Serving in the United States Military gives Servicemembers a number of different opportunities to gain a college education. While you are on Active Duty there are several different ways you can earn college credit. One method of getting college credits that is under utilized and not known about by many Servicemembers is credit by Exam. Each of the Five Armed Forces Services has a program for credit by exam, and while they differ a little in organization they all operate basically on the same premise. Credit by exam is very simple, you arrange to take a test, and then based on the pass/fail of the exam you will either have credit awarded to you or not.
The military picks up the tab for the testing costs, and you can gain credit simply by taking and passing a test. Many people have the education or experience to be able to pass some of the tests that are available. The best part is, that any costs that are normally charged for Credit by exam programs are picked up by the military. College examination programs, or CLEP testing, are tests that are available for any personnel in the military who wishes to take them. Any exams that you earn a passing score on will earn you college credit toward your educational goals. The tests are administered by DANTES, or the Defense Activity for Non Traditional Education group.
Who is eligible to take military sponsored CLEP tests?
-DoD civilian employees who are also spouses of Servicemembers.
-All Military personnel, Active Duty or Reserve.
-DoD Personnel who receive approval from their supervisor.
It is an excellent way to capitalize upon your experience and knowledge, and to receive and earn college credit on the basis of your successfully passing the test. Many people do not know about CLEP tests or DANTES, and because it is not a well-known program or they are unaware that such programs exist then they do not take advantage of credit by exam opportunities. So they can wind up missing out on certain different types of military exams. DANTES is the Department of Defense Testing organization, and they support and are one of the principal sponsors for the tests, and help arrange a time and place for military Servicemembers to take them.
When you decide to take a CLEP Test, you arrange an appointment to take the test, and then you show up, and pay the fee. That?s it. The fee is either waived or your command can reimburse you for it, and if you pass then you receive college credit for the material you took in the test.