If you are interested in returning to school but are worried about the cost or the time involved in obtaining your education, consider programs that allow you to receive credit for knowledge. Many colleges let you earn part of your college credit by taking exams you can prepare for and take on your own time, whether you’re just starting in school or taking credits to complete your degree.
You can apply your knowledge and earn college credit at more than 3,800 participating colleges and universities through the
College Level Examination Program – CLEP
The College Level Examination Program is a group of standard tests created by the College Board that tests college-level knowledge in 33 subject areas. More than 2,900 colleges and universities accept CLEP credit, and you can take the tests at more than 1,800 testing centers.
Peterson's CLEP Prep is a free resource for military spouses. Access online or printable learning tests and receive a baseline evaluation of your understanding of specific subject areas of the CLEP examination.
Benefits of the CLEP include earning three or more credits for each CLEP exam you pass, allowing you to study at home before testing for credit, providing flexibility to your degree program and possibly allowing you to graduate on time, which is often difficult due to permanent change of station moves, deployments and more.
DANTES Subject Standardized Test – DSST
The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support program, or DANTES, has established the DSST program, which gives students the chance to earn college-level credits through a series of exams. The DSST program website provides the following:
- Exam fact sheets – topic and content information
- Online practice exams
- Online and printable practice tests
- Online books and streaming videos
- Testing center locator
- DSST Mobile App
- Blog articles on pertinent topics
The DSST program is recognized nationally and allows you to gain college credit for knowledge you’ve gained outside the classroom. The DSST program offers more than 30 exams in college subject areas including math, applied technology, social sciences, business and more. More than 1,900 colleges and universities recognize the DSST program and award college credit when you pass exams.
Learn more about how DANTES helps service members and spouses pursue their educational goals. Take Peterson’s online practice exams, offered for free to military members and their families.
Save money and time by pursuing college credits through examination by using all available resources as you pursue your educational goals. For questions and more information or if you are interested in additional resources, contact a career coach at 800-342-9647.