Are you smarter than a US Marine? Take the recruitment quiz

Mary Knox Merrill / The Christian Science Monitor
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The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is made up of 10 tests, including 225 questions, but only four of the tests are used to see if you qualify to join the US military. Each branch  – the Marines, Navy, Air Force, etc – has a different qualifying score. The other tests – including science, electronics, mechanical knowledge – help the military determine what jobs you may be qualified to do.

Since only four areas  -–  Word Knowledge (WK), Paragraph Comprehension (PC), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), and Math Knowledge (MK) – are used to compute your Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score, our 24 sample questions cover just those areas. The actual military recruitment test has 105 questions in these four subjects.

Are you smart enough to be a US Marine or join the Air Force? Take our quiz.

WK: "Antagonize" most nearly means ...

Embarrass

 

Struggle

 

Provoke

 

Worship

 

AR: 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?

276

 

5,520

 

8,280

 

16,560

 

PC: "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 ...

Marshlands

 

Desert

 

Mountains

 

Seashore

 

MK: Solve the formula below

3

 

9

 

12

 

square root of 3

 

WK: "Wilted" most nearly means ...

Left

 

Limp

 

Budding

 

Requested

 

AR: A motorcycle cost $7,250. If it depreciates by 12% per year, how much will it be worth after one year?

$870

 

$1,250

 

$5,920

 

$6,380

 

PC: "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 ...

The sky is clear in the east.

 

There is no storm approaching.

 

It is too cold to swim.

 

The sun is warm.

 

MK: The volume of the brick shown below is ...

36

 

44

 

15

 

96

 

WK: His record provides no reason for "apprehension."

Endorsement

 

Anxiety

 

Change

 

Enjoyment

 

AR: 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?

819

 

720

 

90

 

801

 

PC: "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 ...

Does not corrode.

 

Is transparent.

 

Can assume a variety of colors.

 

Generates its own heat.

 

MK: Solve the formula shown below

x + y

 

2x - y

 

x - y

 

x + 2y

 

WK: "Chaste" most nearly means ...

Unclean

 

Charitable

 

Wealthy

 

Pure

 

AR: If it takes 15 people in an assembly line to build 1 smartphone every five minutes, how people does it take make 5 smartphones every five minutes?

100

 

125

 

75

 

60

 

PC: "From a building designer’s standpoint, three things that make a home livable are the client, the building site, and the amount of money the client has to spend." According to this statement, to make a home livable ...

The design must fit the designer’s income.

 

The prospective piece of land makes little difference.

 

The design must fit the owner’s income and site.

 

It can be built on any piece of land.

 

MK: Based on the image below, what is the formula for solving the area of a square?

Area = C X C

 

Area = C X 3

 

Area = C X 4

 

Area = C + 4

 

WK: Which word most closely means "elaborate"?

shorten

 

elastic

 

expand

 

wisdom

 

AR: If a vehicle travels five feet in one second, how many feet does it travel in one hour?

300

 

1800

 

18000

 

730

 

PC: "On Monday, March 25, Lee came walking up Neely Street carrying a long package wrapped in brown paper. Peering through a tiny crack in the curtains, I could see the words REGISTERED and INSURED stamped on it in big red letters. For the first time I thought he seemed furtive and nervous, actually looking around at his exterior surroundings instead of at the spooky furniture deep in his head." What does the writer mean by "spooky furniture"?

Couches and chairs draped with white sheets

 

Lee is mentally unstable

 

Lee is anxious about where he is now

 

Lee has a headache

 

MK: If X + 9 = 24, then X =

13

 

9

 

15

 

33

 

WK: "Paraphrase" most nearly means ...

reevaluate

 

restate

 

complicate

 

understand

 

AR: Nine teams are building 9 houses. Each team has eight members, at the start. But each team has lost one member by the time all 9 houses are built. How many total members are left when the houses are complete?

6

 

71

 

63

 

64

 

PC: "In the US, a car is stolen every 43 seconds, and less than half are stolen on weekends. Crime statistics show that most thefts are a result of unlocked cars and cars left running while doing an errand. Crime experts say that auto thefts can be blamed on desperation and carelessness." If so, it's the responsibility of drivers to ...

do most of their driving on weekdays, not weekends.

 

donate to charitable organizations.

 

be alert, and not negligent about security.

 

take public transportation whenever possible.

 

MK: What percentage is approximately equal to 1/6th?

10 percent

 

15 percent

 

20 percent

 

17 percent