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Border Patrol Practice Test

Like the real Border Patrol Test, the sample practice test that follows tests your logical reasoning abilities and your Spanish-language ability or aptitude. There are three sections; you must take two: Logical Reasoning, and either Spanish Language or Artificial Language. Take the Spanish test if you speak and read Spanish; otherwise, take the Artificial Language test.

After the sample practice test, use the answer key that follows to see how you did and to find out why the right answers are right and the wrong ones are wrong.

Logical Reasoning

Test Instructions:

In questions 1 and 2, some questions will ask you to select the only answer that can be validly concluded from the paragraph. These questions include a paragraph followed by five response options. Preceding the five response options will be the phrase "From the information given above, it can be validly concluded that." In other questions you may be asked to select the only answer that cannot be validly concluded from the paragraph. These questions include a paragraph followed by five response options. Preceding the five response options will be the phrase "From the information given above, it CANNOT be validly concluded that."  

You must use only the information provided in the paragraph, without using any outside information whatsoever.

1.  Agent Smith is in charge of all of the canine teams in his sector. Fifteen canine teams are stationed in his sector. Most of the canine teams are located at stations along the border. Several canine teams are located away from the border in large urban areas. All of the teams must be available to travel to any duty station within the sector.

From the information given above, it can be validly concluded that, in Agent Smith's sector,

    A. most of the canine teams are located away from the border in large urban areas
    B. only teams located along the border must be available to travel to any duty station within the sector
    C. teams in urban areas do not need to be available to travel to other duty stations within the sector
    D. none of the teams are exempt from traveling to any duty location within the sector
    E. few of the canine teams are located at stations along the border

 

2 Several different means of smuggling, such as cross-border tunnels, are used to bring narcotics, individuals, and contraband into the United States. Cross-border tunnels can be found all along the land border of the United States. They vary significantly in size and complexity of construction, although most are crudely constructed. Further, most cross-border tunnels are used for smuggling narcotics, although illegal aliens and other contraband have also been smuggled using tunnels.

From the information given above, it CANNOT be validly concluded that

    A. most cross-border tunnels are not skillfully constructed
    B. all cross-border tunnels are used for narcotics smuggling
    C. at least some cross-border tunnels are not free from narcotics smuggling
    D. at least some of the means used for narcotics smuggling are cross-border tunnels
    E. at least some means used for narcotics smuggling involve crudely constructed tunnels

Answers

#1 - Correct Answer: D - none of the teams are exempt from traveling to any duty location within the sector

This question is about the canine teams in Agent Smith's sector. According to the last sentence in the paragraph, all of the canine teams must be available to travel to any duty station within the sector. This is equivalent to saying that none of the teams are exempt from traveling to any duty location within the sector, Response D. Responses B and C contradict the information in the last sentence.

The third sentence in the paragraph informs us that most teams are stationed along the border. Responses A and E contradict this information. 

 

#2 - Correct Answer: B - all cross-border tunnels are used for narcotics smuggling

This is an example of a test question with a negative lead statement. It asks for the conclusion that is NOT supported by the paragraph. That means that four of the statements are valid conclusions based on the paragraph, while one is not. In this case, Response B is invalid. The paragraph says that "most" cross-border tunnels are used for smuggling narcotics, but Response B says that "all" cross-border tunnels are used for smuggling narcotics.

Responses C and D are based on the information that cross-border tunnels are crudely constructed. Response C is based on the information that most cross-border tunnels are used to smuggle narcotics. Finally, Response E combines all information about the tunnels being crudely constructed and used for smuggling narcotics. 

 

Spanish Language

Test Instructions: Find the suggested answer that is closest in meaning to the underlined key word.

 

 
1.  Es muy complicado pilotar mi avión.
    A. fácil
    B. dificil
    C. divertido
    D. compilado
    E. comparado
 

 

2.  Es fácil comprender lo que el agente está.
    A. responder
    B. comprobar
    C. entender
    D. pretender
    E. desentender

Answers

#1 - Correct Answer: B

The word complicado means complicated. In the context of the sentence, it refers to something that is hard to do. Hence, choice B, dificil ("difficult"), is the best synonym. Choice A, fácil ("easy"), is opposite to the meaning complicado. Choice C, divertido, has the same beginning syllable (di-) as the correct answer, but its meaning ("amusing") is completely different. The basic meanings of choices D and E ("compiled" and "compared" respectively) are completely different from the meaning of complicado, although both compilado and comparado are phonetically similar to it.

 

#2 - Correct Answer: C

The word comprender means to understand something after watching, listening to, or reading it. Hence, choice C, entender ("to understand"), is the best synonym. Choice E, desentender, is the exact opposite of the correct answer; in fact, it is entender, but with a negative prefix added to it, thus giving it the meaning of "to understand." Choices A, B, and D ("to respond," "to verify," and "to pretend") are completely unrelated to the meaning of comprender.

 

When it comes down to effectively preparing for the Border Patrol exam, the above mentioned items are only the tip of the iceberg. Understanding the intentions of the questions is the best way to earn a top score. For a comprehensive look at the Border Patrol exam and its contents, consult the experts at U.S. Border Patrol Exam, and begin your education today!


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