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

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Chapter 12

The Arithmetic Reasoning Subtest

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Examining the test under a microscope

check Keeping an eye on the clock

check Getting the best score even when you’re stuck

check Trying your hand at some practice questions

The ASVAB has two math subtests — Mathematics Knowledge and Arithmetic Reasoning — and both are used for computing your AFQT score. Of the two, the Arithmetic Reasoning subtest may be considered the more difficult for most people (probably because you first have to decide what the problem is before you can solve it).

Among other things, math word problems measure your reasoning skills. That’s why the military services put so much emphasis on this particular subtest. They want recruits who can figure things out — recruits who can solve problems.

remember If you’re starting to get nervous, don’t. You’ve been doing arithmetic word problems since the third grade. Sure, they’re a little more difficult now than when Mrs. Grundy was telling you that you had three apples and gave one to ...

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