Word Knowledge Basics
The ASVAB Word Knowledge section on is one of the easiest, but most important sub-tests you can take.
Basically, it’s the ability to select the correct meaning of a word presented in context and to identify the best synonym for a given word.
Here is a quick example for you.
The word STAMINA most nearly means:
That seems simple enough, right? Well, the words may be some that you haven’t heard about in a hot minute. The test may even have words you’ve never heard of!
The ASVAB Word Knowledge test that an applicant or prospect takes on the computer has 16 questions with 8 minutes to finish. I’ll do the math, that’s one Word Knowledge question every 30 seconds.
With the pencil and paper test, you’ll have 35 Questions with 11 Minutes to complete. Hope you can bubble in those answer sheets pretty fast.
Luckily for you, there are plenty of places you can get better at Word Knowledge. You can use Google, a dictionary, a thesaurus, or even the library at your school or town.
In this day and age, everything you read is short. It could be Facebook posts, tweets, etc. There just aren’t as many completed sentences using advanced words as there used to be. It’s really no ones fault, but the ASVAB doesn’t bend to your social posts and what is written nowadays.
That’s okay, though. This website, theASVAB.com has listed some links below to some great sites to work on your Word Knowledge so you can rock that portion of the ASVAB test!
Listed below are some great links so you get to studying!
Free ASVAB Word Knowledge Practice Tests
Something to keep in mind when navigating these sites. They are not in any particular order but be sure to try them all!
- We are somewhat biased (big word for some of you guys and gals) with our very own Word Knowledge practice test. Try it out. It’s 20 questions long and untimed!
- asvabtestbank has a good quick 3 question test. This is great if you’re short on time and only have a few minutes to take a practice test for Word Knowledge. At the results page, it gives you the definition!
- vocabtest is a fun site that helps you build your vocabulary back up. This is extremely helpful for those of you that’s been out of school for a while. It has some fun games for you to try out as well. I suggest starting at the “Senior” level and going from there.
- proprofs is an extremely in-depth test. It usually consists of around 148 questions. If you want an hour or so of nothing but Word Knowledge practice tests, this is a great one.
- testprepreview has a good 15 question test powered by Mometrix that isn’t timed but has some really good words to test that brain power. It has a clean pop-up interface that is easy to navigate and not too distracting.
Well, that should give you a good amount to start from. Please feel free to check back often as I will be adding more.
As always, be sure to check out our Ultimate ASVAB Practice Tests list which has links to over 120 different ASVAB practice tests broken down by subject!
Now… GET TO STUDYING!