CLEP And The Military

The CLEP exams allow individuals to earn college credit without ever stepping into a classroom. They provide an excellent opportunity to members of the armed services. In recognition of this fact, the College Board has made special arrangements to ensure that military personnel can afford and prepare for the exams.

Specifically, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program will pay the CLEP registration fee for current members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard. In addition, some civilian employees and spouses of military personnel may also qualify for aid. Veterans can apply for financial assistance through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.


If you are actively pursuing a military career you have three options for taking a CLEP exam. First, they may take the computer-based version of the exam at one of the many test centers located on college campuses nationwide. Second, they may take the computer-based version of the exam at a college test center located on a military base. Third, they may take a paper-based version of the exam at a registered DANTES education center. At present, the following fourteen CLEP exams are administered at DANTES education centers: English Composition; Social Sciences and History; Natural Sciences; Humanities; College Mathematics; Analyzing and Interpreting Literature; College Algebra; Freshman College Composition; Information Systems and Computer Applications; Introductory Sociology; Introductory Psychology; Principles of Management; History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877; and History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present.