The Arithmetic Reasoning section of the test measures your ability to solve arithmetic word problems. You may be asked questions such as “If the tire of a car rotates at a constant speed of 552 times in 1 minute, how many times will the tire rotate in half an hour?” Therefore, reviewing common math key words associated with each operation is recommended. For example, if you see the key words “in all,” the problem deals with addition. If the problem asks you to “find the difference,” you are being asked to subtract. If a question asks “how many times” per day or week, you know you are dealing with multiplication. If it asks “how many in each,” you should be thinking about division. The CAT-ASVAB has 16 questions in 39 minutes; the paper-and-pencil version has 30 questions in 36 minutes.

The ASVAB is a timed test that measures your skills in a number of different areas. You complete questions that reveal your skills in paragraph comprehension, word knowledge, arithmetic reasoning and mathematics knowledge. These are basic skills that you will need as a member of the U.S. military. The score you receive on the ASVAB is factored into your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. This score is used to figure out whether you qualify to enlist in the armed services.

El ASVAB no tiene un puntaje general. Cuando escuchas a alguien decir: "Obtuve un 80 en mi ASVAB", esa persona está hablando de la puntuación de la Prueba de Calificación de las Fuerzas Armadas (AFQT), no de una puntuación general de ASVAB. El puntaje de AFQT determina si usted incluso califica para alistarse en el ejército, y solo cuatro de las subpruebas se utilizan para calcularlo:
Con miles de empleos diferentes para el personal alistado y oficiales, hay mucho que hacer en las Fuerzas Armadas. El programa de exploración de carreras del ASVAB (Examen de Aptitud Vocacional para las Fuerzas Armadas, por sus siglas en inglés) puede ayudar a los adultos jóvenes a identificar y explorar ocupaciones potencialmente satisfactorias y a desarrollar estrategias para alcanzar sus objetivos de carrera.
You've decided to enlist—congratulations! Taking the ASVAB is the first big step to beginning your work in the military; the test helps determine the entire course of your military career. This book gives you everything you need to score high on the exam and get the military job you want. It includes review and practice questions for each of the ASVAB's nine subtests, as well as 3 full-length ASVAB and 2 AFQT practice exams, detailed test-taking tips, and more.
The various armed forces adopted all of those aspects in 1976. At that point in time, the test was in its written form rather than today’s more common form (computerized test format). The written form covers all of the previously mentioned areas as well, which is why both forms are still available. All-in-all that answers the question concerning the intention of the test.