One thing you will find, if you search the internet about the DLAB, is that every time someone posts a response to a question about the DLAB, they almost always tell you their score as if this immediately gives them credibility. You will see this so often that you may start to think that scores of 140 and above are common place. But don’t worry, this is actually not true.
Scores of 140 and above are extremely rare and we figure that most people are lying when they tell you they have this score. It’s not that it can’t happen however because the scoring system is on a logarithmical scale, to score higher, you need to exponentially score better than before. One mistake can drop you multiple points. Therefore you would need a “Bobby Fischer” to score perfect or near so to an exam that requires. How a logarithmical scale works, there really can’t be that many people with scores that high.
BTW just the other day, a blogger posted that he scored a 170 just this week. I regretfully informed him that the test only scores to 164. You see there is a lot of misinformation out there in the DLAB world. Don’t get fooled.
So what is a high DLAB score?
A 105 or above is a high score. This score allows you to enroll in any language that the US military offers. The point of the test is to show how capable you are at learning a language. If you score above a 105, then you have rocked the exam and proven you are capable to learn any language the military may throw at you.
What about the FAO Program or Olmstead Program?
While a 105 will get you into any language program, it most likely isn’t enough for these two programs. According to official resources, you should have at least a 122 for the FAO program. This doesn’t mean you won’t get accepted into the community, however it does mean you better have more exceptional qualities to set you above your peers.
The Olmsted program is even harder. Over the past 8 years, the average of those scholars selected for this program has been a 130. So as you can see a 105 probably doesn’t cut it.
So in Conclusion
For the purposes of the test, a score of 105 is exceptional and will get you to where you need. This therefore quantifies it as a high score. However if you are applying for programs like FAO or the Olmsted scholarship, then 130 seems to be the high score for that group and will require the utmost of preparation to attain that level.
Either way, study hard and check out our list of the best DLAB Study Guides and Practice Tests so that you can score high regardless of your program.