The Paragraph Comprehension subtest on the ASVAB is an important part of the Armed Forces Qualification Test, or AFQT. That’s because the military wants to know whether you can understand what you’ve read so you can implement it or pass it on to others — both of which are key components of successful military service.
To do well on this subtest, you need to have strong reading comprehension skills. You also have to be able to draw your own conclusions from what you’ve read. The questions on this part of the ASVAB are random excerpts and passages that cover several topics (this is one more way the military can tell that you’re versatile and resilient!). You’ll have 22 minutes to answer 11 Paragraph Comprehension questions on the computerized ASVAB or 13 minutes to answer 15 questions on the paper version.
The questions on the Paragraph Comprehension subtest ask you to do the following: