How to Encounter Defense Language Aptitude Battery?

Your previously acquired foreign language skills may not be helpful while encountering defense language aptitude battery, especially when your native language is English. A fake language is created, fake grammatical rules are designed and fake phonetic coding is offered. But neither your answers nor your results are fake.

On the other hand your English language skills may contribute in understanding the basic structure in fake language that the tester may develop. English language is native to me. This page may be helpful to to discover the smart ways to prepare before encountering this battery.

Important Tips

Make it clear that there are no specific study guides available for DLAB. The reason is that every tester builds his own fake language and fake grammar. A guide written for one test my not be suitable for another. However, if you focus upon the following tips, you may score better.

Grammar and Syntax

If you don't have good understanding of English language grammar and syntax, your fluency is not sufficient. You need to know how verbs, objectives, adjectives and possessives work?

Manipulation of Grammatical Rules

As you would be offered fake rules so you must have ability to manipulate the current grammar rules. When you are given a rule that adjectives follow nouns, then it's not a 'blue dog' no matter how many times audio repeats it, it's a 'dog blue.'

Structure of Sentences

You should know how English sentences are constructed i.e. Subject-Verb-Object. Recognize accentuation, syllable breaks, word patterns etc.

For example you want to be a German linguist. Observe how the sentences differ from those of English. A good way is to know the letters pronounced in other languages

Repetition of Questions

Keep your ears open to audio portion of the exam as there is no repetition of the questions. There is a question then a small pause for you to answer, then another question. If you cannot answer one question, don't think and concentrate on the beginning of next question. Be careful in this part.

Scoring of Defense Language Aptitude Battery

Your scores in the defense language aptitude battery determine which language you are going to study. There are four categories of scores and languages.

Score 85 and above qualifies you for the first category of languages; French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, etc.

Score 90 and above qualifies you for second category of languages such German

Score 95 and above qualifies you to learn third category of languages such as Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Pashto, Persian [Dari], Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Tagalog [Pilipino], Thai, Turkish, Uzbek, Vietnamese, etc.

Score 100 qualifies you to learn the fourth category of languages such as Arabic, Chinese [Mandarin], Japanese, and Korean

What does defense language aptitude battery measure?

A bit of structural knowledge can’t make you a tester. However, this can help you to encounter the defense language aptitude battery successfully. When you learn what capabilities are measured, it can help you to answer 126 questions that are generally offered in DLAB.

Phonetic Coding

The battery tries to measure your abilities to segment and identify distinct sounds, to form associations between those sounds and symbols representing them, and to retain these associations.

Grammatical Sensitivity

The DLAB also measures your ability to recognize the grammatical functions of words or other linguistic structures in sentences.

Rote Learning Ability

People vary in their ability for rote learning. The defense aptitude battery tries to determine your level of rote learning ability.

Inductive Language Learning Ability

Can you infer the rules that govern use of languages? Your ability to follow fake rules are also analyzed.

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