I Want to Take the Hi-LAB Test!

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Yesterday afternoon I became mildly obsessed with the Hi-LAB--or High Level Language Aptitude Battery test--which I just read about in an&nbsp;interesting new article from language writer Michael Erard.</p>
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<em>I want to take the Hi-LAB test.&nbsp;</em></p>
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<img alt="The Nautilus Website" src="/assets/images/uploads/Nautilus_Website.png" style="width: 1000px; height: 747px;" /></p>
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The Nautilus Website</p>
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Erard, who is the author of a book about hyperpolyglottery called&nbsp;<a href="http://ellenjovin.com/review/babel-no-more-the-search-for-worlds-most-ex... No More</em></a>, wrote the article, "<a href="http://nautil.us/issue/12/feedback/secret-military-test-coming-soon-to-y... Military Test, Coming Soon to Your Spanish Class</a>," for the science magazine <i>Nautilus</i>.</p>
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Of the test he writes that "it was developed by University of Maryland researchers working on a government contract in order to predict a person’s ability to learn a language to a very high level. Since its release in 2012, the Hi-LAB has been rolled out to government agencies and military training schools and will eventually be available for civilians as well."</p>
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Enticingly, he notes that details of the Hi-LAB were only recently made public--which makes me feel pretty cool indeed for knowing about it now.</p>
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Erard recounts how, in the wake of 9/11, and with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, there was a need for people who knew languages such as Arabic, Dari, Pashto, and Urdu. And there <em>weren't&nbsp;</em>those people.</p>
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The idea of the test is that it predicts who will be good at learning languages. I mean <em>really good</em>. Then you can teach them <em>fast</em>. And well.&nbsp;</p>
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For military purposes, I guess a half-baked speaker who requires a lot of training to become half-baked is not going to do as much good as someone who eats foreign accents and idioms for breakfast.</p>
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In reading about some of the test components, I thought, oops, I do not think I would do very well. But that's okay. For the sake of science, I am willing to risk discouraging feedback about my ultimate prospects.</p>
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Where is the sign-up sheet please?</p>

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