College Credit By Examination (CLEP & DSST)

Get College Credit for What You Know


Program Overview

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) offers you the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know by taking any of the 33 introductory-level college subject exams. Because the exams are funded by DANTES, you could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars towards your degree.

Exam Subjects

The following CLEP exams are available:

Business

  • Financial Accounting
  • Information Systems
  • Introductory Business Law
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing

Composition & Literature

  • American Literature
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
  • College Composition
  • College Composition Modular
  • English Literature
  • Humanities

Foreign Languages

  • French Language: Levels 1 and 2
  • German Language: Levels 1 and 2
  • Spanish Language: Levels 1 and 2

History & Social Sciences

  • American Government
  • History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
  • History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Social Sciences and History
  • Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
  • Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

Science & Mathematics

  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • College Algebra
  • College Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Precalculus

Student Benefits

DANTES sponsors CLEP and DSST exams that test the level of knowledge gained through previous experiences. Both the CLEP and DSST exams are comparable to final undergraduate college course exams. Taking and passing these exams enables Service members to gain college credit* that can be applied to meet degree requirements.

Multiple exams are available, covering material commonly required for most degree programs. These exams can be taken at on-base and community National/International Test Centers.

*College credit recommendations for these exams are made through the American Council on Education (ACE) and are subject to the acceptance of individual academic institutions.

  • Earns college credit for prior knowledge
  • Reduces course completion time; the average exam takes only a few hours vs. 8-15 weeks in-classroom attendance
  • Decreases time to complete your degree; reduces the number of courses taken to complete a degree
  • Saves money; DANTES funds one attempt per exam title for eligible examinees
  • Avoids tuition assistance (TA) costs for courses replaced by credit earned through testing
  • Exam scores are included on a Service member’s Joint Services Transcript (JST)
  • Free test prep and study materials are provided online, via mobile apps, and at installation libraries and educatino centers
  • Know your score instantly for most exams

Program Eligibility

  • Service Members: Military personnel, to include active duty, Guard and Reserve components, U.S. Coast Guard, and USCG Reserve members must have and maintain a valid government-issued Common Access Card (CAC) to be eligible for DANTES funding.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Spouses: Spouses of active duty and Reserve Coast Guard members must have and maintain the Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card, DD Form 1173 to be eligible for DANTES funding.
  • Air Force Civil Service employees: Non-contract US Air Force civilian employees are eligible for DANTES-sponsored CLEP testing, but must test at on-base or fully-funded test centers.

Personnel not funded by DANTES

  • Inactive Guard, Inactive Reserve, and Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Military Retirees
  • Separated/Discharged Veterans
  • DoD Acquisition Workforce Personnel
  • Spouses, Dependents, and Civil Service employees of active duty Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force
  • Spouses, Dependents, and Civil Service employees of National Guard and Reserve components
  • Employees of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve

Costs for Test Fees

DANTES provides upfront funding of CLEP test fees, for the first attempt on all exam titles, for eligible military members. Military members who retest should use the civilian test registration procedures to pay for test costs. DANTES does not pay for retesting.

Retest Policy

Retests are not funded by DANTES. If military test takers want to retake an exam previously funded by DANTES, a three-month wait and self-payment of the current exam fee and administrative fees are required by the test center.

Locate a Test Center

To find the CLEP National Test Center, visit https://clep.collegeboard.org/test-center-search
  • Test Fee Only: Test centers are colleges and universities that do not agree to waive the registration fee. Service members are responsible for paying the test administration fee, which is not funded by DANTES. Fees vary by institution.
  • Fully-Funded: Test centers may be located on-base or on-campus and agree to waive the registration fee for DANTES-funded examinees. Administration and examination fees are paid by DANTES.

Prep for the CLEP

Free CLEP Study Material

Pass Rates for the CLEP

FY18 military CLEP exam pass rates are available. Review these pass rates with an education counselor or academic advisor to help you decide which exams will best satisfy your degree requirements.

Request Your Transcripts

Scores for all DANTES-funded CLEP exams are automatically reported to the Joint Services Transcript (JST). Air Force scores are also reported to the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), AFAEMS, and the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) website.

A no-cost score report is delivered to an institution of choice if designated during online registration.

A consolidated military transcript, which covers all the CLEP and DSST exams taken since July 1, 1974, is available for purchase at http://getcollegecredit.com/images/uploads/documents/Military_DSST_CLEP_transcript_post74.pdf . Contact: 1.877.471.9860 for assistance with obtaining your transcripts.

Program Overview

DSST exams are college subject tests that you can take to earn college credit for knowledge you acquired outside of a traditional classroom. There are 38 subject exams from which to select in disciplines such as Business, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Science, and more. Because the exams are funded by DANTES, you could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars towards your degree.

