ASVAB – Paragraph Comprehension (PC) Test

The Paragraph Comprehension Subtest of the ASVAB measures your ability to read a paragraph and understand what you’ve just read. In this section you will read various passages and then be required to answer questions about those passages.

For example, you may have to read a passage detailing how a baseball team scored the winning run in the ninth inning of their game. After reading the passage, you may have to answer:

  • Who scored the winning run?
  • How did the player score?
  • What was the score of the game entering the ninth inning?

Paragraph Comprehension is an important part of the AFQT score, which determines your eligibility for military service. A good score on this test is also required to qualify for a number of military jobs, including cook and various surveillance and communications positions, among many others.

To do well on this subtest you will need to be able to do all of the following:

  • Find the main idea of a paragraph
  • Remember specific details of what you just read
  • Draw conclusions from what you just read
  • Summarize what you just read

To find out how you are at doing each of these things, take our Paragraph Comprehension practice test today. Our test is free and can be taken as many times as you like. Plus, each time you retake the test we will reorder the questions to create a new test experience for you.

As you take our Paragraph Comprehension practice test keep in mind that when you take the paper-and-pencil version of the real ASVAB, you will need to answer 15 questions in 13 minutes when you come to this section. If you take the CAT-ASVAB, you will need to answer 11 questions in 22 minutes in this particular section.