21 Things You Need to Know Before You Take The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) | Updated 2019

1) What is the AFOQT?

The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) is a multiple choice standardized exam designed to test candidates on a range of topics from mathematical and verbal skills to spatial rotation and aviation aptitudes. The test is divided into 12 subtests, each of which is timed. The AFOQT takes approximately five hours to complete with time for breaks and instruction included.

For more detailed AFOQT subtest specific information have a look at AFOQT Study Guide Central.

 

2) Who needs to take the AFOQT?

A majority of the candidates seeking a commission in the United States Air Force will have to take the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test.

If you have a professional license in law, ministry, and/or medicine and wish to join the United States Air Force as an officer (and utilize said license), you do not need to take the AFOQT.

All other officer candidates will need to take the test.
 

3) Where do I take the test?

Where you take the AFOQT will relate to your current civilian and/or military status. If you have completed your undergraduate studies and wish to join the Air Force as an officer (via Air Force Officer Training School), contact your local Air Force Officer Recruiter to schedule your AFOQT (you will most likely test at the closest military entry processing station (MEPS)).

Note: In most locations nationwide, the Air Force employs separate recruiters for enlisted and officer personnel. Do not be discouraged if it takes you a few attempts to actually connect with an Air Force Officer Recruiter – there are a lot of you and not many of them.

If you are currently an active duty Air Force service member, contact your base education office. You may be able to take the AFOQT on base. If this is not an option and/or information is limited, you can always reach out to an officer recruiter in your area. Active duty service members from other branches should also contact their local Air Force Officer Recruiter for further AFOQT scheduling information. It may be possible to take your test on Post/Station/etc. via proctor.

AFROTC students and cadets at the Air Force Academy typically take the AFOQT during their sophomore & junior years, respectively. If you’re an AFROTC student or AFA cadet and do not know when/where you will take the AFOQT, stop reading right now and go find out!
 

4) How do I schedule my test?

You will need to coordinate with your recruiter, military education point of contact or AFROTC for information regarding upcoming Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) dates. The number of test dates scheduled may vary depending upon your location. So, don’t wait until the last minute to register!
 

5) How long is the AFOQT?

You have exactly 3 hours and 36 minutes to answer all of the questions on the AFOQT. Actual test time is closer to 5 hours with scheduled breaks and instruction included.
 

6) How many questions are on the AFOQT?

The AFOQT Contains 550 Questions - This is a 550 Numerical Decal

The AFOQT contains 550 questions. The ‘Self-Description Inventory,’ often referred to as the AFOQT personality test, is the largest of the 12 subtests with 240 items. The good news is you don’t need to study for this portion of the test – official Air Force AFOQT guidance states there are no ‘right or wrong’ answers. You’ll be provided with a series of statements (e.g., ‘I enjoy attending large social gatherings’) and asked to respond how strongly you agree/disagree utilizing a 5-point scale.

The remaining 310 questions are divided unevenly amongst 11 subtests:

Verbal Analogies (25 questions | 8 minutes)
Arithmetic Reasoning (25 questions | 29 minutes)
Word Knowledge (25 questions | 5 minutes)
Math Knowledge (25 questions | 22 minutes)
Reading Comprehension (25 questions | 38 minutes)
Situational Judgment (50 questions | 35 minutes)
Physical Science (20 questions | 10 minutes)
Aviation Information (20 questions | 8 minutes)
Instrument Comprehension (25 questions | 8 minutes)
Block Counting (30 questions | 4.5 minutes)
Table Reading (40 questions | 7 minutes)

Check out Study Guide Central for a more detailed look at each subtest with sample AFOQT questions.
 

7) How long does it take to receive my scores after I take the AFOQT?

You can check your AFOQT scores online 8-10 business days after you take the test.

Note: If you are unable to view the AFPC webpage, contact your testing center for further guidance.
 

8) What are the minimum required AFOQT scores?

