Undergraduate Admission Exams (ACT & SAT)

Meet College Admission or Enlisted-to-Officer Application Requirements


Program Changes

The ACT Exam is available at ACT test centers, located nationally and internationally. The DANTES-sponsored ACT paper-based testing program is no longer an on-base option for military members.

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Program Overview

Colleges, military-sponsored academies and officer accession programs may require ACT or SAT test results as part of the admission application process. Both the ACT and SAT are standardized tests that help evaluate a potential candidate's learning ability for advising, placement, and retention. Some schools accept either test interchangeably. Military members should check with their education counselor prior to testing to ensure they are taking the correct exam.

DANTES provides access to the ACT exam to help military members meet entrance requirements. The ACT exam measures a student's skills in five core areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing (optional).

Student Benefits

  • Meets college admission requirements
  • Strengthens candidate qualifications for enlisted-to-officer programs
  • DANTES saves you money
    • Receive reimbursements for up to two tests at ACT test centers, located nationally and internationally

Program Eligibility

Active duty service members, including Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve component members, are eligible for reimbursement of ACT exam fees.

Military personnel must have and maintain a valid government-issued Common Access Card (CAC) to be eligible to submit a DANTES reimbursement request. NOTE: There is no exception to this rule.

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Costs & Reimbursement

  • Up to two ACT exams are reimbursed per lifetime of service for eligible Service members.
  • If you choose to take the Writing portion of the ACT exam, there is an additional fee. DANTES will also reimburse this fee with payment receipt.
  • Service members are responsible for test registration, knowledge of test dates and locations, and test preparation.
  • ACT exam fees are payed up front by the member and reimbursed by DANTES. The official score report and payment receipt are required for reimbursement.
  • All exam reimbursement requests must be submitted via the Electronic Reimbursement Request. Paper-based forms are not accepted.
  • Learn more about current ACT fees and services.

Fees Not Covered: Additional expenses including but not limited to and also not refunded by ACT: registration, re-registration, late registration, standby testing, test date change, test center change, additional copies of score report, Test Information Release (TIR), additional fees for international testing, cancellation, late arrival/forfeiture fees, service charges, credit card interest, travel expenses, and Value Added Tax (VAT).

Contact the Exams Program via email at DANTES_reimbursements@navy.mil if you have questions regarding the electronic reimbursement submission process.

Retest Policy

  • Up to two ACT exams are funded per lifetime of service for eligible service members on a reimbursement basis. This allows service members one reimbursed retest. Official score report(s) and payment receipt(s) are required for reimbursement.
  • Refer to the ACT website for retesting guidance.

Locate a Test Center

The ACT exam can be taken at ACT test centers, located nationally and internationally. Test dates differ based on location.

ACT National:

ACT International:

Prep for the ACT

FREE ACT Test Prep Resources

Visit the ACT program website for FREE test prep materials prior to scheduling the ACT. These FREE materials include the ACT Academy, webinars, a study guide, practice questions, and online practice tests for each subject.

Math and English Refresher

DANTES offers no-cost, self-paced online OASC and CPST training courses that can help improve your math, reading, and writing skills before testing.

  • Online Academic Skills Course (OASC): Better your chances of promotion with interactive lessons that address your specific needs. OASC can help improve basic math, reading comprehension, and vocabulary skills.
  • College Placement Skills Training (CPST): Get ready for entrance exams with interactive games and activities. OASC targets college-level math, English, and writing skills.

Learn more by visiting the Math & English Refresher page.

DoD MWR Library

DoD MWR Library provides free library resources to service members and their families - particularly helpful benefit for Guard and Reserve members and their families who may not have access to installation libraries.

Go to a library by clicking on the library name or logo (e.g. EBSCO Learning Express). Certain libraries may require you to register and create your own account, but the resources are still free.

Request Your Transcripts

Visit https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/scores.html for information about receiving and sending scores.

Program Overview

Colleges, military-sponsored academies and officer accession programs may require ACT or SAT test results as part of the admission application process. Both the ACT and SAT are standardized tests that help evaluate a potential candidate's learning ability for advising, placement, and retention. Some schools accept either test interchangeably. Military members should check with their education counselor prior to testing to ensure they are taking the correct exam.

DANTES provides access to the SAT exam to help military members meet entrance requirements. The SAT exam measures what you learned in high school and what you need to succeed in college, to include: reading, writing, language, and math.

