kinds of activities they like or would like to do. The FYI will reveal students’ strongest interest areas. Then, students can explore careers that align with their interests.  The FYI is based on John Holland's Theory of Career Choice RIASEC:  Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.  

Realistic activities often involve practical, hands-on problems and solutions such as designing, building, and repairing machinery.  Investigative activities involve testing ideas, learning new things, and allow one to use his or her knowledge to solve problems.  Artistic activities allow you to be creative to do original work such as writing, singing, dancing, sculpting, and painting. Social activities allow you to use your skills and talents to help, teach, and counsel others.  Enterprising activities allow you to take a leadership role in areas such as sales, supervision, and project or business management.  Conventional activities require attention to accuracy and detail such as maintaining orderly and accurate records, procedures, and routines.  To further explore what types of occupations each of the categories represents, please visit https://www.asvabprogram.com/student-learn.  

In the middle of a tough test, it is easy to lose focus and sit mindlessly, wasting time thinking of other things, wishing the test was over.  Patience and persistence are vital to successful test-taking and studying.  When questions or concepts are difficult, it is important to take time on that subject and keep trying.  Remember, “Life is the most difficult exam.  Many people fail because they try to copy others, not realizing that everyone has a different question paper.  

From the desk of Principal Amy Hostetler, 12/1/21