All aspiring United States Air Force Officers (rated and non-rated) must attain the following minimum AFOQT scores:

Verbal Composite: 15
Quantitative Composite: 10

Candidates hoping to secure a rated Air Force Officer career slot must attain the following minimum scores in addition to the verbal/quantitative minimums:

Pilot (to include Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)):
Verbal Composite: 15
Quantitative Composite: 10
Pilot Composite: 25
CSO/Navigator Composite: 10

Combat Systems Officer (CSO)/Navigator:
Verbal Composite: 15
Quantitative Composite: 10
Pilot Composite: 10
CSO/Navigator Composite: 25

Air Battle Manager (ABM):
Verbal Composite: 15
Quantitative Composite: 10
ABM Composite: 25

Note: These are the Minimum Required Scores. Competitive average scores are often much higher and vary according to your selection cohort. Check out the Air Force ROTC Reddit thread for a ‘best & worst’ AFOQT score pulse check (do keep in mind you’re reading information posted by unknown people from the internet).

This seems like a good place to post a link where you can read about Tom, author of this blog post + guy who created AFOQTGuide.com & AFOQTAcademy.com.
 

9) What is a composite score and why are they important?

The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test composite scores are comprised of various combinations of your subtest scores. For example, the Pilot Composite Score is derived from your scores on the Math Knowledge, Table Reading, Instrument Comprehension & Aviation Information Subtests.

The Air Force Personnel Center website states that composite scores are provided in seven areas:

Pilot
Combat Systems Officer/Navigator
Air Battle Manager
Academic Aptitude
Verbal
Quantitative
Situational Judgment

However, upon completion of the AFOQT, you will receive five composite scores. ABM & Situational Judgment scores are not provided to test-takers.

For a detailed breakdown of each composite score, take a look at the official AFOQT Information Pamphlet provided by the Air Force.

Once you know which composite scores correlate with your desired career field, utilize the AFOQT Prep in Six Weeks framework to customize your study regimen.
 

10) If I’m unhappy with my AFOQT scores, can I retake the test?

Yes. You can take the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test twice. But, you must wait at least 150 days between tests. In rare instances it may be possible to take the test a third time, but a waiver is required.
 

11) What are the basic requirements to become an officer in the United States Air Force?

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Air Force Officer candidates must be United States citizens, have a bachelor’s degree, and be between 18 and 39 years of age.

Air Force Officer candidates pursuing a specialty career (in qualifying healthcare, legal & ministry fields) must be United States citizens, have a career-relevant degree and/or post graduate degree, and be between 18 and 48 years of age.
 

12) Will my AFOQT Scores ever expire?

At the time of this writing your AFOQT ‘Form T’ test scores do not have an expiration date. If you took the former ‘S Version’ of the AFOQT, your scores are no longer valid and you will need to take the new (Form T) test.

Note: Current requirements stipulate Air Force Officer candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and be between 18 and 39 years of age. This does not apply to individuals pursuing specialty careers – they are not required to take the AFOQT.
 

13) The AFOQT is a multiple-choice test, is there a penalty for guessing?

Absolutely not. There is no penalty for guessing. You’re actually penalized for not guessing in that you’re guaranteed to get the question wrong if you don’t bubble in a response.

Note: The AFOQT is served up in old-fashioned standardized test style. Paper-based, scantron bubble sheet & number 2 pencil.
 

14) Know the ‘Form T’ (i.e., most recent) test format.

If your AFOQT study materials include ‘Hidden Figures’ and/or ‘Rotated Blocks’ Subtest information: DISREGARD. These subtests are not on the ‘Form T’ version of the AFOQT.

The Situational Judgment & Reading Comprehension Subtests have replaced the aforementioned subtests. The General Science Subtest has also been switched out in favor of the Physical Science Subtest. Have a look at AFOQT Guide’s Study Guide Central for a comprehensive breakdown of all AFOQT Subtests.

15) What is the difference between a rated and non-rated Air Force Officer career?

Rated Air Force Officer career fields are flight-related: Pilot (to include Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA)), Combat Systems Officers (CSO), and Air Battle Managers (ABM).

Non-rated Air Force Officer careers consist of all non-flight/non-specialty fields (e.g., civil engineering, logistics, services).
 

16) Time Constraint Training = Free Test Day Confidence.

In addition to having a solid understanding of the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test content, conditioning yourself for test day time constraints is likely the greatest advantage you can give yourself.

How much time do you have to complete the Arithmetic Reasoning Subtest? How about Table Reading? Aviation Information? Okay, you get the idea.

