ASVAB: 5 Auto and Shop Sample Questions

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Taking sample questions for the Auto & Shop Information subtest of the ASVAB is valuable way to familiarize yourself with the test. This section of the test consists of 25 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in 11 minutes. The questions, as you will see below, are generally about car parts and operation as well as shop tools and processes.  

Here are a few sample questions that are very similar to the actual questions you'll see on the ASVAB:


1. A fuel-injected engine does not need:

(A) spark plugs
(B) a fuel pump
(C) a carburetor
(D) an alternator

2. The fuel mixture enters the cylinder by way of the:

(A) valves
(B) spark plugs
(C) water pump
(D) piston

3. Pipe cutters perform a similar function to which of the following tools:

(A) tube cutters
(B) bolt cutters
(C) coping saws
(D) shears

4. The number of teeth per inch on a saw is referred to as:

(A) teeth per inch
(B) rips per inch
(C) points per inch
(D) torque per inch

5. If a car uses too much oil, which of the following parts may be worn?

(A) camshaft
(B) connecting rods
(C) fuel pump
(D) piston rings


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

The ASVAB is multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. There are a total of 225 questions in the paper and pencil exam which has a total of eight other subtests, including general science, arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, mathematics knowledge, electronics information, mechanical comprehension and assembling objects.

It takes between three to four hours to complete.

There is now a computer version of the ASVAB called the CAT-ASVAB that has considerable fewer questions and takes one hour and 30 minutes. To learn more about that test, visit

For more practice questions, you may wish to pick up a copy of my book, ASVAB for Dummies.

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