Category Archives: ASVAB Online Study Guide

Take Practice Tests

One of the best ways to study for the ASVAB is to take practice tests. Not only will you increase your knowledge about the subject material on the test, you’ll also get a feel for how the questions are asked and what information the military considers important for each section/subtest.

Although most of the practice tests are only available in printed form, there are a websites that offer online tests that closely mimic the actual computerized CAT-ASVAB subtests that potential recruits take.

Although the ASVAB test is, at its core, an aptitude test it’s also a problem-solving test. You’re not necessarily expected to know every answer so the test questions and the format of the answers themselves are designed to give you clues as to the correct choice. Take enough practice tests in this online ASVAB study guide and these patterns start to emerge and give you a real advantage when taking the actual test.

There are many sources of practice tests including several study guides you can buy at your local bookstore and ASVAB Online Tests but, no matter where you get your practice tests, make sure to complete as many as possible. More practice = more confidence that you’ll do well = better ASVAB scores!

Word Knowledge (WK) Subtest

The word knowledge subtest is one of the four subtests that make up your AFQT score which determines your eligibility to enlist in the military.  This makes it (along with Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, and Arithmetic Reasoning) one of the most important subtests on the ASVAB.

In addition to making up part of your AFQT score, your word knowledge score is also factored into several line scores for disciplines that require a large vocabulary and good grammar.

The word knowledge subtest measures your vocabulary and the number and types of words you understand.  The questions are multiple choice and ask you to identify the meaning, synonym or antonym of a given word.  You’ll have 11 minutes to answer 35 questions so you’ll have to work your way through the questions fairly quickly.

The best way to study for the word knowledge subtest is to take a variety of practice tests to expose you to as many potential words as possible and get you comfortable with answering the variety of word knowledge questions that will appear on the test.