Get your AFOQT study regimen organized today and give yourself permission to wake up on test day anxiety-free!

Also, keep the test format (pencil, paper & scantron sheet) in mind as you prepare. Bubbling takes precious time. If you really want to separate yourself from the pack, order a few scantron sheets to go with your AFOQT practice tests for a truly authentic test day experience.
 

17) Write it Down!

Want to boost your test day memory recall? Write. It. Down. Make note of important concepts and anything you struggle to remember as you prepare for the AFOQT. Compile a running list of questions and try to answer them without assistance a few hours after a study session. This mimics the testing environment and gives you a clear picture of what you have retained (or not).
Skeptical? Take a look at this study on effective studying (how meta!).
 

18) What is the TBAS test, does it have anything to do with the AFOQT?

The Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) is a computer-based test designed to measure psychomotor learning (i.e., physical skills such as movement, dexterity, use of precision instruments, etc.), spatial ability & multi-tasking competency. Over the course of the 75 minute test, you will utilize a joystick, rudder pedals & headphones to complete the required tasks. United States Air Force pilot and and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) candidates are required to pass the test prior to selection.

The Air Force is terse and tight-lipped when it comes to the contents of the Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS). The following disclaimer is provided in no uncertain terms via the Air Force Personnel Center TBAS Info webpage:

‘It is very important that you do not discuss the contents of the test with anyone other than the test administrator. If you do discuss the test with anyone else you will be held responsible for violating a legal regulation, Air Force Instruction 36-2605, Air Force Military Personnel Testing System. You will also be disqualified from consideration for Air Force pilot training.’

Here’s what we do know about the test: it consists five subtests, each of which is described in limited detail via the Air Force Personnel website. Here’s a quick rundown for you:

Directional Orientation Subtest

Designed to measure your spatial orientation abilities – objective is to determine unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) positioning relative to a target. There are 48 questions.

Horizontal Tracking Subtest

Rudder pedals are utilized to keep a box over an airplane silhouette as said silhouette moves horizontally across the bottom of a screen. The airplane moves at a constant speed and changes direction when it runs out of screen (i.e., ‘hits the side of the screen) and/or is targeted successfully for multiple seconds. The task lasts for three minutes; degree of difficulty (speed of the airplane) increases in kind.

Image of Air Force TBAS Horizontal Tracking Test

Airplane Tracking Subtest

A joystick is utilized to keep a gun sight on a moving airplane silhouette maneuvering at a constant rate. The silhouette changes direction when it ‘bumps’ the edge of the screen and/or is targeted successfully for several seconds.

Airplane & Horizontal Tracking Subtest

A combination of subtests two and three. First, you track an airplane silhouette moving along a horizontal axis. Second, you track an airplane moving in two dimensions.

Image of Air Force TBAS Airplane & Horizontal Tracking Test

Multi-Tasking Subtest

This subtest requires you to perform four cognitive tasks simultaneously during multiple trials. Memorization, arithmetic, visual monitoring, and listening are the required tasks. You are able to practice each task individually prior to the multi-tasking portion. For the memorization task you will be presented with a written code of letters to memorize. After a delay you will be asked to identify whether a particular letter was included in the code. You will be asked to perform arithmetic computations for the arithmetic task – hopefully no surprises here. The visual monitoring task requires you to keep an eye on a gauge to determine when said gauge needs to be reset. You will periodically be instructed to change the channel (4 possible channels) via auditory command for your designated call sign.

Image of Air Force TBAS Multi-tasking Test

As you’ve likely gathered by now – the TBAS and the AFOQT are separate tests that all pilot and RPA candidates must pass in order to become eligible for selection. These two tests combined with your logged flight hours are utilized to calculate your Pilot Candidate Selection Method Score (PCSM).

Note: For more in-depth TBAS information visit the Bogidope website – it’s run by a group of military and civilian pilots. Tons of useful ‘how-to-become-a-pilot’ info here.
 

19) What is a PCSM score?

The Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) score is comprised of your AFOQT Pilot Composite score, TBAS score and the number of flight hours you have logged to date. Possible PCSM scores range from 1-99, however, the Air Force scoring algorithm (i.e., how each variable is weighted) is confidential.

