The Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test or the AFPSAT is the pre-entry examination for qualified applicants who wish to join the armed forces. If you are planning to join the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, or the Philippine Air Force, you must first take and pass this test administered by the Army Recruitment Office. To help you on the first step to your future military career, we will discuss the requirements, schedule, and exam coverage of the AFPSAT this 2021. We will also provide a free online reviewer to increase your chances of passing the AFPSAT and get the required score for your chosen course. Please read on.
AFPSAT Qualifications and Requirements
The AFPSAT is only given to those who are qualified to take the Officer Candidate Course, Officer Preparatory Course, or the Candidate Soldier Course. Do you want to find out if you are qualified? Check out our post on “How to be a soldier in the Philippine Army“. That article is for the Philippine Army, but it is also applicable to the Air Force and Navy.
Note: New age requirement for Officer Candidate Course (OCC) is 20 years old to not a day older than 25 years old and for Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) is still the same at 18 years old to not a day older than 26 years old upon admission.
If you think you have all the qualifications, please prepare the following basic requirements for the AFPSAT:
- Birth Certificate in SECPA issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority
- Original Transcript of Records and Diploma (for degree holders)/TOR for college undergraduates.
- Original diploma with Form 137-A ( for high school graduate applicants but with Tesda or Vocational course certificate)
- Valid ID (Government-issued)
- 2 pcs 2×2 picture with white background
- Female applicants should be at least 72 units from college.
- Mongol Pencil No.2.
- Medical Certificate from Municipal / City Health Office stating that you are COVID-FREE/Fit to travel.
- face mask, face shield, and disinfectant/alcohol
Schedule and Venue
Update: February 20, 2021
Here are the schedules and venues of AFPSAT and AQE/SWE. Please be reminded that the registration for AQE/SWE is only applicable for those who passed the AFPSAT with remarks of PASSED FOR COMMISSIONED and a BACCALAUREATE DEGREE or FOUR (4) YEARS COLLEGE GRADUATE.
For Luzon-based army aspirants, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT) is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the Philippine Army Recruitment Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Likewise, the Army Qualifying Examination (AQE) and Special Written Examination (SWE) are every Thursday. To register for the AFPSAT, use the ARO-Luzon AFPSAT Registration Portal. If you are taking the AQE/SWE, kindly use the AQE/SWE Registration instead.
For Region VI-based applicants ( Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras), use the ARO-Visayas/Region 6 AFPSAT Registration. Those who are already registered will have to undergo a pre-screening process and submission of requirements at the following schedule and venues:
- 24 February 2021 – Sara Gym, Sara, Iloilo
- 25 February 2021 – Sara Gym, Sara, Iloilo
- 26 February 2021 – Sara Gym, Sara, Iloilo
Those applicants who are yet to register can also submit their requirements on the scheduled date/venue listed above. The start of registration is from 8:00 AM up to 4:00 PM.
For Cebu-based aspirants, the AFPSAT and AQE/SWE will be on March 01-06, 2021 in Apas National High School, Cebu City. To register, follow this link: AFPSAT Registration for Cebu.
Region 8– Here is the schedule of AFPSAT and AQE/SWE for Region 8:
- 2 Feb 2021- AFPSAT- Those who registered from 01 April 2020 to June 14, 2020.
- 23 Feb 2021- AFPSAT- Those who registered from June 15 to July 18, 2020.
- 24 Feb 2021- AFPSAT-Those who registered from July 19 to Sep 24, 2020.
- 25 Feb 2021- AFPSAT- Those who registered from Oct 2 to Nov 10, 2020.
- 26 Feb 2021- AFPSAT- Those who registered from Nov 11 to Dec 2020.
- 27 Feb 2021- AQE & SWE to those College Graduates who took AFPSAT who are Board Passers, Civil Service Eligible, and Honor Graduates.
