What is the AFOQT?

May 31, 2021
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The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) is a 310 question standardized exam (not including Self-Description Inventory) that most aspiring United States Air Force Officers must pass prior to accepting a commission*. It is divided into 12 subtests designed to measure an applicant’s aptitude according to 7 composite scores: verbal, quantitative, academic, pilot, combat systems officer (CSO), air battle management (ABM), and situational judgment. These composite scores are comprised of several different combinations of subtests. As you prepare for test day it’s important to remember: the test is timed (by subtest) and it is scored on a Scantron Sheet. Buy some bubble sheets and practice taking a full test at least once prior to AFOQT day.

AFOQT Scantron Image

The AFOQT was updated to reflect the ‘Form T’ format in 2015. The Hidden Figures and Rotated Blocks Subtests were removed. Reading Comprehension and Situational Judgment Subtests were added in their absence. The General Science Subtest was also swapped out in favor of the Physical Science Subtest. Ensure you prepare for the test accordingly – many AFOQT study resources (online & print) have not been updated.

*If you have a professional license in law, medicine, and/or ministry and plan to utilize said license after joining the Air Force as an officer, you do not have to take the AFOQT in most cases. As always – check with your recruiter to verify.

Utilize Horizontal Scroll to View Entire Table. Click on Desired Subtest to View Study Guide for Said Subtest.

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.

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: Pilot, CSO & ABM Columns Show Which Subtests Are Scored for Rated Career Fields
SubtestTest Time (minutes)ItemsPilotCSOABMAcademicVerbalQuant
Verbal Analogies8 25XXX
Arithmetic Reasoning29 25XX
Word Knowledge5 25XXX
Math Knowledge22 25XXXXX
Reading Comprehension 38 25XX
Situational Judgment 35 50
Self-Description Inventory*45 240
Physical Science 10 20
Table Reading 7 40XXX
Instrument Comprehension 5 25XX
Block Counting4.5 30XX
Aviation Information 8 20XX