You've earned the right to a higher education through your service in the U.S. Armed Forces. But how do you use your GI Bill benefits? Which version is right for you? The Legion can help answer questions about state and/or federal education benefits, who can use them, and how long.
Save yourself both time and money by taking DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) and (CLEP) College Level Examination Program tests to help reduce the number of classes you may need for your degree program. You can earn college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on introductory-level college subject examinations. Just remember the first time you take a test, it is fully funded; if you fail the test, you will have to pay for any retesting on that subject.
DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) sponsors a wide range of examination programs to assist servicemembers in meeting their educational goals. They include:
Credit-By-Exam - CLEP, DSST
Entrance Tests - ACT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, SAT
Other - GED, Praxis
These examinations are administered at more than 500 military installations by DANTES test control officers who are normally the education services officers or Navy college education specialists for military installations, or at base-sponsored national test centers. About 150,000 DANTES-sponsored exams are administered each year to military personnel.
Beware Test-Prep Scams
DANTES and several of the national testing programs, such as CLEP and Prometric, have received numerous complaints regarding test-preparation companies selling highly questionable products and services. Before you invest hundreds or thousands of dollars in these preparation programs, beware of:
Attempts to sell you prep services for many tests at once, with payment up front or on credit.
Credit arrangements with a company other than the one selling you the prep service.
Direct sales contact at your home.
Promises that you can get college credit without enrolling in college.
Book lists that include dictionaries or encyclopedias.
Before you buy any test-prep service, contact your education service officer or Navy college education specialist. Numerous free and low-cost test- preparation alternatives are available at education centers, installation libraries or local bookstores that sell used college textbooks.
For additional information visit the DANTES Exams page.