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Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)

The AFOQT is a standardized test that most aspiring Air Force Officers must take prior to accepting a commission. The study guides and practice tests provided here will help you prepare for said test and set you down the path toward a rewarding career in the United States Air Force. is structured to cater to you and your study habits. If you prefer to prepare for the test on your own, check out the study guides & practice tests to review the areas in which you might need a refresher. If you appreciate all the help you can get – check out some of the study tips listed below. And, if there’s something missing that worked for you please let us know!

Before you dive in – take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the AFOQT ‘Form T’ format. The ‘Hidden Figure‘ and ‘Rotated Block‘ Subtests are NO LONGER on the AFOQT. The ‘Situational Judgment‘ and ‘Reading Comprehension‘ Subtests are now in place. The ‘General Science‘ Subtest has also been swapped out in favor of the ‘Physical Science‘ Subtest.

AFOQT Form T Format & Scoring: Explained

The AFOQT is scored across 6 composites: Pilot, Combat Systems Officer (CSO), Air Battle Manager (ABM), Academic Aptitude (AA), Verbal and Quantitative. Each composite consists of a different compilation of subtests. However, upon completion of the test you only will receive 5 composite scores, since the Air Force does not release ABM scores.

Composite scores are curved, and range from 0-99. For example, if you receive a Verbal Composite score of 88, this indicates you scored better than 88% of test-takers in your cohort. Composite scores do not represent the overall percentage of problems that you answered correctly.

The Air Force does not disclose exactly how each subtest within a given composite score is weighted. However, the official AFOQT Form T Information Pamphlet does provide a breakdown of the subtests utilized to formulate each composite score.

The AFOQT Form T Test takes close to 5 hours to complete when factoring in time for instructions and breaks. Actual test time (i.e., time spent answering questions) is 3 hours 36 minutes.

Note: Pilot, CSO & ABM Columns Show Which Subtests Are Scored for Rated Career Fields. Please click on a tab in the table below to view the subtests within the applicable composite.

All Subtests
Each subtest below is linked to its corresponding study guide. Have a look to get a better idea of the types of questions you will encounter on test day:
Note: the Physical Science, Self-Description Inventory, and Situational Judgement subtests are not included in any composite score. According to the official AFOQT Form T Pamphlet, these subtests are not factored into any of the composite scores. Said subtests are new to the Form T version of the test and the Air Force has not publicly indicated how/if/when data and/or scores will be utilized in the future.
(Want more detail? Learn how the AFOQT score is calculated here, or visit our blog for the full list of articles available.)
The subtests listed below are utilized to formulate the Verbal composite score.
The subtests listed below are utilized to formulate the Quantitative composite score.

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AFOQT Study Tips

Learn By Doing
  • Begin your AFOQT study regimen by taking a practice exam to determine if you have any area(s) that need improvement.
    • Remember to keep time constraints in mind.
  • If Possible, Begin Studying for the AFOQT at Least One Month Before Your Scheduled Test Date.
    • Designate a time to study each day – and stick to it!
    • Eliminate distractions (you’ve heard it a million times… maybe there’s something to it?) by finding a quiet place where you’re unlikely to be interrupted.
  • Study Actively!
    • Write, write, write and then write it down again!
    • Make flash cards
    • Come up with your own test questions
    • Always do your best to simulate test conditions (e.g., no calculators, memorize time constraints)
  • Study, Even When You’re Not Studying
    • If you come across a word you’re unfamiliar with – make note of it and look it up later
    • Think about test questions and how they apply to everyday life (e.g., you might see a bird and consider how it compares to an airplane – where is the bird’s fuselage, wing flaps, ailerons, etc.?) Silly example, but you get the idea.
  • Remember, The AFOQT is a Multiple Choice Test
    • Answer every question – you won’t be penalized
    • Start each subtest by finding and answering a question you know (or are 99% sure you know)
    • Be careful when filling in your answers if you have skipped previous questions. You don’t want to fail your test over a silly bubble sheet.
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Have a look at the frequently asked questions before you reach out. Someone else may have already wondered the very same thing you are now.
What is the AFOQT?
The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) is a standardized test that all candidates seeking an officer’s commission must take to become eligible for selection as an Air Force Officer. Composite scores are utilized to measure quantitative, verbal & academic aptitudes.
How Important Is My AFOQT Score?
In a word: IMPORTANT. It is not the “be all end all” nor is it likely to be the sole deciding factor when it comes time for your review. The Air Force Officer Selection Committee emphasizes the “whole package” concept. That said, a strong package is comprised of strong components. Utilize the study materials available to you, MEMORIZE the subtest time constraints (and work to ensure you’re able to complete the questions in the allotted time frames), and develop a study regimen + stick to it.
Where Can I Take The AFOQT?

This is up to you (unless you are a cadet). There are testing locations nationwide (often at Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS)). Get with your recruiter and/or ROTC point of contact for more detailed information.

Where you take the AFOQT will depend upon your current location. If you are a cadet in an ROTC program, you’re likely aware of where/when you’ll be taking the AFOQT. If not, ask a fellow cadet or one of your instructors at your detachment – someone will be able to point you in the right direction.

College graduates who are interested in joining the Air Force will need to contact an Air Force officer recruiter to schedule their AFOQT – you’ll take your test at the nearest Military Entrance Processing (MEP’s) location.

How Many Times Can I Take The AFOQT?

Twice. The Air Force now authorizes the use of the highest Air Force Officer Qualifying Test composite scores from any AFOQT administration (also known as the ‘AFOQT Super Score’). For instance, if your initial Air Battle Manager (ABM) composite score was 88 and your subsequent ABM composite score was a 72 – the 88 would be recognized as your official score.

What Sections Are On The AFOQT?

The AFOQT is broken into 12 subtests. See the AFOQT Format page for detailed information.

How do I Schedule My Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)?
Contact your recruiter (civilian), speak with fellow cadets or your Air Force ROTC POC. He or she will give you information about upcoming boards and your optimal test taking window(s). The earlier the better!
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