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Army Personnel Testing (APT)

The Army Personnel Test (APT) Program covers selected applicants for appointment as commissioned or warrant officers and classification of enlisted personnel for assignment to training or duties that need specialized aptitudes or qualifications. APT Classification exams are: AFAST, AFCT, DLAB, DLPT, DLRPT, OPI, SIFT; and Non-APT Exams: ECLT, BMST, TABE, GT Predictor, Sergeants Major Non-Resident Course, BNCOC Math, SCCT and TCCT and typing. The descriptions of APT Exams are below under Types of Army Classification Tests.

The APT regulation 611-5 Personnel Selection and Classification Testing, and Army Linguist Management establishes specific procedures for test administration.

Soldiers may be eligible to earn college credits for language skills. The American Council on Education (ACE) evaluates language exams for recommended credit. It is up to the post-secondary institution to accept or award credit based upon those recommendations.

Eligibility:
(1) Active Duty Personnel and Reserve Components.
(2) Civilian applying for a government job for which language proficiency is a qualification, the Civilian Personnel Office (CPO) documents both factors to the TCO in writing.

American with Disabilities Act (ADA):
(1) Individuals are appointed to a specific rank or grade in any component of the armed forces do not fall under employment requirements of the ADA.
(2) No exceptions will be made to time limits on the AFCT due to disability.

Types of documentation required to test:
(1) DA Form 4187 (Request for Personnel Action) must be provided at the time of testing. Examinees, to include commanders, may not certify themselves. Pre-scheduled through the Testing Center the SCCT/TCCT; DLPT; DLRPT; ECLT; TYPING; AFAST; DLAB, OPI by calling (254) 287-4292.
(2) Service members taking the AFCT must have a DA Form 4187 and a permission slip from the Education Counselor.
(3) Permission Slip from the Education Center Counselors’ is required for BMST, BNCOC Math,
TABE and GT Predictor unless enrolled in the BSEP program.
(4) Testing of Sister Service members must obtain authorization document from their local personnel office.

Types of Army Classification Tests:
Typing:  The Typing and Dictation Test is used to determine words per minute skills.

SIFT (Selection Instrument for Flight Training)
(1) Determines a soldier’s suitability for flight training.
(2) Soldiers must receive a qualifying score of 40 or higher prior to applying for training as an Army aviator.
(3) GT score of 110 or higher is required for flight training.
(4) Can only retest ONCE if score is lower than 40.
(5) SIFT, DA PAM 611-256-2, pending publication can also be downloaded from www.apd.army.mil, before testing.
(6) Time allotted: 2.5 hours.

AFCT (Armed Forces Classification Test)
(1) Determines a Soldier’s qualifications for Military Occupational Specialties, order to qualify for reenlistment, an MOS change, Warrant Officer training, Officer Candidate School (OCS), or Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC).
(2) Must be administered in its entirety.
(3) Can test up to 4 times; initial test with three retests. The fourth and final test must be approved by APT Program Manager.
NOTE: Taking the AFCT does not include the ASVAB taken prior to coming on active duty.

Defense Foreign Language Program (DFLP)
(1) The Army is the Executive Agent for the Defense Foreign Language Program (DFLP). All services use the same DFLB test materials.
(2) The Defense Language Reading Proficiency Tests (DLRPT) evaluates Service Members foreign language proficiency in Reading Comprehension.
(3) The Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) evaluates Service Members for language proficiency in Listening and Reading Comprehension.
(4) Language test scores expire one year from test date.
(5) Service members may retest six months after previous test date. They should test before scores expire to help ensure Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP) is not terminated.
(6) Service members should retest prior to deploying for extended periods of time, as long as six months, have passed from previous test date.
(7) Currently available DFLP Language Exams:

