Before going in to take the DLAB test, everyone has a target score in their mind. They have looked at the Category language requirements and they understand their respective service’s demands. But what most people don’t know is that when you finish the DLAB, you are give a results page with two DLAB scores: a Raw Score and a Standard Score. So don’t react like most people and freak out when you see one score below the requirements and one (hopefully) above the requirements. The definition of both scores are listed below:
Raw DLAB Score:
The Raw DLAB score is your unedited score. It tells you how many questions you got right. It is not a percentage but a specific unit detailing how many questions you answered correctly. However, this score is not important and I am not exactly sure why they even give it to you considering that all the score requirements are based on the standard score. What is worse is that this is the first score you will see. So do yourself a favor and disregard it and check out your standard score.
Standard DLAB Score:
The Standard score is the score you want to know. The standard score is created by taking your Raw score and weighing it based on the specific questions you got right. Remember, the scoring is based on a logarithmic scale. This explains why someone who has a raw score of 90, got a standard score of 128 as opposed to another person with a raw score of 100 getting a standard score of 140. This score is the most important score because it is the score that is detailed in the language requirements and your requirement to enter DLI. So, make sure you use your Standard DLAB Score when trying to figure out your current situation and decipher where you stand.
We at the DLAB Prep would love to be able to put together a Chart/Graph detailing the logarithmic scale used in developing the standard score. However, we do not have enough data to support this. So, if you could do us a favor and let us know what your Raw Score and your Standard Score is, that would be amazing. You can either email us, post below or just use our “Contact Us” form. We believe this will help future test takers understand their scores and how important 1 or 2 extra right answers will mean in their overall success.
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