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ASVAB Test Study Guide

September 08 2010

ASVAB Test Study GuideParagraph Comprehension
The Paragraph Comprehension test measures a test takerís ability to understand, analyze and evaluate written passages. The passages will contain material that will be from a variety of sources and on a number of different topics.

Each of the passages and statements in the Paragraph Comprehension test will be followed by a series of questions covering the content of the passage or statement, in which you will have to answer questions, which will demonstrate how well you understand the passages and are able to draw conclusions about the material.

Strategy 1: Flying Over the Passage
A topic that is hotly debated among test taking circles is whether or not you should read the reading passages before you read the question. One theory is that you can save time if you read the questions first and then go back and read over the passage. Another theory is that you should read the passage first and then go into the questions. Both theories have their own individual merit and due to the differences in ability and preferences among test takers, one method may work better than another for you.

Our recommended theory is the flyover. You want to spend some time on the passage, at a bare minimum so that you have a general idea about what the questions are going to ask and get your mind into the proper mindset for the series of questions. However, you donít want to waste too much time on reading the passage, because much of the detail will be forgotten by the time you get to the questions anyway. Therefore, you should fly over the passage. You should read it very quickly for a high-level overview (hence the flyover) understanding of what is contained in the passage.

In part, this is a compromise between the theories that gains most of the benefits of each. You wonít waste time on the details and yet will have a general idea of what the passage is about and what to expect.

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Table of Contents
ASVAB TEST RESOURCES................................................................................................................4
PARAGRAPH COMPREHENSION...................................................................................................5
STRATEGY 1: FLYING OVER THE PASSAGE............................................................................................5
STRATEGY 2: CREATING A TENTATIVE SUMMARY.................................................................................6
STRATEGY 3: OPENINGS AND ENDINGS................................................................................................7
STRATEGY 4: USING KITCHEN LOGIC....................................................................................................7
STRATEGY 5: GETTING INTO THE AUTHORíS MIND..............................................................................8
STRATEGY 6: EMOTIONAL WORDS.........................................................................................................8
STRATEGY 7: FINDING THE KEY WORDS...............................................................................................9
STRATEGY 8: MAKING PROPER INFERENCES.......................................................................................11
STRATEGY 9: APPLYING IDEAS FOR GENERALIZATIONS.....................................................................12
STRATEGY 10: USING CONTEXT CLUES.............................................................................................12
STRATEGY 11: BREAKING DOWN PASSAGE ORGANIZATION.............................................................13
STRATEGY 12: FIRST WORD ANALYSIS.............................................................................................15
STRATEGY 13: UNDERSTANDING THE INTIMIDATION.........................................................................15
STRATEGY 14: FINDING YOUR OPTIMAL PACE...................................................................................16
STRATEGY 15: DONíT BE A PERFECTIONIST........................................................................................18
STRATEGY 16: FACTUALLY CORRECT, BUT ACTUALLY WRONG.........................................................19
STRATEGY 17: DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS.............................................................................................19
STRATEGY 18: EXTRANEOUS INFORMATION......................................................................................20
ARITHMETIC REASONING & MATHEMATICS KNOWLEDGE.......................................21
NUMBER TYPES......................................................................................................................................21
Integers, Odd and Even Numbers, Prime Numbers, Digits..........................................21
ADDITION AND MULTIPLICATION OF ODD AND EVEN NUMBERS........................................................22
PERCENT.................................................................................................................................................22
Percent less than 100.................................................................................................................22
Percent Greater than 100.........................................................................................................22
Percent less than 1......................................................................................................................22
Percent Increase/Decrease.......................................................................................................23
AVERAGE................................................................................................................................................23
WEIGHTED AVERAGE.............................................................................................................................24
Average Speed.............................................................................................................................25
PROPERTIES OF SIGNED NUMBERS.......................................................................................................25
FACTORING.............................................................................................................................................26
PROBABILITY..........................................................................................................................................26
GEOMETRIC FIGURES............................................................................................................................27
GEOMETRIC SKILLS AND CONCEPTS.....................................................................................................29
Properties of Parallel Lines.......................................................................................................29
Angle Relationships....................................................................................................................30
Side Relationships.......................................................................................................................31
AREA AND PERIMETER...........................................................................................................................33
Rectangles......................................................................................................................................33
Circles..............................................................................................................................................33
Triangles.........................................................................................................................................34
VOLUME..................................................................................................................................................34
COORDINATE GEOMETRY.......................................................................................................................35
WORD KNOWLEDGE........................................................................................................................37
STRATEGY 1: SYNONYMS......................................................................................................................37
STRATEGY 2: PREFIXES........................................................................................................................37
STRATEGY 3: WORD NATURE...............................................................................................................38
STRATEGY 4: STRONG WORDS............................................................................................................38
STRATEGY 5: WORD TYPE.....................................................................................................................38
STRATEGY 6: USING SENTENCES.........................................................................................................39
STRATEGY 7: SUBSTITUTION................................................................................................................39
STRATEGY 8: RELATED CHOICES.........................................................................................................40
STRATEGY 9: FAMILIAR WORDS...........................................................................................................41
STRATEGY 10: ALL CHOICES................................................................................................................41
STRATEGY 11: WORK FAST..................................................................................................................42

 

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