Top Military CLEP and DSST Pass Rates

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College level placement examinations can allow you to skip some entry-level college courses if you can demonstrate a thorough enough knowledge of the subjects. To prove that you know enough, you must take a standardized examination. There are two major types of placement examinations available to active duty members. The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) and DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests).

These tests are free for active duty members.

CLEP and DSST exams helps you earn college credit for knowledge you've acquired through your military experience, independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships. They save you time (time not spent taking a college class) and money (money not spent taking a class). Taking placement examinations allows you to stretch your tuition assistance (TA), GI Bill, Federal Student Aid, and/or scholarship dollars while you achieve your education goals.

Now what? Which exams should you take? Well, it depends. What degree program are you interested in, what credits do you need, and what is your school’s transfer policy concerning accepting alternative sources of credit? Since the answers to these questions vary widely, the first place to begin is your local education center, where a counselor can help you find the answers that are just right for you.

To help you get started, take a look at the exams with the highest military student pass rate for FY 2020.

Rank

Test Type

Test Title

Pass Rate

1

DSST

Ethics in Technology 

90%

2

DSST

Business Mathematics

86%

3

DSST

Technical Writing

84%

4 CLEP College Composition Modular 80%

5

CLEP

Spanish With Writing

80%

6

CLEP

Spanish Language

80%

7

DSST

Health And Human Development

74%

8 DSST Criminal Justice 73%
9 DSST History of the Soviet Union 73%
10 DSST Fundamentals of Cyber Security 73%

11

DSST

Principles of Public Speaking

73%

12

DSST

Introduction to Law Enforcement

72%

13 DSST Substance Abuse 72%
14 DSST Personal Finance 70%

15

CLEP

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

70%

16 CLEP College Composition 70%
17 CLEP Social Sciences and History 70%
18 CLEP College Mathematics 67%
19 DSST Introduction to Business 66%
20 DSST  Computing and Information Technology 66%

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