Academic Standards

Proving Yourself Begins In The Classroom

As an officer in the U.S. Air Force or Space Force, others will look to you for your leadership and expertise. That begins in college and Air Force ROTC, where you’ll take the necessary courses and learn what it takes to become an officer.


The General Military Course (GMC) comprises the first two years of Air Force ROTC program. All cadets must successfully complete classes in aerospace studies and pass all Leadership Laboratories that are part of AFROTC curriculum.

Professional Officer Course (POC)

Cadets compete for an allocation in the Professional Officer Course (POC) during the second year of the GMC. During the POC, cadets must be enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university that offers AFROTC classes or has a crosstown agreement.


  1. Cadets on scholarship must maintain a 2.5 grade point average, and cadets not on scholarship must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
  2. All cadets must be enrolled full time as a student at a college that offers AFROTC classes or has a crosstown agreement with one.

Air Force Officer Qualification Test

The Air Force Officer Qualification Test (AFOQT) is a standardized test that measures verbal and mathematical aptitude (similar to the SAT and ACT) as well as additional aptitudes relevant to specific career fields. The test is used to select applicants for Air Force ROTC as well as Officer Training School (OTS). It is also used to qualify for Pilot, Combat Systems Officer and Air Battle Manager training and is a component of the Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) score.

The AFOQT is a required test for all cadets on scholarship or in the POC.

Important Things To Know:

  • All cadets must take the AFOQT NLT 31 December of their AS200/250 (Sophomore) year.
  • All cadets must pass the AFOQT NLT the end of their AS300 (Junior) year.
  • Cadets will have up to three opportunities to pass the verbal and quantitative sections.
  • Cadets may retest no earlier than 90 days after the previous attempt.
  • Superscoring will be used across all composites. For superscoring, an applicant’s best composite score on any test attempt will be used as the score of record.

Taking The Test

The AFOQT takes approximately five hours to complete and contains 550 questions divided into 12 subtests:

  1. Verbal Analogies
  2. Arithmetic Reasoning
  3. Word Knowledge
  4. Math Knowledge
  5. Reading Comprehension
  6. Situational Judgment
  7. Self-description Inventory
  8. Physical Science
  9. Table Reading
  10. Instrument Comprehension
  11. Block Counting
  12. Aviation Information


  1. Review official study materials.
  2. Shop online or your local bookstore 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.
  3. Any ACT, SAT or GRE review material may be useful as you prepare for the verbal and quantitative (math) sections.


You’ll receive test results in these areas:

  1. Pilot
  2. Combat Systems Officer
  3. Air Battle Manager
  4. Verbal
  5. Quantitative (Math)
  6. Academic Aptitude

Learn About The Fitness Requirements

Fitness Requirements