As with any test, you want to be in tiptop shape the day of your military flight aptitude test. Ready yourself for flight aptitude test day by heeding the following exam-day tips:

  • Arrive well rested. If you’re tired, worn out, hung over, or otherwise not at your very best physical and mental condition when you take the military flight aptitude test, chances are your score will suffer for it. Get plenty of sleep the night before you take the test, and avoid using alcohol or an excessive amount of caffeine.

  • Dress in layers. Your testing room may not be the most comfortable place — it may be freezing cold, miserably hot, or somewhere in between. You won’t know until you get there. Dress in layers that you can easily remove or add as the test environment changes. Specifically, bring a sweater or light jacket with you. If you end up not needing it, great; if you find yourself cold, having the extra layer available will be a huge relief.

  • Fuel up. Your brain needs sustained energy while you’re taking the test, so you should carefully consider what you eat and drink the morning of your military flight aptitude test. When preparing your test-day breakfast (most if not all tests start in the morning), don’t consume tons of carbohydrates, especially the simple carbs found in such foods as sugary cereal, maple syrup, and sweet tea. Simple carbohydrates can cause a mental rush followed by a crash. Enjoy a balanced meal with an emphasis on proteins (eggs, sausage, bacon, and so on) to maximize your mental alertness. Go easy on the caffeine the morning of the test — just drink your normal amount of coffee or tea.

  • Pack for test day. Although some locations don’t allow you to carry a bag into the testing room with you, go ahead and pack a light duffel or book bag with a sweater/jacket, some light snacks full of complex carbohydrates (such as an energy bar or fruit), a bottle of water, and (if you’re a coffee drinker) perhaps a small thermos of coffee. In winter, you may want to consider bringing a change of shoes so you don’t have to take the test in soggy snow boots. Depending on which of the military flight aptitude tests you take and the rules regarding calculator use on that test, you may in the future also be allowed to bring along a simple calculator to use on the math sections. (The calculator can’t have any memory capability to store formulas or other test aids, though.)

  • Arrive early. Getting to the test site early is better than arriving late or even barely on time. You give yourself the opportunity to relax a little before the test starts. If you find yourself rushing to the test site the morning of the test because you got a late start or you got stuck in traffic, you’ll probably arrive frazzled, which isn’t going to help you do your very best.

  • Reschedule if you need to. If you aren’t feeling up to taking the exam on your scheduled day, don’t hesitate to reschedule! You’re better off to wait and make sure you’re on your game for the exam than to waste the opportunity. Be aware, though, that rescheduling more than once reduces the likelihood that the application staff will be willing to accommodate any additional changes in your schedule. If you must reschedule an exam, do it as early as possible, and don’t make a habit of it.