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Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)

As part of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center provides resident instruction at the Presidio of Monterey in two dozen languages, five days a week, seven hours per day, with two to three hours of homework each night.

Courses last from 26 to 64 weeks, depending on the difficulty of the language. DLIFLC is a multi-service school for active and reserve components, foreign military students, and civilian personnel working in the federal government and various law enforcement agencies. To attend DLIFLC one must be a member of the Armed Forces or be sponsored by a government agency.

DLIFLC students are taught by approximately 1,800 highly educated instructors, 98 percent of whom are native speakers of the languages they teach. Aside from classroom instruction, faculty also write course materials, design tests called the Defense Language Proficiency Test and conduct research and analysis.

EFSC will evaluate DLPT scores for credit using these guidelines:
  • Scores must be submitted on an official score report from the organization administering the examination.
  • Students may earn a maximum of 45 credits through a combination of accelerated mechanisms.
  • Duplicate credit cannot be awarded, i.e. if student has already received a grade of “C” or higher for a course, student will not be awarded credit for the course again.
  • Courses may be used for grade forgiveness purposes if student did not previously pass the course.
  • The grade of “S” is given for each course, and will not calculate into student’s GPA.
  • Students must be cognizant of initial testing and retake policies for each exam. Some exams require students to wait a specific amount of time before they can retake the exam.
  • For graduation purposes, exams must be taken and successfully passed prior to the last date of the month in which graduation is sought.

Defense Language Proficiency Test Scores

DLPT Scores
Exam Passing Score Passing Score
Arabic (MSA) ELEC X120 & ELEC X121 ELEC X120,
ELEC X121 &
Chinese Mandarin CHI 1120 & CHI 1XXX CHI 1120,
Japanese JPN 1120 & JPN 1121 JPN 1120,
JPN 1121 &
JPN 2220
Portuguese ELEC 1X20 & ELEC 1X21 ELEC 1X20,
ELEC 1X21 &
Russian RUS X120 & RUS X121 RUX X120 &
RUS X121