What examinations should you take to reach your professional goal?

DANTES sponsors a wide range of examination programs to assist service members like you in meeting their educational goals.

DANTES Examination Wizard

In order to determine the next steps in your professional advancement, choose the desired goal below that best fits you.

I want to take an exam that will give me credit for what I already know.

College credit examinations are widely accepted by colleges and universities. By passing these examinations, you may earn one-third or more of the credits required for a college degree. These examinations are available in more than 120 subject areas.

Select one of the programs below to find out more:
  • CLEP
  • DSST
  • ECE
  1. Overview

    CLEP exams test mastery of college-level material acquired in a variety of ways — through general academic instructions, significant independent study or extracurricular work. CLEP exam-takers include adults just entering or returning to school, military service members and traditional college students.

    To get started, visit the website and select “CLEP for Military.” Review the information page and “Next Steps” to verify DANTES-funding eligibility, steps for selecting and scheduling an exam and the CLEP registration process.

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  2. Funding Eligibility

    Prior to testing, determine if the college or university you're enrolled in awards credit for CLEP exams, then find the National Test Center nearest you.

    Test Center Information

    Prior to registering, determine the National Test Center category:

    • Base-Sponsored: provide testing support to eligible Service members and civilians authorized to enter a military installation or may be located off installation, in the community. Test and registration fees funded by DANTES for eligible service members.
    • Fully Funded: agree to waive the registration fee for DANTES-funded examinees. Test and registration fees funded by DANTES for eligible service members.
    • Open: anyone who registers for a CLEP exam and pays the test and registration fee. Only the test fee for the first attempt per title is funded by DANTES for eligible examinees.
    • Limited: only admitted or enrolled students may be administered CLEP exams.

    Advanced Registration

    Non-refundable advance registration fees at sites that are not designated as “Fully Funded” are not funded or reimbursed by DANTES. Service members and eligible civilians are responsible for the registration fee, which varies by institution.

  3. Registration

    Follow these steps:

    1. Visit the College Board's website.
    2. Create a new account in “My Account”
    3. Identify during the registration process, DANTES-funding eligible if applicable.
    4. Present the printed “ticket,” authorized government CAC ID and a second form of ID to the Test Administrator at the selected National Test Center.
    5. Contact the College Board for assistance with the registration process through “Contact Us” on their website.
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  4. Retest Restrictions

    Effective December 11, 2010, DANTES only funds test fees for the first attempt on all CLEP titles.

    Examinees may retest on a self-paid basis (civilian testing procedure and fees apply) after the 180-calendar day waiting period has elapsed.

    Scoring and Reporting:

    • Passing scores for DANTES-funded CLEP exams taken by Air Force members are automatically reported to the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF).
    • Scores for all DANTES-funded CLEP exams taken by Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are automatically reported to their Joint Service Transcript (JST).
    • Scores for self-funded CLEP exams are not reported to Transcript Services.

    Visit the CLEP website for additional score receipt and reporting information.

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  1. Overview

    A form of prior learning assessment, DSSTs offer students a cost effective, time saving way to use their knowledge acquired outside of the classroom (perhaps from reading, on-the-job training, or independent study) to accomplish their educational goals. Over 2,000 colleges and universities recognize the DSST program and award college credit for passing scores. Colleges, universities and corporations throughout the United States and in some other countries administer tests year-round.

    Visit the Prometric website and select > "Military". Refer to Military Downloads and review the “Are you eligible? DANTES Funding Guide” for verifying DANTES-funding eligibility.

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  2. Funding Eligibility

    Prior to testing, determine if the college or university you're enrolled in awards credit for DSST exams, then find the National Test Center nearest you.

    Paper-based DSSTs are not funded or reimbursed by DANTES.

