It’s simple. Sending troops and personnel to Language school is very expensive. Therefore, they want to minimize any extra costs and reduce as many failures as possible. The DLAB test does not test one’s intelligence but instead tests one’s ability to learn a language. It tests things like:
Short-term Memory Application
Understanding of Grammar in a Language
These skill sets are those that the military has “deemed” as necessary for success in language studies. Now you may be thinking, how can I study for those types of questions? Check out our article “How to Study for the DLAB” for more information on preparing for the DLAB Test.
Also, it is important to note that a DLAB score is something the military can use to compare you to other troops. There aren’t that many standardized tests in the military, so the DLAB scoring can help the US military in comparing troops with different backgrounds. In this case, if you are looking at a promotion, entering a special program or reaching a next milestone, the military can compare your evaluated Language skills to that of someone else’s. It might not be fair but when has the military been fair.
The DLAB gives the interviewer or board a quantifiable means in which to evaluate you as compared to someone else. So, even if you are shooting for a low passing score, just remember that that score can follow you in your career and can make or break you in the future. Therefore, take it seriously because the military takes it seriously.