Success in Air Force ROTC takes dedication and willingness to put in the time and effort to earn good grades. A natural aptitude for science and math helps too. Those who have what it takes are rewarded with a free education and a career as a leader in the Air Force.
GENERAL MILITARY COURSE (GMC)
- All cadets must complete aerospace studies classes with a grade of C- or above and must pass all Leadership Laboratories.
- Cadets on scholarship must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and be enrolled as a full-time student.
During the Professional Officer Course (POC), you must meet the following academic standards:
- Must be enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university that offers Air Force ROTC classes or has a crosstown agreement
- For cadets in the POC not on scholarship—2.0 on 4.0 scale
- Cadets on scholarship—please check individual requirements for the scholarship you are interested in applying for.
- Receive no grade lower than a C- in any aerospace studies course.
- Pass all Leadership Labs with nothing less than a C-.
The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) is a standardized test that measures verbal and math aptitude (similar to the SAT and ACT) as well as additional aptitudes relevant to specific career fields (e.g., perceptual speed, spatial rotation, aviation knowledge). The test is used to select applicants for officer commissioning programs such as Officer Training School (OTS) or Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (Air Force ROTC). It is also used to qualify for Pilot, Combat Systems Officer (CSO) and Air Battle Manager (ABM) training and is a component of the Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) score. The AFOQT is a required test for all cadets and students on scholarship or in the Professional Officer Course (POC).
Important Things to Know:
- The AFOQT is taken your sophomore year in AFROTC program.
- The AFOQT can only be taken twice. (This is waiverable, but waivers are NOT guaranteed.) Examinees must wait 150 days between tests.
- Only AFOQT scores for Form T and future revisions are valid. Earlier test scores are no longer valid and may not be used for official purposes.
- The most recent AFOQT test score is the one that counts.
- Review official study materials. A complete list can be viewed here.
- Check out your local bookstore’s test review section for commercial AFOQT test preparation guides. Review the official Form T prep materials closely as some subtests have changed and commercial study guides may be based on previous versions of the test.
- Any ACT, SAT or GRE review material may be useful as you prepare for the Verbal and Quantitative (Math) sections.
Taking the Test
The AFOQT takes approximately five hours to complete. It contains 550 questions, divided into 12 subtests:
- Verbal Analogies
- Arithmetic Reasoning
- Word Knowledge
- Math Knowledge
- Reading Comprehension
- Situational Judgement
- Self-Description Inventory
- Physical Science
- Table Reading
- Instrument Comprehension
- Block Counting
- Aviation Information
You'll receive test results in these areas:
- Combat Systems Officer
- Air Battle Manager
- Quantitative (Math)
- Academic Aptitude
- Situational Judgement
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