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McGraw-Hill's Top 50 Skills For A Top Score: ASVAB Reading and Math by Dr. Janet Wall

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What Is the AFQT?

Four of the ASVAB tests are initially the most important for you. These are the two verbal tests (Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension) and the two mathematics tests (Arithmetic Reasoning and Math Knowledge). These four tests make up what is called the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT). In order to even be considered for the military at all, you have to perform well on these four tests.

Your score on the AFQT is the sum of your scores on the two verbal (VE) tests and your scores on the Mathematics Knowledge (MK) and Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) tests. In math terms, the formula is AFQT = 2VE + MK + AR. That score is then compared to the scores of a nationally representative sample of other test takers aged 18 to 23 (the ...

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