Whether written or computer based, the topics covered will be the same although the questions from one test to another will likely be different to help prevent cheating. The total time for the pen and paper test including breaks is about 3 hours. The computer based test has a total time of from 3 to 4 hours.
Eight areas of knowledge are evaluated with the ASVAB test. They are General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics, Electronics Knowledge, Auto and Shop skills and Mechanical Comprehension. Sections range from only 15 questions to answer in the Paragraph Comprehension up to 35 questions to answer in the Word Knowledge section.