The DLAB Test was built to be a mystery. Their hope is that you, the test taker, sits down to the computer completely ignorant of what to expect and experiences what most would say was the hardest test they have ever taken. To further this, the stakes are extremely high. Your scores will affect your military career. Your results will dictate whether or not you enter the program you want and which language you will take. With so much to lose, do you really want to start the DLAB ignorant?
Well no longer do you have to. We at the DLAB Prep have scoured everything on the market and tested each one of the below resources. While some are better than others, each one will help you and be worth the time and or money. So check them out and if you have used these, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
The Official DLAB Training Manual is DLAB Prep’s #1 choice and recommended buy due to being the most comprehensive DLAB preparation source on the market. It gives clear descriptions on the layout of the test and provides key tips and recommendations on how to approach the questions. Furthermore the Official DLAB Training Manual includes the EXACT grammar rules used on the test and an extensive DLAB Practice Exam with answers and explanations. It is not only one of the cheapest but the best study guide out there.
The Complete DLAB Study Guide is DLAB Prep’s #2 choice but was seriously close to being #1. While it lacks in description, we actually think it has the better Practice Test. The audio portion of the exam was a lot tougher in this book and would give the person a better experience. For $10 it is a super good deal and give you another chance of some practice. Your best bet is to buy both the Complete DLAB Study Guide and the Official DLAB Training Manual so as to get double the practice and double the experience.
DLAB Study Guide – $39.95
While the DLAB Study Guide is more expensive than The Official DLAB Training Manual, 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 It is a little out of date in some parts but still has some good exercise questions and examples. Furthermore, due to a recent update on the DLAB test, the grammar rules are no longer exactly like the test. However, the differences are very slight and only a grammar rule or two are incorrect. But still, the extra practice and extra questions will really help.
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 above recommended Study Guides and are looking for another source to gage your level of comprehension. So save your money.
Finally, our only free source is a super basic 10 question test that the US Navy produced on their Cryptology Page. Here you can “get a slight feel” for what the DLAB questions are like. Now, if you fail this, then you SERIOUSLY need to read our articles and buy the above study guides. If you get a 10 out of 10 on this site, don’t think that you will necessarily do well on the DLAB. It is our best judgment that the questions on this Navy test are the easiest you will find on the DLAB and pose no real challenge as compared to what you will see. But even still, these 10 questions are better then nothing and the more experience you have before the test, the better. You can access it here: Take the Test Now
So as you can see, there are great resources out there to help prepare you for the test. We at DLAB Prep believe that the Official DLAB Training Manual is by far your best bet and even though it is the cheapest out there, it’s actually the one that has more content and a better practice test. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.