Sample Test Questions

There are two sections to the exam: a verbal section and a math section. Each contains 50 multiple-choice questions, and students have 20 minutes to complete each section. (So, 20 minutes for 50 questions on the verbal section and 20 minutes for 50 questions on the math section: a total of 40 minutes for 100 questions.)

Section 1: Verbal

The verbal section of the exam is comprised of analogies and tests students' knowledge of the meaning of words as well as their ability to identify relationships between a pair of words. Students are asked to find the pair of words that go together in the same way as the first two words.

To solve these types of questions, begin by putting the primary pair of words into a sentence which explains their relationship. Next, substitute the answer choices into your sentence.

Example 1

album : photographs : :

  1. meeting : agendas
  2. checkbook : money
  3. board : directors
  4. scrapbook : clippings


Relationship between words: You save photographs in an album ….

Choice Answer
a) You save agendas in a meeting. No
b) You save money in a checkbook. No
c) You save directors in a board. No
d) You save clippings in a scrapbook. YES!


The correct answer is D. Album is related to photographs in the same way that scrapbook is related to clippings.


Example 2

tinkle : bells : :

  1. whistle : tune
  2. glide : snakes
  3. rustle : leaves
  4. wrinkle : fabrics


Relationship between words: Tinkle is the sound bells make ….

Choice Answer
a) Whistle is the sound tune makes. No
b) Glide is the sound snakes make. No
c) Rustle is the sound leaves make. YES!
d) Wrinkle is the sound fabrics make. No


The correct answer is C. Tinkle is related to bells in the same way that rustle is related to leaves.

Section 2: Math

The math section of the ATS Qualifying Exam tests how well students work with numbers.

Each question has two parts (Column A and Column B). Students must determine if the value presented in Column A is greater than the value presented in Column B, if the parts are equal, or if not enough information is provided to decide. The possible answers are:

Answer Choice
A if the part in Column A is greater
B If the part in Column B is greater
C If the two parts are equal
D If not enough information is given to make a decision


Example 1

Column A Column B
52,291 x 831 52,730 x 894



This example shows that it is not always necessary to make computations to arrive at an answer. While it is possible to solve the problem by finding the products (answers) to the two multiplication problems, there is another way to arrive at an answer. Looking at the numbers to be multiplied, it is easy to see that the numbers in Column B are larger than their counterparts in Column A (52,730 is larger than 52,291 and 894 is larger than 831).

The correct answer is B. The product of the numbers in Column B will be larger than the product of the numbers in Column A.


Example 2

Column A Column B
Value of a dime Value of a coin


This example shows that sometimes you are not given all the information you need to arrive at an answer. Because you aren’t told what the coin is in Column B, the value could be larger or smaller than the dime in Column A. For instance, if the coin was a nickel, it would be smaller. But if it was a quarter it would be larger. However, the question doesn’t specify what the coin is.

The correct answer is D. The question does not provide you with enough information to decide which column’s value is greater.