Most military flight aptitude test questions are multiple-choice questions that can require some strategic solving. Succeeding at multiple-choice tests requires mastering the solving strategies of the multiple-choice trade, general confidence in your test preparation, and core knowledge on the subject. Just knowing how to think when it comes to multiple-choice questions can vastly improve your test scores.

Here are the most-effective tactics for tackling the multiple-choice questions you encounter when you take the AFOQT, SIFT, or ASTB:

  • Read and understand the directions. Sit down, take a deep breath, and make sure that you clearly understand what the test is asking you to do. If you have a question about the directions, ask the proctor (although the proctors have specific guidelines about what information they can give you that may or may not allow them to answer your question). Pay special attention to time limits for each section of the test, the number of questions you have to answer in the given amount of time, and any extra materials that you may be allowed to use, such as scratch paper and possibly a calculator.

  • Start with the easier questions. Because all questions in each test section count the same, you don't want to spend so much time on one difficult question that you miss the opportunity to answer five other questions. When you encounter a difficult or time-consuming question, set that question aside and answer questions that are easier or that require less time to complete. You can then go back and tackle the harder ones.

  • Maximize guesses with the process of elimination. First, eliminate any answers you know for a fact can't be correct. Decide how likely you think each remaining answer is to be correct and then pick the one you feel most strongly about. If you're left with two answers that you're evenly split between, consider choosing the longest answer and/or eliminating an answer that includes the term always or never. These last two criteria aren't hard-and-fast rules; they're just suggestions for helping you pull the trigger on a final educated guess.

    The military flight aptitude tests don't penalize you for guessing incorrectly, so filling in something always gives you a better chance at earning points than leaving the question blank does.

  • Mark answers carefully. Make sure you mark the correct answer on the correct section on the correct form and that it indeed correlates to the question you're answering. Putting Answer 12 on the spot for Question 13 is an easy mistake, so be sure to double-check your work periodically. After you find the correct spot for your answer, don't sabotage your correct answer by filling in the oval sloppily. You need to completely fill in the oval without running outside the lines.