Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers (ACCESS)

Army Personnel Testing Program Retest Policy

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

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:

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.


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