Can You Get a High Score on This Air Force Officer Exam?



By: Todd Betzold

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About This Quiz

We pride ourselves on having the strongest military in the world. That's because we only take the best of the best, which is why these exams are in place. The Air Force aims high on a daily basis, but that's because they have personnel in place who are out of this world.

So, you think you can be a part of that team? We have put together this quiz for you, as you get to test your knowledge and see if you have what it takes to become an officer in the Air Force, and these exams are no joke!

The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) is a multiple choice test, which may get you thinking it is going to be easy. Not so fast, as it contains 12 subtests and has a total of 470 questions, which you must finish in a total time of 213 minutes! Not only will this quiz help prepare you if you ever go on to truly take the AFOQT, but it will show you how important these officers are.

Time to sharpen your math knowledge and learn how to use instruments for the Air Force. Can you make it to the end with a perfect score? Time will tell, but good luck!

Flight is closest in meaning to which word?

Flight means the action of flying through the air. For journey, it is the act of traveling from one place to another, like on a flight, which is why they have the same meaning.


The visibility of a Visual Approach Slope Indicator at night should be approximately how far away?

The Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI) is a system of lights used to provide guidance when approaching a runway. They are visible 3 to 5 miles during the day and up to 20 miles at night.


What word would be similar to the meaning of cockpit?

The cockpit is where the pilot sits during a flight. The cockpit is also known as the control cabin for the airplane, which is why the cabin would be the most similar.


When would trimming be necessary?

Trimming is the adjustment of the trim tabs, which are the small flaps that extend from the trailing edges of the elevators, rudder and ailerons. It normally occurs after the pilot has achieved the desired pitch, power, attitude and configuration.


Plane is to fly as car is to what?

In a plane, you would fly. In a car, you would drive, so they have the same meanings.


What does AGL stand for in aviation?

AGL stands for the height above ground level. This means the height measured with respect to the underlying ground surface.


When a minus value is indicated on the aircraft ammeter, what does that mean?

An ammeter is a device that measures electric current flowing through a wire or circuit. If it's indicating a minus value, the generator or alternator output is inadequate.


Which word below is closest in meaning to BLUNDER?

A blunder is a stupid or careless mistake, which is the same as making an error.


What does the cowling do?

The cowling of an engine is used to streamline the airflow outside the aircraft. It also helps the airflow on the inside, which helps improve the cooling.


A man buys a shirt for $10.50 and a hat for $7.25. With a 6% sales tax added in, what is the total of his purchase?

The total of the shirt and hat is $17.75, so you multiply that by the 6% sales tax, which equals $1.07. You would add that into the $17.75, so the total purchase would be $18.82.


The relative wind direction and the airfoil chord form an angle. What is this angle called?

The angle of attack is the angle between the oncoming air or relative wind and some reference line on the airplane or wing.


What is speed that is greater than that of sound called?

Supersonic speed is speed that is greater than the speed of sound. The speed of sound is approximately 761 miles per hour.


Of the following, which is not a common descriptor for runway conditions?

You can have a dry runway, contaminated runway or water patches on the runway. However, wet patches is not used to describe the runway.


Under normal VFR conditions, the cockpit instruments should take up how much of a pilot's attention?

VFR stands for Visual Flight Rules and IFR stands for Instrument Flight Rules. Weather conditions factor into which set of rules the pilot will follow.


What term means the movement around the plane's longitudinal axis?

Motion around the longitudinal axis is called roll. The movement around the lateral axis is called pitch, and movement around the vertical axis is called yaw.


What is the volume of a container that is 30 feet long, 18 feet wide and 8 feet high?

The volume of the container is calculated by multiplying the length, width and height. So, it would by 30 x 18 x 8, which would give you the 4,320 cubic feet for the volume.


Hot is to cold as night is to what?

Cold is the opposite of hot. Day is the opposite of night, so they have the same meaning.


What does the word cease mean?

Cease means to bring or come to an end. That would mean stop makes the most sense, as pause would just stop it temporarily and not bring it to an end.


What does a flashing red light signal from the tower mean for an aircraft approaching to land?

When there is a flashing red light it means there is danger. For the pilot, it means the airport is unsafe and they should not land.


Which of the following is not a secondary flight control?

The secondary flight controls consist of the flaps, trimming devices, spoilers, slats, slots and speed brakes. The primary flight controls consist of ailerons, elevators and rudder.


If 4x + 50 = 78, what is the value of x?

You would need to multiply "x" by 4 and then add it to 50 to get a total of 78. That means "x" would have to be 7, as 7 times 4 equals 28 and add that to 50 to get 78.


What is a measurement for mass in the International System of Units?

The kilogram is a unit of mass. For the others, the kilometer is a unit of measurement, the henry is a unit of electrical inductance and an ampere is the amount of electrical current running through an electrical component.


Which of the following statements is false about what a triangle can have?

The sum of the angles of a triangle is 180 degrees. Because of that, you can't have 2 right angles (90 degree angles) because that would leave you with no degrees left for the third angle.


What must happen for a lunar eclipse to take place?

A lunar eclipse is when the moon passes directly behind Earth. This can only happen when the sun, Earth and moon are aligned and Earth is between the other two.


A glider would most likely have what?

A glider would most likely have a straight wing. A straight wing is not swept.


Which of the following is not one of the four basic flight maneuvers?

The four basic flight maneuvers are straight-and-level flight, turns, climbs and descents. That means ascension is not one of those four.


Country is to music as baseball is to what?

Country is a type of music. Baseball is a type of sport, so both statements have a similar meaning.


A farmer has 120 eggs that were to be collected by Friday, but it's now Monday and 30% of the eggs have gone bad. How many eggs are still good?

If 30% of the eggs have gone bad, you would multiply the 120 eggs by 30%, which gives you 36 eggs. Subtract that from the total eggs, as 120 minus 36 and you have 84 eggs still good.


At night, airport taxiways are identified by omni-directional edge lights that are what color?

The omnidirectional taxiway lights that outline the edges of the taxiway are blue in color. These edge lights may have variable intensity settings and they may be adjusted by an air traffic controller when deemed necessary.


What is the transponder code that indicates an in-flight emergency?

7700 means an in-flight emergency. 7600 is for loss of communication (radio failure) and 7500 for hijacking or other unlawful interference.


Odd is to unusual as amusing is to what?

Odd is a synonym of unusual. Amusing is a synonym of humorous, so both pairings have the same meaning.


Which of the following is not a type of airport turn?

Airplane turns are generally categorized into three types: shallow, medium and steep. Shallow is an angle less than 20 degrees, medium is between 20 and 45 degrees and steep is anything above 45 degrees.


Which word below is closest in meaning to MEDIATOR?

A mediator is someone that tries to make people involved in a problem come to an agreement. So, they are trying to be a peacemaker, which is why that is correct.


If a student spent 3 hours studying, 1 hour doing laundry and 2 hours watching a movie, then what percentage of time was spent watching the movie?

To figure this out, you would add all the time spent doing things, so 3 + 2 + 1, which equals 6 hours total. Then divide the time spent watching a movie by the total time, so 2 divided by 6, which gives you 33% of the time spent watching the movie.


What does PFCS stand for?

PFCS stands for primary flight control system. These controls are required to safely control an aircraft during flight and consist of ailerons, elevators and rudder.


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