    Test Center Information

    • DANTES-Funded: is “Fully Funded” and agree to waive the registration fee for DANTES-funded examinees at on-campus colleges and universities.
    • Delivers Internet-Based Exams: Contact the National Test Center to determine if they are open to all or limited to enrolled students.
    • Base-Sponsored: are “Fully Funded” and provide testing to eligible Service members and civilians authorized to enter a military installation or may be located off installation, in the community. The test fee and registration fee are funded.

    Advanced Registration

    Non-refundable advance registration fees at sites not designated as “Fully Funded” are not funded or reimbursed by DANTES. Service members and eligible civilians are responsible for registration fees, which vary by institution.

  3. Registration

    Review the DSST “Test Taker Information Bulletin” for testing and scheduling information. Present an authorized government CAC ID and a second form of ID to the Test Administrator at the selected National Test Center.

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  4. Retest Restrictions

    Effective 11 Dec 10, DANTES only funds test fees for the first attempt on all DSST titles. Examinees may retest on a self-paid basis (civilian testing procedure and fees apply) after the 90-calendar day waiting period has elapsed.

    Scoring and Reporting:

    Refer to DSST SCORING POLICIES in the “Test Taker Information Bulletin” at the Prometric website.

    • Passing scores for DANTES-funded DSSTs taken by Air Force members are automatically reported to the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF).
    • Scores for all DANTES-funded DSSTs taken by Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are automatically reported to their Joint Service Transcript (JST).
    • Scores for self-funded DSSTs are not reported to Transcript Services.

    Visit the DSST website for additional score receipt and reporting information.

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  1. Overview

    Excelsior College Exams (ECE) are not funded or reimbursed by DANTES.

    Visit www.excelsior.edu for complete program and services information. Select Log Into My Excelsior then Create a MyExcelsior User Account to access secure information at no cost.

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I would like to get a college degree and I have my high school diploma.

Select one of the programs below to find out more:
  • ACT
  • SAT
  1. Overview

    The ACT Assessment test is an admissions requirement at some colleges. The instrument consists of a battery of four academic tests that measure academic development in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. The Assessment provides scores on the four tests, a composite score, and seven sub scores, which provide more detailed information concerning an individual's academic development.

    Service members applying for college admission, an officer ascension program, military-sponsored academy or professional program may require a current ACT or SAT score to include with their application packet. Refer to individual programs for application information.

  2. Funding Eligibility

    The ACT exam is funded when taken at a DANTES Test Site. Visit your military education center for scheduling information or contact DANTES at exams@navy.mil to locate a DANTES Test Site near you. DANTES does not fund or reimburse ACTs taken at National Test Centers.

    ACT Plus Writing

    The optional ACT Plus Writing Test is not funded by DANTES or available at DANTES Test Sites. It is offered at National Test Centers on all test dates and at International Test Centers in September, October, December, April and June.

    Civilian Administrations at a DANTES Test Site

    Stateside civilians may not take the ACT at DANTES Test Sites (includes Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico). There are no exceptions to this policy.

    Overseas "logistically supported" civilians cannot routinely take the ACT at DANTES Test Sites. They must register for and test at an established ACT International Test Center, some of which are at Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DODDS). Requests for exceptions must be submitted to the DANTES Test Site prior to testing.

  3. Registration

    Visit your military education center for assistance or contact DANTES at exams@navy.mil to locate a DANTES Test Site near you.

  4. Retest Restrictions

    Service members seeking an authorized retest, or unfunded (self-pay) retest must wait at least 60 complete days from the last ACT administration at a DANTES Test Site. Retesting within less than 60 complete days will result in an invalid score.

    Funded Retesting Policy

    Authorization for a funded retest is not based on the score of a previously funded ACT (or SAT). Funded retests are only authorized when a "current" ACT score is required by a Service or education regulation, which varies with individual programs. For example:

    Officer Ascension Programs: Members with a funded ACT score less than 3 years old are not eligible for a funded retest or funded SAT administration.

    Unfunded retesting is authorized (on a self-pay basis) to improve scores of a current, previously funded or unfunded administration.

