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Test To Grade Study Guides

For questions regarding enlisted promotion study material, refer to the EPRRC (Enlisted Promotions References and Requirements Catalog), located on the AF Portal under quick links, or go directly to: https://www.omsq.af.mil/index.htm.


Note: The 2015 Study Guide and MKTS v2015 will be the appropriate study reference material for the 2018 E-8 promotion cycle (and E-8 supplementary testing), beginning in the 1-14 December 2017 testing window. The 2015 SMSgt Study Guide, is available for download above under "Testing to Grade" by selecting 2015 then SMSgt.

Air Force Handbook 1, Airman v2017 and the 2017 Study Guides will support the following 2018 promotion (and supplementary) testing cycles:

-Promotion to Master Sergeant

-Promotion to Technical Sergeant

-Promotion to Staff Sergeant

-Promotion to Chief Master Sergeant

***Airman Advancement Division is the new OPR for the AFH 1 v2019 and Study Guides. For any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the AFH 1, please contact the AFH 1 Program Manager at DSN 487-4075 or pdg@us.af.mil.

How to Use your MKTS Chart?

Quick Access to the 2017 MKTS: 2017 Military Knowledge and Testing System Chart.docx

The MKTS chart (located in the study guides as attachment 1) consists of letters (A, B, C, & D) and numbers (1, 2, 3, & 4).  

The letters indicate the desired level of understanding applicable to each particular rank as Air Force Professionals.

The numbers indicate the importance of the information to each particular rank as Air Force Professionals.

Note: Sections identified with “4” indicate that the information in that section is valuable to a particular rank as Air Force Professionals, but the section is NOT testable.

Note: Sections identified with "N/A" indicate that the information is NOT required of a particular rank as Air Force Professionals, and is NOT testable.

The MKTS chart can help you save time preparing for promotion testing by using the numbers identified within each paragraph or section. These numbers let you know what information is the most important to know for your particular grade. A good study strategy would involve spending more time understanding the information labeled as a “1” or “2”, but that as an Air Force Professional, you should take some time to look through all information pertaining to the rank you are seeking. The team of Chief Master Sergeants who write the promotion tests use the MKTS Chart as a guide to develop test questions applicable to each 'testing to' grade.

Attention: If your particular grade is identified as using the 2015 AFH 1 and Study Guide for promotion testing, you will want to reference the MKTS v2015. The MKTS v2015 can be located in the AFH 1 v2015 as Attachment 2. It can also be located in the 2015 Study Guides.

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