The CAT-ASVAB may seem harder or easier than the P&P-ASVAB because the CAT-ASVAB is tailored to your specific ability level. The P&P-ASVAB contains some very easy and very hard questions, but most are of average difficulty. The CAT-ASVAB software adjusts to your ability level and administers questions that are best suited for you. If you are above average ability, you will receive questions that are above average difficulty. Hence, the CAT-ASVAB may appear more difficult than the P&P-ASVAB. If you are below average ability, you will receive questions that are below average difficulty. Hence, the CAT-ASVAB may appear easier than the P&P-ASVAB. Even though the questions differ in difficulty across the CAT-ASVAB and P&P-ASVAB, the reported scores are statistically linked across the two methods of administration. Thus, you would be expected to receive a similar score regardless of whether you take the CAT-ASVAB or the P&P-ASVAB.

CAT ASVAB | P&P ASVAB | ||||

Test | Questions | Time Limit | Test | Questions | Time Limit |

GS | 16 Questions | 8 Minutes | GS | 25 Questions | 11 Minutes |

AR | 16 Questions | 39 Minutes | AR | 30 Questions | 36 Minutes |

WK | 16 Questions | 8 Minutes | WK | 35 Questions | 11 Minutes |

PC | 11 Questions | 22 Minutes | PC | 15 Questions | 13 Minutes |

MK | 16 Questions | 20 Minutes | MK | 25 Questions | 24 Minutes |

EI | 16 Questions | 8 Minutes | EI | 20 Questions | 9 Minutes |

AI | 11 Questions | 7 Minutes | AS | 25 Questions | 11 Minutes |

SI | 11 Questions | 6 Minutes | MC | 25 Questions | 19 Minutes |

MC | 16 Questions | 20 Minutes | AO | 25 Questions | 15 Minutes |

AO | 16 Questions | 16 Minutes | |||

Total | 145 Questions | 154 Minutes | Total | 225 Questions | 149 Minutes |