    Scoring and Reporting

    Student reports are mailed to the address entered at the time of testing. Score reports are issued approximately 2-4 weeks after receipt of the answer folders at ACT. ACT does not offer expedited scoring.

    Students may also view their scores online by establishing a free ACT web account at the ACT website. Visit the ACT website for additional score receipt and reporting information.

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  1. Overview

    The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math.

    Service members applying for college admission, an officer ascension program, military-sponsored academy or professional program may require a current ACT or SAT score to include with their application packet. Refer to individual programs for application information.

  2. Funding Eligibility

    The SAT exam is only funded when taken at a DANTES Test Site. Visit your military education center for assistance or contact DANTES at exams@navy.mil to locate a DANTES Test Site near you. DANTES does not fund or reimburse SATs taken at National Test Centers.

    Civilian Administrations at a DANTES Test Site

    Stateside civilians may not take the SAT at DANTES Test Sites (includes Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico). There are no exceptions to this policy.

    Overseas "logistically supported" civilians cannot routinely take the SAT at DANTES Test Sites. They must test at an International SAT Test Center or Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DODDS). Requests for exceptions must be submitted to the DANTES Test Site prior to testing.

  3. Registration

    Visit your military education center for assistance or contact DANTES at exams@navy.mil to locate a DANTES Test Site near you.

  4. Retest Restrictions

    Service members cannot retest within the same calendar month or on the same form within the testing year as this will result in an invalid score. Only two forms are available to DANTES Test Sites each testing year. Examinees wishing to test more than twice in any one year must do so at a civilian test center.

    Funded Retesting Policy

    Authorization for a funded retest is not based on the score of a previously funded SAT (or ACT). Funded retests are only authorized when a “current” SAT score is required by a Service or education regulation, which varies with individual programs. For example:

    • Officer Ascension Programs: STA-21, MECP and AECP define a "current" score as not older than 3 years. Members with a funded SAT score less than 3 years old are not eligible for a funded retest or funded ACT administration.
    • The Physician's Assistance Program: defines a "current" score as not older than 1 year. Members with a funded SAT score less than 1 year old are not eligible for a funded retest.

    Unfunded retesting is authorized on a (self-pay basis) for any other reason (e.g. to improve scores of a current, previously funded or unfunded administration).

    Scoring and Reporting

    Service members receive a score report at their mailing address about eight (8) weeks after receipt of the answer sheet at SAT. SAT does not offer expedited scoring.

    Scores are available online to Service Members who create a MySAT account on the College Board website. The registration number is required and may be retrieved from the paper score report or by calling customer service and providing social security number. Visit the SAT website for additional score receipt and reporting information.

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I'd like to complete my high school education, but do not have my high school diploma

Right now in the US, not enough people have the required skills or knowledge to fill available jobs. 4 million available jobs, in fact. The GED® test can help solve this economic need by opening the doors for millions of adult learners to college courses, apprenticeships and job training—the pathway adults need to gain skills and knowledge, fill these jobs, and care for their families.

Select the program below to find out more:
  • GED
  1. Overview

    A high school diploma remains the primary ticket to many entry-level jobs, and is also a prerequisite for promotions, occupational training, and postsecondary education. GED Testing Service offers the only nationally recognized opportunity to earn a high school-equivalency credential.

    The computer-based 2014 GED® Test is available at Official GED® Test Centers and authorized Pearson VUE National Test Centers worldwide.

    Visit GED Testing Service at GED.com to establish a MyGED™ student account. MyGED is the test-takers tool for 2014 GED Test Center locations, test preparation, registration, scheduling, score reporting, and for career and college information after testing.

  2. Funding Eligibility

    DANTES funds the GED test fee for Service members through the DANTES-Sponsored voucher program. Registration and scheduling must be confirmed under the DANTES/Armed Forces jurisdiction.

