What Are Some Questions on the ASVAB Short Practice Test?


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A question on an ASVAB short practice test is, “How many 36-passenger buses are needed to transport 144 people? (a) 2 (b) 3 (c) 4 (d) 5.” Another is “If x + 6 = 7, then x is equal to __ (a) 1 (b) -1 (c) 0 (d) 7/6.”

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The Armed Services Vocational Ability Battery is a series of multiple choice tests covering 10 subject areas. Test scores in four critical subjects establish a candidate’s Armed Forces Qualifying Test score, which determines whether the candidate is qualified to enlist. The critical subjects are word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, arithmetic reasoning and mathematical knowledge. Minimum AFQT scores vary for each branch of the military. For example, the Army requires a minimum AFQT score of 31 for enlistment, while the Navy requires a minimum AFQT score of 35. A typical word knowledge question on an ASVAB short practice test is, “'Wilted’ most nearly means (a) left (b) limp (c) budding (d) requested.”

Test scores in the other subject areas indicate for which Military Occupational Specialty jobs a recruit qualifies. These subjects include general science, object assembly, mechanical comprehension, and auto, electrical and shop information. Questions in these areas are more difficult and require more specialized knowledge than those found in the critical subjects. A typical electrical information question on a short practice test is, “Which of the following is measured using an ohmmeter? (a) resistance (b) voltage (c) induction (d) capacitance.”

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