Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) is a standardized test similar to the SAT and ACT. The AFOQT measures aptitudes and is used to select applicants for officer commissioning programs, such as Officer Training School (OTS) or Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC). It is also used for selection into specific training programs such as pilot and navigator training.
The AFOQT exam is composed of 516 multiple-choice questions. The exam lasts about five hours including breaks. Each subtest of the exam is timed, and the time limit for each subtest varies. The AFOQT is divided into 12 subtests, with results in the following areas: quantitative, verbal, academic aptitude, pilot, combat systems officer and air battle manager. The AFOQT’s subtests are:
- Self-Description Inventory (45 minutes, 240 questions) gauges the test-taker’s personality. Questions on this subtest are not graded.
- Verbal Analogies (8 minutes, 25 questions) is meant to evaluate the test-taker’s skills with English, and how words can be used to establish assertions or illustrate certain principles (such as time or comparisons).
- Arithmetic Reasoning (29 minutes, 25 questions) tests your ability to solve word problems. Test-takers will have to rely on their knowledge of geometry, proportions, ratios, mixtures, integers, percentages, and time-distance.
- Word Knowledge (5 minutes, 25 questions) will focus on the test taker’s capability to define and understand the words used within written language. Questions featured on the subtest will generally offer a word, then ask test-takers to find a synonymous word within the answer choices.
- Math Knowledge (22 minutes, 25 questions) centers on the basics of mathematics, including algebra, geometry, and arithmetic. To solve the questions contained on this subtest, test-takers must answer algebra-based word problems, as well as comprehend inequalities, algebraic expressions, equations systems, absolute values, and exponents.
- Reading Comprehension (24 minutes, 25 questions) measures your ability to read a passage and understand its meaning, including the implied meaning.
- Situational Judgment (35 minutes, 16 questions) measures your ability to respond to interpersonal issues and serve as a leader.
- Physical Science (10 minutes, 20 questions) tests your knowledge of high-school-level physical science concepts. You can expect to see questions relating to force relationships, physical laws, and simple machines.
- Aviation Information (8 minutes, 20 questions) concentrates on one’s comprehension of flight mechanics and aviation concepts. Test-takers must demonstrate their knowledge of rotary aircraft, the attributes of rudimentary aviation, aircraft with fixed wings, the security regulations enforced by modern US airports, and flight physics.
- Instrument Comprehension (5 minutes, 25 questions) deals with the test-taker’s comprehension of how to calculate where an airplane is in the sky through the use of altitude indicators and magnetic compasses.
- Table Reading (7 minutes, 40 questions) evaluates how well a test-taker can interpret a simple xx–yy-axis graph.
- Block Counting (5 minutes, 30 questions) addresses how well the test-taker understands the concept of spatial awareness. Questions under this category will present the test-taker with a group of blocks (rendered in 3D) and request that the test-taker count the number of blocks surrounding one individual block.
Test Eligibility Requirements
Anyone interested in sitting for the AFOQT must first reach out directly to a recruiter, who will look into the potential test-taker’s background to check for eligibility. Once the test taker is verified, they can work out a date for the exam with the recruiter. The test is free of charge, however the number of tests offered are limited two (three times with an approved waiver).
Use of AFOQT results
AFOQT scores do NOT refer to the raw number or percentage of test questions you answered correctly. The AFOQT consists of 12 subtests. Subtest scores are combined to generate composite scores used to help predict success in certain types of Air Force training programs.
Personal Identification Requirements
Proper identification (ID) is required at the time of admittance for your test. Please refer to the ID policy here: Pearson VUE ID Policy: 1S »
The first name and last name (and suffix if any) on your ID MUST match your name in the testing system. The testing center will not verify your middle name so it does not need to be added to your account. Please refer to the Pearson VUE ID Policy BEFORE emailing name change requests. Additionally, we cannot update your address. If your current address does not match your ID, it will not affect your ability to schedule or take the exam. The testing center will not verify your address.
If your Authorization to Test email contains a name different from the name on your government issued ID, please contact your recruiter prior to scheduling your test. Please send official documentation showing your legal name and your recruiter will update your name in the testing system.
If you require any reasonable accommodations for testing, please contact your Test Control Officer prior to scheduling.