Air Force Officer Qualifying Test
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What does the AFOQT test measure and how many parts does it consist of?
Answer: The AFOQT measures aptitudes used to select candidates for officer commissioning programs and specific commissioned officer training programs. The test consists of 16 subtests. Subtest scores are combined to generate one or more of the five composite scores used to help predict success in certain types of Air Force training programs.
2. How are scores broken down?
Answer: The scores are reported in five composite areas. Pilot, Navigator, Academic Aptitude, Verbal, and Quantitative. These are the only reported scores. We
(DPPPWE) do not combine or total the five composite areas together. Each of the five areas has a percentile score independent of each other.
3. How long does it take to score once the test are received by AFPC/DPPPWE?
Answer: On a normal basis, we will score AFOQTs once a week. In unique circumstances (higher headquarters, "hot" issues, board date deadline) we may score more than once. Please keep in mind that most of the delay in getting AFOQT scores is the mail time from the test location and timeliness of mailing the test 1 duty day after administration.
4. How does someone get a copy of their scores?
Answer: If an individual tests at an active duty, guard, or reserve base, they will receive a RIP via AUTODIN to the MPF that tested the individual. If they test at a MEPs
station, the scores are loaded into a system called PROMIS which is a recruiting support system accessed by Air Force recruiters in the field. If they test at an ROTC detachment, we send out file copies to HQ AFROTC a few days after each scoring run. If individuals never received a copy of their scores, they can get or generate a hard copy in one of two ways:
A. Once they get the scores from the AFPC Call Center or from AFPC/DPPPWE over the phone, they can generate their own source document locally with the information given to them by the Call Center or DPPPWE with the following information on the memorandum:
Date of Test
Name and office symbol of AFPC representative
B. The individual can send us a written request for the scores as long as we have the Name, SSAN, and date of test. Requests for scores should be addressed to the following address:
550 C Street West, Suite 10
Randolph AFB TX 78150-4712
5. Are my AFOQT scores good scores?
Answer: That depends on the accession source that the member is applying for. For Example: ROTC may require only a percentile score of Quantitative - 10 and
Verbal - 15. OTS may require Academic - 50, Verbal - 40, or Quantitative - 35. It all depends on the commission source they are applying to. The score range possible is 01 - 99 for each of the five areas. That means the highest scores achievable on each area is 99 and the lowest is 01. We suggest the individual contact the commission source they are applying for to determine what scores are needed to be considered.
6. We all know that scores go up before a board and it's who may have the highest scores vs pass or fail?
Answer: This is an area that we are not the OPR for and suggest the customer contact either their recruiter or recruiting service for more information on the board process function. For active duty boards, Mr Peterson, Special Flying Programs, ext 5136 is the POC. For OTS boards, Ms Scranton, AFRS, ext 4853 is the POC.
7. What is the passing percentile for each category?
Answer: We (AFPC/DPPPWE) do not have a pass or fail score. Obviously, the better you score, the better your chances are. As mentioned earlier, each commission source determines what scores are needed to be selected or considered for their programs.
8. Some people have called asking about making 100 or better combining their scores. Is this true?
Answer: Again, we are not the commissioning source. But, it is possible that some sources do add certain categories together to meet there own internal requirements. We do not govern how the commission sources use the scores. Each has their own regulations and AFIs on their programs. We (AFPC/DPPPWE) simply score the test and provide results.
9. What happens when it's crunch time and the board is right around the corner?
Answer: We do our best to score the AFOQT tests as soon as possible with our absolute minimum being once a week. We do however make exceptions in unique situations to try and accommodate the board process. We do want to stress that we will make every effort to get the results to the board. However, crunch time can be alleviated by planning well in advance of board deadlines.
10. Do applicants go through the board without scores?
Answer: No. Per telecon with Mr. Peterson, Special Flying Programs, ext 5136, personnel meeting active duty pilot boards must have an AFOQT score on file. Other sources may have different rules so they would need to check with the commission source.
11. Do the testing folks provide the scores to the board when they are not in our database?
Answer: Yes, we will work with the boards to provide them any scores they do not have.
12. How long does it take from the MPF and back to get scores?
Answer: Well, the AFI says to allow 4-6 weeks but in actuality it's much less. It depends on the MPF, ROTC Detachment or whomever administers the test. If they administer the test today, they are required to mail it within 1 duty day and it will usually take 7-10 days to get to us. Once we get it, depending on the day of the week and if we just ran a scoring run, it can average about 2 weeks from the time the test is taken to the time they are loaded in the database. However, we routinely continue to find that test locations are not always mailing the test 1 duty day after the test which causes unnecessary delays that should not occur.
13. How do you compute a BAT or PCSM score?
Answer: AETC/PCSM Program Manager, DSN 487-4529, computes the scores using a complex algorithm combining AFOQT Pilot scores with flying hours to come up with a model score used to predict success in flying training programs.
14. How many times can I take the AFOQT?
Answer: An individual can take the test twice. Waivers to this can be approved at either the MAJCOM or AFPC level. If you inquire on a score and you see blanks in the area where the scores should be, it's mostly likely the result of an invalidation due to not having a waiver to test a 3rd or 4th time. Please refer anyone that has blank scores to our office for clarification and resolution.