Defense Language Institute Offers New Way to Test Language Skills

Story Number: NNS160212-17Release Date: 2/12/2016 3:08:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Sailors who speak a foreign language now have an opportunity to take the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) using web-based field testing (WBFT) for some languages, providing testing opportunities to more Sailors.

The web-based field testing, which began Feb. 1, will accelerate the process of DLPT development and provide a data collection interface that is designed and delivered through a secure web-delivery environment, similar to the operational DLPT.

Tagalog was the first language to be used as part of WFBT. Chinese-Cantonese and Sudanese are also available, but in listening skill form only. Other languages available for testing, although not yet in WBFT-form, include French, Spanish, Persian-Farsi, Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Burmese, German, along with several others.

Examinees will be given up to three hours to complete each test form, plus additional time to provide feedback. Upon completion, Sailors will be provided their score at the end of each test and encouraged to make additional appointments to complete the other available test forms, if applicable to the language they are being tested in.

Foreign language testing is beneficial for Sailors and the Navy for multiple reasons. Some languages might be eligible for Foreign Language Proficiency Pay, depending on the language and the Sailor's proficiency level. Sailors can obtain college credits and a Navy Enlisted Classification Code for certain languages based on their proficiency. Proficiency in a foreign language can also provide opportunities for unique billets worldwide.

More WBFT will be available later in the year and the Navy Foreign Language Office will keep the Fleet informed on upcoming languages.

If you have any WBFT questions, please contact Navy Foreign Language Office at Details are available via your local Navy College Office.

For more information on the Navy's Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture programs please visit NPC's website at

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