College & Career Readiness Exams (ACT & SAT)

Meet Undergraduate and Enlisted-to-Officer Program Requirements


EXAM REIMBURSEMENT UPDATE (as of April 21, 2021)
  • Service members can submit reimbursement requests via the DANTES Exam Reimbursement Center.
  • However, due to system maintenance, reimbursement payments are not able to be processed at this time.
  • Service members should expect delays beyond the standard six weeks for the deposit of Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) or U.S. Department of Treasury check issuance.
  • We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and are working to resolve this as quickly as possible.
  • DANTES continues to assist applicants with submissions and questions; email DANTES_reimbursements@navy.mil for assistance.

Note: All program personnel are teleworking due to the national health crisis. Emails are checked remotely and responded to in the order in which they are received.


We want to keep you updated as best as possible during the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check our Resources page regularly for updates on all college readiness exams, keeping in mind that information may change daily.

If you have questions, you can also use our "Chat" function at the bottom of our website or Facebook Messenger.

Program Overview

Demonstrate your readiness for college and determination for career success by taking the ACT or SAT. Both exams can help highlight your knowledge and show that you have what it takes to succeed in military-sponsored academics or a college program. The exam can also show that you have the ability to excel in your chosen career.

Both the ACT and SAT measure a students’ proficiency in essential skill areas, such as problem solving, reading comprehension, and others. Colleges, military-sponsored academies, and officer accession programs may require ACT or SAT test results; while, other academic programs and colleges accept either test interchangeably.

Military members should check with their education counselor prior to testing to ensure they are taking the exam that will meet their Service–specific or college program criteria.

The ACT contains four multiple-choice tests to measure: English, mathematics, reading, and science. There is also an optional writing test.

Student Benefits

  • Helps assess and improve academic and career readiness
  • Strengthens qualifications for Service-specific advancement and officer accession programs
  • Helps increase readiness when transitioning from the military to college and /or a civilian career
  • Offers the opportunity to meet higher-education goals and succeed in military/civilian careers
  • Saves money with DANTES reimbursement of test fees

Program Eligibility

Active duty service members, including National Guard, Reserve component, and Coast Guard, are eligible for reimbursement of ACT exam fees when taken at an ACT test center, nationally or internationally. Some fees are not covered. See below for more information.

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.

Costs & Reimbursement for Test Fees

  • Exam costs may vary based on testing location. The ACT exam can be taken at National and International Test Centers.
  • 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 scheduling the test, adhering to the published National and International Test Dates Calendar, and paying the test fee at time of registration.
  • Commercially-administered ACT exam fees are funded by DANTES on an "after-the-fact" reimbursement basis.
  • An official score report and payment receipt are required for reimbursement. Incomplete reimbursement requests will not be processed.
  • 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.

Academic Skills Training

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 Academic Skills Training page.

DoD MWR Library (EBSCO Learning Express)

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.

EXAM REIMBURSEMENT UPDATE (as of April 21, 2021)
  • Service members can submit reimbursement requests via the DANTES Exam Reimbursement Center.
  • However, due to system maintenance, reimbursement payments are not able to be processed at this time.
  • Service members should expect delays beyond the standard six weeks for the deposit of Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) or U.S. Department of Treasury check issuance.
  • We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and are working to resolve this as quickly as possible.
  • DANTES continues to assist applicants with submissions and questions; email DANTES_reimbursements@navy.mil for assistance.

Note: All program personnel are teleworking due to the national health crisis. Emails are checked remotely and responded to in the order in which they are received.


We want to keep you updated as best as possible during the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check our Resources page regularly for updates on all college readiness exams, keeping in mind that information may change daily.

If you have questions, you can also use our "Chat" function at the bottom of our website or Facebook Messenger.

Program Overview

Demonstrate your readiness for college and determination for career success by taking the ACT or SAT. Both exams can help highlight your knowledge and show that you have what it takes to succeed in military-sponsored academics or a college program. The exam can also show that you have the ability to excel in your chosen career.

Both the ACT and SAT measure a students’ proficiency in essential skill areas, such as problem solving, reading comprehension, and others. Colleges, military-sponsored academies, and officer accession programs may require ACT or SAT test results; while, other academic programs and colleges accept either test interchangeably.

Military members should check with their education counselor prior to testing to ensure they are taking the exam that will meet their Service–specific or college program criteria.

The SAT consists of four sections to measure: reading, writing and language, and mathematics (with and without a calculator) – plus an optional essay.

Student Benefits

  • Helps assess and improve academic and career readiness
  • Strengthens qualifications for Service-specific advancement and officer accession programs
  • Helps increase readiness when transitioning from the military to college and /or a civilian career
  • Offers the opportunity to meet higher-education goals and succeed in military/civilian careers
  • Saves money with DANTES reimbursement of test fees

Program Eligibility

Active duty service members, including National Guard, Reserve component, and Coast Guard, are eligible for reimbursement of SAT exam fees when taken at an SAT test center, nationally or internationally. Some fees are not covered. See below for more information.

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.

Costs & Reimbursement for Test Fees

  • Exam costs may vary based on testing location. The SAT exam can be taken at National and International Test Centers.
  • The SAT with Essay is strongly encouraged. DANTES will also reimburse this fee with payment receipt.
  • 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.
  • Incomplete Reimbursement Requests will not be processed; 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 SAT fees and services.

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).

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 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

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

Prep for the SAT

SAT Test Prep Resources

Visit the SAT program website for test prep materials prior to scheduling the SAT test. There are many no-cost options to include:

  • SAT Practice on Khan Academy
  • SAT Practice Tests
  • SAT Study Groups
  • Sample Questions

Academic Skills Training

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 Academic Skills Training page.

Request Your Transcripts

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