USAF Special Testing Opportunities

DLAB – Language Test

DLAB – Defense Language Aptitude Battery – this is to qualify for our Cryptologic Linguist career.  Everyone that scores above G72 is required to take this exam before going to MEPS.  

ATST – Air Traffic Controller Test

ATST – Air Traffic Control test – this test is no longer required to qualify for an Air Traffic Control Job

EDPT – Computer Programming

EDPT – Electronic Data Processing Test, to qualify for cyber security jobs.

The difficulty of the EDPT is derived primarily from the timeframe of the test, rather than as the result of the complexity of the questions. You will have a total of 90 minutes within which to answer 120 logic-based questions. That allows 45 seconds on average for each question.

The purpose of the EDPT test is to measure your ability to think logically. Exam results reflect your potential success in the field of computer programming and in the use of electronic data processing equipment.

Testing is administered at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). You will receive two sheets of scratch paper and a pencil. Calculators are not permitted during the test.

EDPT Format and Scoring Thresholds
Ironically, this computer programming exam is not computerized. It is administered solely as a Paper & Pencil standardized test.

All questions are multiple choice, with five answers per question. As to the minimum scores needed to qualify, the AFSC Computer Programmer position requires at least a score of 71 to pass; Technical Applications Specialist (9S100) jobs require a score of 57.

As with most pre-employment test results, the higher the score, the greater the chance of obtaining your target job. EDPT test prep is the available key to optimizing your exam potential.

Test Structure
The EDPT consists of four sections:

Algebra/Math Word Problems
Sequencing and Patterns
Geometric Analogies
Analogies – A is to B, as C is to D comprises the basic format of the Analogies section. This is an algebraic concept expressed in words. As a sample question, find the missing component in the following sentence: Fish is to school, as wolf is to _. a) Herd; b) Pack; c) Pod; d) Troop. The correct response is b.

Algebra/Math Word Problems – This section contains algebraic equations. Your task will be to solve the equations. This portion of the exam additionally presents various word problems that require the use of algebra to find correct answers. The actual math is generally not the difficulty; the time-consuming nature of constructing the problem and obtaining the logical solution is the testing glitch that is troublesome given the time limitation of the EDPT.

Sequencing and Numerical Patterns – You will be adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing integers in order to find the next number following a set of sequenced numerals. The relationship between each of the numbers in the series must be determined in order to provide the number that follows the given set. The following is a sample question: 2 1 4 3 12 11_. a) 22; b) 60; c) 44; d) 16. The correct response is c.

Geometric Analogies – Using geometric shapes, the concept of A is to B, as C is to D applies to this section as well as to the word Analogies section. In the first of four frames, you will find a geometric shape. In the second frame you will see a related, but altered shape. The third frame will present a completely different figure. You will determine the contents of the fourth frame, which will house, out of five choices, the one geometric shape that represents the same relationship to the third shape as the relationship of the second figure to the first.

ICTL – Cyber

The ICTL which is also called the cyber test contains a variety of computer science/engineering topics. ICTL will be 39 questions, it took me around 15 minutes to finish the test. I passed with a 68, passing is a 60. I did not study and have very little knowledge of networking and databases;however, I know a lot about programming and am currently a computer science student. As long as you get a score of 60 or above, you are good to go for any MOS that requires you to take the ICTL.

Here is the estimated summary of the questions I saw, know that some questions can overlap topics. 15 questions about basic networking and terminology. 5 questions about basic computer security practices. 5 questions about computer hardware terminology / usage. 5 questions about basic Microsoft software utilities like Word and PowerPoint . 5 questions about operating systems and command lines. 5 questions about programming.

I suggest studying the first chapters of “Networking for Dummies” very well and know what valid IP addresses LITERALLY look like and the meaning for why they look like they do such as IPV4, IPV6, basic network infrastructures and terminology like area networks, you will want to study networking the most for ICTL as the majority of the questions including the more difficult questions I’ve come across are networking.

For databases, knowing the very basics of SQL,

For security, its mainly common sense security. Good practices with browsing the internet and also opening things from the internet. Know what firewall is and basics of viruses, Trojans, malware, etc.

For programming knowing the very basics of coding languages such as arrays, integers, bit sizes of variable types.

For Microsoft utilities, knowing the basic differences of Microsoft word, PowerPoint, excel, and most important functions of excel mainly.

For operating systems, know basic differences of the popular OSs, know the flags when using command line or terminal, knowing Linux or Unix will only help.

For computer hardware, know basics of what is inside a desktop computer. Know the basics of hard disk drives and solid state drives.

The majority of the networking questions in the ICTL are either you know it or you don’t. So I had to make a lot of educated guesses. If you know networking, you will certainly pass the ICTL, as the majority of the other questions can be answered with critical thinking.