It never hurts to practice: just be sure you are working with official ASVAB test questions when preparing for the exam. The exam’s preparers host an official website (www.official-asvab.com) where you can learn all sorts of things about the test. Their most important section, for test candidates anyway, is the collection of sample questions. The site posts questions from each section of the ASVAB to give a flavor for typical topics covered and standard levels of difficulty. Of course, just doing a few practice questions will not make for a good result. Be absolutely certain to acquire one of the prep books that contain complete exams. That way you will be able to time yourself and create conditions very near to the actual exam day’s atmosphere.
The following questions are taken directly from the website listed above. The 10 items below are from the math and verbal sections, but the final question is from the general science section. Answers are at the bottom.
1. The eastern part of Texas will ambush the senses of all who enter it with preconceptions of sand and cacti around every bend. It has a look and atmosphere that does not fit the boots-and-saddle image of the state.
The author implies that the look and atmosphere of east Texas does NOT resemble that of the
2. A thin transparent layer of oxide protects the metal titanium against corrosion. The same thin layer attracts artists interested in making their art with the help of technology. By using heat or electricity, an artist can thicken the oxide layer and thereby turn the metal a range of vivid colors.
According to the passage, some artists work with titanium because it
A. is transparent.
B. does not corrode.
C. generates its own heat.
D. can assume a variety of colors.
3. They returned to the beach, where blankets spotted the slope to the water. An advancing wall of clouds, black and gray, darkening the expanse of ground beneath, approached from the west. To the east and above them, the sky remained clear, the sun warm, as if collaborating in the deception.
The “deception” referred to in the passage is that
A. there is no storm approaching.
B. the sky is clear in the east.
C. it is too cold to swim.
D. the sun is warm.
4. If the tire of a car rotates at a constant speed of 552 times in one minute, how many times will the tire rotate in half-an-hour?
5. One in every 9 people in a town vote for party A. All others vote for party B. How many people vote for party B in a town of 810?
6. A motorcycle cost $7,250. If it depreciates by 12 percent per year, how much will it be worth after one year?
7. Antagonize most nearly means:
8. Wilted most nearly means
9. His record provides no reason for apprehension. Here, apprehension means:
10. Air is less dense than water because:
A. it is lighter.
B. its molecules are further apart.
C. its molecules are closer together.
D. it moves more quickly and easily.
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