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1,001 ASVAB AFQT Practice Questions For Dummies by Angie Papple Johnston

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Chapter 2

Paragraph Comprehension: Understanding What You Read

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 You’ll Work On

The questions on the Paragraph Comprehension subtest ask you to do the following:

  • Find specific information: These questions ask you to find details in a passage, such as a date or a name.
  • Determine the main idea: These questions want you to pull together all the information from a passage to sum it up in one main idea. Questions that say, “A good title for this passage might be …” are just main-idea questions in disguise.
  • Find a word’s meaning in its native habitat: These questions ask you to figure out what a word means in the context of the passage.
  • Draw conclusions: These questions ...

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