The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
is a standardized test similar to the SAT and ACT. The AFOQT measures
aptitudes and is used to select applicants for officer commissioning
programs, such as
Officer Training School (OTS) or Air Force Reserve
Officer Training Corps (Air Force ROTC). It is also used for selection into
specific training programs such as pilot and navigator training. The AFOQT
is a required test for all cadets and students on scholarship or in the POC.
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In practice, all uses of the AFOQT involve a prediction. By measuring
the aptitudes of applicants prior to selection, the AFOQT contributes
substantial information for making personnel decisions. The AFOQT
assesses aptitudes required of student pilots, navigators, students in
technical training and officers in general.
> Examinees are required to complete all
sections of the test regardless of the program for which they are
applying. > The AFOQT can only be taken twice. (waiverable) > Examinees must wait 180 days
(6 months) between
tests. > AFOQT scores never expire. > The most recent AFOQT test score is the
one that counts.
The AFOQT is a standard test, a lot like
taking the SAT's or the ACT's. However, it is considerably more
comprehensive. There are 12 sections to this test and it will take you 3 1/2
hours to complete the test. Although 210 minutes sounds like a lot, it can
go by very quickly. When you take the 12 sections, your aggregate
scores will be measured using five different scores. These scores will
determine whether a person is qualified to be a pilot or not.
would highly recommend the
ARCO book. There is one called
Officer Candidate Tests and another called
Military Flight Aptitude Tests I studied for about four
weeks and did a few full strictly timed practice tests and ended
up making a 98 on Pilot and 95 on Nav when I took the real one
last July. I found that many of the practice problems were more
difficult than those on the test. The book was a great asset to
my scores. Good luck!"
"Study advice: The
Military Flight Aptitude exam book is good for mazes, mechanical comp,
word knowledge etc. However study the
Officer Candidate Tests book, it is much better and more challenging in
the math and arithmetic knowledge sections (spelling is obviously not my
strength). Study to realistic times ONCE YOU HAVE mastered the
Analogies -- 25 questions in 8 minutes -- to
pass this one, you have to see relationships between words.
Arithmetic Reasoning -- 25 questions in 29
minutes -- to pass this one, use math skills to solve problems.
Knowledge -- 25 questions in 5 minutes -- to
pass this one, understand how to use synonyms properly.
Knowledge -- 25 questions in 22 minutes -- to
pass this one, use math to logically solve the problems.
Instrument Comprehension -- 20 questions in 6
minutes -- to pass this one, read the dials and understand which way the
plane is going as a result.
Counting -- 20 questions in 3 minutes -- to
pass this one, you have to be able to see three-dimensionally and figure out
how many blocks are adjacent to / touching the block in question. \
-- relax for 10 minutes.
Reading -- 40 questions in 7 minutes -- to
pass this one, just understand the tables as quickly as you can.
Information -- 20 questions in 8 minutes --
to pass this one, you have to understand the concepts and terminology of
Science -- 20 questions in 10 minutes --
passing this one requires a thorough knowledge of science concepts.
Blocks -- 15 questions in 13 minutes --
passing this one requires you to use spatial awareness to manipulate items
and set them aright.
Figures -- 15 questions in 8 minutes -- to
pass this one, you have to be able to see smaller objects inside of larger
one. This is sometimes called template matching.
Self-Description Inventory -- 220 questions
in 40 minutes -- this is a personality test. It's simply to determine what
type of person you are.
> Test results are given in five areas. They
are: Pilot, Navigator, Academic Aptitude, Verbal and Quantitative
Pilot (Minimum score requirements for pilot candidates shown
below.) This composite measures some of the knowledge and abilities
considered necessary for successful completion of pilot training. The
Pilot composite includes subtests which measure verbal ability,
knowledge of aviation and mechanical systems, the ability to determine
aircraft altitude from instruments, knowledge of aeronautical
concepts, the ability to read scales and interpret tables, and certain
Pilot score of 25
Combined Pilot and Navigator score of 50
Quantitative score of 10
Navigator (Minimum score requirements for navigator candidates
shown below.) This composite measures some of the knowledge and
abilities considered necessary for successful completion of navigator
training. The Navigator-Technical composite shares many subtests with
the Pilot composite. Subtests that measure verbal ability, ability to
determine aircraft altitude, and knowledge of aeronautical concepts
are not included. However, subtests measuring quantitative aptitudes,
some spatial or visual abilities and knowledge of general science are
Pilot score of 10
Combined Pilot and Navigator score of 50
Quantitative score of 10
Verbal (All candidates must achieve a minimum score of 15.) This
composite measures various types of verbal knowledge and abilities.
The Verbal composite includes subtests which measure the ability to
reason and recognize relationships among words, the ability to read
and understand paragraphs on diverse topics and the ability to
Quantitative (All candidates must achieve a minimum score of 10.)
This composite measures various types of quantitative knowledge and
abilities. The Quantitative composite shares subtests with the
Navigator-Technical composite discussed above and includes subtests
which measure the ability to understand and reason with arithmetic
relationships, interpret data from graphs and charts, and to use
mathematical terms, formulas and relationships.
Academic Aptitude (No minimum score required.) The Academic
Aptitude score, which is a composite of Math and Verbal sections, is
used as part of the Field Training selection process. This composite
measures verbal and quantitative knowledge and abilities. The Academic
Aptitude composite combines all subtests used to score the Verbal and
> Each of the five scores are percentile
based, meaning they range from 01-99.
> Statistical analysis indicates average
scores are in the 40s for each of the areas.
> It is highly recommended that individuals
interested in being pilots should strive to achieve scores in the 70s or
Scoring the Test
The following list will tell you which test
sections make up each composite score. The numbers correlate to the numbers
on the testing schedule.
All scores are scaled and compared to other people who
take the test (ie. A verbal score of 40 means that you did better than 40%
of people who took the test). Below are the minimum scores to qualify for
each category of officer:
Your test results will come back 1-2
weeks after you complete the test. Examinees will get a chance to meet with
your cadre after the fact to formally go over your results.
If you do not meet the minimum scores,
you will be allowed to re-test 6 months (180 days) later.
You are allowed to take the AFOQT only
twice in your lifetime. If you would like to re-test to aim for higher
scores, you must consider that there is also the possibility of lower
scores. The most recent AFOQT score is the only one that counts.
How many times can I take the AFOQT?
Under very strict
circumstances, yes. The Air Force limits you to two attempts and your scores
do not expire. The downside to this is that the second set of scores
supersede the first ones. So if your scores are respectable the first time,
it may not be in your best interest to take it again. Also you are not
allowed to take the test a second time until at least 180 days have passed
since you took your first test. Be careful about choosing to take it again.
There do exist waivers to allow you a third or fourth attempt, but those are
only given out in rare circumstances. If you do well the first or second
time, there's no reason to need a waiver.
Check out our Aviation Bookstore test
review section for AFOQT test preparation study guides. Also, any SAT
review material may be useful as you prepare for the Math and
Quantitative (Math) sections. Plan now and pick the right study
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