    Service members must, at the time of testing, possess a current, Uniformed Services Geneva Conventions Identification Card (CAC) and meet the following requirements:

    • Have not taken more than three tests per year, per content area
    • Is applying to or enrolled in a college or university requiring the GED Test, or fulfilling a legitimate Service requirement
    • Agrees to obtain a DANTES-Sponsored voucher code from the DANTES Test Control Officer (TCO) prior to registering or completing the GED tests

    Only the DANTES Test Control Officer at your base Education Center is authorized to provide the DANTES-sponsored voucher code, which must be redeemed for payment prior to test administration.

    Note: The “DANTES Reimbursement Request” form may not be used in lieu of a voucher for payment of the GED after July 1, 2014.

    Visit your military education center for assistance, or contact DANTES at exams@navy.mil to locate DANTES personnel near you.

  3. Registration

    Prior to registering OR completing the GED Test, contact a DANTES Test Control Officer at the nearest military education center to learn more about the DANTES-funding options.

    All DANTES candidate registration and scheduling must be confirmed under the DANTES/Armed Forces jurisdiction.

    Civilian Administrations at a DANTES Test Site

    U.S. Military family members, supported U.S. citizens and U.S. citizen family members are not eligible for DANTES funding however, they should register and schedule under the DANTES/Armed Forces jurisdiction for U.S. credentialing purposes.

    Prospective examinees must, at the time of testing, possess the appropriate Uniformed Services Identification/Privilege Card and one additional form of identification; as well as have authorization to enter a military installation.

    Visit GED Testing Service website, MyGED account for more information.

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  4. Retest Restrictions

    Retesting is necessary when examinees fails to meet required state standards for granting a high school equivalency credential or when the scores are not acceptable for admission to a chosen college or university.

    DANTES will not fund retests for Service members with passing scores on file that meet minimum state requirements unless a legitimate Service requirement exists. Contact the DANTES TCO for assistance or email exams@navy.mil.

    Scoring and Reporting

    Scores are available online through the MyGED student account within one week after completion.

    Visit the GED.com website for score receipt and reporting information.

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I would like to get a graduate degree.

If you are applying to graduate or business school, you may be required to take a standard examination. Few students understand the benefits of standardized testing, but they help admissions officials determine who is capable of withstanding the rigors of graduate school. Different schools have different admission requirements, so you'll need to see which test is right for you.

Select one of the programs below to find out more:
  • GRE
  • GMAT
  1. Overview

    The GRE® program provides tests, publications, and advisor services to assist graduate and business schools and departments in admissions, guidance, placement, and selection of fellowship recipients.

    The GRE testing program is divided into two separately administered programs, the GRE revised General Test and the GRE Subject Tests.

    GRE Revised General Test

    The GRE Revised General Test is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the United States. The exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.

    The GRE revised General Test is offered on computer throughout the year in most regions of the world. Paper-based administrations are offered in areas where computer-based testing is not available.

    GRE Subject Tests

    The GRE® Subject Tests are achievement tests that measure your knowledge of a particular field of study.

    Show what you know about a specific subject and graduate schools will take notice. The Subject Tests can help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge and skill level in a specific area.

    Each Subject Test is intended for students who have an undergraduate major or extensive background in one of seven disciplines.

    The GRE Subject Tests are given at paper-delivered test centers worldwide three times a year: September, October and April.

  2. Service Member Responsibilities

    NOTE: Service members are responsible for:

    • Scheduling the respective GRE Test
    • Paying all fees associated with registration
    • If eligible, completing the DANTES Reimbursement Request form (one form for each exam) and applying for reimbursement not later than 90 days after the scheduled test date.

    Obtain information regarding GRE testing policies, test fees, registration procedures and identifying the nearest Prometric Test Center by visiting the ETS website to review the current “GRE Information and Registration Bulletin,” and create a MyGRE account.

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  3. Funding Eligibility

    DANTES reimburses the test fee only for eligible military personnel. Carefully review the rescheduling and cancellation sections in the “GRE Information and Registration Bulletin” as Service members are responsible for paying all fees charged for these services. DANTES funds only one administration of a GRE revised General and Subject* Test per lifetime for eligible military personnel.

