Word Knowledge ASVAB Practice Test, Pt. 3

This is Part 3 of the ASVAB test. Part 3 covers Word Knowledge. It is important to prepare for the Word Knowledge subtest as the score from this test makes up a part of your Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score. You will have 8 minutes to answer 16 questions. Click on the “Start Test” button below to begin the test. You will not be able to pause the test once started.

About the ASVAB Word Knowledge Practice Test

The Word Knowledge section of the ASVAB practice test is designed to examine how well you understand the meanings of words and their synonyms and antonyms. In general, the Word Knowledge (WK) test is a vocabulary test set up in a multiple choice format. The Word Knowledge ASVAB test requires you to answer 16 questions in 8 minutes. The manual version of the word knowledge test is 11 minutes and 35 questions. The score of this subtest is important as it is part of your final Armed Forces Qualification Test score. Scoring well on this section of the ASVAB is important as the AFQT score helps determine if you qualify for enlistment as well jobs and roles within your branch of the military.
Like other sections of the ASVAB, the Word Knowledge section of the test is timed and can go by very quickly. It is not advisable to linger too long on individual word knowledge test questions as points are lost for questions not answered. This is particularly important on the pen and paper version of the test as it has a total of 35 questions that some test takers find slightly longer to complete. To do well on the ASVAB Word Knowledge practice test you’ll want to do a lot of work building up your ASVAB vocabulary knowledge and your understanding of antonyms and synonyms.
There are many education sites and study guide materials online that can help you build up your vocabulary knowledge such as vocabtest.com and vocabulary.com. While you should not aim to memorize the exact definitions of words, you will want to have a loose understanding of their meaning and the various ways of how they are used in writing situations.

Here are some ASVAB word knowledge sample questions to give you an idea of what you’ll see while taking our practice test:

  • “Reluctant” most nearly means:
  • The word most opposite in meaning to “stagnant” is:

Each question in the Word Knowledge ASVAB test will be a multiple choice question with four possible answers. Only one of them is the correct answer. Some questions will focus on the definitions of words, using words properly in sentences and the spelling of words. It is important to study hard and brush up on ASVAB word knowledge practice as this section of the test makes up your AFQT score and many jobs within the military require good scores in the word knowledge section of the ASVAB. It can be helpful to take other college entrance exams and tests such as the SAT and ACT that can help you further your word knowledge education. One of the best things to do is to eat a solid meal before the test and to get a good night’s rest. This will allow you to think critically and work more quickly while taking the test.

The word knowledge test is not only a part of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, this section of the practice test also counts as part of your Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT). Your AFQT score will determine whether or not you are eligible for service in the United States military. The other three sections of the AFQT test are:

  • Math Knowledge
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Paragraph Comprehension

Taking word knowledge practice tests also will help you get used to the timing of the ASVAB word knowledge section and completing the section on time. You can benefit from word knowledge practice by taking our free practice test above. You can take the exam as many times as you like.