The average scores for applicants selected were:
-- Grade point average is 3.22.
-- AFOQT score in the pilot area is 69.18.
-- AFOQT score in the navigator area is 70.14.
-- AFOQT score in the academic-aptitude area is 63.84.
-- AFOQT score in the verbal area is 63.04.
-- AFOQT score in the quantitative area is 61.42.
AFOQT - Basic Information Welcome to the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, or AFOQT, information page. For those of you who do not have a clue about this test or how it is structured, you have come to the right place!
The AFOQT is a standardized test, similar to the SAT or any other standardized test. The main difference from other tests you've likely taken is that the AFOQT has many additional (and specialized) sections beyond Verbal and Quantitative. The test takes about three and a half hours to complete. This sounds like a very long time but, trust me, this will go by faster than you think. It is broken up into 12 different sections -- the longest section is 40 minutes and many are quite short. It may be long and difficult, but the test is not impossible.
You will receive five different AFOQT scores, called composite scores. The five composite scores are the Pilot, Navigator, Academic Aptitude, Verbal, and Quantitative scores. Each score is actually a percentile score - for example, an 80 means you scored higher than 80% of the individuals in the normative reference group.
You can take the AFOQT twice as long as there's at least a 180-day interval between tests. You can get a waiver to take the test a third time but you generally have to have completed additional education or training to get the waiver approved. AFOQT scores never expire, and if you take the test more than once it's the most RECENT test score that matters. For more information, check out our FAQs on the left of the page or some of the links! AFOQT graphic
AFOQT Preparation Tips The test can be cracked. You don't have to be a genius. It's a standardized test which means you have to think like the test makers, know the rules, and exploit the questions. As a pilot, you'll find these skills come into play all the time. The ability to clearly see a problem, use your resources, and come up with a solution are essential to commanding an aircraft and crew/formation. Treat this test like it's one of those challenges. Unlike the SAT or similar tests, there aren't a whole lot of resources available for the AFOQT. Although the verbal/math sections are similar to other tests, you will definitely need to learn some new tricks and strategies if you want a pilot slot. The key thing to remember about the AFOQT is...you can prepare for it! We'll do our best to show you the way.
1. Review Basic Information. Familiarize yourself with the test structure and content, etc. You've come to the right place! 2. Take a Short Practice Test. Check out the official pamphlet which contains sample questions for each test section, or check out the links section for other practice tests. This will just show you the mechanics of the test and help with the monkey skill memorization on how to attack each question. Remember that this sample test is a very simplified version of the actual test, but it will help identify weak areas. 3. Review/Practice Strategy for Each Question Type. On this page we have Flash tutorials for the Instrument Comprehension section and written info on the Instrument Comprehension and Block Counting sections- more coming soon! For other question types, check out our suggested study resources below. 4. Purchase an AFOQT Study Guide(s) and PRACTICE. Practice with as many full-length tests as possible. When you take practice tests, try to take them under AFOQT conditions - no extended breaks, follow the timing, and don't write on the practice test (use scratch paper). (Note that some of the books may pre-date the 'new' format, so be sure to discard sections from your practice tests that are no longer on the test). Because there are only a finite number of AFOQT practice tests available, you may need to use some questions from other standardized test books for section-specific practice. Books from ARCO and Barron's are both valuable. 5. Relax on the night before test day!
GENERAL AFOQT TIPS 1. Guess freely! You are not penalized for wrong answers - so no matter what you do, make sure you fill in answers for all the questions in every section. Check out our guessing strategy below. 2. Focus your preparation. Focus on your weak areas and on the sections that matter for your priority composite score. Check out the table below to see which test sections apply to which composite scores, and the formula that shows the weighting of each sub-test score for each composite. Note that some of the test sections aren't counted in any composite! 3. Pick a strategy for tightly timed sections. Some of the sections (such as instrument comprehension) have a high number of questions in a short amount of time. You can try a strategy where you allocate your time on only say 15 of the questions to improve accuracy and then guess on the rest. OR you can attempt to answer all of the questions, which leaves you with less time for each one. We think with our tutorial you'll find all you need to slaughter the instrument comprehension problems. But if not - consider this timing strategy. 4. For more specific study/practice ideas for each section, scroll down to the first table below! Air Force pilot and navigator badges
So You Want to be a Pilot? Get in Line (and Read This)! If you want to compete, you have to have great test scores. In fact, you must score a minimum of 25 on the Pilot portion and 10 on the Navigator portion, but the composite must be more than 50. It is highly recommended to be competitive that you achieve scores in the 70 or higher range.