Defense language aptitude battery (dlab) testing arkansas gas and oil commission

• Having a very clear understanding of English grammar. You will need to know all parts of speech and how they work. You may wish to get your hands on a good college level grammar textbook and study that for awhile before taking the test. Understand how English sentences are constructed (i.e. Subject-Verb-Object). Fooling around with this construction will help you on the DLAB.

• Have some experience with a foreign language. If you want to be a Russian linguist, it is not necessary that you have experience with Russian. However, if you have some experience with a foreign language, it will help you to understand that different languages use sentence structures differently than English.

• Be prepared to interpret instructions based on pictures. For example, a picture of a red car is presented with the word "ZEEZOOM". Next, a picture of a blue car is presented with the word "KEEZOOM". Next, a picture of a red bus is presented with the word "ZEEBOOM". You must be able to give the foreign word for a "blue bus".

• You should also know that on the audio portion of the exam there is no repetition of the questions. Once an item is given there is a brief pause for you to answer and then the next question. Be prepared for this; if you think you can think your way into an answer to any given question you will miss the beginning of the next. This effect can snowball and probably leads to some people with good chances going south due to nerves. Listen carefully and go with your gut. Be ready for the next question.

The DLAB consists of 126 multiple choice questions. Applicable service policies require that each candidate for attendance at the Defense Language Institute be a high school graduate. For admission to a Basic Language Program, the following minimum DLAB scores are required:

Individual services or agencies may demand higher qualifying scores, at their discretion. For example, the Air Force and Marine Corps require a minimum score of 100 on the DLAB for all languages, although the Marine Corps will waiver it to a 90 for Cat I and II languages. The Air Force is not currently approving waivers.

Individuals who fail to achieve a qualifying score on the DLAB can apply to re-test after six months. Requests for re-tests by individuals who have already made a minimum qualifying score are approved only based on documented military necessity, and must be approved by the appropriate commander (ie, recruiting squadron commander). Taking the Test

Audio Segment: The first part of the audio segment tests your ability to recognize stress patterns in words. The narrator on the audio tape will pronounce four words. One of the words pronounced will have a different stress pattern. Your task is to indicate (on your answer sheet) the word which is stressed differently from the rest.

The next part of the audio segment begins to introduce rules to a modified English language (created for the sole purpose of the test). You may be told that the rules of this language consist of all nouns preceded by verbs, and nouns and verbs will always end in the same vowel sound. You would then translate a given English phrase into a phrase compatible with the modified language.

For example, you may be shown the phrase " The dog Runs," followed by four choices: A-" Runsie, The dogie;" B-" The dogie runsie;" C-" Runie the dogo;" D-" The dogo runa." Of course, "A" would be the correct answer because the verb precedes the noun and both end in the same vowel sound.

A few times when the speaker was giving the answers I would hear the right one, but by the time he finished, I had forgotten which letter it was. It helped to put a little dot inside the one I thought was right as he was speaking. It also helped to close my eyes while he was reading and listen for keywords.

Visual Segment: The tape is turned off, and all of the rules you studied so hard for on the Audio Segment are no longer applicable. In the visual segment, you will be presented (in your test booklet) pictures combined with words or phrases that (hopefully) will give you — after some contemplation — a basic understanding of this gibberish on the test page.

For instance, on one page might have a picture of a parachute at the top. Underneath the parachute, there might be something like " paca." Then there might be a picture of a man. The man might be labeled " tanner." Then there might be a picture of a man parachuting which would read " tannerpaca." Then a picture of a man flying in an airplane which might read " tannerpaci."

Contrary to popular belief, you can study for the DLAB. I took… some books from the library and after one good night of studying and I pulled off a 146. The problem is that most native English speakers don’t know and don’t care much about English grammar. If you have a strong understanding of English grammar, how verbs work, how objects work, how adjectives and possessives work, you’ll do fine.

Another hard part for English speakers is finding stress in words. English usually has multiple stresses. Here’s an easy tip to find stress. Remember in elementary school when you were studying syllables and the teacher had you knock on a desk for every syllable? Do that!

Let’s do the word ‘aptitude.’ Say the word and knock on the desk. You should get three knocks: ap-ti-tude. Now, do it again and make the strength of your knock correspond to the strength of your voice. You’ll find that the stress falls on the first syllable: AP-ti-tude. Do that on the test while the speaker speaks. If you’re in a room with multiple people, don’t do it on the desk just for politeness sake. Use your leg.

DLAB is more than having a good understanding of the English language. It also helps if you can understand the dialect of other people. A good help is knowing letters pronounced in other languages. Even better is knowing other languages (Russian, German, Farsee, etc.)

Another point to learn before taking the test is that word order is a major factor. There will be parts of the test where they will say that there will be an ending for the noun(car(se)) and an ending for an adverb (yesterday(e)) but the noun has to come before the adverb and only in that order to be correct. The best way to come to the test is over prepared and relaxed.