How to Study for the AFOQT in Six Weeks or Less

With 6 weeks to prepare a study plan for the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT), you can think about dividing your study time into two parts. During the first two weeks, focus on mastering your approach to each type of question on the AFOQT. Ensure you have a firm understanding of each subtest and what it entails. For the month leading up to your test date focus on answering questions quickly by adhering to the allotted time limit for each subtest.

Before you can know exactly what to spend the most time studying for the AFOQT, you need to know your strengths and weaknesses. Once identified, you can target your weaknesses whilst building your strengths.

If you’re short on study time, view the sample weekly study regimen to tailor for your schedule.

Step 1: Take an AFOQT Practice Test

AFOQT Guide Practice Test Specs:
-Form T Format
-Include Answer Keys & Explanations
-Peer Reviewed to Ensure Highest Quality Content
-Each Subtest Contains Instructions + Time Constraints

Step 2: Establish Your Study Schedule

When your test date is a month or more away it’s easy to let the procrastination bug fly off with your study plan. You’re busy, you probably have a ton of things to get done today, carving out time to study for the AFOQT is difficult. But, if it were easy – would it really be of much interest to you? Doubtful.

Make time to set your study schedule TODAY. Test day will arrive before you know it.

Studying most days of the week will increase the likelihood of a higher test score. Many students prepping for standardized tests have found studying 5 days a week in three 30-minute intervals (1.5 hours each day) proves helpful. Writing has also been shown to help people commit things to memory. Flashcards are your friend.

In the month leading up to your AFOQT test date, block out time to take three full-length ‘Form T’ practice tests – taking the last test a week before test day.

Step 3: Develop Your Study Regimen

How should you study? One effective approach is to familiarize yourself with the content of each subtest, paying close attention to strategies & best practices as you go. The study guides available on this website are a good starting point.

What should you study? That depends upon the results of your practice test! Focus on material that is (a) difficult for you and (b) most often tested and/or requires a minimum score for your desired career field.

During the final week leading up to your test, don’t neglect your strengths. If you excel at math, make sure you spend some time reviewing the quantitative subtests to boost your confidence as test day approaches.

Seeking A Non-Rated Commission

When developing your study regimen take note of the subtests that comprise a given composite score. If you are seeking a non-rated slot, you must achieve the following minimum scores on these AFOQT Composites:
Quantitative Composite (includes Arithmetic Reasoning and Math Knowledge Subtests). Minimum required score: 10.
Verbal Composite (includes Verbal Analogies and Word Knowledge Subtests). Minimum required score: 15.

The table below provides an example weekly AFOQT study regimen for an aspiring non-rated Air Force Officer.

Remember: IT IS AN EXAMPLE, NOT A GUARANTEE. Put in the work required and you will be successful in all that you do.

Repeat this regimen (or your own variation) as many times as possible leading up to test day. Ensure you are well rested during the 48 hour period proceeding your test.

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Day1st 30 Minute Block2nd 30 Minute Block3rd 30 Minute Block
1Verbal Analogies + Word Knowledge
Total Time = 26 min
Arithmetic Reasoning
Total Time = 29 min
Reading Comp
Total Time = 35 min
2Math Knowledge
Total Time = 22 min
Arithmetic Reasoning
Total Time = 29 min
Physical Science + Table Reading
Total Time = 17 min
3Math Knowledge
Total Time = 22 min
Instrument Comp + Block Counting + Aviation Info
Total Time = 17.5 min
Verbal Analogies + Word Knowledge
Total Time = 26 min
4*Full Practice Test Day*Take In Single Sitting, If Possible*Full Practice Test Day*
5Arithmetic Reasoning
Total Time = 29 min
Verbal Analogies + Word Knowledge
Total Time = 26 min
Take Subtest in which You Feel Most Confident

Seeking A Rated Commission (Pilot)

When developing your study regimen take note of the subtests that comprise a given composite score. For example, a prospective pilot must achieve the following minimum scores on these AFOQT Composites:
Pilot Composite (includes Instrument Comprehension, Table Reading, Aviation Information, and Math Knowledge Subtests). Minimum required score: 25.
Combat Systems Officer (CSO) Composite (includes Verbal Analogies, Table Reading, Arithmetic Reasoning, Math Knowledge, Block Counting and Physical Science Subtests). Minimum required score: 10.
Quantitative Composite (includes Arithmetic Reasoning and Math Knowledge Subtests). Minimum required score: 10.
Verbal Composite (includes Verbal Analogies and Word Knowledge Subtests). Minimum required score: 15.

Note Overlap in Subtest Scoring: Math Knowledge (3); Verbal Analogies (2); Table Reading (2); Arithmetic Reasoning (2)

Visit the Air Force Personnel Center website for further AFOQT scoring information.

The table below provides an example weekly AFOQT study regimen for an aspiring pilot.

Remember: IT IS AN EXAMPLE, NOT A GUARANTEE. Put in the work required and you will be successful in all that you do.

Repeat this regimen (or your own variation) as many times as possible leading up to test day. Ensure you are well rested during the 48 hour period proceeding your test.

(Mobile Users: Utilize Horizontal Scroll to View Table)

Day1st 30 Minute Block2nd 30 Minute Block3rd 30 Minute Block
1Math Knowledge + Table Reading
Total Time = 29 min
Verbal Analogies + Word Knowledge
Total Time = 26 min
Arithmetic Reasoning
Total Time = 29 min
2Instrument Comp + Table Reading + Aviation Info
Total Time = 20 min
Math Knowledge + Table Reading
Total Time = 29 min
Physical Science x 2 + Block Counting x 2
Total Time = 29 min
3Math Knowledge
Total Time = 22 min
Instrument Comp x 2 + Aviation Info x 2
Total Time = 26 min
Arithmetic Reasoning
Total Time = 29 min
4*Full Practice Test Day*Take In Single Sitting, If Possible*Full Practice Test Day*
5Verbal Analogies + Word Knowledge
Total Time = 26 min
Math Knowledge + Table Reading
Total Time = 29 min
Take Subtest in which You Feel Most Confident

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Step 4: Ace The AFOQT!

When test day arrives and you feel a twinge of nervousness overtake you, it’s okay. Embrace it and remind yourself of all the hard work you’ve put in – YOU ARE READY.