The following is the Pre-Entry Examination schedule of the Philippine Army for the first recruitment cycle CY 2021:
|15-16 March 2021 – AFPSAT||Basilan State College, Isabela City, Basilan|
|17-19 March 2021 – AFPSAT||Western Mindanao Command, Zamboanga City|
|20 March 2021 – AQE & SWE||Western Mindanao Command, Zamboanga City|
|22-23 March 2021 – AFPSAT||102nd Infantry Brigade, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay|
|24-25 March 2021 – AFPSAT||Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU), Dipolog City|
|26-27 March 2021 – AFPSAT||La Salle University, Ozamiz City|
|29-31 March – AFPSAT||1st Infantry Division, Upper Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur|
|01 April 2021 – AQE & SWE||1st Infantry Division, Upper Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur|
|05-06 April 2021 – AFPSAT||6th Infantry Division, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao|
|07 April 2021 – AQE & SWE||6th Infantry Division, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao|
|08-09 April 2021 – AFPSAT||Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology (SMIT), Tacurong City|
|10 April 2021 – AQE & SWE||Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology (SMIT), Tacurong City|
|12-13 April 2021 – AFPSAT||Holy Trinity College (HTC), General Santos City|
|14 April 2021- AQE & SWE||Holy Trinity College (HTC), General Santos City|
|15-16 April 2021- AFPSAT||Camp Panacan, Davao City|
|7 April 2021 – AQE & SWE||Camp Panacan, Davao City|
|19-20 April 2021 – AFPSAT||Philippine Normal University (PNU), Properidad, Agusan del Sur|
|21-22 April 2021- AFPSAT||15th RCDG, Bancasi, Butuan City|
|23 April 2021- AQE & SWE||15th RCDG, Bancasi, Butuan City|
|26-27 April 2021 – AFPSAT||MSU-IIT, Iligan City|
|28-30 April 2021 – AFPSAT||4th Infantry Division, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City|
|01 May 2021 – AQE & SWE||4th Infantry Division, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City|
Interested applicants may register online thru the ARO- MINDANAO AFPSAT REGISTRATION PORTAL and bring the necessary requirements stated above. The pre-screening of prospective applicants prior to the examination should satisfy the following mandatory qualifications and needed requirements during registration. The screening starts at 7:00 AM & the examination starts at 8:00 AM.
For more information, please follow their official Facebook page:
- Army Recruitment Office – Luzon
- Army Recruitment Office – Visayas
- Army Recruitment Office- Mindanao or ARO Zamboanga
Coverage and Reviewer
Like any other AFPSAT exam in the past, the AFPSAT for 2021 will cover the following subjects in a 150-question test in multiple-choice format. This examination is not that hard but the real deal here is the time limit. Each of the covered subjects has a duration of 30 minutes. It means you only have about 1 and a half minutes to answer each question.
Do you want to join the Air Force and get the chance to become a pilot someday? Check this out: Philippine Air Force Exam 2019 Schedule, Venue and Requirements
Passing Score and Mechanics
After taking and passing the AFPSAT, the results shall be valid for 3 years. All the major services in the AFP (Army, Navy and Air Force) shall recognize the AFPSAT results as valid and you do not need to repeat the same test if you decide to apply in another branch of service within the 3-year validity.
AFPSAT Form A (30 September 2019 to date)
|Below Average||D||48-59||PASSING SCORE|
|Very Low||E||36-47||BELOW PASSING SCORE||RETAKE AFTER 6 MONTHS|
|Failed||F||0-35||FAILED||RETAKE AFTER 6 MONTHS|
AFPSAT Form B (17 April 2019 to date)
|Below Average||D||56-73||PASSING SCORE|
|Very Low||E||47-55||BELOW PASSING SCORE||RETAKE AFTER 6 MONTHS|
|Very Poor||F||0-46||FAILED||NO RETAKE|
If you only managed to get a below-passing score, a retake shall only be allowed and it shall be conducted at least 6 months after the first examination. Examinees who failed the test will not be allowed for a retake.
If you are an officer candidate who will undergo the Officer Candidate Course or the Officer Preparatory Course, you must pass this exam with a raw score of 88 or higher.
Do you have what it takes to be the next officer or enlisted personnel in the Armed Forces of the Philippines? What are you waiting for? Go to the nearest Philippine Army Recruitment Office in your area and submit your application. Good luck!
Do you have any questions, reactions, or suggestions? Feel free to drop a comment below. Thank you and good day!