Student Benefits

  • Meets college admission requirements
  • Strengthens candidate qualifications for enlisted-to-officer programs
  • DANTES saves you money
    • Take one upfront funded test at a DANTES Test Site
    • Receive reimbursements for up to two tests at SAT test centers

Program Eligibility

Active duty Service members, including Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve component members, are eligible for upfront funding (when taken at a DANTES test site) and for reimbursement of SAT exam fees (when taken at an SAT test center).

Military personnel, to include active duty, Guard, and Reserve components, must have and maintain a valid government-issued Common Access Card (CAC) to be eligible to submit a DANTES reimbursement request. NOTE: There is no exception to this rule.

Costs & Reimbursement for Test Fees

Costs for Service members vary based on type of testing location.

DANTES Test Sites:

  • One SAT with Essay is funded per lifetime of service for eligible Service members.
  • The SAT with Essay is available and required at DANTES Test Sites.
  • Funding is provided by contract agreement between DANTES and the College Board.
  • SAT retests at DANTES Test Sites are not funded. Military members are responsible for paying the retest fee.

SAT National or International Test Centers:

  • Up to two SAT exams are funded per lifetime of service for eligible Service members.
  • The SAT with Essay is strongly encouraged by DANTES.
  • Service members are responsible for scheduling the test, adhering to the published National and International Test Dates Calendar, and paying the test fee at time of registration.
  • Commercially-administered SAT exam fees are funded on an "after-the-fact" reimbursement basis. The official score report and payment receipt are required for reimbursement.
  • All exam reimbursement requests must be submitted via the Electronic Reimbursement Request. Paper-based forms are not accepted..

Fees Not Covered: Additional expenses including but not limited to and also not refunded by SAT: registration, re-registration, late registration, standby testing, test date change, test center change, additional copies of score report, additional fees for international testing, cancellation, late arrival/forfeiture fees, service charges, credit card interest, travel expenses, and Value Added Tax (VAT).

All exam reimbursement requests must be submitted via the Electronic Reimbursement Request.

Contact the Exams Program via email at DANTES_reimbursements@navy.mil if you have questions regarding the electronic reimbursement submission process.

Retest Policy

Retesting options vary for Service members based on type of testing location.

DANTES Test Sites:

Retesting at a DANTES Test Site is not funded. The following restrictions apply:

  • Retesting using the same form of the test within the testing year, and/or within the same month, will result in an invalid score.
  • Only two SAT test forms are available to DANTES Test Sites each testing year.
  • An examinee choosing to test more than twice per year must do so at an SAT Test Center and on a self-funded basis.

SAT National or International Test Centers:

  • Up to two SAT exams are funded per lifetime of service for eligible Service members on an "after-the-fact" reimbursement basis. The official score report and payment receipt are required for reimbursement.
  • Refer to the SAT program website for testing information.

Locate a Test Center

Locate a DANTES Test Site by visiting FIND A TEST CENTER to find a participating test site in your area.

Locate a National or International SAT Test Center by visiting SAT’s website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/find-test-centers

Prep for the SAT

Visit the SAT program website for test prep materials prior to scheduling the SAT test. DANTES Test Sites and military education facilities may also offer additional test prep resources.

Math and English Refresher

DANTES offers no-cost, self-paced online OASC and CPST training courses that can help improve your math, reading, and writing skills.

  • Online Academic Skills Course (OASC): Better your chances of passing with interactive lessons that address your specific needs. OASC can help improve basic math, reading comprehension, and vocabulary skills.
  • College Placement Skills Training (CPST): Get ready for entrance exams with interactive games and activities. OASC targets college-level math, English, and writing skills.

Learn more by visiting Math & English Refresher page.

Request Your Transcripts

Scores for all SAT exams taken by Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard members at DANTES test sites are automatically reported to their Joint Services Transcript (JST). Scores for Air Force members are also made available to the Air Force Automated Education Management System (AFAEMS).

DANTES Test Sites:

  • Scores for SATs administered at a DANTES Test Site are reported approximately 6-8 weeks after receipt by SAT.
  • Examinee score reports are mailed to the address provided at the time of testing.
  • Scores are also available online to Service members who create an online SAT account.

SAT National or International Test Centers:

  • SAT does not offer expedited scoring.
  • Students may view and print their student score report online by establishing a free SAT web account.

Visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores for information about receiving and sending scores.