Probably the number question you have if you are visiting this site is “How do I study for the DLAB?” After all, if you are reading all these articles then you probably have a high stake in your overall DLAB score and know relatively little about the test itself. That’s okay because the military wants it to be a mystery, but it doesn’t have to be.
Many people will tell you that you can’t study for the DLAB because it isn’t a “knowledge based” exam. You can’t go somewhere and memorize a bunch or words or facts and then regurgitate them on the test. But there are some key ways in which you can prepare yourself for the DLAB. If you follow these four steps, we promise you that you will receive a better score than if you just walked in there and took the exam.
1. Understand the Test Layout and Know what to Expect
Start to remove the mystery of the DLAB by understanding how the test is laid out and what type of questions they will ask in each part. Basically put, the DLAB is a test consisting of 124 questions broken into 2 parts: Audio and Visual. For more information on the specific layouts of these sections, please read or reread the following articles.
2. Access study guides and practice tests
Nothing prepares someone better than a good old study guide and practice test. The same can be said for taking the DLAB. So to really help you in your studies, we have compiled a list of all known practice exams and study guides out there. For more specific information, please check out our “Best DLAB Study Guides” and “DLAB Practice Tests” articles for more information.
The Best DLAB Study Guide is DLAB Prep’s number 1 choice and recommended buy due to not only being the most comprehensive study guide but also being the cheapest. It gives clear descriptions on the layout of the test and provides key tips and recommendations on how to approach the questions. Furthermore the DLAB Study Guide includes the EXACT grammar rules used on the test and an extensive DLAB Practice Exam with answers and explanations.
DLAB Study Guide – $39.95
While the DLAB Study Guide is more expensive than The Best DLAB Study Guide, it still has a lot of information and can be useful. It is a little out of date in some parts but still has some good exercise questions and examples. It doesn’t present any new information as compared to The Best DLAB Study Guide but can still help. We only recommend buying the DLAB Study Guide if you are buying it along with The Best DLAB Study Guide so as to have more examples and more experience prior to taking the DLAB.
Defense Language Aptitude Battery appears to have been made by a corporation and lacks important information needed for test takers. The comments and bad ratings says it all. We do not recommend buying this book unless you have already bought The Best DLAB Study Guide, the DLAB Study Guide and are still looking for more experience and the use of test questions. There is no denying the power of repetition, and experience for a test like this one, however we recommend saving your money and investing in the other two options.
3. Review you English Grammar Rules
As was discussed in our “tips” articles, a strong handle on English grammar will significantly prepare you for both the visual and audio port of the exam. The ability to break down a sentence structure and organize the words based off their grammar rule will truly make the difference between a 105 to a 125 in the DLAB score. While there are many resources that you could try to piece together to achieve this knowledge, we highly recommend the following:
Don’t let the name fool you, English Grammar For Dummies book is one of the most renown book sets in the world. Regardless of your level of expertise on the matter, it is written for all everyone. What’s most important for us DLAB takers are the examples they use throughout the book. For our specific purposes, these examples were the best in illustrating the key points we need for the DLAB test, and believe us, we read a lot of these types of books.
The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need is a must if you are serious about understanding grammar structure and thus increasing your DLAB score. While the book focuses on improving one’s ability to write grammatically correct papers and articles, it is one of the highest rated basic grammar books on the market. it is clear, concise and relatively inexpensive. While English Grammar For Dummies has better examples, The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need was more useful after finishing the DLAB and preparing for DLI/Language Studies.
So in this article we have provided you with 3 recommendations on how to study for the DLAB test. We assure you that if you take our three recommendations, you will score higher than if you only did one or none. So jump in, prepare, beat your competitors and reach your goals on the DLAB test today.