DANTES funds the CLEP and DSST exams to help service members earn college credit* for knowledge gained through previous experience, independent study, and/or training.


  • Earn college credit* for prior knowledge 
  • Reduces course completion time; the average exam takes only a few hours vs. 8-15 weeks of course attendance 
  • Decreases time to complete degree; reduces the number of courses taken to complete a degree 
  • Saves money; DANTES funds one attempt per exam title for eligible examinees 
  • Avoids tuition assistance costs for courses replaced by credit earned through testing 
  • Exam scores are included on a service member’s Joint Services Transcript (JST) 
  • Test prep and study materials are provided online, via mobile apps, at installation libraries, and education centers 

Open the attached Fact Sheet for eligibility information and more!