EDPT [Electronic Data Processing Test]: Practice Tests & Guides

What Is the EDPT Test?

The Electronic Data Processing Test (EDPT) is used to screen candidates applying to Computer Programming and Information Technology jobs in the U.S Air Force and Marine Corps. It evaluates your skills in four main areas and includes 120 questions to be answered in 90 minutes.

Testing is administered at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), it's paper-based, and all questions are multiple-choice with five answers per question. You will receive two sheets of scratch paper and a pencil. Calculators are not permitted during the test.

EDPT Scores

The AFSC Computer Programmer position requires at least a score of 71 to pass, Technical Applications Specialist (9S100) jobs require a score of 57, and Air Force Cyber Warfare (1B4X1) positions require a minimum score of 60.

Every correct question is counted as one point, which means that the highest score possible is 120. Getting a perfect score is practically impossible, and a good score on the EDPT is considered anything above the minimum requirements mentioned above.

Also, there's no penalty for wrong answers, so try to avoid leaving questions unanswered since you can gather extra points by making educated guesses even if you're running out of time.

If you fail the EDPT, you'll be able to retake it only after six months. That being said, there are specific circumstances that will allow you to retest without waiting for six months. These circumstances include outside forces or distractions that severely interrupted the testing environment.

Also, if you suffer from an illness in the days before the test, you'll be allowed to reschedule it.

EDPT Test Structure and Sample Questions

The EDPT consists of four sections:

  • Word Analogies
  • Algebra and Math Word Problems
  • Number Sequences
  • Figural Analogies

Let's go over each of the sections, see what it includes and try some EDPT sample questions:

Word 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:

ROADBLOCK is to CAR as FETTER is to…

A. CONVICT
B. FUGITIVE
C. SHUTTLE
D. ROCKET
E. IRON
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

A roadblock prevents a car from moving just as a fetter prevents the convict from moving.

 

The prep pack includes 5 Word Analogies practice tests (with full explanations) that simulate the actual test's questions.

 

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 calculations are generally not very difficult. What makes EDPT's word problems challenging is analyzing the details and finding the best solving method in 45 seconds only.

Try a Word Problem sample question, taken from the practice pack:

Linda asked her assistant William to file a pile of 150 documents in binders. After five hours he has filed one-quarter of the papers. Three hours later he has filed another third of the original pile. Which of the following is closest to the number of papers he has left to file?

A. 32
B. 63
C. 75
D. 86
E. 99
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The closest value from the list is 63.

 

The prep pack includes 17 Word Problem and Algebra practice tests with full explanations, varying from basic to advance level so that you can advance gradually. Additionally, there are 6 math study guides to brush up on your math foundations, in case you haven't touched these subjects for a while.

 

Number Series

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.

Try the following sample question:

1 | 1/2 | 3/9 | 5/20 | ?

A. 1/5
B. 7/30
C. 7/27
D. 5/35  
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

This series is not hard once you realize the trick is in the presentation of the numbers. In order to simplify things we recommend rearranging some of the terms as follows:
1= 1/1
3/9 = 1/3
5/20 = 1/4
Thus, the series is:
1/1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, …
The denominator increases by 1 in each step and therefore the next term will be: 1/5.

 

The prep pack includes 4 Number Series practice tests with step-by-step explanations

 

Figural 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.

Here's a sample question to clarify this concept:

EDPT Test Figural Analogies Sample Question
See answer and explanation

The correct answer is (5), the first from the right.

The relationship between figure X and figure Y is as follows:

Figure Y represents figure X as:
1) The inner shape (triangle) rotates 180° and is pushed upward towards the top of the outer shape,
2) The dark section becomes white and the white section becomes dark.

The correct answer must have the same relationship with figure Z.

Answers 2, 3, and 4 can be eliminated as the inner shape (trapezoid) is not rotated.

Answer 1 can be eliminated as the dark section remains dark and the outer shape (the triangle) is rotated 180°.

We are left with answer 5, which is the correct answer, as it portrays figure Z with the inner shape (trapezoid) rotated 180°, the dark sections becoming white, and the white sections becoming dark.

 

The prep pack includes 4 Figural Analogies practice tests in basic, intermediate, and advanced levels, so that you build your skills as you go even if you have no experience with such questions.


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