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 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 is the best AFOQT preparatory resource on the market.


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 Website Review


  • 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.


  • 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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  1. Open the Baseops AFOQT page in a separate tab by clicking here: Baseops
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Military Flight Tests Website Review


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


  • 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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  1. Open the Military Flight Tests AFOQT page in a separate tab by clicking here: Military Flight Tests
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Sarah Dasher Website Review


  • 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.


  • 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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  1. Open the Sarah Dasher AFOQT page in a separate tab by clicking here: Sarah Dasher AFOQT Prep
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Test Prep HQ Website Review


  • 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!)


  • 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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  1. Open the Test Prep HQ AFOQT page in a separate tab by clicking here: Test Prep HQ
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Military Aptitude Tests Website Review


  • 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)


  • 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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  1. Open the Military Aptitude Tests AFOQT page in a separate tab by clicking here: Military Aptitude Tests
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  • 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.


  • 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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  • 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.


  • 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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  1. Open the AFOQT Guide page in a separate tab by clicking here: AFOQT Guide Homepage
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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.

-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)

-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.’

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).

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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Develop A Study Regimen That Works For You.

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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

Develop A Study Regimen That Works For You.

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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), 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 ( 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: 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:, 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.

Develop A Study Regimen That Works For You.

Have a look at this sample six week study schedule.

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.

Develop A Study Regimen That Works For You.

Have a look at this sample six week study schedule.