Chapter 4

Word Knowledge

In This Chapter

arrow Being well-spoken in the military

arrow Seeing some example questions from the ASVAB

arrow Keeping a word list

arrow Knowing the difference between synonyms and antonyms

arrow Improving your overall vocabulary

To make it to basic combat training, you’d better know how to spell it (along with an army of other words) to score well on the Word Knowledge subtest of the ASVAB. Not only do you have to know how to spell to some degree (so you can differentiate among words), but you also need to know what the words on the test mean. Word Knowledge just means vocabulary, which means hard words no one uses in ordinary conversation. (Well, not really.) If you’re on a military base and you’re hungry, don’t bother looking for a sign that says Chow Hall. Instead, you need to find the Enlisted Personnel Dining Facility. If you want to work out after your big lunch, forget about the Base Gym. You’re looking for the Fitness and Wellness Center.

So what if you don’t know the difference ...

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