The Military administers thousands of academic exams to service members each year. These tests can earn service members college credit for skills acquired during military training and operations and are available to all active-duty, Reserve personnel. The testing is available at a discount and is divided into the following:
- College Level Equivalency Program (CLEP) General Exams: Each exam measures the knowledge presumably gained during the first two years in college.
- CLEP Subject Exams: For every one of these timed, computer-based exams that a service member passes, he or she generally receives three hours of college credit (six or 12 hours are possible in some situations).
- DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST): Passing a DSST exam also earns service members college credit. DANTES has no time limit and is a paper-based test.
- Excelsior College Exams (ECE): Excelsior College (formerly known as Regents College) is a “virtual university” that counts many military personnel among its worldwide graduates. Excelsior College Exams are accepted for college credit by hundreds of colleges and universities.
As of Aug. 1, 2011, service members can receive reimbursement for some licensing and certification exams, and they can also be reimbursed for fees related to the SAT, LSAT, ACT and other college and graduate school entrance tests.