Is the CAT-ASVAB harder/easier than the paper and pencil ASVAB?

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
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