La Comprensión de lectura evalúa la capacidad de obtener información a través de material escrito. Los estudiantes leen diferentes tipos de fragmentos de distintas longitudes y responden preguntas según la información que se presenta en cada fragmento. Los conceptos incluyen identificar hechos mencionados y reformulados, determinar una secuencia de eventos, sacar conclusiones, identificar ideas principales, determinar el objetivo y el tono del autor, e identificar el estilo y la técnica.
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB test--also known as the AFQT (Armed Forces Qualification Test). This is the score used by the recruiter to determine a potential recruit’s enlistment eligibility, assign a recruit to a military jobs, and aid students in career exploration. The AFQT is actually a subset of the ASVAB - only with scores of four of the ten test sections calculated.
After a candidate has completed the ASVAB they must wait one calendar month before retaking the exam. An additional calendar month must pass before retesting a second time. Six calendar months must pass before retaking the test a third time. The scores received from the ASVAB may be used for enlistment for up to two years from the initial test date. 

The various armed forces adopted all of those aspects in 1976. At that point in time, the test was in its written form rather than today’s more common form (computerized test format). The written form covers all of the previously mentioned areas as well, which is why both forms are still available. All-in-all that answers the question concerning the intention of the test.
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