Where Do I Take the AFOQT Test?

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The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, or AFOQT, is an exam taken by individuals who want to join the AirForce. If you are interested in this opportunity, then taking and passing this exam is essential for your entry. Below we help you complete one of the first steps of the AFOQT Test: registration. Since it isn’t as popular as some other pre-professional tests like the LSAT and MCAT, the AFOQT can be a more difficult test to find an appropriate date and location for.

Where Do You Typically Take an AFOQT Test?

Where Do You Typically Take an AFOQT Test?

Where Do You Typically Take an AFOQT Test?

So you are probably wondering first and foremost: where do I take the AFOQT Test? Well, you will likely take the AFOQT at your nearest Military Entrance Processing (MEP) location. There are usually a couple of locations in each state that serve as AFOQT testing centers. If you contact your recruiter on the Air Force website then he or she will direct you to the nearest AFOQT testing location.

How Do You Register for the AFOQT?

How Do You Register for the AFOQT?

There are two ways one can sign up to take the AFOQT Test. The first way is to be enrolled in the Air Force’s ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps). The second way you can sign up is if you are not in ROTC but determined to be a “qualified” candidate by a recruiter. Below we dive into some of the details regarding both of these methods of registration.

Air Force ROTC Program:

If you are enrolled in this program, then taking the AFOQT Test is required. You would therefore not need to apply from an outside source since it is part of the training you are doing. The exam will be given your second year of Air Force ROTC and all students must sit for the exam whether you are on scholarship or not.

Not in Air Force ROTC:

If you are not in this section of ROTC or you are not in ROTC at all, then you have a different method to register for the AFOQT exam. On the Air Force website, you will find a form where you can enter some basic information about yourself. This is the first step to getting in touch with a recruiter who will then reach out to further assess your interest and knowledge. If he or she deems you a valid candidate for the AFOQT Test then they will assist you in developing a plan to take it. Remember that you don’t need to have been in an Air Force ROTC group to be allowed to or prepared to take the AFOQT Test.

How Do You Schedule Your AFOQT Test?

How Do You Schedule Your AFOQT Test?

How Do You Schedule Your AFOQT Test?

It is quite simple to schedule your AFOQT Test. However, due to the set schedule and the limited attempts of the AFOQT Test allowed, it is important to schedule your test wisely. The information below dives into the details of choosing your ideal test date with these factors in mind.

When should I take it?

If you are in the ROTC Air Force program, then you don’t have an option here since you are required to take it during your second year of training. However, if this is not the case for you and you are not in an Air Force ROTC group, then we suggest you schedule to take the AFOQT Test when you are prepared for it. Typically, this is after 6 weeks of regular studying.

The reason for this is unlike other standardized tests you may have taken, like the ACT and SAT, where you can take them unlimited times to perfect your score. Therefore, it is important to be intentional with each attempt you use up while taking the AFOQT test. The best way to do this is to wait to take it until you feel confident in your knowledge and endurance.

When can I take it?

The AFOQT test is offered several times each fall and spring. You can take it twice typically so we suggest that if you take it once and don’t score well, to take it again the next season rather than right away. To avoid this situation altogether, schedule your test at a time that you feel best prepared as we said above.

Another factor that comes into play is the lack of popularity this test has compared to those you have likely taken in the past or the pre-professional exams your peers are taking now. This test has a limited amount of attempts, a limited amount of interest (in comparison to the MCAT, for example), and therefore a limited amount of test dates offered. This makes taking the test not as convenient as what you may be used to due to the constricted AFOQT schedule.

Scheduling

If you are in the Air Force AFOQT segment then you will be automatically registered to take the test, so you don’t need to worry about that process. If you are not in this group, then getting in touch with a recruiter online is the best way to start the process of scheduling your AFOQT Test date. This is further explained in the above section: How Do You Register for the AFOQT?

How Long Does the AFOQT Test Last?

How Long Does the AFOQT Test Last?

How Long Does the AFOQT Test Last?

