Princeton Review’s Cracking The GRE, 2016 Edition (Review)

Though not specifically designed for AFOQT preparation, Princeton Review’s Cracking The GRE is a great way to polish your verbal/quantitative skill sets. The quantitative review covers basic math, algebra, and geometry which is what you’ll see on the AFOQT. The verbal review is less applicable, but reviewing the text and sentence completion sections won’t hurt your AFOQT prep one bit.  This text has received mostly positive reviews.

Verdict: A solid addition to your AFOQT math preparation library.

Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies (Review)

The authors of this book opt for a general review of everything that appears on each of the service’s officer candidate tests (as the title implies). This could be a good choice if you’re a college grad who’s thinking of joining the military, but unsure which branch might suit you best.  Bonus: there is an AFOQT practice test.

Verdict: Pick up a copy if you’d like a general review of what you’ll be tested on should you decide to pursue a career as a military officer.

Master The Military Flight Aptitude Tests 6th Edition, ARCO (Review)

This book reviews the 12 subtests (actually, 11 not counting the self-description inventory) that make up the current version of the AFOQT. It also includes information regarding the five subtests (i.e., reading comprehension, data interpretation, mechanical comprehension, electrical maze, & scale reading) that no longer appear on the AFOQT. If you don’t mind sorting through the now unnecessary info – this a great resource.

There is a sample AFOQT practice test and several pages worth of review dedicated to each subtest. Math review focuses on arithmetic, if you need algebra/geometry review a supplementary text will be useful. Also, if you are looking for an in-depth pilot/navigator review (i.e., more info than is necessary to do well on AFOQT) you’ll want to seek additional resources.

Verdict: A worthwhile addition to your AFOQT prep collection

Master The Officer Candidate Tests 8th Edition (Review)

Scott Ostrow’s Officer Candidate Test book has received mixed reviews. If you’re looking for a text that gives you a history of the U.S. Military Branches and information regarding what to expect in OTS/OCS this is the book for you (many found the study tips useful, as well).

When it comes to studying for the AFOQT, this book is more of a tool – not the entire toolbox you might need. There are no complete practice tests. Just four sections that review the verbal and quantitative subtests of the AFOQT.

Verdict: A good supplementary text. Don’t rely on this book alone to prepare yourself for the AFOQT. Perhaps the most useful takeaway is some of the information not included in this book: hidden figures, rotated blocks.

How many times am I allowed to take the AFOQT?

You may take the AFOQT twice. However, your most recent test score is the one that counts. In rare circumstances you may obtain a waiver to take the AFOQT more than two times.

Note: If you take the AFOQT and your scores just meet the minimum requirements*: P50/N50/Q50/V50/AA50, you might consider ensuring the rest of your package (e.g., letters of recommendation, resume, personal statement, interview, gpa) is superb rather than waiting to re-test and possibly scoring worse than you did the first time.

Barron’s Military Flight Aptitude Tests (Review)

As its title implies, this book is a good resource for basic aircraft information and the principles of flight. Someone who has little to no knowledge of flying and/or aircraft components will find it useful when studying for the Instrument Comprehension and Aviation Information subtests. There are also two practice AFOQT’s included in this volume.

Review for other important subtests (e.g., Verbal Analogies, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, etc.) is decent but not as in-depth as flight principles. Also, a bit annoying to sift through chapters related to other service tests.

Verdict: Title is true to its name. Not a bad way to spend 12ish dollars.