AFOQT practice tests & exam information

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What is the AFOQT?

The AFOQT is the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test. The AFOQT is a standardized multiple-choice test designed to measure the abilities of individuals looking to become officers in the US Air Force. The test contains measures of verbal and mathematical abilities, as well as career-specific subtests such as instrument comprehension, aviation information and general science.

The AFOQT is used as a tool during several different processes, such as:

  • Air Force ROTC
  • Officer Training School
  • Pilot Qualification
  • Combat Systems Officer Qualification
  • Air Battle Manager Training
  • Part of the Pilot Candidate Selection Method

The AFOQT is for prospective officers, and is different from the Air Force entry exam, which is the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.

Who takes the AFOQT?

The AFOQT is a test for candidates who want to become Air Force officers. The US Air Force offers several paths to become an officer:

  • Attend Officer Training School (OTS) after earning your college degree.
  • Attend the US Air Force Academy.
  • Join the Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) while in college.
  • Enlist in the Air Force and work toward becoming an officer.

Candidates take the AFOQT before qualifying for Officer Training School. Students enrolled in the AFROTC in college will take the AFOQT during their sophomore year.

Note that those who seek to enter the Air Force as legal, medical, or ministry officers do not need to take the AFOQT; rather, they are required to hold an eligible license in their profession as part of their qualification for officer training.

AFOQT practice tests

Get started on your test preparation with an AFOQT practice test. Practice tests can help you assess your level of understanding for each of the 12 subtests you will encounter on test day. Study.com's professionally-designed AFOQT practice tests mirror the style, structure and subject areas of the official test. Our results report will show you your areas of strength and weakness, allowing you to effectively create a study plan and review material. For each question you get incorrect, we'll provide answer explanations and related study guide lessons to fill in those knowledge gaps. Reinforce concepts and track your progress by taking many practice tests throughout your preparation. Ace your exams with Study.com's full suite of AFOQT prep resources!

What is on the AFOQT?

The AFOQT is designed to test a candidate's aptitude in the basic knowledge sets necessary to be a successful officer in the US Air Force. The test consists of 550 total questions, and candidates have five hours to take the test. There are 12 subtests.

AFOQT sections include:

  • Verbal Analogies
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Word Knowledge
  • Math Knowledge
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Situational Judgment
  • Self-Description Inventory
  • Physical Science
  • Table Reading
  • Instrument Comprehension
  • Block Counting
  • Aviation Information

AFOQT Sections

The AFOQT is a 550-question test. There are five hours allotted for the test, which includes two pretests, introductory material at the beginning of each section and two brief breaks. The following table contains details about each AFOQT section.

Section Multiple-Choice Questions Time Allotted to Answer Questions Topics Covered
Verbal Analogies 25 8 minutes Ability to identify relationships between words
Arithmetic Reasoning 25 29 minutes Problem-solving using arithmetic
Word Knowledge 25 5 minutes Vocabulary and word meanings
Math Knowledge 25 22 minutes Mathematic terms and principles
Reading Comprehension 25 38 minutes Ability to comprehend written material
Situation Judgment Test 50 35 minutes Response to interpersonal situations
Self-Description Inventory 240 45 minutes Personal style and attitudes
Physical Science 20 10 minutes General science knowledge
Table Reading 40 7 minutes Speed and accuracy at reading tables
Instrument Comprehension 25 5 minutes Ability to determine the position of an airplane in flight using instruments
Block Counting 30 4.5 minutes Ability to analyze a three-dimensional block pile
Aviation Information 20 8 minutes Knowledge of aviation

AFOQT scores

Once you've taken your AFOQT, you'll want to know about your AFOQT scores. The AFOQT has 12 subtests. Each subtest is scored, and the results are combined into composite scores to provide an evaluation of your aptitude in specific skill categories. Candidates receive composite scores in seven categories. Each composite score is a percentile from 0 to 99, reflecting how many candidates scored higher and lower than the test taker.

AFOQT scores explained

The results of the 12 subtests are used to determine a candidate's aptitude in several different areas. Following is a chart giving the composite scores and the subtests used to determine each composite score.

Composite Score Subtests included in this score
Pilot
  • Math Knowledge
  • Table Reading
  • Instrument Comprehension
  • Aviation Information
Combat Systems Officer (CSO)
  • Word Knowledge
  • Math Knowledge
  • Table Reading
  • Block Counting
Air Battle Manager (ABM)
  • Verbal Analogies
  • Math Knowledge
  • Table Reading
  • Instrument Comprehension
  • Block Counting
  • Aviation Information
Academic Aptitude
  • Verbal Analogies
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Word Knowledge
  • Math Knowledge
  • Reading Comprehension
Verbal
  • Verbal Analogies
  • Word Knowledge
  • Reading Comprehension
Quantitative
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Math Knowledge
Situational Judgment
  • Situational Judgment

What is the minimum passing score for the AFOQT?

The AFOQT is used for different purposes, and score requirements can vary for different Air Force roles. All Air Force officers are expected to score a minimum of 10 on their Quantitative Composite and 15 on their Verbal Composite. For the other composite areas, AFOQT minimum scores vary based on the position for which candidates are applying. Note that there is often a competitive factor to entry requirements, and an individual's scores may be compared to those of other candidates.

How long does it take to get AFOQT scores?

AFOQT scores are available to the test taker 8-10 days after the test. Candidates can check their AFOQT scores on the Air Force Personnel Center website or call the Air Force Personnel Center for more information.

How long are AFOQT scores valid?

There is no expiration for AFOQT scores.

