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At age 16, every Vault 101 resident takes the Generalized Occupational Aptitude Test, or G.O.A.T., which helps determine job placement.Fallout 3 loading screen

The G.O.A.T. or Generalized Occupational Aptitude Test is a Vault-Tec occupational assessment test that every resident of a vault is required to take at the age of 16.


During the quest Future Imperfect in Fallout 3, the Lone Wanderer is asked to participate in taking the G.O.A.T. The test consists of a sequence of ten questions about how they would act in certain situations. The responses to these questions determine the job the Lone Wanderer is best suited for, and which three skills are recommended for them to tag. The results of the test are not set in stone and can be freely changed on the Tag skills menu after the test (as well as before entering the Capital Wasteland at the conclusion of the prologue).

The entire test may be skipped by talking to Mr. Brotch and choosing the dialogue path that has the Lone Wanderer avoid the test. This skips the test's "presentation" and allows them to immediately pick Tag skills and leave immediately afterward. Should the Lone Wanderer opt out of taking the G.O.A.T., they will not receive the G.O.A.T. Whisperer achievement. However, should the Lone Wanderer speak to Mr. Brotch after completing the test, the second dialogue option will reveal that even Mr. Brotch believes the test is a joke, and that he can make the G.O.A.T. come out any way the student desires. At this time, one may choose the three Tag skills and also receive the achievement/trophy.


Here are the questions, the answers, and which skill each counts towards tagging.

Question 1
Image Question Answer Tagged Skill
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You are approached by a frenzied Vault scientist, who yells, "I'm going to put my quantum harmonizer in your photonic resonation chamber!" What's your response? "But doctor, wouldn't that cause a parabolic destabilization of the fission singularity?" Science
"Yeah? Up yours too, buddy!" Speech
Say nothing, grab a nearby pipe and hit the scientist in the head to knock him out. For all you knew, he was planning to blow up the vault. Melee Weapons
Say nothing, but slip away before the scientist can continue his rant. Sneak
Question 2
Image Question Answer Tagged Skill
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While working as an intern in the Clinic, a patient with a strange infection on his foot stumbles through the door. The infection is spreading at an alarming rate, but the doctor has stepped out for a while. What do you do? Amputate the foot before the infection spreads Melee Weapons
Scream for help Speech
Medicate the infected area to the best of your abilities Medicine
Restrain the patient, and merely observe as the infection spreads Science
Question 3
Image Question Answer Tagged Skill
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You discover a young boy lost in the lower levels of the Vault. He's hungry and frightened, but also appears to be in possession of stolen property. What do you do? Give the boy a hug and tell him everything will be okay Speech
Confiscate the property by force, and leave him there as punishment Unarmed
Pick the boy's pocket to take the stolen property for yourself, and leave the boy to his fate Sneak
Lead the boy to safety, then turn him over to the overseer None
Question 4
Image Question Answer Tagged Skill
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Congratulations! You made one of the Vault 101 baseball teams! Which position do you prefer? Pitcher Explosives
Catcher Big Guns
Designated Hitter Melee Weapons
None, you wish the vault had a soccer team Unarmed
Question 5
Image Question Answer Tagged Skill
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Your grandmother invites you to tea, but you're surprised when she gives you a pistol and orders you to kill another Vault resident. What do you do? Obey your elder and kill the Vault resident with the pistol. Small Guns
Offer your most prized possession for the resident's life. Barter
Ask granny for a minigun instead. After all, you don't want to miss. Big Guns
Throw your tea in granny's face. Explosives
Question 6
Image Question Answer Tagged Skill
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Old Mr. Abernathy has locked himself in his quarters again, and you've been ordered to get him out. How do you proceed? Use a bobby pin to pick the lock on the door. Lockpick
Trade a Vault hoodlum for his cherry bomb and blow open the lock. Explosives and Barter
Go to the armory, retrieve a laser pistol, and blow the lock off. Energy Weapons
Walk away, and let the old coot rot. Repair
Question 7
Image Question Answer Tagged Skill
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Oh, no! You've been exposed to radiation, and a mutated hand has grown out of your stomach! What's the best course of treatment? A bullet to the brain. Small Guns
Large doses of anti-mutagen agent. Medicine
Prayer. Maybe God will spare you in exchange for a life of pious devotion. Barter
Removal of the mutated tissue with a precision laser. Energy Weapons
Question 8
Image Question Answer Tagged Skill
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A fellow Vault 101 resident is in possession of a Grognak the Barbarian comic book, issue number 1. You want it. What's the best way to obtain it? Trade the comic book for one of your own valuable possessions. Barter
Steal the comic book at gunpoint. Small Guns
Sneak into the resident's quarters, and steal the comic book from his desk. Sneak
Slip some knock out drops into the resident's Nuka-Cola, and take the comic book when he's unconscious. Medicine
Question 9
Image Question Answer Tagged Skill
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You decide it would be fun to play a prank on your father. You enter his private restroom when no one is looking, and.... Loosen some bolts on some pipes. When the sink is turned on, the room will flood. Repair
Put a firecracker in the toilet. That's sure to cause some chaos. Explosives
Break into the locked medicine cabinet and replace his high blood pressure medication with sugar pills. Medicine
Manipulate the power wattage on his razor, so he'll get an electric shock next time he shaves. Lockpick
Question 10
Image Question Answer Tagged Skill
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Who is indisputably the most important person in Vault 101: He who shelters us from the harshness of the atomic wasteland, and to whom we owe everything we have, including our lives? The Overseer None
The Overseer None
The Overseer None
The Overseer None


The results are determined by the following formula: Each of the above questions (excluding #10) adds 1 "point" towards the skill it represents. The skill with the most "points" at the end of the test is the final result. If two or even all three skills tie, the "job" associated will be determined from the first tagged skill in alphabetical order.

