Are you dreaming of a career in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)? The Armed Forces and Police Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT) is a vital step towards turning that dream into a reality. The AFPSAT is designed to assess your aptitude and suitability for a career in the military.
In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the AFPSAT exam, including its purpose, eligibility criteria, the application process, and tips for success.
Whether you aspire to join the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, or Philippine Air Force, this guide will equip you with the knowledge and tools to excel in the AFPSAT exam and embark on a fulfilling career in the Armed Forces.
Overview of the AFPSAT Exam
The Armed Forces of the Philippines Aptitude Test Battery (AFPATB) is the unified written entrance examination which is one of the requirements for entry into the major services ‐ Army, Air Force, and Navy. Selection of men and women in the Armed Forces of the Philippines using psychological testing has long been used and remains an indispensable part of Neuro-Psychiatric Screening.
One of the qualifications being sought is aptitude toward pre-entry training and subsequent service in the military. Starting with the AFP General Classification Test (AFPGCT) which had its origins in the United States, the AFP developed its own in 1991.
What are the AFPSAT Requirements?
To ensure a smooth application process for the AFPSAT, it is essential to gather the necessary requirements. Here are the basic requirements you need to prepare:
- Birth Certificate (PSA)
- Original Transcript of Records and Diploma (for College degree holders)
- Original diploma with Form 137-A ( for high school graduate applicants but with Tesda or Vocational course certificate – NCII)
- Valid ID (Government-issued)
- 2 pcs 2×2 picture with white background
AFPSAT Schedule 2023 and Online Registration
The Philippine Army conducts the AFPSAT at both fixed testing sites and mobile testing sites. Let’s start with the fixed testing sites:
AFPSAT Schedule (Fixed Testing Site)
ARO Luzon (Fixed Testing Site)
- Army Testing Office, Lawton Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
- OFFICER CANDIDATE COURSE (OCC)
- AFP Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT), Army Qualifying Exam (AQE) & Special Written Exam (SWE) every Monday, Tuesday & Saturday
- CANDIDATE SOLDIER COURSE (CSC)
Register at the Philippine Army Recruitment Website (https://join.army.mil.ph/) for online registration. Strictly no walk-in registration.
ARO Visayas (Fixed Testing Site)
- Army Recruitment Office Visayas- Camp Lapu Lapu, Apas, Cebu City
- AFPSAT For Officer Applicants: Monday-Friday
ARO Mindanao (Fixed testing Site)
- Army Recruitment Office Mindanao- Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan De Oro City
- AFPSAT For Officer Applicants: Monday-Friday
If you are far from the fixed testing site, you don’t need to worry. They also have a mobile testing site where they are going to different places to accommodate applicants who want to take the exam. The venues and schedule are not fixed so you need to check their Official Facebook Pages often for updates. Below is the link to their official social media accounts.
- Army Recruitment Office – Luzon
- Army Recruitment Office – Visayas
- Army Recruitment Office- Mindanao / ARO Zamboanga
AFPSAT Schedule (Mobile Testing Site)
Check the AFPSAT Schedule 2023 for Mobile Testing Sites below:
- AFPSAT Luzon Schedule (Mobile Testing Site)
- AFPSAT Visayas Schedule (Mobile Testing Site)
- AFPSAT Mindanao Schedule (Mobile Testing Site)
AFPSAT Coverage 2023
AFPSAT has three subtests which are the following:
- Abstract Reasoning– a nonverbal, non-numerical measure of reasoning power. It measures the ability to see the relationships among things- objects, patterns, or designs rather than among words and numbers. 50 items for 12 minutes.
- Verbal Reasoning– measures the ability to reason and solve problems through the concept of words by comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary recognition. 65 items for 30 minutes.
- Numerical Reasoning– measures the ability to reason and solve problems with numbers, and other mathematical concepts. 35 items for 35 minutes.
AFPSAT Application Process
STEP 1: Online Registration
Simply go to AFPSAT E-Portal Login and fill-up the necessary information for the issuance of your ticket for Step 2
STEP 2: Proceed to chosen Major Service Testing Center
Present the printed copy of your ticket to the Testing Center of your chosen Major Service.
The Testing Center will validate your Online Application Form, Documentary Requirements, and other specifications for the issuance of your AFPSAT Examination Schedule.
The following are the Testing Centers of Major Services:
- PAF – PTO, PAFPMC Villamor Air Base Pasay City
- PA – ATO, APMC Fortt Bonifacio, Taguig City
- PN – RTHO, NPMC, Fort Bomifacio, Taguig City
STEP 3: Verification and you’re good to go!
Report to your examination schedule ahead of time as indicated. Present your AFPSAT Application Form for final verification and give your best for the AFPSAT. Good luck and God bless!
AFPSAT Passing Score and Mechanics
Your AFPSAT result holds significant importance as it serves as a validation of your aptitude and eligibility for a career in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). It is essential to understand the validity period and retake regulations associated with AFPSAT.
The AFPSAT result remains valid for a period of three (3) years. During this duration, you can utilize your result for various applications and enlistment opportunities within the AFP.
Retaking the AFPSAT within a span of less than three (3) months is strictly prohibited. If your AFPSAT result is still valid and has not yet expired, it is necessary to wait until its expiration before considering a retake. However, there is an exception to this policy. College graduates/degree holders who have previously passed the AFPSAT with Grades C and D (For Enlistment) are allowed to retake the exam. This option is available for those individuals who seek to improve their scores specifically for the OCC (Officer Candidate Course) application.
To maintain fairness and provide equal opportunities to all applicants, the maximum number of AFPSAT attempts is limited to three (3). This means that you can take the exam up to a maximum of three times in total throughout the application process. It is crucial to make the most of these opportunities and strive for your desired score within the given chances.
AFPSAT Form A (September 30, 2019, up to this date)
|Outstanding/ A||Answered 92-150 items correctly||Passed|
|Above Average/ B||Answered 71-91 items correctly||Passed|
|Average/C||Answered 60-70 items correctly||Passed|
|Below Average/D||Answered 48-59 items correctly||Passed|
|Poor/ E||Answered 36-47 items correctly||Below passing score retake after 6 months.|
|Failed/ F||Answered 0-35 items correctly||Below passing score retake after 6 months.|
AFPSAT Form B (April 17, 2019, up to date)
|Outstanding/ A||Answered 110-150 items correctly||Passed|
|Above Average/ B||Answered 88-109 items correctly||Passed|
|Average/C||Answered 74-87 items correctly||Passed|
|Below Average/D||Answered 56-73 items correctly||Passed|
|Poor/ E||Answered 47-55 items correctly||Below passing score retake after 6 months.|
|Failed/ F||Answered 0-46 items correctly||No retake|
Moving forward, all major services will acknowledge the validity of the AFPSAT result. This means that if an applicant applies to another branch of service within a three-year period, they will not be required to retake the same test.
Embarking on a career in the Armed Forces is a noble and challenging endeavor. The Armed Forces and Police Service Aptitude Test is a crucial step in determining your suitability for such a career. By following this comprehensive guide, you will gain the necessary insights, knowledge, and strategies to excel in the AFPSAT exam.
Remember, success in the exam requires dedication, thorough preparation, and a deep commitment to serving your country. Prepare diligently, stay focused, and embrace this opportunity to become a part of the proud legacy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Source: Armed Forces of the Philippines