For years service members have searched the internet trying to find out what the DLAB is and how they can prepare for it. I myself had to once do this. I remember being told by the recruiter that I needed to take the Defense Language Aptitude Battery Test and that I needed at least a 105 to be able to learn Japanese, my dream language (a little to much Godzilla in the younger days). And like everyone else I raced home only to find the same military article on about.com and constant random posts on military forums that only asked questions instead of answering them. I found conflicting information, and weak answers to something that was going to forever change the course of my military career. I remember thinking “why hasn’t someone saved us from this and actually developed something with authority to answer these questions?” So with that said, I created the DLAP Prep to help future sailors, soldiers and chair men to fulfill their dreams and advance in their careers.
My name is Michael Jennings and three years ago I was in the same situation as you. However, I walked into the testing room and full of ignorance, I took the DLAB. I failed the first time because I wasn’t prepared (too embarrassed to say the grade). I have never been a test taker and I wasn’t going to let some ridiculous test stop me from becoming a linguist. Heck, I joined the Navy so I could become a linguist. I didn’t want to continue spending my days solely doing the job I had.
So after waiting another 6 months before retaking it (long story how I got that opportunity) I walked in, armed with a lot of the knowledge I will share here and scored a 136. Fast forward three years later and I am now out of the military and the same content that I saw on google three years ago is still the only content available. No one has addressed this matter seriously thus leaving us with no ability to aptly tackle the DLAB.
However, I must impress that I am not the only writer. I fully understand that the times change and so does the information. I have many old pals still in the military and new friends that are also guest writers. These include officers and enlisted so that all facets of the DLAB are covered. So no matter who you are or what your rank is, we have you covered and will always keep fresh, up-to-date information posted on the ever important DLAB test.