This SIFT FAQ aims to answer the most common questions about the SIFT Test. Browse through the Military Flight Tests blog and you will see a number of detailed articles about what the SIFT consists of, how to study for it, and the best SIFT resources out there. Sometimes, it’s handy to have a SIFT FAQ to quickly get answers to your most pressing questions. Feel free to drop us an email if there’s anything else we can help you with, or if you want any part of this SIFT FAQ clarifying.
What’s the best way to study for the SIFT?
When preparing for the Selection Instrument for Flight Training, the expanded name for the SIFT, there is no substitute to hunkering down with a trusted study guide and putting in the hours needed to properly prepare. Going through a dedicated guide just for the SIFT, rather than a general military flight test guide, is the most efficient way to study. If your guide has practice tests, make sure to take them, under test conditions.
Aside from using a study guide, spending some time behind the controls of a helicopter, either physically or virtually, is a good way to get ready for some SIFT sections. Some flight simulators offer realistic helicopter controls – something that will be invaluable for the AAIT section of the SIFT.
Some mistakes to avoid are blindly following what someone tells you will be on the test. Different test takers have different questions. Rather than banking on a specific SIFT question, get familiar with the theory behind each SIFT test section in detail. This will give you the best chance of coping with whatever your specific questions happen to be.
How do I signup for the SIFT?
If you are already in the military, make contact with your local servicing education center. If you are a WOFT applicant, your recruiter will be able to assist you in scheduling your SIFT. Be sure to make clear the location you intend to take the SIFT – there is no way of signing up at one place and taking it in another.
Where do I go to take the SIFT?
The three main places to take the SIFT are
1. MEPS – Military Entrance Processing Stations,
2. Post-servicing Education Centers
3. ROTC Programs/Military Academies
You need to make sure you have signed up for the SIFT at the same place you will take the test.
How much time is needed for the SIFT test?
The Army officially state that the SIFT can take up to three hours, including an optional break, setting up, finishing off etc. A more typical time to take the test is two hours. The exact time for your questions varies – two test sections do not have fixed numbers of questions.
What should I bring to the SIFT?
The two absolute requirements for taking the SIFT test are showing photographic identification and proof of your social security number. Aside from this, nothing is needed. Bags and electronic devices aren’t allowed in the actual test room, but can be left with the proctor or in your car. You will be given pencil and paper for working out answers. The actual SIFT takes place entirely on computer.
Is there a limit to how many times the SIFT can be taken?
Yes – the SIFT can be taken twice in a lifetime, maximum. If you fail your first SIFT, you have to wait at least six months for your second attempt. This waiting period can derail motivation for an Army Aviation career, so it’s important to make the most of your first attempt.
Are there any options to improve my SIFT score?
If you pass the SIFT score within your two lifetime attempts, the first passing score you get sticks with you for life. No exceptions, no loopholes. Scraping through the SIFT with a minimum score is a lifetime handicap you will have to deal with. It’s absolutely essential to attain the highest possible score on your first attempt.
What is a passing SIFT score?
Candidates are currently required to attain at least a 40 in order to pass the SIFT test. The Army have stated this requirement may change in the future. Double check with your testing center if you are unsure on the current scoring requirements.
What is the maximum SIFT score?
The theoretical maximum SIFT score is 80. However, this is almost unheard of. A good score, considered to give you the best possible chance of selection, is a 60+.
Does a pass guarantee selection for aviation training?
Absolutely not. Your SIFT score is just one element of the packet you have to put together to be considered for selection. However, it is one of the few quantifiable metrics that are used in selection assessment. A good SIFT score will be a positive part of your military track record for as long as you serve. Don’t settle for the minimum – aim as high as possible.
Will this SIFT FAQ be updated?
Military Flight Tests will strive to keep this FAQ up to date. For example, if the minimum score changes in the future, we’ll update this section. If you notice any old information on this SIFT FAQ, please feel free to get in touch and let us know.
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