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Questions About DANTES

What is DANTES?

In simple terms, DANTES is the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support program provides no-cost education and career-planning programs for the U.S. Armed Forces military member. Our Defense programs can help a military member at every stage of their military career, from entry into the service to the final stage of civilian transition to their next career.

How do I apply for DANTES?

There is no application requirement to use the programs and services available through DANTES, with the exception of the Troops to Teachers program. Active members of the U.S. Armed Forces must possess a valid government-issued CAC ID which states their affiliation as Uniformed Services to be eligible for the no-cost programs and services that are available. Contact a military education counselor for your branch of service to get started.

Who do I contact to get help with one of the DANTES programs?

Contact a military education counselor with your Service for education guidance and counseling. Our staff members are also available to assist you with the individual programs. Contact a DANTES representative here.

Does DANTES offer financial assistance?

DANTES does not provide financial assistance. The no-cost programs that we sponsor may be used by miliary members in place of Tuition Assistance, to save time and money while earning a degree. You can find financial assistance information for your branch of service and other resources on our Financial Assistance page.

Are discharged veterans and retired military personnel eligible for DANTES-funded testing?

No. You may be eligible for assistance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. To learn more, visit https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/

What is the difference between DANTES and the DSSTs?

DANTES is the DoD agency that is responsible for providing voluntary education program support and funding the test fees of the GED, ACT, SAT, DSST, CLEP, GRE, GMAT, and Praxis exams for members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The DSSTs are upper-level college credit-by-exams that are owned by Prometric. Learn more about the DSSTs here.

Prepare for College

How can DANTES help me get a college degree while serving in the military?

DANTES offers a variety of no-cost, non-traditional voluntary education support programs and services that give you more flexibility to pursue your educational goals while continuing to service in the U.S. Armed Forces. Contact a military education counselor to get started.

How can I refresh or improve my math and English skills?

DANTES offers a free online program to all U.S. Armed Forces military members to either refresh or improve basic and college prep math and English skills. Learn more by visiting our OASC-CPST page.

Does DANTES offer a career planning assessment?

The career planning process starts with learning about oneself. Determine your career and education goals with this free lifetime career-planning system, accessible online 24/7/365 at our Kuder Journey page.

How do I know if going to school online is right for me?

The Distance Learning Readiness Self-Assessment (DLRSA) helps you self-assess your readiness for distance learning. Find out more by visiting our DLRSA page.

What is the Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC) Degree Network System (DNS)?

SOC DNS maximizes educational opportunities for you by offering access to accredited colleges and universities that provide guaranteed course transferability among member schools. For more information about SOC, visit www.gosoced.org.

What is the Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC) Career and Technical Education (CTE) program?

The SOC CTE programs offers you, military education counselors and academic advisors a resource list that identifies credit-bearing certificate programs in career and technical education fields. The list will assist you with identifying career and technical education pathways to a civilian career with positive growth potential. For more information about SOC, visit: www.gosoced.org.

How can I research and compare DoD MOU partnership schools?

TA DECIDE is a college comparison tool to help you with selecting the right school for your needs. Visit the website for a current listing of participating DoD MOU institutions.

Exams

Who is eligible to take free exams offered by DANTES?

DANTES provides free access to:
  • SAT and ACT exams at DANTES Test Sites
  • CLEP and DSST exams at participating colleges and universities
  • Reimbursements for the ACT, SAT, GED, GRE, GMAT, and Praxis exams when taken at National/International Test Centers
This benefit is available to all members of the U.S. Armed Forces who possess a valid government-issued "Uniformed Services" Common Access Card (CAC). Learn more by visiting our Education Programs page.

How do I take a CLEP exam?

You can get started by reviewing the CLEP program overview.

How do I take DSST exam?

You can get started by reviewing the DSST program overview.

How do I take the ACT and SAT exams?

You can take the ACT and SAT exams can be taken at participating DANTES Test Sites. If your military education center does not support a DANTES Test Site, you may take the exams at National or International Test Center and receive an after-the-fact reimbursement. Learn more at our ACT/SAT page.

How do I take the GRE and GMAT exams?

You may take the GRE and GMAT at National or International Test Centers and receive an after-the-fact reimbursement. Learn more at our GRE/GMAT page.

