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

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Chapter 11

Working with Word Problems

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Taking apart word problems

check Keying in on keywords

check Converting English into math

check Testing out the problem types

Two types of mathematics tests are part of the AFQT. The first type is the Mathematics Knowledge subtest that I discuss in Chapters 9 and 10. The second type is the Arithmetic Reasoning subtest, which is the topic of this chapter and Chapter 12.

In the Mathematics Knowledge subtest, you have it pretty easy. You see a mathematical equation, and you do your best to solve it. The Arithmetic Reasoning subtest is more involved. You have to set up your own equations to solve the problem. That doesn’t seem fair! Those crafty test makers are asking you not only to solve the problem but also to write the equation in the first place … It’s almost as if they want to see how much you know so they can find you the right job!

Lots of people have difficulty with translating a word problem into a mathematical equation. If you’re starting to sweat at the mere thought of math word problems, you’re not alone. Just take a deep breath, relax, ...

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