Could the military's Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test be calculator-friendly soon?

Remember when your grade school teacher told you that you needed to learn math because you wouldn’t always have a calculator? With the advent of smartphones, that statement no longer applies and organizations are taking notice – including when it comes to using a calculator on the well-known ASVAB test.

The Department of Defense is moving along with the times and is considering allowing calculators during the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or “ASVAB” testing.

According to the Military Times : “The Department recognizes that much of the current high school instruction for math, as well as the SAT/ACT, allows students to utilize a calculator,” a Pentagon official stated. “Allowing the use of calculators during the quantitative portions of the ASVAB will align ASVAB assessments with current instructional methods and other large-scale standardized test practices.”

The spokesperson added that the possible move would not be meant to make the test any less challenging, but instead would bring ASVAB standards into the modern era of instructional methods and training objectives.

The math portion of the ASVAB is an important part of the test, as it is used to determine a person’s AFQT (Armed Forces Qualification Test) score, which is used to determine eligibility for enlistment in the military.  Some of the specific topics covered on the ASVAB math portion include ratios and proportions, area and volume, probability and statistics, and coordinate geometry. To do well on the ASVAB math portion, it’s important to have a solid understanding of basic math concepts, such as fractions, decimals, and percentages.  If the DOD allows calculators during testing, it could certainly remove a barrier that would keep people from be able to join the military.  

Sound off! Do you think the Department of Defense should allow a calculator during ASVAB testing?

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