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Old 05-14-2018, 01:52 PM
Location: Eastern Washington
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Originally Posted by Pyramidsurf View Post
I would wager that individuals who scored high on the SAT would also score high on the ASVAB. The electrical and mechanical parts of the ASVAB are still based on basic science you learn in highschool.

The disconnect where you see people who have dismal grades scoring in the upper percentile on the ASVAB is probably due to them not caring about their grades but caring about their ASVAB scores.
The general intelligence factor "g" is involved in both, but, the ASVAB is more vocational oriented. People who do well on ASVAB are generally not (just) "bookworms". A kid who has worked on even bicycles has a huge leg up, as do farm kids, generally. Back in the day, building some Heathkit (remember those) sets would help enormously on the electronics side. A kid who worked on construction during summers would have a leg up. I don't have any data to back this up, but I would guess that there is a "floor" IQ that is needed to ace the ASVAB, but it's not that high - probably like 105-110. You need some reading comprehension, some ability to imagine how things work, but for a kid with a lot of practical experience, they may very well know all or nearly all of the answers from actual experience.

The SAT (the old SAT before it ceased to be an IQ test) was - an IQ test. It measures "mental horsepower" without any regard to the owner of that brain's ability to put that intellect to practical use.

From a recruiting perspective, military or civilian, tests like ASVAB measure how useful a new hire will be in the immediate term. Also a measure of aptitude, and interests. Tests like SAT measure (to some extent) what you might eventually be able to train this person to do, what they might be like 10 years down the road.

This from a guy who, back in the day, aced the ASVAB, then scored high enough on the first try for SAT to get into MENSA on that score. And who had a very mediocre GPA in high school, because, yeah, I was bored to tears.

Of course particularly regarding military service, there are all sorts of qualities that a recruit has to have, that are not tested by either IQ tests or ASVAB.
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