The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support ( DANTES) provides free College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations to eligible military service members, spouses and civil service employees. DANTES funds one CLEP exam in each of the 33 subject areas for the following groups:
- Active duty and reserve military personnel and National Guard members
- Spouses and civilian employees of the Air Force Reserve, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and active & reserve Coast Guard.
For more information on how to register for the CLEP Test, please see the Collegeboard.org military member section.
The College Board and DANTES have partnered to launch a program with college/university test centers which provides more test locations for DANTES-funded test takers. Through this program, at participating test centers, eligible DANTES-funded test takers attempting a test title for the first time will not only have their exam fee funded by DANTES, but will also have their administrative fee waived. In addition, all on-base military test centers waive the administrative fee for DANTES-funded test-takers.
Military Retest Policy
Eligible military candidates who take a CLEP exam can have the $80 exam fee for the first attempt per title funded by DANTES. If a candidate tests at an on-base or base-sponsored test center, he or she does not have to pay the test center administrative fee. Eligible military candidates should contact the test center of their choice to find out if they are responsible for payment of the test center's administrative fee.
DANTES does not pay the exam fee for a previously funded CLEP exam. As of October 17, 2014, Military members who retake an exam previously funded by DANTES, need to wait three months and pay the $80 exam fee in addition to the administrative fee required by the test center (unless the test center is on base or base-sponsored).