Note: PCSM scores are only required for rated applicants as said selection method is meant to gauge aviation aptitude (turns out the explanation was in the acronym the whole time!).
 

20) Can flight hours boost my AFOQT score?

No. Accumulating flight hours will not improve your Air Force Officer Qualifying Test score. But, your logged flight hours are an important component of your Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) score.

Approximately 4-5 points are added to your PCSM score upon accumulation of logged flight hours at each of the following levels:

1-5 hours
6-10 hours
11-20 hours
21-40 hours
41-60 hours
61-80 hours
81-100 hours
101-200 hours
201 hours+

Assuming you had logged 202 flight hours and were awarded a maximum of 5 points for each level, you could expect to boost your overall PCSM score by 45 points. However, your returns do diminish as you accumulate more hours. If you score well on the TBAS and AFOQT, it may not be worth it from time and/or monetary standpoint to attain 100+ hours.

If you’re looking for a more in-depth Pilot Candidate Selection Method score explanation, head over to Bogidope.com – they have you covered.
 

21) Where can I go to get my AFOQT prep started?

You, my friend, have come to the right place.

AFOQT Guide’s Study Guide Central: Comprehensive AFOQT Subtest Review

AFOQT Guide’s Practice Test Page: Download a free AFOQT Practice Test (scroll to center of the webpage)

AFOQT Academy Colonel Package: The maximum amount of AFOQT practice test questions your money can buy – in PDF and online format!

Study For The AFOQT Like Thousands of Air Force Officers Before You.

Best AFOQT Study Guide Review: 11 Books & Websites for Test-Takers

Where Do You Find the Best AFOQT Study Guide?

Right. Here. Reviews of 11 AFOQT websites and books have been compiled to ease your study guide selection process. An optional review is provided with each resource listed so you’re able to provide your feedback for the next class of Air Force Officer Candidates. After you submit your review you’ll be able to view all data that has been collected for that particular AFOQT Study Guide. New content (e.g., websites, books, other AFOQT Prep materials) will be added to this review as it becomes available.

The goal is to eliminate the dead time you spend scouring the internet, library, asking around, etc., searching for the best AFOQT Study Guide. Take 15 minutes to review the resources listed below and turn that limited amount of TIME YOU HAVE into productive time spent prepping with quality materials(s).

Obligatory disclaimer: My name is Tom. I created AFOQTGuide.com whilst studying for the AFOQT several years ago. I do believe that AFOQT Guide is currently the most realistic, well-rounded AFOQT Prep resource on the market. That said, there is much room for improvement. I was intentionally ‘nit-picky’ in my review of AFOQT Guide and I ask that you do the same. Tell me what’s missing, what’s broken, what needs to go away.

My mission is to provide you with the most comprehensive, realistic AFOQT preparation resource possible. But, I can’t do it without your help. You provide your honest feedback and I promise you I’ll continuously work to improve AFOQT Guide.

All websites and books included in this review are listed below. You may click on the link provided to jump to the review for said resource. You can ‘grade’ the websites and books according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of Content
  • Breadth of Material Available
  • Transparency (i.e.,is there someone you can contact if you have questions?)
  • Overall Value to User

*In the reviews that follow I will make every attempt to remain objective. Just keep in mind my allegiance lies with you, the future Air Force Officer preparing to take a test that will play a role in the trajectory of your desired career. At the time of this writing, I believe AFOQTGuide.com is the best AFOQT preparatory resource on the market.

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AFOQT Book Review:

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  1. Trivium: AFOQT Study Guide 2017-2018
  2. AFOQT Study Guide 2018 (AFOQT Test Prep Exam Books Team)
  3. AFOQT Secrets Study Guide (Mometrix Test Prep)
  4. Barron’s Flight Aptitude

Baseops.net Website Review

Pros:

  • Baseops provides a wealth of flight preparation information. Aircrews around the globe are able to utilize the site to aid in mission planning, check local weather & connect with other users via community forum.
  • Forum is also a great place for future military aviators (all branches) to ask questions about virtually anything that comes to mind – there’s even a squadron bar thread so you can vent your pent up frustrations, virtually.

