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:

  • Analogies
  • 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.

Testing Tips

  • Give your full attention to the problem in front of you.
  • Read each question carefully.
  • Skip the time-consuming word problems; complete the easy questions first, then return to the word problems.
  • Guess if necessary, as there is no penalty for wrong answers.
  • Manage your time well.

EDPT Practice Test

Preparing for the EDPT requires each of the following elements:

  • Reviewing an EDPT Study Guide
  • Working on an EDPT practice test in order o build up your exam speed and gain a familiarity with the format and types of questions that you will face in each section
  • Studying exam strategies
  • Analyzing questions that are similar to those found on the EDPT

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