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ASVAB AFQT For Dummies, 3rd Edition by Rod Powers, Angie Papple Johnston

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Chapter 8

The Paragraph Comprehension Subtest

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Trying out types of questions

check Looking at proven techniques for a better score

check Getting a handle on practice questions

The Paragraph Comprehension subtest has the fewest questions of any of the ASVAB subtests. However, it’s one of the most important subtests of the ASVAB. The military uses this test (along with the Word Knowledge subtest; see Chapters 5 and 6) to compute your verbal expression (VE) score, which in turn is an important part of your AFQT score. (If you want to see how these scores combine, turn to Chapter 2.)

This subtest is nothing more than a reading comprehension test, much like many of the reading tests you took in school. You’re asked to read a short passage (a paragraph) and then answer one to four questions about information contained in that paragraph. Unfortunately, you probably won’t find the reading to be very interesting. No passages from Harry Potter or about spacemen shooting ray guns here. You’re more likely to read about the corn crop harvest rates in Nebraska or the principles of time management. The key is to stay focused. After all, you have to answer only 11 or 15 questions, depending ...

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