New York National Guard Education Services

College Credit for Military Training


Earn college credit away from campus and work toward your degree faster by earning credit for what you already know. The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) give you the opportunity to receive college credit for undergraduate and technical subjects. CLEP tests and DSSTs cover material generally required in the first two years of college. This means you can advance without spending time and money on courses you've already mastered.

The CLEP offers 33 exams in five subject areas, and covers the equivalent of either one-semester, full-year or two-year courses. DSST offers 37 exams that cover material generally taught in lower- and upper-level undergraduate courses. Most colleges will grant the same credit to students who pass the DSST as to students who complete the course.


  • Save time. A satisfactory score on a DSST can earn you three college credits, while the CLEP can earn you as many as 12 credits. Each test saves you months of classroom time.
  • Save money. The cost of a CLEP test and DSST is free to Army National Guard Soldiers, their spouses and federal civilian employees of the National Guard. You will also save on the cost of tuition by taking the CLEP or DSST instead of paying for college courses.
  • Make college more interesting. With qualifying CLEP or DSST scores, you can skip general introductory courses and move on to more advanced classes. You'll also be able to explore new and challenging academic areas more quickly.
  • Graduate on time. If you haven't met your graduation requirements, CLEP tests and DSSTs can help you quickly make up the missing credit so you graduate on time.


For more information on CLEP exams, preparation materials and test center locations, visit the CLEP exam website:

For more information on DSST test centers and preparation materials, and to view available DSST exams, visit the DSST exam website.


Excelsior College provides busy working adults with distance education programs to help them earn their degrees. Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) measure students' knowledge so they can earn college-level credit accepted at Excelsior College and over 900 colleges and universities around the world. Formerly called the ACT Proficiency Examination Program (ACT PEP), ECEs are free to all military personnel.

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