DLRPT DLPT I DLPT II DLPT III DLPT IV DLPT V DLPT V CR
AMHARIC  (AC) BULGARIAN (BU)
DANISH (DA)
ICELANDIC (JC)
LITHUANIAN (LT)
SLOVENIAN (SL)
SWAHILI (SW)
YIDDISH (YJ)
BURMESE (BY)
CAMBODIAN (CA)
CHINESE- (CD)
AMOY
CHINESE- (CC)
CANTONESE
DUTCH- (DU)
FLEMISH
HUNGARIAN HU)
INDONESIAN (JN)
LAO (LC)
SWEDISH (SY)
ROMANIAN (RQ) CZECH (CX)
GERMAN (GM)
ITALIAN (JT)
POLISH (PL)
PORTUGUESE- (PQ)
BRAZILIAN
PORTUGUESE- (PT)
EUROPEAN
TAGALOG (TA)
THAI (TH)
UKRANIAN(UK)
VIETNAMESE(VN)
ARABIC (L)
EGYPTIAN (AE)
FRENCH (FR)
ARABIC- (DG)
IRAQI (L)
HEBREW (HE)
ARABIC- (AQ)
LEVANTINE (L)
ARABIC-MODERN (AD)
STANDARD
CHINESE- (CM)
MANDARIN**
JAPANESE (JA)
KOREAN (KP)
KOREAN** (KP)
PERSIAN (PF) FARSI
PUSHTU (PU)
RUSSIAN** (RU)
SERBIAN- (SC)
CROATIAN
SPANISH** (QB)
TURKISH (TU)
PASHTO (PV)
DARI (PG)
ALBANIAN (AB)
AZERBAIJANI (AX)
HINDI (HJ)
GREEK** (GR)
KURDISH- (XS)
SORANI
KURMANJI (XL)
NORWEGIAN (NR)
PERSIAN- (PG) 
AFGHAN (DARI)
URDU (UR)
PUNJABI (PJ)
SORANI (XS)
CEBUANO (VB)
CHAVACANO (MV)
JAPANESE** (JA)
TAUSAG (MH)
TURKISH (TU)
UZBEK (UX)
READING
2HR 30 MIN
LISTENING
1 HR
READING
1 HR
LISTENING
1 HR
READING
45 MIN
LISTENING
3 HRS
READING
 3 HRS
LISTENING
3 HRS
READING
3 HRS
LISTENING
3 HRS
READING
 3 HRS
LISTENING
3 HRS
READING
3 HRS
**Available in Upper level after SM scores a 3/3 in lower level test
(L) Listening only
 

OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview):
An evaluation of proficiency in speaking by means of an interview is used when there is no DLPT and mission/program criteria are met (i.e. appropriate justification is provided).

DLRPT (Defense Reading Proficiency Test)
A reading test only. It evaluates the proficiency of Amharic and Hausa.

FLPB (Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus): Contact the Testing Center for a listing of authorized Languages.
(1) FLPB is a monthly special pay for officers, warrant officers, and enlisted soldiers who qualify and maintain proficiency in a designated foreign language.
(2) FLPB is for Active Army, Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve.

DLAB (Defense Language Aptitude Battery)
(1) Measures an individual’s aptitude for learning a foreign language and is required for soldiers interested in foreign language training.
(2) DLAB scores do not expire.
(3) Passing score 95.
(4) Qualifying scores on the DLAB authorized Service Members to train in one of the language categories:
     Category I: 95 or higher.
     Category II: 100 or higher.
     Category III: 105 or higher.
     Category IV: 110 or higher.
     * There are no study materials available.

Non-APT Examinations:

GT Predictor

ECLT (English Comprehension Language Test)
This test is designed to measure an individual's ability to read and understand English. It is required for non-native English speakers when applying for certain schools.

BMST (Basic Math and Science Test)
This test is required for CMF 52 and measures math and science knowledge. It is scored at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and takes about 4-6 weeks to receive results.

TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education)
The TABE has several exams that cover reading, mathematics computation, applied mathematics, language and spelling subject areas.

US Army Sergeants Major Academy Non-Resident Course
Soldier must be enrolled in the Sergeants Major Academy Non-Resident course. The Class Facilitator (CF) is the Test Control Officers primary contact. The TCO will receive separate authorization for the CF to administer the End of Month (EOM) examinations.

Other Examinations:

Excellence in Armor Program (EIA) (SCCT and TCCT)
identifies outstanding CMF 19 soldiers whose performance demonstrates superb leadership potential, both in One State Unit Training conducted by the 1st Armor Training Brigade and in Armor/Cavalry units army-wide. EIA is both an active and reserve component program.

SCCT (Scout Commander Competency Test) – MOS 19D
- Level I - provide a standardized baseline of excellence for the Total Armor Force. Certification is required annually to demonstrate that they have maintained the standards needed to be effective cavalry soldiers.
- Level II - is designed to identify cavalry soldiers who have demonstrated excellence in lower skill levels and exhibit the potential to continue to excel into the senior NCO ranks.

TCCT (Tank Commander Competency Test) – MOS 19K
- Level I - provides a standardized baseline of excellence for the Total Armor Force. Certification is required annually to demonstrate that they have maintained the standards needed to be effective tank crewmen.
- Level II – is designed to identify armor soldiers (and cavalry soldiers assigned on a M551 who have demonstrated excellence at lower skill levels and exhibit the potential to continue to excel into the senior NCO ranks.

TYPING TEST
The typing test is no longer classified as an Army Classification Test.

For additional information on Army Personnel Testing, click on website below:
https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/Education/APT.html

 
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