Most colleges require students to have a high school diploma or GED®. Additionally, you may be able to take specialized exams to test your current knowledge and earn college credit. Read the information below for descriptions of available testing programs.
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, General Education Development (GED) testing offers the only nationally recognized opportunity to earn a high school-equivalency credential. The computer-based 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 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 page.
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a series of 33 standardized subject exams can be taken to 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 more than 2,900 colleges and universities. For eligible military members, DANTES provides upfront funding of CLEP test fees for the first attempt on all exam titles.
For more information about CLEP, visit the DANTES website.
The DSST is a series of 37 standardized subject exams that can be taken to earn credit for introductory and upper 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 eligible military members, DANTES provides upfront funding of DSST test fees for the first attempt on all exam titles.
For more information about DSST testing, visit the DANTES website.
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. In addition, you may be able to earn college credits by demonstrating language proficiency through taking the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT). For program information contact the NFLTO via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Joint Services Transcript (JST) documents American Council on Education (ACE) recommended college credit for military training and occupational experiences. 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.
The 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 U.S. Department of Education.
The JST shows ACE-recommended credit for: