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Calculating AFOQT Scores
Last Post 15 Mar 2009 06:48 PM by SkyClops. 5 Replies.
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03 Mar 2009 10:32 PM

Hey everyone - I purchased the ARCO test book and took the sample AFOQT test, and as of now my scores don't have much meaning to me since I have no idea what is the required or "ideal" score.

I checked out the main page here, and it says

Pilot Composite = 1.2*AR + 1.0*MK+ 1.9*IC + 1.0*TR + 2.4*AI

Nav-Tech Composite = 1.2*VA + 3.5*AR + 3.1*MK + 1.9*BC + 1.0*TR + 2.3*GS

When I plug my scores in for each of the sections into the formula, I get 109 for the pilot composite. Could that be correct or am I really that bad at math?

Any ideas or links to information that I can use to better determine how my scores rank up?

Thanks!

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03 Mar 2009 10:45 PM
Your either that bad at math, or an absolute baller who should be handed the keys to an airframe of your choice.  I'd double check your scores and formula/values. Good luck. 

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KWall Posted:04 Mar 2009 4:31 AM Subject: Calculating AFOQT Scores

Hey everyone - I purchased the ARCO test book and took the sample AFOQT test, and as of now my scores don't have much meaning to me since I have no idea what is the required or "ideal" score.

I checked out the main page here, and it says

Pilot Composite = 1.2*AR + 1.0*MK+ 1.9*IC + 1.0*TR + 2.4*AI

Nav-Tech Composite = 1.2*VA + 3.5*AR + 3.1*MK + 1.9*BC + 1.0*TR + 2.3*GS

When I plug my scores in for each of the sections into the formula, I get 109 for the pilot composite. Could that be correct or am I really that bad at math?

Any ideas or links to information that I can use to better determine how my scores rank up?

Thanks!


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04 Mar 2009 10:19 AM
I always thought the AFOQT was based on percentiles, so you couldn't do better than a 99 in any one area, or in your composite. I haven't seen anyone score over a 99 before.
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12 Mar 2009 09:11 PM
Yeah I checked everything over - I have to be doing something wrong because I definately don't think i'm a baller as far as scores go.

Arithmetic Reasoning - 15/25 correct
Math Knowledge - 12/25 correct
Instrument Comprehension - 16/20 correct
Table Reading - 25/40 correct
Aviation Information - 10/20 correct.

Okay here we go for calculation:

Pilot Composite = 1.2*15 + 1.0*12+ 1.9*16 + 1.0*25 + 2.4*10
Pilot Composite = 18 + 12 + 30.4 + 25 + 24
Pilot Composite = 109.4

I must be retarded. Someone please help me with this.
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14 Mar 2009 12:46 PM

KWall, your math may be correct, but the formula may not be.  The AFOQT score is a percentile, meaning your score is calculated based on your performance measured agains everyone else who takes the test.  That means that ARCO cannot have the correct formula for computing what your score will be.  They may have the correct forumula for computing a raw score, however.  If you have a raw score of 80, and everyone else in the country scores a max of 70, then you are in the 99th percentile. Remember, you don't have to answer every question correctly, as long as the questions you miss are missed by everyone else.

 

Don't sweat the scores you calculate.  Instead, study/prepare until you feel that you know the material well enough to be handed a new problem and answer it correctly.  As an added bonus, the test prep book questions are typically more difficult than what you will actually see on the test.  If you feel comfortable with the ARCO questions, you'll do fine on the test.

 

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15 Mar 2009 06:48 PM
I think I can help a bit here... that formula just shows the relative weights of each sub-test in the composite score (and even that bit of info has not been blessed publicly by the USAF so we can't be sure it is official)... you can't, however, translate your raw score directly into a percentile using that formula. The AFOQT has tables that translate raw scores to percentile scores, but those tables aren't public - I've been able to find tables from the old AFOQT online, but none from the current "Form S." Without these "norming" or "equivalence" tables, there's no real way to figure out your percentile score from your raw score.

Because the old AFOQT weighed all of the sub-tests the same (instead of putting more emphasis on doing well on the AI section, for example), and had more sub-tests, there's no way to easily approximate from the old tables to the new AFOQT, or I would have posted them. And even then it would have been a gamble, because if all of the test questions are harder on the new form (for example), then you could miss a lot more on the new form than on the old one without affecting your percentile.

So that's a long answer to say... there's just no way to guess your percentile score from your raw score...
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