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ABCs of the ASVAB

Word Knowledge Sample Questions


Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

The Word Knowledge subtest of the ASVAB consists of 35 multiple choice questions, which must be answered in 11 minutes. Below are a few sample questions which are very similar to the actual questions you'll see on the ASVAB:

1. Function most nearly means:

(A) calculate
(B) exist
(C) operate
(D) introduce

2. The transmission is manual.

(A) hand-operated
(B) easy
(C) automatic
(D) difficult

3. Enlisted personnel sometimes receive hazard pay.

(A) bonus
(B) frequent
(C) danger
(D) injury

4. It was a sturdy table.

(A) well-built
(B) ugly
(C) thick
(D) small

5. Summit most nearly means:

(A) pinnacle
(B) plateau
(C) limit
(D) calling


1. (C) 2. (A) 3. (C) 4. (A) 5. (A)

For more practice questions, you may wish to pick up a copy of my books, ASVAB for Dummies, and ASVAB AFQT for Dummies (available in December 2009).

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