Sample Army Alpha/Beta Questions

Army Alpha (answers given at bottom of page)

  1. A company advanced 6 miles and retreated 2 miles. How far was it then from its first position?
  2. A dealer bought some mules for $1,200. He sold them for $1,500, making $50 on each mule. How many mules were there?
  3. Thermometers are useful because
    1. They regulate temperature
    2. They tell us how warm it is
    3. They contain mercury
  4. A machine gun is more deadly than a rifle, because it
    1. Was invented more recently
    2. Fires more rapidly
    3. Can be used with less training

For these next two items, examinees first had to unscramble the words to form a sentence, and then indicate if the sentence was true or false.

  1. happy is man sick always a
  2. day it snow does every not

The next two items required examinees to determine the next two numbers in each sequence.

  1. 3 4 5 6 7 8
  2. 18 14 17 13 16 12

A portion of the Army Alpha required examinees to solve analogies.

  1. shoe — foot. hat — kitten, head, knife, penny
  2. eye — head. window — key, floor, room, door

In these next two examples, examinees were required to complete the sentence by selecting one of the four possible answers.

  1. The apple grows on a shrub, vine, bush, tree
  2. Denim is a dance, food, fabric, drink

Other portions of the test required examinees to follow instructions in performing paper-and-pencil tasks.

Answers: 1) 4 miles; 2) 6 mules; 3) B; 4) B; 5) False (A sick man is always happy); 6) True (It does not snow every day); 7) 9, 10; 8) 15, 11; 9) Head; 10) Room; 11) Tree; 12) Fabric

Army Beta (answers given at bottom of page)

In the items below, examinees were asked to identify what was missing from each picture.

Answers: 1) Mouth; 2) Eye; 3) Nose; 4) Hand; 5) Chimney; 6) Ear; 7) Filament; 8) Return address; 9) Strings; 10) Corkscrew 11) Trigger; 12) Tail; 13) Claw; 14) Shadow; 15) Ball; 16) Net; 17) Arm; 18) Speaker; 19) Arm in mirror; 20) Diamond



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