The test is 3.5 hours long. The AFOQT is broken up into 12 subsections that test your verbal skills and prior knowledge through hundreds of multiple-choice sections. Below each section is listed with the amount of time allowed to complete its number of questions. Since this is a timed test, it’s encouraged to practice questions beforehand so you can use this time to the best of your ability.

1. Arithmetic Reasoning

This section of the AFOQT is 25 multiple choice questions long and you are allowed 29 minutes to complete it.

2. Verbal Analogies

This section of the AFOQT is 25 multiple choice questions long and you are allowed 8 minutes to complete it.

3. Word Recognition

This section of the AFOQT is 25 multiple choice questions long and you are allowed 29 minutes to complete it.

4. Math Knowledge

This section of the AFOQT is 25 multiple choice questions long and you are allowed 22 minutes to complete it.

5. Instrument Comprehension

This section of the AFOQT is 20 multiple choice questions long and you are allowed 6minutes to complete it.

6. Block Counting

This section of the AFOQT is 20multiple choice questions long and you are allowed 3 minutes to complete it.

7. Table Reading

This section of the AFOQT is 40multiple choice questions long and you are allowed 7 minutes to complete it.

8. Aviation Information

This section of the AFOQT is 20 multiple choice questions long and you are allowed 28 minutes to complete it.

9. General Science

This section of the AFOQT is 20 multiple choice questions long and you are allowed 10minutes to complete it.

10. Rotated Blocks

This section of the AFOQT is 15 multiple choice questions long and you are allowed 13 minutes to complete it.

11. Hidden Figures

This section of the AFOQT is 15 multiple choice questions long and you are allowed 8minutes to complete it.

12. Self-Description Inventory

This section of the AFOQT is 220 multiple choice questions long and you are allowed 40 minutes to complete it.

What does this mean?

If you are looking into taking the AFOQT Test, then it is likely that you have taken the SAT or ACT in the past. These other exams were only 2-3 hours with breaks included. The AFOQT Test on the other hand is more comparable to the LSAT or MCAT that are pre-professional evaluations that last much longer. Therefore, preparing for the AFOQT in terms of time and concentration will be more necessary than ever before.

What Do You Need to Bring on the AFOQT Test?

What Do You Need to Bring on the AFOQT Test?

What Do You Need to Bring on the AFOQT Test?

You don’t need to bring anything to the AFOQT Test. This may come off as a luxury at first since you don’t need to stress about bringing anything on the day of the test. However, we encourage you to view this restriction more as a warning sign than a convenience. This is because many other tests allow you to bring additional materials for breaks; something that the AFOQT Test does not offer.

Different than other tests

Often during a standardized test that takes more than a couple hours have time set aside during it for participants to get a drink, eat a snack, go to the bathroom, etc. Tests that include time for this are the SAT and ACT. The purpose of this break is for test-takers to refresh and refocus their brains so they can perform their best on the remainder of the exam. Having to sit in place for hours is a demanding task in and of itself, however, is expected to answer questions as well as make it clear to why a break should be included.

Why is this the case?

So you are likely asking: why would the AFOQT also include time for a break? Well, this exam is testing your mental knowledge and perseverance. If your mind can focus for close to four hours without a break, the administrators can grasp your cognitive endurance as well. This is a unique yet informative aspect of the test. It is also something to keep in mind while studying since you should be prepared to test for such a long period.

There are a few things to be sure NOT to bring

Uncomfortable clothes (since you will be testing for such a long time) are not recommended and layers are encouraged since they will ensure your comfort despite the temperature of your testing environment. Furthermore, don’t bring electronics…which should go without saying yet if found, could void your score.

Wrapping Things Up: Where Do I Take the AFOQT Test?

Overall, signing up for the AFOQT Test is a simple process. For those in an Air Force ROTC group, it is an even easier process. Finding the best time and place to take your exam is the more difficult part and we hope that these tips gave you some insight to better understand your situation and the most logical steps to take in finding where to take your AFOQT Test.

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