Cons:

  • AFOQT related information provided (outside of forum) is outdated and entirely format/regulation centric.
  • Several AFOQT study books are recommended via Amazon affiliate link. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as there is value provided with said link (e.g., an honest review from a trusted, or at minimum, known source).
  • The lone book review that is provided is written in first person without a source.

Verdict: If an AFOQT Prep book is what you’re after, cut out the middle man and head straight to Amazon.

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Military Flight Tests Website Review

Pros:

  • Website is easy to navigate.
  • An abbreviated (21-question) practice test is provided.
  • General information regarding test format and scoring is addressed.

Cons:

  • AFOQT format information provided is out-dated, reflects former ‘Version S’ test. Note: Hidden Figures, Rotated Blocks, & General Science Subtests are no longer on the AFOQT. Don’t waste your time studying for them!
  • Grammatical errors are abundant. Calls site managers authority to ‘review’ alternate AFOQT study materials into question.
  • Much of the website copy is written in first person, yet there is no ‘person’ associated with said copy (or the website for that matter). The ‘Contact’ page shows a map with a Las Vegas location, no name/face to be had.
  • Several AFOQT book reviews are provided. Site manager(s) participate in Amazon Affilliate program (i.e., he/she makes a commission whenever you click on a link and make a purchase via Amazon). Nothing wrong with this, in fact – when done with the reader’s best interest in mind – it’s a win/win/win for all parties involved.

Verdict: Without knowing who is managing the Military Flight Tests website and what their experience/intent is, it is difficult to imagine the site exists for any other reason but to make some extra coin off a few strategically placed affiliate links. Head to your favorite bookstore, library and/or directly to Amazon for your AFOQT study book of choice.

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Sarah Dasher Website Review

Pros:

  • Website is user friendly.
  • AFOQT test format, scoring, & timing information is clear + concise.
  • Thorough explanation of the composite score calculation is provided.
  • All available AFOQT information is up to date and easy to understand.

Cons:

  • No study material provided.

Verdict: Sarah is a tutor! If you’re in the market for some personalized AFOQT preparation, get in touch with her.

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Test Prep HQ Website Review

Pros:

  • Stays True to ‘Quick Review & Comparison’ title mantra
  • Provides link to the official AF ROTC website – no risk of providing inaccurate test format, timing, scoring information here.
  • Book reviews provided are the most in-depth I have come across.
  • Book rating table (with custom awards!)

Cons:

  • Another one for the online book review pile. Affiliate style (of course).
  • Key takeaways: AFOQT is hard. You should study for it, a lot. Here are 5 books you might consider purchasing to help with said studying.

Verdict: See previous digital book review verdicts… Though, I will say the reviews provided here are informative. If I were going to make an AFOQT Study book choice, this site would be the one I would choose to share the ‘affiliate love’ with.

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Military Aptitude Tests Website Review

Pros:

  • All AFOQT related content is provided on a single scrolling page – easy to navigate.
  • 50+ AFOQT practice test questions are provided (to include sample self-description inventory)

Cons:

  • Information provided is out-dated. Hidden Figures, Rotated Blocks, General Science Subtests are no longer included on the AFOQT.
  • Scoring information is incorrect.
  • Given the first two bullet points, it’s difficult to ‘take their word for it’ when it comes to which AFOQT study book they recommend.
  • Not clear who is managing the website/providing the information.

Verdict: Look elsewhere for your AFOQT study materials + information.

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Study.com Website Review

Pros:

  • Information provided appears to cover much more than just the AFOQT Subtest subject matter.
  • Access to tutors (plural) that could ostensibly help draft a personalized study regimen for you.
  • Support portal seems well rounded – FAQ, Forum & Search function are available.
  • Contact information is readily available. They’re a mid-sized company based out of Mountain View, CA.

Cons:

  • AFOQT information looks to be a collection of materials they put together utilizing existing content from other study guides they had on hand (this could be good or bad).
  • Membership only website. You can enroll on a monthly or annual basis. Looks like plans start at $59.99/month.

Verdict: Tough to say without access to the study material. Could be a sound investment if membership correlates with high AFOQT score. We’ll have to rely on the power of the audience poll. Has anyone used this site?

