Top SIFT FAQs

  • What is the SIFT exam?
    The Selection Instrument for Flight Training exam, or the SIFT, assesses a candidates mathematical skills, reading comprehension, mental knowledge, spacial awareness, pattern recognition, and aviation knowledge. The SIFT test is a military flight exam administered to candidates for higher-level positions in the U.S. Air Force.
  • What’s on the SIFT?
    The SIFT test contains seven sections: simple drawings, hidden figures, army aviation information test, spacial apperception test, reading comprehension test, math skills test, and mechanical comprehension test.
  • How many times can I take the SIFT?
    Candidates who fail the SIFT on their first try, can re-take the exam only once. Candidates who fail the SIFT twice do not qualify to enter the Army’s Aviation Program. Candidates cannot re-take the test to get a higher passing score.
  • Do I need to have aircraft flying experience to take the SIFT Exam?
    No. SIFT test-takers do not need to have any experience in aviation. Our SIFT Study Guide will teach you how to read horizon views and decipher airplane altitude and positions as you would from a cockpit view.
  • Do I need to have military experience to take the SIFT?
    The SIFT is a required first step for men and women who want to pursue a career in military aviation. If you plan to enter the military, you can take the SIFT before you start basic training. You must complete the SIFT before submitting a Warrant Office package.
  • Can I use a calculator when I take the SIFT?
    No. SIFT test-takers are now allowed to use calculators. You may use scratch paper for any calculations.
  • How long does it take to complete the SIFT?
    The entire SIFT Exam can be completed in 2-3 hours, depending on the amount of time spent on adaptive portions. There is one 15-minute break.
  • How is the SIFT exam scored?
    The SIFT exam score is based on accuracy and speed. The highest possible score is 80. The minimum passing score is 40 points. We provide more in-depth explanation of the scoring in our online SIFT Study Guide.