Commentary | Aug. 20, 2021

Opportunity for Arabic linguists to improve web-based field test

By Nicole Bertrand, MyCG Writer

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) is seeking Arabic linguists—preferably Saudi and Yemeni—to take the inaugural version of the multiple-choice Web-Based Field Tests (WBFT). Exam creators will use data collected from the test results to further refine the new multiple-choice exams for future test-takers. Currently, the exams are in long-form, written response. Once the study is concluded, the WBFT will then become a Defense Language Proficiency Test.

Volunteers can be Coast Guard military or civilian with CAC access. There are three tests—listening comprehension only. There is the option to take only one or more exams, if so desired. A maximum of three hours will be allotted per test. WBFT participants will be able to request and receive a certificate of appreciation signed by the assistant commandant of the DLIFLC to recognize their participation in the WBFTs. Participating Command Language Program Managers (CLPM) will be recognized for their contributions at the annual CLPM conferences sponsored by DLIFLC. Participation is ongoing through November 19, 2021. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Monica Bailey.