Exam Subjects

The following DSST exams are available:

Business

  • Business Ethics and Society
  • Business Mathematics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Money and Banking
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Personal Finance
  • Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Supervision

Humanities

  • Ethics in America
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Principles of Advanced English Composition
  • Principles of Public Speaking

Math

  • Fundamentals of College Algebra
  • Math for Liberal Arts
  • Principles of Statistics

Physical Science

  • Astronomy
  • Environmental Science (formerly Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet)
  • Health & Human Development (formerly Here’s to Your Health)
  • Principles of Physical Science I

Social Science

  • A History of the Vietnam War
  • Art of the Western World
  • Criminal Justice
  • Foundations of Education
  • Fundamentals of Counseling
  • General Anthropology
  • History of the Soviet Union (formerly the Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union)
  • Human/Cultural Geography
  • Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Substance Abuse (formerly Drug and Alcohol Abuse)
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction

Technology

  • Computing and Information Technology (formerly Introduction to Computing)
  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

Student Benefits

DANTES sponsors DSST and CLEP exams that test the level of knowledge gained through previous experiences. Both the DSST and CLEP exams are comparable to final undergraduate college course exams. Taking and passing these exams enables Service members to gain college credit* that can be applied to meet degree requirements.

Multiple exams are available, covering material commonly required for most degree programs. These exams can be taken at on-base and community-based National/International Test Centers.

*College credit recommendations for these exams are made through the American Council on Education (ACE) and are subject to the acceptance of individual academic institutions.

  • Earns college credit for prior knowledge
  • Reduces course completion time; the average exam takes only a few hours vs. 8-15 weeks of course attendance
  • Decreases time to complete degree; reduces the number of courses taken to complete a degree
  • Saves money; DANTES funds one attempt per exam title for eligible examinees
  • Avoids tuition assistance (TA) costs for courses replaced by credit earned through testing
  • Exam scores are included on a Service member’s Joint Services Transcript (JST)
  • Free test prep and study materials are provided online, via mobile apps, and at installation libraries and education centers

Program Eligibility

  • Service Members: Military personnel, to include active duty, Guard and Reserve components, U.S. Coast Guard, and USCG Reserve members must have and maintain a valid government-issued Common Access Card (CAC) to be eligible for DANTES funding.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Spouses: Spouses of active duty and Reserve Coast Guard members must have and maintain the Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card, DD Form 1173 to be eligible for DANTES funding.
  • Air Force Civil Service employees: Non-contract US Air Force civilian employees are eligible for DANTES-sponsored CLEP testing, but must test at on-base or fully-funded test centers.

Personnel not Funded by DANTES

  • Inactive Guard, Inactive Reserve, and Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Military Retirees
  • Separated/Discharged Veterans
  • DoD Acquisition Workforce Personnel
  • Spouses, Dependents, and Civil Service employees of active duty Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force
  • Spouses, Dependents, and Civil Service employees of National Guard and Reserve components
  • Employees of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve

Costs for Test Fees

DANTES provides upfront funding of DSST test fees, for the first attempt on all exam titles, for eligible military members. Military members who retest should use the civilian test registration procedures to pay for test costs. DANTES does not pay for retesting.

Retest Policy

Retests are not funded by DANTES. If military test takers want to retake an exam previously funded by DANTES, a 90-day wait and self-payment of the current exam fee and administrative fees are required by the test center.

Locate a Test Center

To find the DSST National Test Center, visit http://getcollegecredit.com/institutions/search
  • Test Fee Only: Test centers are colleges and universities that do not agree to waive the registration fee. Service members are responsible for paying the test administration fee which is not funded by DANTES. Fees vary by institution.
  • Fully-Funded: Test centers may be located on-base or on-campus and agree to waive the registration fee for DANTES-funded examinees. Administration and examination fees are paid by DANTES.

Prep for the DSST

Pass Rates for the DSST

FY18 military DSST exam pass rates are available. Review these pass rates with an education counselor or academic advisor to help you decide which exams will best satisfy your degree requirements.

Request Your Transcripts

Scores for all DANTES-funded DSST exams are automatically reported to the Joint Services Transcript (JST). Air Force scores are also reported to the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), AFAEMS, and the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) website.

A no-cost score report is delivered to an institution of choice if designated during online registration.

A consolidated military transcript, which covers all the CLEP and DSST exams taken since July 1, 1974, is available for purchase at http://getcollegecredit.com/images/uploads/documents/Military_DSST_CLEP_transcript_post74.pdf . For assistance with obtaining your transcripts contact: 1.877.471.9860.

If your school did not receive your score report within 90 days of your original test date, please verify the institution code that you listed during your exam registration. If the code is incorrect, please contact Prometric at 1.877.471.9860.

Education Programs & Tools

Need Help?

Frequently Asked Questions:

https://clep.collegeboard.org/help-for-students

Other Questions:

Phone: 800.257.9558
Email: clep@info.collegeboard.org

Frequently Asked Questions:

http://getcollegecredit.com/faq

Contact Prometric:

Phone: 1.877.471.9860

DANTES Support:

PH: 850.452.1919/1920
Email: exams@navy.mil