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Personnel in the active Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard are eligible for the APT program. Civilians and military Family members are generally not eligible.
The APT program encompasses standardized tests to determine eligibility for special military training and to support the Army's selection and classification process. There are very few situations in which TCOs are authorized, under Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and DoD policy, to administer APT tests to civilians.
Civilians may be tested, without an ETP in the following instances:
Testing for any other reason requires an ETP from ACCESS. The TCO must request for this ETP.
Should a civilian request an Army personnel test for any other reason, the TCO should contact the APT Office for an ETP.
The Army Personnel Testing (APT) program encompasses standardized tests to determine
eligibility for specialized training and to support the Army's personnel selection
and classification process, including language proficiency testing. The program
is governed by Army Regulation 611-5, Army Personnel Selection and Classification
Tests (10 June 2002).
The Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) are responsible for testing individuals
in the continental United States (CONUS) who are in the enlistment process, except
those in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), who are not eligible for testing. The
MEPS and the mobile examining teams are all equipped to do Armed Services Vocational
Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) testing. Non-MEPS sites will refer any individual who is
still in the enlistment process back to the MEPS. The MEPS track enlistee's eligibility
and test results in the Military Entrance Processing Command (MEPCOM) Integrated
Reporting System (MIRS) and do not accept test results from non-MEPS test control
officers (TCO) as valid.
There are no MEPS overseas. Consequently, Army Education Centers administer the
enlistment and student iCAT-ASVAB in support of the enlistment process, as well
as at Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DODDS) high schools. Results are
forwarded to the MEPS for tracking in MIRS.
Given that Soldiers are increasingly working in a joint environment, we devised
the following procedures for testing members of other services. The key issue is
eligibility, which must be coordinated with sister services' points of contact (POC).
The results must be entered into the Service member's personnel file. The Service
member is always given a copy of the test results. The TCO will also provide an
original signature copy of the results directly to the Service member's personnel
All services can be administered language tests, to include Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB),
without prior authorization.
The Navy has one office that governs Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT) testing
and another office that governs foreign language testing.
For the AFCT, normally the Navy prefers to test their sailors and should be referred to their command's
education service officer (ESO). The ESO will forward the Army Credentialing and
Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS) a commander's letter verifying
eligibility, along with an address to which test results are to be sent. In case
this is not possible to resolve through the ESO, the sailor should contact, the
Navy POC, OPNAV (N132D10), at 850-452-1001 or DSN 922-1007 x1538.
Sailors requesting to take the Selection Instrument for Flight Training (SIFT) to qualify for Army Warrant
Officer should review the "Army Warrant Officer Applicants" information, below.
Marines may not be administered the AFCT without first coordinating with their Marine
Corps chain of command. The testing office at Marine Corps Headquarters may be reached
at 703-784-9368 or DSN 278-9615.
NOTE: Marines requesting to test on the SIFT to qualify for the Army's Warrant
Officer program in aviation must coordinate with the HQ Marine Corps testing office
The Air Force has written an All-TCO-Letter, 96-4, which outlines formal testing
requirements for their personnel. In cases where there is no one to verify eligibility
and the address to which the results can be sent, the Air Force POC can be contacted
at (210) 565-3710 or DSN: 665-3710.
Airman requesting to take the SIFT to qualify for Army Warrant Officer should review the "Army Warrant
Officer Applicants" information, below.
Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT) is used to reevaluate in-service
personnel who wish to improve their ASVAB scores to qualify for reenlistment, an
MOS change, warrant officer training, officer candidate school or Reserve Officers'
Training Corps (ROTC). Soldiers take the ASVAB upon entry into the service and are
allowed to take the AFCT four additional times during their Army tenure.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)evaluates the
aptitude of high school students and individuals wishing to enlist in the Armed
Forces. This is also administered to in-service personnel wishing to be recruited
by another branch of the service 1145.02.
Officer Leadership Board Interviewcomponents assist board members
in preparing to conduct interviews to evaluate applicants for officer candidate
school or ROTC.
English Language Comprehension--Soldiers whose native language is
not English may take a test of their English language ability for the following
Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) evaluates the aptitude
of in-service personnel nominated for language training in one of four levels of
difficulty categories (AR 11-6, para 2-4).
Language Proficiency Testing is given to Soldiers who have received
foreign language training at government expense who claim knowledge of a foreign
language as a result of civilian education residence in a foreign country, or Family
usage, or whose records indicate previous language study. Contact the local Army
Education Center to find out more.
