ASVAB AFQT For Dummies
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The Word Knowledge subtest of the ASVAB AFQT will contain some questions that ask you to define an underlined word in a sentence. Even if you don't know the word's meaning, you should be able to figure it out based on its context within the sentence. If you're unsure about your context skills, try the following practice exercise to test them.

Practice exercise

The following chart contains five sentences, each of which contains an underlined word. Copy the chart onto a sheet of paper. Then, based on each sentence, write your definition in the "Your Definition" column. Then look up the word in the dictionary (or check the definitions under "Answers and explanations") to find out how close you were. In the "Dictionary Definition" column, write the official definition; this will help you to remember it.
Sentence Your Definition Dictonary Definition
1. Smoking has deleterious effects on your health.
2. The topic was too serious for her to be so facetious.
3. The English lexicon contains hundreds of thousands of words.
4. She told him not to plagiarize, but he copied the text anyway.
5. The commander didn't want to capitulate, but the general told him to surrender.

Answers and explanations

  1. Deleterious is an adjective that means causing harm or damage.
  2. Facetious is an adjective that means treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor.
  3. Lexicon is a noun that means the vocabulary of a person, language, or branch of knowledge.
  4. Plagiarize is a verb that means to take someone else's work or idea and pass it off as one's own.
  5. Capitulate is a verb that means to cease to resist or to surrender.

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Angie Papple Johnston joined the U.S. Army in 2006 as a CBRN specialist. Currently, she's the CBRN noncommissioned officer-in-charge of an aviation battalion in Washington, D.C. Rod Powers served more than 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a first sergeant.

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