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If you’re active-duty military, you are eligible to earn an additional $100-$500 per month in compensation by becoming proficient in another language. This is known as the Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus, and it was created to help fill the need for bilingual service personnel. Defense Language Proficiency Tests (DLPT) measure reading, comprehension, and speaking ability in other languages, such as French, Spanish, German, Russian, Mandarian, in real-world situations.

How does the Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus structure work? Your level of proficiency scored on the DLPT exam corresponds to the amount of additional compensation you receive. 

Watch the video below to learn what’s covered on DLPT exams and how passing exams increases your earnings potential.

Taking practice tests is the best way to prepare for DLPT exams and understand how you would score on test day. Practice tests help you diagnose sections where you may need additional study time, and give you the opportunity to simulate the actual test-taking experience, leading to increased confidence heading into test day.

Are you preparing for a DLPT exam? Check out Peterson’s German, Mandarin, and Russian DLPT test prep which includes six, full-length practice tests to help you prepare for the exam.