    *Effective 1 October 2014, DANTES reimburses the test fee for one GRE Subject Test. Service members must, at the time of testing, possess a current, Uniformed Services Geneva Conventions Identification Card (CAC) and meet the following requirements:

    • Have never taken a DANTES-funded GRE General or Subject Test.
    • Applying to or enrolled in a graduate school requiring the GRE revised General or Subject Testor fulfilling a legitimate Service requirement.
    • Agree to apply for reimbursement within 90 days of the scheduled test date.

    After receiving the Official Examinee Score Report, review the instructions carefully and legibly complete all required sections of the current “DANTES Reimbursement Request” Form. Obsolete forms will not be accepted. Incomplete or illegible forms cannot be processed.

    Download Reimbursement Request Form >

    Visit your military education center for assistance, or contact DANTES at exams@navy.mil to locate DANTES personnel near you.

    Civilian Administrations at a DANTES Test Site

    Stateside civilians may not take a GRE General or Subject Test at DANTES Test Sites (includes Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico).

    Overseas “logistically supported” civilians may not take the GRE General or Subject Test at a DANTES Test Site.

  4. Registration

    Visit the ETS website for information regarding registration.

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  5. Retest Restrictions

    Retests are not funded or reimbursed by DANTES.

    Scoring and Reporting

    Visit the GRE website for score receipt and reporting information.

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  1. Overview

    The GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT) which assesses a person's analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in standard written English in preparation for being admitted into a graduate management program, such as an MBA. The GMAT is available throughout the year.

  2. Service Member Responsibilities

    NOTE: Service members are responsible for:

    • Scheduling the GMAT
    • Paying all fees associated with registration
    • If eligible, completing the DANTES Reimbursement Request form and applying for reimbursement not later than 90 days after the scheduled test date.

    Obtain information regarding GMAT testing policies, test fees, registration procedures and identifying the nearest Pearson Vue Test Center by visiting the GMAT website and downloading the current “GMAT Handbook”.

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  3. Funding Eligibility

    DANTES reimburses the test fee only for eligible military personnel. Carefully review the rescheduling and cancellation sections in the “GMAT Handbook” as Service members are responsible for paying all fees charged for these services.

    Service members must, at the time of testing, possess a current, Uniformed Services Geneva Conventions Identification Card (CAC) and meet the following requirements:

    • Have never taken a DANTES-funded GMAT paper-based or GMAT Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) examination.
    • Applying to or enrolled in a graduate school requiring the GMAT or fulfilling a legitimate Service requirement.
    • Agree to apply for reimbursement within 90 days of the scheduled test date.

    After receiving the Official Examinee Score Report, review the instructions carefully and legibly complete all required sections of the current “DANTES Reimbursement Request” Form. Obsolete forms will not be accepted. Incomplete or illegible forms cannot be processed.

    Download Reimbursement Request Form >


    Visit your military education center for assistance, or contact DANTES at exams@navy.mil to locate DANTES personnel near you.

  4. Registration

    Visit the GMAT website for information regarding registration.

    Register Online >
  5. Retest Restrictions

    DANTES does not fund or reimburse fees for retests of the GMAT.

    Scoring and Reporting

    Visit the GMAT website for score receipt and reporting information.

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I'd like to get a teaching degree

Perhaps you're wondering what type of career you can pursue that will be both meaningful and progressive. Teaching offers an opportunity for you to affect the world by informing, enlightening and guiding young minds. Teaching is also a career filled with growth potential. If you enjoy helping students grow in knowledge and understanding, then teaching may be right for you.

Select the program below to find out more:
  • PRAXIS
  1. Overview

    The Praxis Series tests are American teacher certification exams written and administered by the Educational Testing Service.

    Most of the Praxis® tests are delivered by computer. Some tests are offered continuously while others are offered in testing windows that occur several times a year.

