ASVAB Sample Questions


ASVAB Sample Test Questions

Here is one sample question from each test area of the ASVAB and a brief explanation of that test’s methodology:

  • General Science
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Word Knowledge
  • Paragraph Comprehension
  • Mathematics Knowledge
  • Electronics Information
  • Auto and Shop Information
  • Mechanical Comprehension

General Science tests the ability to answer questions on a variety of science topics drawn from courses taught in most high schools. The life science items cover botany, zoology, anatomy and physiology and ecology. The earth and space science items are based on astronomy, geology, meteorology and oceanography. The physical science items measure force and motion mechanics, energy, fluids, atomic structure and chemistry.

Sample test question:

1. An eclipse of the sun throws the shadow of the

A. moon on the sun
B. moon on the earth
C. earth on the sun
D. earth on the moon

Arithmetic Reasoning tests the ability to solve basic arithmetic problems encountered in everyday life. One-step and multistep word problems require addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and choosing the correct order of operations when more than one step is necessary. The items include operations with whole numbers, operations with rational numbers, ratio and proportion, interest, percentage and measurement. Arithmetic Reasoning is one factor that helps characterize mathematics comprehension, and it also assesses logical thinking.

Sample test question:

2. How many 36-passenger buses will it take to carry 144 people?

A. 3
B. 4
C. 5
D. 6

Word Knowledge tests the ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms – words having the same or nearly the same meaning as other words. The test is a measure of one component of reading comprehension since vocabulary is one of many factors that characterize reading comprehension.

Sample test question:

3. The wind is variable today.

A. mild
B. steady
C. shifting
D. chilling
Paragraph Comprehension tests the ability to obtain information from written material. Students read different types of passages of varying lengths and respond to questions based on information presented in each passage. Concepts include identifying stated and reworded facts, determining a sequence of events, drawing conclusions, identifying main ideas, determining the author’s purpose and tone and identifying style and technique.

Sample question:

4. Twenty-five percent of all household burglaries can be attributed to unlocked windows or doors. Crime is the result of opportunity plus desire. To prevent crime, it is each individual’s responsibility to:

A. provide the desire
B. provide the opportunity
C. prevent the desire
D. prevent the opportunity

Mathematics Knowledge tests the ability to solve problems by applying knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications. The problems focus on concepts and algorithms, and involve number theory, numeration, algebraic operations and equations, geometry, measurement and probability. Mathematics knowledge is one factor that characterizes mathematics comprehension; it also assesses logical thinking.

Sample test question:

5. If X + 6 = 7, then X is equal to

A. -1
B. 0
C. 1
D. 7/6

Electronics Information tests understanding of electrical current, circuits, devices and systems. Electronics Information topics include electrical circuits, electrical and electronic systems, electrical currents, electrical tools, symbols, devices and materials.

Sample test question:

6. Which of the following has the least resistance?

A. wood
B. iron
C. rubber
D. silver

Auto and Shop Information tests aptitude for automotive maintenance and repair, and wood and metal shop practices. The test covers several areas commonly included in most high school auto and shop courses, such as automotive components, automotive systems, automotive tools, troubleshooting and repair, shop tools, building materials and building and construction procedures.

Sample test question:

7. A car uses too much oil when which of the following parts are worn?

A. pistons
B. piston rings
C. main bearings
D. connecting rods

Mechanical Comprehension tests understanding of principles of mechanical devices, structural support and properties of materials. Mechanical comprehension topics include simple machines, compound machines, mechanical motion and fluid dynamics.

Sample test question:

8. Which post holds up a greater part of the load?

A. post a
B. post b
C. both equal
D. not clear

Sample Question Answers:

  • General Science  - B
  • Arithmetic Reasoning – B
  • Word Knowledge – C
  • Paragraph Comprehension – D
  • Mathematics Knowledge  - C
  • Electronics Information – D
  • Auto and Shop Information – B
  • Mechanical Comprehension – A