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Test helps students determine careers

Christina M. Currie

With a plethora of job opportunities at their feet, some high school students may find making a decision difficult.

It may be easier for the 38 Moffat County High School juniors and seniors who took the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test Wednesday.

Although the test is military-based and used to determine suitability for military jobs, all high school juniors and seniors were invited to participate.

“It’s just another thing to help guide them in deciding where they want to go,” MCHS counselor Paula Duzik said.

Army recruiter Sgt. Leafner Tan said two of the students taking the test have been talking to him about joining the military and took the test for that reason.

As for other students’ reasons, he won’t know until the tests are scored and returned. One question asks their future plans. Most write college, Tan said, but a few will indicate a desire to join the armed forces.

“This actually helps students figure out what their aptitude is in different areas,” he said. “It gives them an idea about what they want to do after high school. For the military, we use the test to figure out what an individual is qualified to do.”

Students scoring low on certain areas of the ASVAB test usually don’t qualify for military jobs in those areas.

It takes two to three weeks to get the results of the three-hour test back. When they’re returned, local recruiters will go back to the high school to help students interpret them.

Students are not required to take the test.

“A lot of students don’t take it because it’s not like the ACT or SAT, it doesn’t get you anywhere, it just opens their eyes to different jobs,” Duzik said.

Those who do take the free test are urged to take it seriously. Tan said Duzik does a good job of explaining the purpose of the test to students. He’s seen students purposely answer wrong because they think it’s only for military entrance and they don’t want to be contacted.

That’s not the case.

“It’s not really for that,” Tan said.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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