How do I take the Praxis exam?

You may take the Praxis Tests at National or International Test Centers and receive an after-the-fact reimbursement. Learn more at our Praxis page.

Will DANTES fund the GED exam?

Yes. DANTES reimburses eligible service members for GED test fees only, once per lifetime of service. For reimbursment information, visit our GED page.

How do I find test centers?

Testing locations vary, depending on the exam you wish to take and whether it is funded or reimbursed by DANTES. For more information about testing locations, visit our our take a test page.

How can I get help with submitting my Electronic Reimbursement Request?

You can find reimbursement support information for the GED, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, and Praxis programs by visiting our Test Funding and Reimbursement page.

College Credit for What You Know

Can I get college credit for my military training and experience?

Many military members are eligible for college course credit at academic institutions based on knowledge already gained during military service. Learn more by visiting our JST page.

Can I earn college credit by taking CLEP and DSST exams?

DANTES sponsors CLEP and DSST exams that test the level of knowledge is gained through previous experiences. Both the CLEP and DSST exams are comparable to final undergraduate college course exams. Learn more by visiting our CLEP/DSST page.

Transcripts

How can I request a transcript of my military training and experience?

Your Joint Services Transcript (JST) is an official academic record that contains college credit recommendations based on your military experience, academic exam scores (i.e. CLEP, DSST, ACT, etc.), and academic courses completed while in the military. For JST program eligibility information, visit our JST page.

How can I request a transcript of the CLEP and DSST exams I have taken while in the military?

You can purchase an official transcript which covers CLEP and DSST exams that have been taken since July 1, 1974. You can also access that information through your Service's transcript/education systems (e.g., Joint Services Transcript (JST), Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC), Navy College Management Information System (NCMIS), etc). Learn more at our transcript page.

How can I request a transcript for USAFI exams I took before 1974?

If you took the GED, General Examinations of the College Level and other courses through the United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI), between 1942 and 1974, you can order a free USAFI/GED Transcript by visiting our JST page.

I'm a civilian, how can I request a transcript of my CLEP and DSST exams?

For civilian CLEP transcript information and assistance, visit https://clep.collegeboard.org For civilian DSST transcript information and assistance, visit getcollegecredit.com/faq.

How will I get my scores after taking an ACT or SAT at a DANTES Test Site?

Your scores arrive in the mail at the address you provided during testing, approximately 8 weeks (SAT) and 2-4 weeks (ACT) after receipt of your answer sheet. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your test administration, contact the DANTES Test Control Officer (TCO) for the administering DANTES Test Site.

How do I find my ACT ID Number?

Your ACT ID number can be found on the score report you receive in the mail at the address you provided while taking the exam at a DANTES Test Site. For information and assistance with your ACT ID number, please visit: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/scores.html.

What can I do if my CLEP and DSST scores were not reported to my school?

Scores for all DANTES-funded CLEP and 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. Contract Prometric for assistance with the status of your scores 1-877-471-9860.

Education Support

How can I find a tutor?

You can find no-cost tutoring services on our tutoring page. DANTES currently sponsors Tutor.com for eligible service members at no cost. To create your account, go to www.tutor.com/military.

Are there other education resources for military students?

The DANTES4Military blog is a blog that is written for the military student and includes blog articles highlighting anything from DoD education programs to other DoD and Service education resources.

How can I resolve an issue with my DoD MOU school?

Students using federal education benefits and programs will be able to register their complaint online, using the Postsecondary Education Complaint System (PECS). Learn how by visiting our PECS page.

Is there education support for overseas military members?

Military members serving outside the continental U.S. (OCONUS) have access to a variety of options to begin or continue their education. Learn more by visiting our Overseas Education Support page.

Does DANTES have a mobile app?

The MyVolEdPath mobile app can help you reach military education resources in the palm of your hand. Learn more at our MyVolEdPath page or download it at http://myvoledpath.com.

Transition: Become a Teacher

Is there a program to help me become a teacher after serving in the military?

The Troops to Teachers (TTT) program helps current and former members of the Armed Forces transition into second careers as K-12 teachers upon separation from military service. Learn more by visiting our Troops to Teachers page.