The Definitive Guide to the AFOQT Certification

10 Things You Need to Know to ACE the AFOQT (2019)

The AFOQT exam is used to determine who would be best suited to become an officer in the USAF. If you’re ready to advance your career in the USAF, you’ll need to ace the AFOQT. Before you get started studying for the exam, here are a few things that you need to know to help you ace the AFOQT exam.

1. Know the Exam

You’ve studied each section and all of the terminology of the exam. Now it’s time to learn more about the actual exam itself. Digging deeper and actually getting to know the format and content of the AFOQT exam can give you a head start.

Here’s what you need to know about the AFOQT exam:

• There are 12 subtests of the AFOQT exam.
• The AFOQT exam consists of 550 questions, each with 4 or 5 possible answer options with only one correct answer.
• You will have 3.5 hours to complete the exam.

AFOQT Secrets Study Guide
AFOQT Secrets Study Guide

2. AFOQT Study Guide

Study guides are going to be one of the most valuable study resources to help you ace the AFOQT exam. Using a study guide for AFOQT prep will help you to understand the details about the exam and will help you to brush up on key concepts, content, and structure of the exam.

3. Learn to Manage Your Time

What many test-takers may not know, is that on the AFOQT it is very important that you learn to manage your time while taking the exam. You’re given 3.5 hours to answer 550 questions. That means that many of the sections on the AFOQT gives you less than one minute to answer each question. When preparing to take the AFOQT exam, time yourself in each section so that you can learn how to manage your time efficiently.

4. It’s Okay to Guess

If you’re not completely sure about which answer is correct, it’s okay to guess. On the AFOQT, guessing an answer and getting it wrong is worth the same as a blank answer. So you might as well take a guess instead of leaving the answer blank. You’re scored on the number of correct answers you have and are not penalized for any incorrect answers.

5. AFOQT Flashcards

Using flashcards to prepare for the AFOQT exam will help you to understand more details about the concepts and terminology of the exam. Flashcards also help you to remember information for a longer period of time and helps to eliminate the need for cramming for the exam.

6. Study the Subtests

The AFOQT exam contains 12 subtests. This means that there is going to be a lot of information that you’re going to need to remember. Focus on areas that you feel less confident in. For instance, if you feel more confident in the Verbal Analogies subtest but not in the Math Knowledge subtest, spend more time on the Math Knowledge subtest than you would on Verbal Analogies.

7. Study in Sections

The AFOQT is a big test with a lot of information to remember. Instead of sitting down for long hours every day, try to study in two or three-hour sections with one or two subtests each day. This will help you to maximize your attention to the material and your mind won’t be exhausted.

8. AFOQT Practice Test

You need to make sure that you understand the concepts of the exam as well as figuring out which areas you need more work in. Taking a practice test can help you with just that. Not only will you learn which areas you need to work more on, but you can get a feel as to what the actual exam is going to be like. If you’re ready to take a practice test, check out our AFOQT Practice Test.

Find full-length practice tests and other online study resources by signing up for the Mometrix AFOQT Online Prep Course.

9. Answer Every Question

While it’s okay to guess when you don’t know the answer to a question, it’s not okay to leave the question blank. Not answering a question will count against your score while having a wrong answer will not.

AFOQT Study Guide 2018-2019
AFOQT Study Guide 2018-2019

10. There Is More Than One “Good” Test Score

A “good” test score on the AFOQT depends on what your goals are and what you’re wanting to do. If you want to become a pilot, your minimum score might be higher than other sections.

AFOQT Scores

The 12 test sections on the AFOQT exam create 5 scores to create a composite score. You’ll be given a number ranging from 1 to 99 for each section. This composite score will appear as a percentile which refers to the percentage of candidates who scored as well or lower than you.

Every individual that takes the AFOQT exam must score a minimum of 15 in the Verbal section and a 10 in the Quantitative section. These two scores will depend if you can become an officer in the Air Force.

Scores that qualify as “good AFOQT scores” vary depending on which career area you want to go in.

• Pilot: To become a pilot, you will need a minimum score of 25. This score is comprised of the Instrument Comprehension, Table Reading, Aviation Information, and Mathematical Knowledge sections. If you want to become a Navigator, you will need to score a minimum of 10 in these sections.

• Academic: This section is comprised of Verbal Analogies, Word Knowledge, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Math Knowledge sections. There is no minimum score required for this section.

• Verbal: The Verbal Section is comprised of Verbal Analogies, Word Knowledge, and Reading Comprehension sections. The minimum score to receive is 15.

• Quantitative: This section is comprised of Arithmetic Reasoning and Math Knowledge sections. The minimum score for this section is 10.

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What is the AFOQT?

The AFOQT exam is a required test for anyone who wants to become an entry-level officer in the US Air Force.

What does the AFOQT measure?

The AFOQT exam measures the aptitude and overall potential for those who want to become an officer in the Air Force.

How many questions are on the AFOQT exam?

There are 550 questions on the AFOQT exam. Each question has 4 or 5 possible answer choices.

How long does it take to complete the AFOQT exam?

You are given 3.5 hours to complete the exam.

How many times can you take the AFOQT exam?

You are allowed to take the AFOQT exam only twice. You must wait 180 days, or 6 months between taking the exam.

How long are the AFOQT scores good for?

Your AFOQT score does not expire.

Are you allowed to use a calculator on the AFOQT exam?

You are not allowed to use a calculator on the AFOQT exam.

What is the AFOQT minimum score for passing?

All test-takers that take the AFOQT exam must have a minimum score of 15 in the Verbal section and a 10 in the Quantitative section. For those who want to become a pilot, they must have a minimum score of 25 in pilot, 10 in navigator, and have a combined score of 50 for pilot-navigator.

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