Treasury Enforcement Agent Exam- Online Practice [2024]
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What is the Treasury Enforcement Agent Exam

The TEA exam is a five-part, multiple-choice, timed test. Each section is timed separately. Cognitive abilities comprise the initial three portions of the TEA exam, and personality/behavioral attributes are assessed through biodata in the last two sections.

Cognitive abilities measured include:

The final two parts of the Treasury Enforcement Agent Exam are presented as an Applicant Experience Questionnaire containing 70 items, highlighting your achievements, skills, and experience.

The entire test is scored on the sole basis of the number of correct answers. Since there are no penalties for wrong responses, it is to your advantage to answer every question; guess when necessary.

Verbal Reasoning Questions

The Verbal Reasoning section has 25 questions to be answered in 50 minutes. Verbal Reasoning assesses the ability to recall information, summarize, analyze and draw conclusions, all based on presented information to you. Carefully read the entire paragraph. You will be asked to select the alternative that is supported by the information included within the paragraph, within five options. 

Verbal Reasoning Sample Question:

The fossilized remains of two bats were analyzed. One skeleton lacked the claw at the second toe of the forelimb, while the other skeleton possessed the claw. The bat suborder that lacks the claw is called Microchiroptera. Microchiroptera are known to use echolocation, while the other bat suborder, Megachiroptera, do not. Bats that navigate using echolocation eat insects or feed on the blood of animals, whereas bats that do not use echolocation eat fruit, nectar or pollen.

The information above, if true, most strongly supports which of the following?

  1.  The Megachiroptera use the claw to catch food.
  2. The fruit-eating bat suborder must have predated the insect-eating bat suborder.
  3. The Microchiroptera uses echolocation to locate the insects and animals it preys on.
  4. The Microchiroptera evolved the ability to echolocate to compensate for their lack of a claw.
  5. The various bat suborders fulfill different functions in nature.
View Answer:

The correct answer is C.

Try to get the myriad pieces of information straight in your head or rapidly put them down on a piece of paper. It will look like this: Micro—no claw, echolocation, insects, and blood; Mega—claw, no echo., fruit, nectar. Now go to the answer choices. A: we can reject this because we can't justify the need for a claw to catch fruit and not an insect. B and E are irrelevant distractors. Regarding D, the Microchiroptera doesn't have a problem getting food so it has no reason to be compensated for not having a claw. C makes sense, also because it brings two characteristics into relation: the ability to echolocate could well explain its ability to locate insects and animals to prey on.



The individual paragraphs contain all of the information that you will need in order to answer the questions, so do not assume any facts that are not contained in the paragraphs. For more practice and tips get the full Treasury Enforcement Agent Preparation Pack. 


Arithmetic Reasoning Questions

In the Arithmetic Reasoning portion of the TEA Exam, you will encounter 20 questions to be answered within 50 minutes. The math questions in this section cover a wide range of functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, ratios, percentages, applying given conversion formulas, angles, area, perimeter and simple algebraic equations.

Numerical Sample Question- Word Problem

Juliana is not certain which pizza to order. She can have the medium or large size pizza, with thin or thick dough; replace the regular with hot or garlic sauce; add one topping if she'd like: mushrooms, onions, peppers or pepperoni.

How many different pizzas can Juliana eventually order?

  1. 80
  2. 60
  3. 48
  4. 32
  5. 12
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The correct answer is B.

In order to solve it, you must figure out the correct number of choices in each category. We have 4 categories:
Size – medium or large = a choice between 2 options.
Dough – thin or thick = a choice between 2 options.
Sauce – regular, hot, or garlic = a choice between 3 options.
Topping - mushrooms, onions, peppers, pepperoni or without = a choice between 5 options.

The overall number of combinations equals a multiplication of the number of options within each category: 2x2x3x5 = 60.

Problems for Investigation

In this section, you'll be asked to answer 30 questions in 60 minutes. You'll be presented with text passages and asked to select statements based on the reasoning and logic in the passage. for example:

Investigation Problems- Sample Question

The hospital's nutritionists decided that they would no longer serve patients foods containing raw eggs, such as chocolate mousse since raw eggs could infect patients with salmonella, but they felt secure serving foods containing cooked eggs, such as omelets. Since then, all of the hospital's cases of salmonella occurred after patients had eaten cooked eggs, indicating that, contrary to popular opinion, eating raw eggs is not more dangerous than eating cooked eggs.

The reasoning in the argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it:

  1. Overlooks the possibility that some strains of salmonella primarily infect raw eggs.

  2. Bases its conclusion on a group of people who are already ill.

  3. Does not consider the fact that the source of the salmonella could be infected kitchen equipment and not eggs.

  4. Fails to take into account the possibility that the number of cases of salmonella from raw eggs would increase significantly if patients ate raw eggs.

  5. Presumes, without providing justification, that hospital nutritionists cannot be the most knowledgeable about which foods are safest.

View Answer:

The correct answer is 4.

The conclusion reached that eating raw eggs is not more dangerous than eating cooked eggs is based on the fact, stated right before the conclusion, that all of the hospital's cases of salmonella occurred after patients had eaten cooked eggs. But if the hospital had stopped serving raw eggs to their patients, it follows that patients could not possibly get salmonella from eating raw eggs. The only cases of salmonella, therefore, would be from eating cooked eggs. Therefore, the argument's conclusion is faulty.

Answer choice 4 says that, had patients been given raw eggs, the number of cases of salmonella from raw eggs would probably increase significantly.

Practice for the TEA Exam

Your potential for obtaining employment as a Treasury Enforcement Agent depends on your entrance exam score. You have the immediate opportunity to work on TEA practice tests, review a comprehensive Treasury exam study guide, analyze Treasury Enforcement Agent Exam sample questions and answers, and become privy to many testing tips and strategies. This entire preparation process can be achieved through JobTestPrep.

Our Treasury Enforcement Agent practice pack has the following sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning- The pack includes 3 tests, 12 practice units, and a study guide, all of which are accompanied by in-depth, explanations, illustrations, and score analysis, which will help you sharpen your reading comprehension and logical skills.
  • Arithmetic Reasoning- This section assesses your ability to solve problems presented numeric form, which focuses on varying mathematical functions and must be solved without the use of calculators. The pack contains 6 tests offering a range of difficulty levels, 6 practice units, and a study guide.
  • Investigative Reasoning- In order to prepare for this section, which focuses on drawing conclusions from a given set of statements, the pack offers 4 different practice units. While they are not identical to the questions you will encounter on the test, they will help you develop the necessary skills.

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