The Arithmetic Reasoning subtest of the ASVAB makes up a significant part of your score, so don't let these word problems trip you up. Remember:
  • Read the problem thoroughly so you understand what it's asking you.
  • Make sure you're using the correct units of measurement for the problem (and if you have to, convert them).
  • Don't let simple math errors lead you to the wrong answer. Double-check your work if you have time.
  • Draw diagrams to help you visualize the problems.

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Angie Papple Johnston joined the U.S. Army in 2006 as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear specialist, ready to tackle chemical weapons in a Level- A HAZMAT suit. She's currently the CBRN noncommissioned officer-in-charge of an aviation battalion in Washington, D.C.

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