How to prepare for the AFOQT

Since you only get two chances to take the exam, it is critical that you carefully consider how to study for the AFOQT. Consider these steps as you begin your AFOQT preparation:

Learn what is on your state's exam

Know the exam format. There are 12 subtests with 550 multiple-choice questions, and you will have almost five hours to complete the exam. Review the instructions for each subtest so that when you take the exam, you will be ready to answer the questions efficiently. While all the questions are multiple-choice, several subtests include various types of diagrams and graphics you will need to interpret.

Take an AFOQT practice test to determine your areas of strength and weakness. Working through the test with the same time limit and instructions as the actual exam will help you understand what you need to do to prepare for the real exam.

Select quality study resources. Make sure to choose a comprehensive AFOQT study guide, and use it to systematically review relevant material. Practice answering questions written in the same format that is used on the test.

Make a study plan and stick to it. Consider how much time you have before your exam. Decide what days and times you will study and assign a study topic to each study session.

Use study aids. Find what fits your learning style and schedule. Try out flashcards, mnemonics, and visual aids to help you remember key information.

Consider SAT and ACT preparation material for additional support. Since the verbal and quantitative portions of the AFOQT are similar in format and content to the SAT and ACT, preparation materials for these test suites can be greatly helpful for additional AFOQT support.

AFOQT test day preparation

When your AFOQT test day arrives, you will want to be as prepared as possible. These tips should help you with your important exam day.

  • Rest before the exam. Don't cram. If you've followed a rigorous study schedule, you should be well-prepared. The night before the test, take a break from study material. Do something relaxing, then go to bed early so you can be alert and think clearly during your exam.
  • Locate your testing center before the day of your exam. This way, on test day you are driving to a familiar location.
  • Leave personal items at home. For the AFOQT, you are not permitted to bring any personal items, electronics, calculators, food, or drink. Pencils and paper will be provided.
  • Arrive early. Give yourself time to park, enter the building, and prepare for the exam.
  • Follow testing rules. There are strict expectations for behavior during the AFOQT, such as putting your pencil down to stop work when instructed.
  • Be aware of the test's time frame. Each subtest has a time limit. Pace yourself as you work through the questions. Remember, you will not be penalized for wrong answers, so if you don't know the answer, make your best guess. You will get two short breaks during the exam. The exam schedule is:
    • Part A: Pretest, Verbal Analogies, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Math Knowledge, Reading Comprehension
    • 10-minute break
    • Situational Judgment Test, Self-Description Inventory, Demographic Information
    • 15-minute break
    • Part B: Pretest, Physical Science, Table Reading, Instrument Comprehension, Block Counting, Aviation Information

How to register for the AFOQT

AFOQT registration can take two different paths:

  • If candidates are enrolled in an Air Force ROTC program, they will take the AFOQT during their sophomore year. Candidates will receive relevant registration information directly from their ROTC program.
  • If candidates are not involved in the ROTC, they must get in touch with an Air Force recruiter to schedule an AFOQT exam. A recruiter will be able to provide the necessary registration information and may complete the registration for the candidate. Recruiters can be located using the Air Force website.

Where can candidates take the AFOQT?

The AFOQT is offered at US Air Force bases, ROTC detachments and other authorized locations. Before scheduling the AFOQT, candidates must be in touch with either their ROTC program or a US Air Force recruiter who can provide them with more information.

When should candidates take the AFOQT?

AFOQT testing dates are generally available in the fall and spring on numerous dates. Authorized testing locations determine and announce their test dates. Be aware that ROTC test centers may give priority to candidates who are part of their ROTC program. If candidates have taken the AFOQT once, they must wait 150 days before retesting.

How much does the AFOQT cost?

Candidates are not charged for taking the AFOQT. However, there may be secondary costs that for candidates related to exam preparation, such as enrolling in a test prep course or the purchase of study materials.

What accommodations are available for the AFOQT?

Accommodations are not offered for the AFOQT. Candidates are permitted to take the exam a second time after 150 days. Occasionally, a candidate is permitted a third try but must apply for a waiver. One of the following requirements must be met for candidates to be eligible for a third try on the AFOQT:

  • Completion of a college class on material applicable to the AFOQT
  • Obtained enhanced skills that are tested on the AFOQT
  • Logged applicable flight practice

AFOQT FAQs

Can you take the AFOQT online?

Candidates cannot take the AFOQT online. The AFOQT is a paper-and-pencil test that is offered at approved testing centers, such as US military bases and ROTC detachments housed in participating colleges or universities.

How many times can you take the AFOQT?

Each candidate is only permitted to take the AFOQT twice. Candidates must wait 150 days between tests. Occasionally, a candidate is permitted a third try on the AFOQT if they demonstrate an increase in applicable skills and apply for a waiver.

Be aware that if you retake the test, your most recent score is the score that will be counted, whether or not it is your highest score.

How hard is the AFOQT?

The AFOQT is a rigorous test designed to determine if an individual is ready to train as an Air Force officer. With 550 questions on 12 different topics to answer in five hours, the test can be considered difficult. Candidates will benefit from careful, intentional preparation for this important exam.

Is the AFOQT harder than the ASVAB?

The AFOQT is a test for those who wish to become Air Force officers. The ASVAB, or Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery, is used for those who wish to enlist in the Air Force. The ASVAB covers four topics: arithmetic reasoning, work knowledge, paragraph comprehension, and mathematics knowledge. The AFOQT is a more specialized test requiring advanced knowledge, which may make it seem more difficult than the ASVAB.

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