Ch 31: ASVAB: Understanding Words & Context

About This Chapter

You'll become well-equipped for dealing with ASVAB items that ask you to identify the meaning of a word based on context with the help of this chapter. Strategies for handling these questions are covered through text and video lessons.

ASVAB: Understanding Words & Context - Chapter Summary

Interpreting figures of speech and using word relationships to understand meaning are just a few of the skills you'll be armed with after studying this chapter. The lessons included in this ASVAB prep chapter address the following:

  • Increasing vocabulary with reference materials
  • Strategies for acquiring and using new vocabulary
  • Defining prefixes, suffixes and affixes
  • Constructing meaning with context clues, prior knowledge and word structure
  • How to answer multiple-choice questions about literature
  • Using affixes and roots to find the meaning of words

Explore the fun and effective demonstrations in the videos to strengthen your grasp of the various strategies for understanding word meaning. Get an accurate picture of your comprehension by following a lesson with a quick practice quiz.

Objectives of the ASVAB: Understanding Words & Context Chapter

The purpose of the ASVAB is to see if your level of expertise meets standards that qualify you for military enlistment. The ASVAB is also a tool used to place qualified individuals in a job in the military that's fitting. This chapter's lessons get you ready for correctly answering questions on the ASVAB Word Knowledge (WK) subtest. The WK subtest accounts for about 11% of the computer version and around 15% of the paper ASVAB's total questions. The questions you'll be answering on the WK subtest are multiple-choice.

10 Lessons in Chapter 31: ASVAB: Understanding Words & Context
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

1. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

2. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

3. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context

4. Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context

Figures of speech can add humor or drama to any situation, but you have to understand what they mean in order to connect the dots. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to interpret figures of speech, such as verbal irony, puns, idioms, and hyperbole.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

5. Understanding Words By Their Relationships

Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.

Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

6. Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will discuss methods for growing our vocabulary and putting the new words into practice. We will also learn how to discover the meaning of words based on the context, the surrounding information.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

7. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new words.

Prefixes: Definition & Examples

8. Prefixes: Definition & Examples

Learn how the meanings of simple words can be changed with the addition of a prefix. Using this knowledge, you will gain the skill of quickly unlocking the meanings of more complex words.

What Are Suffixes? - Examples & Definition

9. What Are Suffixes? - Examples & Definition

A suffix is an important part of language found at the end of many words. Suffixes can be the key to figuring out the meaning of a complex word. Let's take a look at suffixes and how they can work to determine a word's meaning or even part of speech.

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

10. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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