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.


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Enlisted Promotion Test Cycle Information

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Air Force Handbook 1, Airman (AFH 1) v2019 and the 2019 Enlisted Promotion Study Guides will support the 2020 and 2021 promotion (and supplementary) testing cycles for Airmen testing for promotion to the ranks of Staff Sergeant and Technical Sergeant.



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