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AFOQTGuide.com Website Review

Pros:

  • 400+ AFOQT practice test questions available free of charge (with more on the way!).
  • Content is separated according to subtest to help you find what you’re looking for quickly.
  • Links to other helpful Air Force related resources (e.g., Air Force Journey, Air Force OTS Forum, Sarah Dasher Tutoring).
  • AFOQT test-taker reviewed practice tests available for purchase with money back guarantee.

Cons:

  • Not enough free content currently available.
  • Practice test material with built-in time constraints not provided (it’s in the works!).
  • No social media presence – partly due to the Air Force’ strict ban on group study. Is this something you would like to see?
  • Website not easy enough to find.
  • No printed study material (i.e., book). Is this something you would like to see? Do you prefer print and/or digital study materials?

Verdict (biased): I think AFOQT Guide is the best AFOQT Prep resource on the market (print and web). It’s far from perfect, but that just means I always have something to work toward! Tell me what’s working. What’s not? Give me your honest feedback, don’t pull any punches.

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Trivium AFOQT Study Book Review

4-Star Review (Amazon) – Recommend with Another Supplemental Book (or Two):

‘Took my test the 5th of January 2018. Bought this book about 4 months prior and studied it along with 2 GRE books and a SAT book. In my experience, the AFOQT is more leaning towards SAT side when it comes to math and verbal. Having a SAT book and a vocab GRE book will make up for areas of weakness in this book. My scores were all in the high 90’s for what it’s worth.

Pros:
-Math and Arithmetic sections are similar to the AFOQT (you need to think fast, and have an “expansive” mind when it comes to math)
-Analogy and Reading is also very similar.
-Science and Aviation is close enough (Aviation information is a wide array of knowledge, so this book alone is not enough)

Cons:
-A noticeable chunk of mistakes in the two practice test (They’re not gonna expect you to do Law of Sin without a calculator)
-Table Reading, you’re better off finding a site that will provide you with a huge chart to practice your eye to hand dexterity
-Block counting is a little bit too easy

Overall, I recommend this book, however, be sure to supplement it with another book or two to fill in the gray areas. I am an Engineer so most of the knowledge on the test was a given to me. It is not a hard test, you just have to want to succeed if you want to ace it. By want, I mean stick to a consistent schedule of studying at least 1-2 hours a day for however long it makes you comfortable until you are ready to take the AFOQT. Also be sure to buy some scantrons or testing bubble sheet to take into account how long it takes you to bubble in answers during timed practice. Good luck future Airmen of America.’

2-Star Review (Amazon) – Too Many Wrong Answers:

‘A lot of the information is great for refreshing your memory about math, physical science, etc. HOWEVER, I can overlook typos as long as I can understand what the question is asking, but I can’t overlook how many incorrect answers there are both in the book and on the online test. The online test is a joke. Not only is it super buggy, but a significant number of the answers (especially math) shows the correct answer with the reasoning, but displays a different answer as the actual. Also, all of the questions that require images (instrument reading, block counting, table reading) were missing the image, so I couldn’t even answer those questions. As most of the studying information can be found online these days and the book is really most helpful for being able to take practice tests, I can’t recommend something that fails at its primary objective. Really disappointing. Especially after all the time I spent at the beginning of the online test.’

Verdict: Tough to say without personal experience prepping with the book. At the time of this writing the Trivium book does appear to be the highest rated AFOQT Study book available via Amazon. Give us your feedback! Is there a better book out there?

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Test Prep Exam AFOQT Book Review

5-Star Review (Amazon) – Great Study Guide:

‘This study guide is comprehensive, super comprehensive lol. Not in a bad way though. Many of the topics covered were a flashback to high school. Things I never thought I’d need again. I’ll be taking the exam next week. I’m aware that I may miss a few, but after studying with this guide for the past few weeks I feel confident that I’ll make the grade I’m aiming for. Thank you guys for putting this together!’

 3-Star Review (Amazon) – Great Study Guide, Good Practice for Most of the AFOQT:

‘It’s a decent book, good example questions of what to expect and explaining the correct answers. Only thing I’ve taken issue with is a lack of a situational judgment section or self description inventory.’

2-Star Review (Amazon) – Typos everywhere, outdated test sections, no practice tests:

‘Typos everywhere, outdated test sections, no practice tests. If you’ve taken the SAT’s before, this book won’t help you with anything.’