Defense Language Proficiency Tests (DLPTs) are available in in various
languages: Current DLPT list is available on the DMDC Authorization and Reporting
web site at www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/dlpt-ar/.
The Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is given by the Defense Foreign
Institute, Foreign Language Center (DIFIFLC).
For DLPT retest questions refer to the "Army Personnel Retest Policy" information, below.
Information is available on the Warrant Officer (WO) website concerning application
guidance for their programs. Explore the entire website to determine if you are
eligible for any WO military occupation specialty before applying. Information is
also available for non-Army individuals interested in requirements and the necessary
testing for such specialties as MOS 153A, Aviator training.
Air Force, Navy, and Marine Service members wishing to apply for the Army Warrant
Officer program must have a GT equivalent certification in the application packet.
To obtain the certification, Air Force and Navy Service members can mail to ACED
a certified true copy, with original signature, of their ASVAB scores. ACED will
then convert their score to an Army score, provided that it is 110 or above, and
mail the individual a copy of the certification to include in their application
packet. Marines must coordinate with U.S. Marine Corps Testing office.
If the individual is applying for aviation warrant officer training, the individual
must provide a copy of the certification to an Army TCO who will administer the
SIFT. The Army TCO will provide the individual with the scoring worksheet to be
included in their WO packet. A copy of the Service member's SIFT results will also
be sent to ACED and the information maintained on their database.
The Army Personnel Testing (APT) program's retest policy is governed by AR 611-5, Personnel and Classification Testing (9 December 2015), Para 4-9. Unless precluded by policy, Soldiers may retake any Army personnel test that resulted in an unsatisfactory score. The retest may not be taken sooner than six months after the previous test date. Once a retest is approved, an alternate form of the test will be used whenever possible.
The APT Program Manager must approve any request for an exception to policy (ETP) to test within the six-month limitation or for certain retests, as specified below, before a Service member is scheduled for a retest. The request should include documented reasons to expect that the retest will result in significantly improved scores. Once an exception is granted, no matter what the result, no further exceptions will be granted for six months. This requirement cannot be waived. Soldiers should be made aware of this limitation before requesting an ETP. Requests may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selection Instrument for Flight Training (SIFT): This test is a web-based test battery developed using industry-standard scientific methods to predict the success of students in aviation training programs. The complete test battery is used as a primary selection instrument for the Army aviation program. Applicants for the aviation program must attain a qualifying score on the SIFT to be selected for the Initial Entry Rotary Wing (IERW) program. The minimum score required of the SIFT battery to qualify for the Army aviation program is 40. If a score of 40 is not obtained on the first test, a Soldier may retest one time only with the approval of the individual's commander. To retest within six months, submit an SIFT Retest ETP. For additional information about scoring requirements, contact the Organization and Personnel Force Development Directorate, USAACE, Fort Novosel, AL at: email@example.com.
Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT): Soldiers who need to improve their Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) scores may be administered by the AFCT (which is the in-service version of the ASVAB), but not earlier than six months after the date of their ASVAB exam. The first administration of the AFCT is considered the initial test. Requests for the first and second retests may be approved by the Soldier's immediate commander but not earlier than six months after the previous test. An ETP approved by the APT Program Manager is required for the fourth test third retest, or to retest within the six-month window. Requests must include the number of times the Soldier has taken the AFCT, the dates of the tests and the General Technicals (GT) obtained. Further, requests should document the preparations the Soldier has taken to improve his or her scores. Whenever possible, a pre-test should be administered to ensure the probability of a successful retest. Sample AFCT Retest ETP.
Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB): Personnel who fail to qualify for language training with a score of 95 or higher on the initial test may retest after a six-month waiting period. First and second retests may be given on approval of the individual's immediate commander. Requests for retests within the six-month period, or for individuals who initially achieved a score of 95 or higher, must be based on a valid military requirement documented by the unit commander. Sample DLAB Retest ETP.
Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT): Soldiers requiring annual certification may retest six months after the previous test without an ETP. Requests for an ETP on language proficiency tests are governed by AR 11-6, Army Foreign Language Program (18 Feb 16), Para 2-4. It states that any individuals who have completed "significant language training," defined as a minimum of 150 hours of training, may apply for an exception to test within the six-month limitation. The request must thoroughly document the training. Sample DLPT Retest ETP.
The Army Personnel Testing (APT) program encompasses standardized tests to determine eligibility for specialized training and to support the Army's personnel selection and classification process, including language proficiency testing. The program is governed by Army Regulation 611-5, Army Personnel Selection and Classification Tests (9 December 2015).
Send all inquiries to the APT Test Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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