Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
This is part two of the 3 piece guide regarding the AFQT score. In the event you missed the prior article in regards to the ASVAB score, make sure to look it over. In that article we layed out the very first component of the AFQT score: The Arithmetic Reasoning or AR exam. In this part we will be covering the Mathematics Knowledge or MK section of the ASVAB exam. Mathematics Knowledge contains subject matter including adding and subtracting fractions, multiplying and dividing percentages and applying knowledge about exponents, reciprocals and algebraic equations. The exam essentially covers the majority of the mathematics knowledge that you should have learned while going through middle and high school programs. The primary principles are also covered including geometry,y algebra, and trigonometry.
So how will the Mathematics Knowledge score have an effect on AFQT / ASVAB score?
The Mathematics Knowledge a part of the ASVAB score account for 25% of the total AQFT score. There are some core MOS ratings which need a minimum MK score overall to qualify for those ratings. Each of these ratings tend to be focused in financial and clerical careers. The Navy has a handful of ratings that take into consideration the MK test score greatly when evaluating minimum ASVAB scores. A few of these ratings include: Cryptologic Technician, Legalman, Personnelman, Religious Program Specialist and Yeoman.
There are no real “tricks” to passing this portion of the exam beyond training along with honing your math capability by checking out sample ASVAB test questions. The more you draw on the practice tests the more likely you will know where the weak spots are located in your knowledge base. By addressing your weaker math skills and becoming familiar with where you makes more mistakes, you’ll be able to prepare yourself for this portion of the exam. The cold hard the reality is that Mathematics Knowledge is among the harder portions of the ASVAB, and its score (MK score), is used to qualify nearly 90% of the technical and engineering job opportunities in the military.
So now you must have learned much more about the second section of the AFQT score, be sure to read the other articles of the AFQT score topic. They include Verbal Expression (VE) and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR). You could start to spend some more time learning what you can do to further improve your ASVAB score too!