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Pre-College Testing and College Credit

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Most colleges require students to have a high school diploma or GED®. Additionally, you may take specialized exams to test your current knowledge and earn college credit. Read the information below for descriptions of available testing programs.

GED

A high school diploma remains the primary ticket to many entry-level jobs, and is also a prerequisite for promotions, occupational training and postsecondary education. For those who do not earn a high school diploma, GED testing offers the only nationally recognized opportunity to earn a high school-equivalency credential. The computer-based 2014 GED Test is available at Official GED Test Centers and authorized Pearson VUE National Test Centers worldwide. The GED test has been used since 1942 to assess knowledge typically developed in a four-year high school education program. The 2014 GED test consists of four tests designed to measure high school level proficiency of people who did not earn a high school diploma.

For more information about the GED, visit the DANTES High School Equivalency small square with diagonal arrow extending from it page.

College Level Examination Program

The College Level Examination Program small square with diagonal arrow extending from it (CLEP) offers a series of 33 exams that may let you earn recommended college credit for introductory-level classes – the kind most often taken in the first two years of college. Credits for successful scores on CLEP exams are accepted at 2,900 colleges and universities.

For more information about CLEP, visit the DANTES small square with diagonal arrow extending from it website.

DSST

The DSST small square with diagonal arrow extending from it is a series of 39 exams that allow you to earn credit for upper– as well as introductory–level college courses. These exams are recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE), and the credits are accepted at more than 1,900 institutions.

For more information about DSST testing, visit the DANTES small square with diagonal arrow extending from it website.

Defense Language Testing

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

Joint Services Transcript

The Joint Services Transcript small square with diagonal arrow extending from it (JST) documents American Council on Education (ACE) recommended college credit for military training and occupational experience. The primary purpose of the JST is to assist Service members in obtaining college credit for their military experience. More than 2,300 colleges and universities recognize these transcripts as official documentation of military training and experiences and applicable ACE credit recommendations.

Adding College Degrees and Courses to the JST

JST Operations Center adds academic certificates and college degrees that were earned prior to or during active duty service. The school must be accredited by a Regional or National accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education (DoE).

  • The academic transcript must be official and sent directly from the school to the JST Operation Center by mail or electronic delivery. JST will accept official transcripts electronically if the school participates in a secure transcript service (i.e. Scrip-Safe, Docufide, National Student Clearinghouse, etc.).
  • Degrees from foreign colleges or institutions may ONLY be added to the JST if the degree is from a college or institution which is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education per NETCINST 1560.3, 20 Jan 2011 small square with diagonal arrow extending from it. For more information on accreditation visit the U.S. Department of Education Accreditation in the United States small square with diagonal arrow extending from it web page.
  • Foreign Credit evaluations are not accepted per SECNAVINST 1560.4A small square with diagonal arrow extending from it.
  • Courses not funded using TA can be added to the JST as long as they were taken while on active duty. Members should have an official transcript sent directly from the academic institution to the JST Operations Center:

    NETC
    JST Operations Center, N644
    6490 Saufley Field Road
    Pensacola, Florida 32509

    OR

    If the school utilizes a secure parchment service, transcripts may be transmitted electronically to jst@doded.mil.

Joint Services Transcript Sections

The JST shows ACE-recommended credit for:

  • Military occupations held
  • Military training courses completed
  • College-level examinations completed, including:
    • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests
    • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
    • Excelsior College Examinations (formerly known as American College Testing-Proficiency Examination Program (ACT-PEP) and Regents College Examinations (RCEs))

Other Learning Experiences

Not all training is granted credit recommendations by ACE. The Other Learning Experiences (OLE) section of the transcript documents this training and includes reasons why no credit was granted.

Joint Services Transcript Addendums

  • Summary
    • Formatted to resemble many college transcripts
    • Provides an overview of all ACE recommended credits
  • Academic Institutions Page
    • Lists TA/NCPACE-funded courses
    • Lists academic degrees and certificates earned from institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education.
    • Lists non-academic certifications and licensures
  • To correct or update your JST, see the JST Correction/Update Procedures small square with diagonal arrow extending from it page.