How To Write the Perfect Personal Statement (Review)

Score well on the AFOQT. Check. Rejoice in happiness. Check. Write your personal statement. Ugh… Writing about yourself can be surprisingly difficult. This book won’t write your personal statement for you but it will provide a good starting point. The do’s and don’ts were helpful. There are lots of examples too. Some good, some not so good.

Verdict: If you’re having trouble telling your life story in 270 words or less, this book is a helpful resource.

Note: Make sure you answer two questions in your Air Force Officer personal statement:

1) Why do you want to join the Air Force?

2) Why are you more qualified than other applicants?

The Air Force Officer’s Guide (Review)

You graduated from college. You passed the AFOQT. You submitted your package and you’ve been selected to become an officer in the United States Air Force! Now what?! Well, you probably have a few questions you’d like to have answered. For instance, what will a ‘typical’ day in the Air Force be like? Where will you live? On base, off base? How long will you be at your first duty station? How long will it take for you to get promoted? Okay – you get the idea.

Verdict: This is a great resource for future Air Force officers who have some time to kill before leaving for OTS/their first duty station.

Peterson’s Master The Military Flight Aptitude Tests 8th Edition (Review)

Finally! An AFOQT book “designed to be as user-friendly as it is complete,” or so the authors claim. This book does look promising, though. It explains the kinds of questions you can expect to see on test day (with examples), provides 110 sample Self-Description Inventory questions, and includes a full-length AFOQT practice test.

Verdict: Looks like an AFOQT prep book with potential! Need some specific feedback on the aviation,verbal, and quantitative reviews before any gold stars are handed out.

Barron’s New GRE Flash Cards (Review)

If you’re the kind of person who dreads sifting through a reference book to find the information you’re looking for – Barron’s GRE Flash Cards provide an alternative AFOQT study aid.  Though not specifically tailored for AFOQT prep, the set includes 500 cards – 250 verbal (definitions, antonyms, sentence completion) and 250 quantitative (math facts, math strategies, quantitative comparison).

Verdict: A viable alternative AFOQT study aid that will help ensure you’re ready come
test day.

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.

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.


 

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