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Arithmetic Reasoning

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The Arithmetic Reasoning ASVAB gauges your ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems. Reviewing common math buzzwords concluded to find out the right solution for the problem. For example, keywords “total” may indicate an addition while “find the difference” may require a subtract. The CAT-ASVAB (computerized version) has 16 questions and 39 minutes to finish; the paper-and-pencil version has 30 questions completed in 36 minutes.

Arithmetic Reasoning Concepts

The following arithmetic concepts are included in your exam:

Arithmetic: This concentrates on basic arithmetic such as addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication.

Percentages:  This kind of question relates to calculating cost price, sale price, discount, etc.

Ratio and proportion: Ratio/proportion-related questions are solved by using simple formulas.

Interest:  Interest-related questions may require more complicated formulas.

Numbers: This asks for your knowledge of whole numbers, decimals, real numbers, fractions, and imaginary numbers, etc.

The Arithmetic Reasoning section is used to calculate your Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score so you should get a good score on this section. Take the Arithmetic Reasoning ASVAB practice test as much as possible to familiarize yourself with the test format and determine clearly your strength and weakness. 

Here are some examples of Arithmetic Reasoning questions you may meet in your ASVAB Arithmetic Reasoning test:

  • A car has a 15-gallon gas tank. If a car gets 32 miles per gallon and travels 384 miles, how much gas will be left in the tank?
  • Which of the following is NOT an integer
  • The sum of the two numbers is 84. One number is 6 more than the other. What is the smaller of the two numbers?

Each question has 4 answers and only one of them is correct. Take our free ASVAB practice test for other topics to cover all areas. Good luck to you!


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