Pilot Candidate Selection Method
Test of Basic Aviation Skills (PCSM/TBAS)
EPQT FAQ
 
 

Table of Contents

  1. What tests are required to apply for the enlisted RPA pilot selection board?
  2. Am I eligible to take the EPQT?.
  3. What is tested on the EPQT?
  4. How do the EPQT and AFOQT differ?
  5. Is the EPQT easier than the AFOQT?
  6. Can I re-test on TBAS to improve my PCSM score?
  7. Can I re-test on the EPQT to improve my score?
  8. If I have taken both EPQT and AFOQT, which score counts??

1. What tests are required to apply for the enlisted RPA pilot selection board?

All applicants must complete the Test of Basic Aviation Skills
(see TBAS Information). Applicants also must complete EITHER the Enlisted Pilot Qualifying Test (EPQT) or Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT).

Your Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) score is based on three inputs: (i) TBAS, (ii) the AFOQT Pilot composite score or EPQT, and (iii) private pilot flying hours (if any). If you have logged any private pilot flying hours, your FAA logbook must be submitted to the PCSM office to ensure you receive credit (see Flight Hour Update).

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2. Am I eligible to take the EPQT?

Airmen in all AFSC's are eligble to take the EPQT. When you schedule testing, you will be asked to verify that you hold the rank of SSgt, TSgt, MSgt, SMSgt. If you have taken the AFOQT more than two times you are ineligible to take the EPQT. Your AFOQT-Pilot score of record will be used in PCSM scoring and in the enlisted pilot board application. See also question #6 on retesting policy (below).

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3. What is tested on the EPQT?

The EPQT contains four knowledge/aptitude tests: Aviation Information, Instrument Comprehension, Table Reading, and Math Knowledge. See EPQT information pamphlet

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4. How do the EPQT and AFOQT differ?

The EPQT and AFOQT Pilot portion include the same types of questions on Aviation Information, Instrument Comprehension, Table Reading, and Math Knowledge. However, the AFOQT is a substantially longer test and also includes the additional officer subtests required for commissioning (see AFOQT Information Pamphlet Updated August 2015). The EPQT is administered on computer beginning August/September 2016, at the same testing locations that offer Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) testing (see Testing Locations). The AFOQT is a paper-and-pencil test administered at additional locations to include all bases where WAPS testing is offered.

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5. Is the EPQT easier than the AFOQT?

The EPQT is a shorter test with fewer test sections. However, scoring on the EPQT and AFOQT-Pilot subtests has been equated such that the EPQT subtests are equally difficult as the Pilot subtests on the AFOQT.

Both EPQT and AFOQT-Pilot scores are reported as a 1-99 percentile ranking indicating your standing (how you “rack and stack”) relative to historical norms for AFOQT examinees. Scores do NOT refer to the raw number or percentage of test questions you answered correctly.

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6. Can I re-test on TBAS to improve my PCSM score

Enlisted pilot applicants may only take the Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) a total of two times lifetime which includes any TBAS administrations associated with an application to an officer selection board. Re-tests are permitted after 180 days from the previous test date; your most recent score is your score of record.

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7. Can I re-test on the EPQT to improve my score?

EPQT re-tests are permitted after 150 days from the previous test date. Your most recent score is your score of record.

Note that taking the AFOQT impacts your eligibility to take the EPQT. Applicants are not permitted to take the EPQT until 150 days after taking the AFOQT. An applicant may take the AFOQT Form T and EPQT a combined total of three times. This means, for example, that if you have taken the EPQT once and AFOQT Form T twice, you would be ineligible to test again on either the EPQT or AFOQT.

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8. If I have taken both EPQT and AFOQT, which score counts?

Your PCSM score is based on your most recent test date. For example, if you took the AFOQT first and then later took the EPQT, your EPQT score is used in your PCSM score of record. Alternately, if you took the EPQT first and then later took the AFOQT, your AFOQT score is used in your PCSM score of record and in the enlisted pilot board application.


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