AFOQT - How to Prepare, How to Succeed
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
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 asOfficer Training School (OTS) or
To ask questions yourself and discuss issues with other students, candidates, cadets, student pilots, instructor pilots and other officers, please visit our Military Aviation Forum where you can post questions, browse answers and comments, and interact with your peers and those that have completed the pilot training journey ahead of you. Find out more about how to get an AFROTC pilot slot.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
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.
The AFOQT will last approximately 3.5 hours. This includes time preparing the answer sheets, administrative time between sections, and a 10 minute break.
Each test question is multiple choice with 4 or 5 possible options. Each question has only one correct answer. You will not be penalized for guessing.
On many of the sections you will have enough time to answer all the questions. On others, you may not finish. This is normal. Just work as quickly and accurately as you can.
The testing schedule below will familiarize you with the sections of the test.
1. Verbal Analogies -- 25 questions in 8 minutes -- to pass this one, you have to see relationships between words.
2. Arithmetic Reasoning -- 25 questions in 29 minutes -- to pass this one, use math skills to solve problems.
3. Word Knowledge -- 25 questions in 5 minutes -- to pass this one, understand how to use synonyms properly.
4. Math Knowledge -- 25 questions in 22 minutes -- to pass this one, use math to logically solve the problems.
5. 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.
6. Block 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. \
BREAK TIME -- relax for 10 minutes.
7. Table Reading -- 40 questions in 7 minutes -- to pass this one, just understand the tables as quickly as you can.
8. Aviation Information -- 20 questions in 8 minutes -- to pass this one, you have to understand the concepts and terminology of aviation.
9. General Science -- 20 questions in 10 minutes -- passing this one requires a thorough knowledge of science concepts.
10. Rotated Blocks -- 15 questions in 13 minutes -- passing this one requires you to use spatial awareness to manipulate items and set them aright.
11. Hidden 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.
12. 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 (Math).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 spatial abilities.
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 added.
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 Quantitative composites.
> Each of the five scores are percentile
based, meaning they range from 01-99.
Nav Tech: 1,2,4,6,7,9
Academic Aptitude: 1,2,3,4
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.
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 guide for you. Also, check out the free full length on-line practice test:
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