Job Skill Mr. Brotch Comment
Vault Chaplain Barter
They say the G.O.A.T never lies. According to this, you're slated to be the next vault ... Chaplain. God help us all.
Laundry Cannon Operator Big Guns
Well according to this, you're in line to be trained as a laundry cannon operator. First time for everything indeed.
Pedicurist Energy Weapons
It's nice to know I can still be surprised. Pedicurist! I might have guessed Manicurist, or even Masseuse. But apparently you're a foot person.
Waste Management Specialist Explosives
It says here you're perfectly suited for a career as a Waste Management Specialist. A specialist, mind you, not just a dabbler. Congratulations!
Vault Loyalty Inspector Lockpick
Huh. "Vault Loyalty Inspector"... I thought that had been phased out decades ago. Well, sounds like a job right up your alley, hmm?
Clinical Test Subject Medicine
Interesting. "Clinical Test Subject"... sounds like something you should excel at. I guess you and your dad will be working together.
Fry Cook Melee Weapons
Looks like the diner's going to get a new Fry Cook. I'll just say this once: hold the mustard, extra pickles. Ha ha ha.
Jukebox Technician Repair
Thank goodness. We're finally getting a new Jukebox Technician. That thing hasn't worked right since old Joe Palmer passed.
Pip-Boy Programmer Science
Well, well. Pip-Boy Programmer, eh? Stanley will finally have someone to talk shop with.
Tattoo Artist Small Guns
Huh. I wonder who will be brave enough to be your first customer as the vault's new Tattoo Artist? I promise it won't be me.
Shift Supervisor Sneak
Apparently you're management material. You're going to be trained as a Shift Supervisor. Could I be talking to the next Overseer? Stranger things have happened.
Marriage Counselor Speech
Wow. Wow. Says here you're going to be the vault's Marriage Counselor. Almost makes me want to get married, just to be able to avail myself of your services.
Little League Coach Unarmed
I always thought you'd have a career in professional sports. You're the new vault Little League coach! Congratulations.
Masseuse * -
Looks like you'll be putting your ... physical talents to good use as the vault's new Masseuse.
* This career is listed in Mr. Brotch's dialogue but the condition is not implemented correctly and cannot be met.

Other Roles

Job Description
Hairdresser Butch DeLoria is given this role based on his results.
Engineer Paul Hannon Jr. is placed on an engineering track by his scores.
Teacher Susie Mack is placed on the teaching track.
Garbage Burner Mentioned by Dad and Amata.


There is the choice of asking Mr. Brotch to fill out the G.O.A.T. for the participant. A list of options about the person's interest will be given; each option leads to the Tag skill menu with three choices already selected.

Selection Tagged Skills
"I love using the computers and talking to my father's patients in the clinic." Medicine, Science, Speech.
"Well, I shoot my BB Gun any chance I get. I can fix that thing blindfolded, too." Energy Weapons, Repair, Small Guns
"Look, I like blowing stuff up. I just love that... 'kaboom'! Ya know?" Big Guns, Explosives, Unarmed
"Mr. B, if I told you what my 'interests' are, you'd have me locked up." Lockpick, Melee Weapons, Sneak

Related quests


  • Freddie Gomez never finishes the test in the player character's presence. If approached, Freddie will ask about questions 5 or 10. The game will only proceed after the Lone Wanderer exits the classroom.
  • Even upon getting a job such as a marriage counselor, where Mr. Brotch congratulates the Lone Wanderer, he will say it is nice to "see such, uh, ah, youthful enthusiasm" only if the Lone Wanderer says it is their dream job.
  • A similar test appears in Fallout 4 as the SAFE test and is used to gain entrance to Covenant. The mention of vaults and the 10th question are absent from this test. Question 1 appears on a poster in the basement of the Graygarden homestead.
  • It is mentioned by dwellers and appears in three-block Academy (classroom lvl 3 upgrade) in Fallout Shelter.
  • The version that appears on the promotional Prepare for the Future website (Channel 5) only has questions #2, #5, and #7.


The G.O.A.T. appears in Fallout 3 and is mentioned in Fallout 4 and Fallout Shelter.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally, just before the G.O.A.T. when Mr. Brotch tells Butch to "keep his eyes to himself" and Butch laughs, the dialogue will stop and you cannot leave your seat. This can only be solved by saving and reloading, causing the scene to continue.
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 When the player character sits before taking the test, they will be stuck sitting without continuing.
    • This can be solved by restarting the game.



Prepare for the Future 6 - Find Your Future, with GOAT! - Fallout 3