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How To Solve Percentage Questions On The ASVAB Without A Calculator

As part of your military application process you will be required to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB. While this exam covers many different topics, many students seem to struggle with math concepts the most given that you are not allowed to use a calculator. And so questions that would appear quite easy are suddenly very difficult to solve.
Once such topic is calculating percentages. In this article I will show you a shortcut to save you time and help you figure out the correct answer for a standard percent type question.
Picture this ASVAB style question:
1/8 is equal to approximately what percent value?
a) 8%
b) 10%
c) 22%
d) 13%
At first glance the question seems impossible. Let’s discuss the long and short way to solve this question.
The Long Way
The long way requires setting up an equation where (1/8) = (x/100) so that x is the value we are trying to solve for. You can write out this formula, the cross multiply to solve for x. This requires multiplying both sides by 100 to isolate ‘x’ leaving you with a new equation: x = 100 / 8. Then comes the long and tedious part. You have to draw out the long division to calculate 8 into 100 which may take you a good 30 seconds to a full minute. But you should wind up with the correct answer of 12.5 which is close enough to 13 and thus choice ‘d’
The Simpler And Faster Way
The quicker way to solve ASVAB style math questions is to find the approximate value through rounding and simplification. This will allow you to rule out the incorrect answer choices so that you can guess the correct answer by the process of elimination.
Since the number 8 is relatively close to 10, we can simplify this equation to read 1/10 which is 10%
This is found by multiplying both the top and bottom by 10, all in your head.
Therefor 1/10 is the same as 10/100 which is 10%
HOWEVER we rounded to get 10% which means that the answer choice giving you 10% is incorrect. Rule that out. And since we had to make the number BIGGER to get 10% any number smaller than this value will also be incorrect
If our answer has to be greater than 10% then both choice (a) 8% and choice (b) 10% can be ruled out
We are now left with just 2 choices, and still haven’t put pen to paper for calculations.
Since a small rounding gave us 10% our answer is expected to be close enough. 13% is a close value, 22% is a much larger value, but let’s justify this further
22% can be written as 22/100. This number is very close to 20/100.
Since both 20 and 100 end in at least one zero, these cancel leaving you with 2/10 which further simplifies to 1/5. Keep in mind that we rounded the number down, meaning the actual answer is really somewhere between 1/4 and 1/5
Now let’s apply a final bit of quick logic, ALL STILL IN YOUR HEAD
1/5 is close to 1/8 but THREE whole numbers away.
1/10 is a bit closer to 1/8 and comes from our previous rounding efforts. Therefor we expect the number 1/8 to be closer to 1/10 meaning closer to 10% and so we rule out choice (c) at 22% and instead settle with (d) 13% as the correct answer
Now it may appear that this line of thinking involved a great deal of steps to come to a conclusion, but that’s only because the steps had to be explained. If you keep practicing this way you will realize that this is a much faster way to solve percentage problems

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The Indoctrination of the Antichrist: A Faith Without Works

The word ‘indoctrination’ rings pretty harsh on the ear, doesn’t it? The thought that for thousands of years man has been subjected to false knowledge that he thought to be true, but that turns out not to be is at best a hard pill to swallow. Yet however harsh the thought thereof may be, the reality of the indoctrination of the Antichrist on faith is of even greater concern. Why you may ask? Because the indoctrination of false knowledge has paralyzed faith to the point where it has become dead; void of any works.
The workings of the Antichrist: The cause of dead faith
It’s almost impossible to think that there could be such a thing as dead faith yet the Apostle James in writing of ‘faith without works is dead’ (James 2:20) brought this out. Under his instruction those he was writing to could correctly identify the context of the works that he was referring to as he was teaching and instructing them in the doctrine of Christ; meaning that they understood what he was saying because they had received the truth of the knowledge of Jesus Christ (doctrine of Christ). In speaking of works he was not referring to man’s benevolent deeds towards humanity or fleshly deeds by which holiness is supposedly measured, instead he was referring to the spiritual works that accompanies faith that makes faith living. After all, how can faith, which is the belief (the acknowledgement, molding to and submission towards) of the testimony of Jesus Christ which is revealed to man by the grace of God be made living with earthly works? How can God who is a Spirit be touched with physical things (physical works)?
He can’t.
In speaking of the works of faith, reference is made to the activity of acknowledging, molding and submitting to God. It’s very easy to claim the lip-service of God through acknowledgement, but the indoctrination of the Antichrist has man to believe that his efforts in working out his salvation is void of any works. This influence of false knowledge has led man to believe that the only religious activity that man is accountable to is in acknowledgement and without responsibility (conforming). Speak of the spiritual works of faith and man is quick to jump to defense and deny any sort: how deep the roots of indoctrination do go!
The indoctrination of the Antichrist (Satan) has led man to believe that He can touch God in any way that he wants to. The evidence of this indoctrination is seen in how people choose to believe that they are free to serve God according to their own ways. This is not true. This is a lie sown through the false knowledge campaign of the Antichrist Spirit. God has always set parameters for faith, always given instruction for faith and always given knowledge for faith; He has never instructed, nor has he authorized man to serve Him according to his own way, according to what man thinks works best for him, nor did he base faith on the premise of man’s feelings or emotions. This is not the working of God! This is the indoctrination of Satan.
False knowledge = faith without works
False knowledge has set a very wide parameter for faith with the many branches of the denominational tree branching out more and more each day; each with its own doctrine, each with its own beliefs, each with its own traditions and rituals. Converse to this though God is specific in saying in Eph 4:5, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism”. One, not the thousands of different denominations one sees today. Certainly evidence of the result of each man believing in God his own way, wouldn’t you say?
Faith without works is dead because in the end it is void of the substance of Christ. It is the works of faith that produces Christ within; Christ does not happen within the soul of man apart from these spiritual works. Man cannot will faith into fruit. Fruit is formed by abiding in the pattern that Christ set for our faith. God designed faith with man’s participation (activity) in mind: It is when the Father (witness) and the Son (record) agree that faith is made living. Only through this (substance of Christ within) are we known of God. The covenant of Jesus Christ sets the activity for faith to be made living.
Though the indoctrination of the Antichrist may be present now, it is the testimony of Christ that will live forever.