IN THIS CHAPTER
Being well-spoken in the military
Seeing some example questions from the ASVAB
Keeping a word list
Knowing the difference between synonyms and antonyms
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 between a carbine and a carbon? Never fear — I’m here to give you a helping hand (bestow upon you inestimable guidance and encouragement — that’s Word Knowledge speak). With the help of this chapter and a little brow-sweat on your part, your word-knowledge skills will whip right into shape. And then at the end of the chapter, you can check out the practice questions to test your word-knowledge skills.
Grasping the Importance of Word Knowledge
Word Knowledge isn’t part of the ASVAB just because ...