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Recruiter Journal
Updates to PiCAT Implemented

By Fonda Bock,
USAREC, Public Affairs
Jan 28, 2016

Applicants taking the Prescreen Internet Based Computerized Adaptive Test (PiCAT) will no longer take the ASVAB at MEPS after taking the verification test. During the two-year pilot phase of PiCAT, which concluded in December, taking the ASVAB was a requirement.

PiCAT is an untimed, unproctored, version of the ASVAB that can be taken from any computer. Applicants have 24 hours to complete the test once they sign in.

"For a lot of people who experience test anxiety with people standing around timing them, this is not timed, so this is an added benefit to them," said Master Sgt. Eric Tremblay, USAREC G3 operations NCOIC.

PiCAT's benefit to recruiters will primarily be windshield time with applicants living at least an hour away from a MEPS said Tremblay.

"Recruiters are able to give them an ASVAB, and know exactly what they're going to get. Since PiCAT scores are available immediately, applicant's line scores and everything will show up when they pull a report, Tremblay said. "It will let recruiters know instantly what jobs the applicants are qualified for."

A few applicants who pass PiCAT will be randomly chosen to take the ASVAB for research purposes only. The applicant's PiCAT score will be used for enlistment.

PiCAT testing procedures:

  • Recruiters will register applicants and provide them a unique access code at https://www.dmdc.mil/icat-ar/
  • The access code expires 72 hours later.  Applicants will have 24 hours to complete the test after they sign in at https://www.dmdc.mil/icat-ar/ using the code provided by the recruiter.
  • The test can only be taken once and will not be given to anyone who has previously taken the ASVAB or Student ASVAB. Currently, PiCAT test scores cannot be used in lieu of the enlisted screening test or as a score of record to pull temporary reservations.
  • Applicants need to achieve a minimum Armed Forces Qualification Test on the first five sections of the test in order to complete the test.  Those who do not achieve the minimum AFQT score will not be permitted to proceed to a proctored verification test and will have to take the full ASVAB to enlist.  Refer to Page 18 of the PiCAT users Guide for VTest Status Codes.
  • Recruiters are able to access applicants' PiCAT score results as soon as they complete the test.
  • Once they complete the PiCAT, applicants will have 30 days to take a short verification test at the MEPS. This test confirms they took the PiCAT without assistance and validates the PiCAT score for use as the official test score of record.  If confirmed, applicants will enlist under their PiCAT score.  If not confirmed, applicants will have to take a full-length ASVAB. Current retest rules will apply.
  • Applicants can retest after a verified PiCat is given, however retest rules will apply meaning applicants need to wait 30 days after completing the verification test to retest.
  • Recruiters need to let applicants know they could be randomly chosen to take ASVAB, even if they pass PiCAT.
"Everyone thinks there's a lot more work involved with PiCAT, and in reality there's less work," Tremblay said. "Everybody who I've talked to in the outlying areas loves PiCAT, they do all their testing using that. This alleviates all the running around. ... [It] probably saves recruiters three days minimum of running around on each applicant. ... And as a center leader, I can know exactly what's going on, and it helps me better prepare for what I'm actually going to do to process this person."

The PiCAT User's Manual is located on iKROME under "Places" tab/Recruiting Functions/Processing/PiCAT and on G3's Ops home Sharepoint page.


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