Verdict: Audience seems pretty well split here. Worth noting the book does not include ‘Situational Judgment’ questions/explanations. What are your thoughts?

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AFOQT Secrets (Mometrix) AFOQT Book Review

3-Star Review (Amazon) – Not bad, Not Great:

‘Not bad, this is one of two books I purchased to study and definitely on the easier side. I also believe it is not as well put together as the other book purchased which is the TRIVIUM AFOQT practice test book. Again not a waste of money but definitely not the quality of the other book purchased. I have yet to take the test and will update usefulness after that.

I finally took the test, Wow what a mental marathon that was (nearly 5 hours long). Anyway my initial estimate was correct, this book is definitely watered down and I wouldn’t say prepares you for the test. That being said I do believe it would be of great value to those who have been out of school for some time. I’ve recently finished my BaS so many of the problems in this book were very easy and simple, but if you need to re-establish a base and ease back into these topics I would recommend this book, it did do a good job of detailing how to solve problems in the math portions which is valuable to those who need it.’

2-Star Review (Amazon) – Supplemental Use Only, But Not Worth The Money:

‘I used this book as part of my test prep for the AFOQT that I took this month, and would NOT recommend it as a primary study guide.’

PROS:
It includes a situational judgement portion, which gives you a feel for that section of the test
Science review is physical science only, which matches the new Form T test (yet, the science portion doesn’t seem to count for anything according to the official Air Force information pamphlet).

CONS:
The review sections are decent, but very basic. Where it really falters is the practice tests–the questions are basic and very easy, especially on the math portion. For the instrument comprehension, the plane images are a propeller plane, not anything the Air Force flies (refer to the official USAF study material, found on the TBAS website). It works for extra practice, but don’t use only this. Block counting images are too large, and somewhat distorted. The table reading section is rather worthless, though this is consistent with the other study book I used. I would again refer you to the official USAF study material for that section.

The best summary I can provide is what is written on the back cover as a purported “review”–“I finally aced the test after taking it numerous times.” Anyone taking the AFOQT should know that you are only allowed to take it TWICE in your lifetime. This very much feels like a poorly put together gimmick. I would instead recommend the Barron’s Military Flight Aptitude test book, which I found to be much superior. I have also heard good things about the Peterson’s Military Flight Aptitude book, though I have not personally used it.’

Verdict: The quote from the back of the book provides enough damning evidence to convince me to spend my money elsewhere. What about you?

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Barron’s Military Flight Aptitude Tests Book Review

5-Star Review (Amazon) – Good Book to Study for AFOQT:

‘I purchased this book to study for the AFOQT, which I took in November 2013. I only had 2 weeks to study for this test, while working 12 hour days at work. There was enough information in this book to get me a 92 Pilot, 88 Nav. Also, I had no flight experience of any kind. The flight info sections preceding the practice tests has some pretty good info that sums up many of the basic principles of flight. The practice tests are very close to the actual test.

TIME YOURSELF!!! Many people taking the military flight tests do not do well because they simply study the questions and do not take the tests for time. The actual AFOQT is very fast paced and I know people who knew many of the answers but only had time to answer half of the questions. The Instrument Reading section on the actual AFOQT has been updated so that the drawings are much easier to read. Before they were hard to interpret photocopies, so Barron’s practice tests show hard to interpret drawings.

Overall, this is probably the best practice guide that I saw for the AFOQT, but I only had 2 weeks, so who knows. I learned a lot from this book and it helped me to score well on real AFOQT, so there must be something to it. I hope this helps.’

2-Star Review (Amazon) – Would Be Great If Not For The Constant Errors:

‘It seems the author is well versed in aeronautics, and in that field the book has helped tremendously. However, in other sections such as math and mechanics, there are frequent mistakes. These range from purely typographical errors (claiming a driving gear rotates 10 times in a problem in the sample AFOQT, not having any plausible answer choices for the given information, then in the answer stating the same gear rotates 15 times) to mathematical blunders (SIFT exam 2, Math Section, problem 11; the answer does not sum up correctly) to serious errors in misunderstanding the theory (the author states that the mechanical advantage of a hydraulic system the ratio of the diameters of the pistons, where it should be the areas of the pistons OR the inverse of the distance moved. From the text, it appeared the author became confused between the diameter and the distance moved as he assigned both the symbol “d”, then continued with his proof after switching them around).

