Many people wonder how hard the DLAB really is. If you ask those who have taken it, they will probably tell you that it was one of the hardest tests they have ever taken. The general response is, no matter how well you actually did on the test, you will walk out of there feeling as though you just bombed it. Don’t worry, everyone just about feels this way.
So why is the test so difficult and what makes it leave such an impression?
It’s because the test is formatted differently and is like nothing you have ever seen before. It will ask you a different type of question that if you aren’t prepared for, may leave you clueless as to what they really want. In some parts it almost feels like a riddle or brain games trying to match pictures and phrases based off grammar structures and third-tier connections.
Unlike a math test, the DLAB does not ask you questions that you can memorize the answers for. It will ask you to apply certain fundamental grammar rules to a fast paced reading and will ask you to restructure the sentence in your mind and write the answer. Then in a set of pictures you will need to quickly establish linking elements so as to draw a conclusion on what the question is asking. Sounds strange right?
Well don’t worry. In our previous posts, we have written out the basic layouts of the DLAB tests. For a more specific view of what to expect on the DLAB, we have two posts that should be of special interest to you: Tips for the Listening Portion of the DLAB and Tips for the Visual Portion of the DLAB. These three articles will serve you well in preparing for the exam, but nothing beats the study guides on the markets or the practice tests.
But, if you really want to get a firm grasp of what the DLAB offers, then you need to pickup a DLAB study guide. Inside the study guides, you will find the complete layout, test secrets, and even DLAB Practice Tests.
So, make sure to checkout all of these resources and they will help you get you prepared for a test that you aren’t supposed to be prepared for. It will serve you best to feel comfortable with the type of questions and in the end will make the test easier. No longer will you reply “I think I bombed that!” But instead, you’ll feel alright.