Chapter 5

Paragraph Comprehension

In This Chapter

arrow Knowing what to expect of the Paragraph Comprehension subtest

arrow Pumping up your comprehension

arrow Maxing out your reading speed

arrow Improving your odds at test time

Any other organization would call this section of the ASVAB the Reading Comprehension subtest, but the Department of Defense is a stickler for precision. You’ll be reading paragraphs, darn it, so you’re being tested on how well you understand paragraphs! Not words, not sentences, not essays, but paragraphs! Don’t you just love the military way?

One thing you get from basic training is that comprehending the drill sergeant’s orders and the information in your instruction manuals is important. The ability to read and understand the written directions in your basic training manual can save you and your buddies hundreds of push-ups (trust me on this one). The Paragraph Comprehension subtest measures your ability to understand what you read and draw conclusions from that material. It contains a number of reading passages and questions about those passages.

After you enlist, you discover ...

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