College Entrance Exams

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Some schools have admission requirements that may include college entrance examinations. Undergraduate students may need to take the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) and graduate students may need to take one of a variety of entrance exams.

Your scores on college entrance examinations can make or break your likelihood of getting into the school of your choice. High marks on an ACT or SAT for undergraduate programs are extremely important as a part of your admission application packet. Graduate programs, however, may weigh scores from tests like the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in different ways from program to program. It is important to know what score you are aiming for if the school requires a minimum.

Please note that most academic institutions do not require college entrance scores from Service members for admission. They usually classify Service members as transfer students because of credits from the JST.

Undergraduate Level Testing: SAT and ACT

The ACT and SAT are both standardized tests that help colleges evaluate candidates. Many colleges require that students submit test results as part of the admission application process. Since Sailors are considered transfer students, these tests are not generally required for admission. However, some Sailors must take the tests to enter specific military programs, such as Seaman to Admiral-21 small square with diagonal arrow extending from it (STA-21) or Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program small square with diagonal arrow extending from it (MECEP).

The SAT small square with diagonal arrow extending from it is a globally-recognized college admissions test that allows you to demonstrate what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math—subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms.

The ACT small square with diagonal arrow extending from it assessment test consists of a battery of four academic tests that measure academic development in English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. The assessment provides scores on the four tests: a composite score and seven sub scores, which provide more detailed information concerning an individual’s academic development.

How to Test

To register to take the ACT or SAT, contact your local DANTES Test Site. For guidance, see the DANTES College Admissions Guide small square with diagonal arrow extending from it. Do not register for an account on the ACT or SAT website when planning to test at a DANTES Test Site.  If the education office on your military installation does not support a DANTES Test Site, email DANTES at exams@navy.mil for assistance.

Test Reimbursement

DANTES now provides an optional payment method for Service members via reimbursement for tests taken at ACT and SAT National and International Test Centers. You are required to pay for the ACT and SAT tests up-front during registration; the ACT and SAT test fee may be funded on an after-the-fact reimbursable basis when taken at National/International Test Center locations.

Note: You are required to follow the Testing Agencies Policies and Requirements for National and International Registration, including adhering to the appropriate Test Calendar and registration timelines. See the ACT Getting Ready small square with diagonal arrow extending from it and SAT/ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips small square with diagonal arrow extending from it pages for information.

DANTES does not fund or reimburse for the ACT Writing, SAT without Essay or the SAT Subject tests.

To obtain reimbursement, go to the DANTES Reimbursement Eligibility small square with diagonal arrow extending from it page. Read the instructions and click on the “Electronic Reimbursement Form.” Note that a valid Uniformed Services CAC is required to access the Reimbursement Center. Upload both the official score report and payment receipt with all reimbursement requests in order to receive approval.

You are eligible for the reimbursement of two ACTs, and two SATs during your lifetime in service. Direct all questions to DANTES Exams at exams@navy.mil.

Graduate Level Testing

You are eligible for the reimbursement of one GMAT, GRE General, GRE Subject, Praxis Core (formerly Praxis I) and Praxis Subject Assessment (including the Principles of Learning and Teaching) during your lifetime in service. If you are interested in taking a graduate level exam, visit the respective exam’s website to find out information about registration and testing centers.

To obtain reimbursement, go to the DANTES Reimbursement Eligibility small square with diagonal arrow extending from it page. Read the instructions and click on the “Electronic Reimbursement Form.” Note that a valid Uniformed Services CAC is required to access the Reimbursement Center. Upload both the official score report and payment receipt with all reimbursement requests in order to receive approval. Direct questions to DANTES Exams at exams@navy.mil.

  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) small square with diagonal arrow extending from it – is a standardized test intended to measure a test taker's aptitude in mathematics and the English language. The GMAT is most commonly used as the primary exam reviewed by business schools to gain entrance into an MBA program.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) small square with diagonal arrow extending from it – The GRE Revised General Test is a standardized exam used to measure one's aptitude for abstract thinking in the areas of analytical writing, mathematics and vocabulary. The GRE is commonly used by many graduate schools to determine an applicant's eligibility for the program.

    The GRE Subject Tests are achievement tests that measure one’s knowledge of a particular field of study. The GRE Subject Tests are taken by prospective students who come from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds and are interested in varying fields of study.

  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT) small square with diagonal arrow extending from it – The LSAT is an integral part of the law school admission process. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.

Career Testing

  • Defense Language Testing – The Navy Foreign Language Testing Office (NFLTO) in Pensacola, FL manages and executes the Navy Foreign Language Testing Program. The Navy Foreign Language Testing Program allows personnel to satisfy mission- or job-related requirements. The purpose of the program is to determine, maintain, or enhance language proficiency. For additional information contact the NFLTO via Email: languagetesting@navy.mil.

  • Teaching Certification: PRAXIS small square with diagonal arrow extending from it – The Praxis Series tests measure teacher candidate’s knowledge and skills. The tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations.

  • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT) – The ASVAB exam is given to all new Service members. It identifies the training school you would attend for your rating. If you are interested in changing your rating, you must take the AFCT. There are two free programs that can help you prepare for these tests:

    • Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) small square with diagonal arrow extending from it – The Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) is designed to aid in improving High School basic skills levels. This comprehensive online course will assist in improving ASVAB/AFCT scores. Subject areas include reading comprehension, math, and vocabulary skills and contains pre-assessments, personalized learning path with lessons, and post-assessments.
    • DoD MWR Library small square with diagonal arrow extending from it – The DoD Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Library is a one-stop resource to bring expert solutions to all Service members AND their families to help them plan, prepare and achieve their education and career goals. This resource offers ASVAB Diagnostic and practice tests to help you improve your score.