Furthermore, the math sections are not nearly challenging enough. In the precursor to the ASTB, it is explained that the math section could present logarithms and inverse exponents, none of these are present in the explanations or sample tests. Conversely, the reading section is more challenging than other study guides, providing multiple answers for each passage that seem correct, though only one is explicitly stated.

Though many sections were thorough and informative, and the writing style is fun and comprehensible, I spent far too long proofreading the errors to make sure I was not mistaken (make no mistake: I realized I was the one in error many times, but by no means every time). To be blunt, the significant amount of blunders within the book I was able to find thanks to my previous education makes me wonder what else is incorrect; therefore, the integrity of the entire work is under question.

Verdict: Seems like this book is a solid resource for more in-depth aviation information (relative to other AFOQT books currently available) if you’re willing to be on the lookout for potential errors. Did you find it useful?

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What is the AFOQT?

The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) is a 310 question standardized exam (not including Self-Description Inventory) that all persons seeking to become a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force must pass prior to induction into service. The AFOQT 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.

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.

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.

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

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Where Can I Go to Find More Information About Becoming an Air Force Officer?

Air Force OTS is the most interactive ‘all things becoming an Air Force Officer’ resource I have found. The site is run by Officer Candidate School (OCS) graduates to assist all patrons interested in pursuing a career as a military officer (there are separate sites for all military branches). It is a forum – so it’ s a great place to go if you have lots of questions. Check it out!

If you’re looking for general information concerning Officer Training School (OTS), AFOTS.com is a good place to start. The personal statement and ‘Surviving OTS’ information is informative (note: it is based on one individual’s 2013 OTS experience).

Air Force Journey (airforcejourney.com) provides a comprehensive breakdown of the OTS application process, which includes frequently updated Air Force Officer Selection Board Information.

For more ‘front-end’ Air Force information have a look at the .mil website: af.mil. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular air force base, each installation maintains a website (e.g., Little Rock AFB). URL format is generally: www.BASENAME.af.mil, just punch in your desired base and you’re good to go.

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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.

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How is My AFOQT Score Calculated?

Your AFOQT results will be scored across 7 composites, 5 of which have minimum required scores, upon completion.

It’s important to understand the AFOQT scoring breakdown because the same subtests (e.g., Math Knowledge) are often included in multiple composite scores depending upon desired career field (the Math Knowledge Subtest is included in 3 of the 5 composites for pilot hopefuls).

Here is a list of the 7 composites:

  • Verbal
  • Quantitative
  • Academic Aptitude
  • Situational Judgment
  • Pilot
  • Combat Systems Officer (CSO)
  • Air Battle Manager (ABM)

Note: Academic Aptitude & Situational Judgment composites do not have minimum required scores. 

Composite scores are derived from several combinations of AFOQT Subtests.

Situational Judgment: Comprised of the Situational Judgment Subtest. No minimum score required.

Quantitative: Comprised of the Arithmetic Reasoning & Math Knowledge Subtests. Minimum required score is 10.

Verbal: Comprised of the Verbal Analogies, Word Knowledge & Reading Comprehension Subtests. Minimum required score is 15.

Academic Aptitude: Comprised of the Verbal Analogies, Word Knowledge, Arithmetic Reasoning & Math Knowledge Subtests. No minimum score required.

Air Battle Manager (ABM): Comprised of the Verbal Analogies, Word Knowledge, Table Reading, Instrument Comprehension, Block Counting & Aviation Information Subtests. ABM hopefuls need a minimum score of 25. Not required for anyone else.

Combat Systems Officer (CSO): Comprised of the Verbal Analogies, Arithmetic Reasoning, Table Reading, Math Knowledge, Block Counting & Physical Science. CSO hopefuls need a minimum score of 25. Pilots need at least a 10.

Pilot: Comprised of the Instrument Comprehension, Table Reading, Aviation Information & Math Knowledge Subtests. Pilots need a minimum score of 25. Navigator hopefuls need to score a minimum of 10.

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