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: SIFT, AFCT, DLAB, DLPT, DLRPT, OPI, SIFT; and Non-APT Exams: ECL, BMST, TABE, GT Predictor, Sergeants Major Non-Resident Course, BNCOC Math 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.
(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 DLPT; DLRPT; ECL; TYPING; SIFT; 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) 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:
OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview):
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