ASVAB Paragraph Comprehension Exam Format.

Depending on whether you are taking the CAT-ASVAB or the P&P ASVAB, there are different numbers of questions and time allotted.


10 Questions

22 Minutes


15 Questions

13 Minutes

What gets tested?

Paragraph comprehension is about understanding the broad meaning of paragraphs; of words within contexts; and how to infer the meaning from otherwise vague details.

To score high on the ASVAB paragraph comprehension test, candidates must adapt to understanding howparagraphs are put together and how to take away an accurate understanding of words, phrases, and theoverall context of the piece.

Test Taking Tips!

To succeed at the ASVAB paragraph comprehension test, candidates must study in the weeks and months leading up to the exam - practicing as many ASVAB test practice questions as possible.

  • Read more. But avoid just reading casual topics or topics with which you are comfortable. Instead, you must challenge yourself. Many paragraph comprehension questions are often on abstract or arcane or challenging topics. Therefore, you need to get out of your comfort zone and become that much more comfortable with difficult reading material.
  • Learn how to infer. Inference questions are one of the core questions types for this exam. This means taking a set of facts and working out what those facts point to. There are many great YouTube videos online that can help you learn how to effectively infer information.
  • Practice ASVAB test questions. The more test questions you practice, the more equipped a candidate becomes at working through problems and learning from explained answers. Whilst reading and learning and exam prep is important, there is also a significant need to test your knowledge in the weeks and months leading up to the ASVAB exam.
  • Understand context questions. If you are asked to find the meaning of a word within its context, you must read the sentence before and after that word. Many words change meaning, particularly when cloaked with a different context. Avoid the common mistake of choosing the most appropriately sounding answer, as this may well be a trick answer!
  • Think as if you were the author. Many questions ask candidates to decide, from a list of four options, what the most appropriate title for the piece would be. In these cases, try to take a step back and think as if you were the author of the piece. The correct answer is the one with the broadest meaning, and not one with a specific meaning that talks about one aspect of the paragraph alone.

ASVAB Paragraph Comprehension EXAM

As exam as it is one of the four subtests used to calculate your AFQT score!

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