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Average Scores

The United States Military Academy (USMA), aka West Point, conducted a review of all scores on the MLAT for the class of 2012. The review discovered that over 1200 students sat the MLAT that year. From this population, the scores ranged from 14 to 163 with the median being 113. 


How the test is graded 

The MLAT uses a paper-based booklet, practice answer sheet and exam sheet. The booklet contains all the test questions as well as explanations of test sections. The booklet will also contain the example questions that prepare you to conduct sections 3-5. All answers are to be recorded on the answer sheet. An example of the sheet is provided at the bottom of this article. 


Students need to be careful to track exactly which questions they answer as some parts of the test (Section 1) will require you to transcribe your score from writing then into the shaded circles.   

Your score will be accumulated according to how many correct answers you got in each section. No points are deduced for incorrect answers or questions that are left blank. No one question is weighted higher than any other. This is important because some sections have many more questions than others. For example, section 2 contains 50 questions, whereas section 5 only has 24. This is important information to know so you can weight your study accordingly. All figures and study techniques can be accessed through MLAT study's portal

Each organisation that conducts the MLAT (e.g. Australian Defence Force, West Point and others) will set different cut-offs. For example, West Point will only allow those students who scored over 100 to study Arabic, Chinese or Russian.  The Australian Defence Force is similar but has five separate brackets and depending which you fall into determines what languages are open to you.  

How long does it take to get your score?

It depends on how many papers are being graded by how many examiners. In general, it should not take much longer than an hour to receive your grade. 

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