Pulling key information from reading passages and excerpts is essential to a successful career in the military, so the Paragraph Comprehension subtest of the ASVAB gauges how well you can do that. When you're taking this subtest, remember the following:
  • Skim the paragraph and read the question. Then go back to the paragraph to find the answer.
  • When a question asks you for a main idea (or says, "A good title for this passage might be . . ."), focus on the whole passage, not just one or two points.
  • Don't let your personal knowledge or opinion affect your answer. Choose answers based only on what you've read in the passage.

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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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