    Service Member Responsibilities

  2. Service Member Responsibilities

    NOTE: Service members are responsible for:

    • Scheduling the respective Praxis Test
    • Paying all fees associated with registration
    • If eligible, completing the DANTES Reimbursement Request form (one form for each exam) and applying for reimbursement not later than 90 days after the scheduled test date.

    Obtain information regarding Praxis testing policies, test fees, registration procedures, and identifying the nearest Test center by visiting the ETS website and downloading the current “Praxis Series Information Bulletin”.

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  3. Funding Eligibility

    ETS recently announced paper-based Praxis administrations at DANTES Test Sites will no longer be supported effective June 30, 2014.

    Effective 1 October 2014, DANTES reimburses the test fee for only one administration of the Praxis I (complete or partial) and one administration of the Praxis II: Subject Assessments, which includes the PLT, per lifetime.

    DANTES reimburses the test fee only for eligible military personnel. Carefully review the rescheduling and cancellation sections in the “Praxis Series Information Bulletin” as Service members are responsible for paying all fees charged for these services.

    Service members must, at the time of testing, possess a current, Uniformed Services Geneva Conventions Identification Card (CAC) and meet the following requirements:

    • Have never taken a DANTES-funded paper-based or computer-based Praxis exam.
    • Agree to apply for reimbursement within 90 days of the scheduled test date.

    After receiving the Official Examinee Score Report, review the instructions carefully and legibly complete all required sections of the current “DANTES Reimbursement Request” Form. Obsolete forms will not be accepted. Incomplete or illegible forms cannot be processed.

    Download Reimbursement Request Form >


    Visit your military education center for assistance, or contact DANTES at exams@navy.mil to locate DANTES personnel near you.

  4. Registration

    Visit the ETS website for information regarding registration and test dates at a National Test Center

    Register Online >
  5. Retest Restrictions

    Retests are not funded or reimbursed by DANTES.

    Scoring and Reporting

    Visit the PRAXIS website for score receipt and reporting information.

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I'd like to get a law degree

There is no single path that will prepare you for a legal education. However, there are core skills and values that will provide you with a solid foundation. The LSAT is an integral part of the law school admission process. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.

Select the program below to find out more:
  • LSAT
  1. Overview

    The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day, standardized test administered four times each year at designated testing centers throughout the world. The test is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.

  2. Funding Eligibility

    The LSAT exam is not funded or reimbursed by DANTES and may be taken at Published National Test Centers and DANTES Non-published Test Centers. For exam, registration, test preparation information and test center locations, visit the LSAC website.

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  3. Registration

    Published National Test Center

    All candidates must register for the LSAT in time to meet the registration receipt deadlines. For additional registration information, visit LSAC.org and follow the steps under “Registration for the LSAT” (on-line registration for Published Test Center administrations only).

    DANTES Non-published Test Center

    Test dates and registration deadlines vary from Published National Test Centers.

    Service members may request designation of a DANTES Test Site as a Non-published Test Center when there are no Published National Test Centers within 100 miles of their location.

    Overseas family members of U.S. military personnel, U.S. civilians employed by the U.S. government and their family members and retired U.S. military personnel and their family members may request designation of an overseas DANTES Test Site as a Non-published Test Center if there are no Published National Test Centers in their region. Visit LSAC.org for associated fees. All international non-published test centers will be non-disclosed administrations. The LSAT is not administered onboard U.S. military ships.

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  4. Retest Restrictions

    Candidates may not take the LSAT at a Published National Test Center and retest at a DANTES Non-Published Test Center during the same test administration cycle.

    Scoring and Reporting

    Visit the LSAC website for score receipt and reporting information.

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Resources


Credit-by-Exam
Credit by examination opportunities available: College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®) and DSST®.

Download PDF FY13 Military DSST Pass Rates
Download PDF FY13 Military CLEP Pass Rates
Download PDF FY13 Civilian DSST Pass Rates
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