CLEP Tests for the Military

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Benefits of CLEP for the Military

The United States government offers funding for all 33 CLEP exams through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). Military personnel who qualify for DANTES and take exams on-base or at fully funded testing centers can take all exams free of charge. Test center administration fees are also waived at specific test centers.

Who Qualifies for DANTES?

The following individuals can qualify for fully funded exams through DANTES. It's important to note that only one DANTES-funded attempt is allowed per exam title. Military personnel who want to retake an exam must wait three months and are required to pay $85 per retaken exam.

Examinee FundedID RequiredFees Waived

Active duty military
(Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve Component)
Uniformed Services Geneva Conventions Common Access Card (CAC) *Exam and administration fee
(on-base and off-base fully funded test centers

*Exam fee
(off-base non-fully funded test centers)

Spouses of Coast Guard
(active and reserve)
*Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card

*DoD Guard and Reserve Family Member Identification and Privilege Card
*Exam and administration fee
(on-base and off-base fully funded test centers

*Exam fee
(off-base non-fully funded test centers)

DoD civilian employees of the Air Force
DoD Civilian Access Card (CAC) *CONUS: Exam and administration fees
(on-base and off-base fully funded test centers)

*OCONUS: Exam and administration fees
(on-base fully funded test centers only)

DANTES does not provide test funding for:

  • Veterans
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Inactive Guard or Reserve
  • Dependents of active duty military
  • DoD acquisition workforce personnel
  • All other spouses and civilian employees not listed in the above chart.

CLEP Military Registration, Testing & Scores

Learn about CLEP exam registration, test scheduling and scoring for military personnel.

Registration

Registering for CLEP exams as military personnel differs slightly from the standard process. When purchasing an exam in the My Account portal, you must specify your military status and confirm your DANTES eligibility in the ''Edit Personal Details'' section. You will also be required to answer questions about your military status.

Individuals who are DANTES-eligible will automatically receive a free CLEP examination guide with each corresponding exam.

Scheduling Tests

CLEP offers access to 1,800 testing centers worldwide, many of which are on-base or fully funded DANTES centers. Before, during or after registering for a test, you can use the Find a Test Center tool (clep.collegeboard.org) to locate a center that supports DANTES funding.

Look for the words ''on-base'' or ''fully-funded'' when searching test centers. After selecting your preferred exam location, call the test center to schedule your appointment and confirm that your exam cost and test center administration fee will be waived.

Scores

CLEP exams offer scaled scores between 20 and 80 with a minimum passing score of 50. However, it's good to note that institutions are allowed to set their own passing scores to grant credits.

Contact your college or university or use the Search Institution Policies tool (clep.collegeboard.org) to learn more about the scores it requires to pass and earn credits for each CLEP exam you plan to take.

CLEP Transcripts for Military

When in the process of registering for a CLEP exam, you can select an institution to which you would like to have your transcript sent, free of charge. If you do not identify a score recipient when registering or want to add recipients, you will need to download and fill out the Military Transcript/Score Report Order Form.

On this form, you are required to share personal information, including your full name, social security number and date of birth. You are also asked to select a recipient for your transcript. The form allows you to decide whether you want to have scores sent for all exams, specific exams or only those with scores higher than the ACE Recommended Minimum Score.

Your recipients will receive transcripts for exams taken after July 1, 1974 (or computerized exams taken at DANTES military test centers after January 1, 2004). Each transcript requested via the order form costs $30 and is payable to Prometric via certified check, money order of credit card payment.

CLEP Exam Military Pass Rates

Below is a complete list of CLEP exams available to military personnel. Discover the number of military personnel who took CLEP exams in fiscal year 2016 and the pass rate for each exam. Also, click each exam link to access Study.com test prep courses filled with fun lessons, multiple-choice quizzes and practice exams you can use to successfully prepare for your CLEP exam(s) of choice:

Exam Title Number of Examinees Pass Rate
American Government 1392 24%
American Literature 476 14%
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 10,077 57%
Biology 758 32%
Calculus 60 23%
Chemistry 103 10%
College Algebra 2,018 22%
College Composition 2,409 72%
College Composition Modular 6,137 83%
College Mathematics 4,086 64%
English Literature 323 25%
Financial Accounting 187 20%
French Language 153 76%
German Language 95 71%
History of the United States I 1,495 37%
History of the United States II 1,078 36%
Human Growth and Development 526 33%
Humanities 1,198 35%
Information Systems 1,431 69%
Introduction to Educational Psychology 166 21%
Introductory Business Law 215 22%
Introductory Psychology 2,601 58%
Introductory Sociology 2,035 58%
Natural Sciences 974 47%
Precalculus 131 35%
Principles of Macroeconomics 399 35%
Principles of Management 4,777 33%
Principles of Marketing 680 52%
Principles of Microeconomics 366 27%
Social Sciences and History 978 46%
Spanish Language 2,433 86%
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 344 42%
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 200 37%
50,301 54%

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