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Save Time

Taking a CLEP exam in place of just one 3-credit course could save you more than 100 hours of class time and coursework.

Save Money

For example, if you earn 15 CLEP credits to apply toward a degree, you could save nearly $5,000 at the average public four-year institution.

Accelerate Your Learning

Instead of spending time and money on intro-level courses you don’t need, you can take advanced courses and learn new things.

Take Control

Study for the exams at your own pace, choose your own study materials, and schedule your own test day.

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Get Credit for What You Know

There are 33 CLEP exams in subjects like American government and financial accounting. Each college decides for itself what subjects they’ll grant credit for, and what counts as a qualifying score.

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Free CLEP Exam Prep

Brush up on your skills with free online CLEP courses through Modern States' Freshman Year for Free program. The courses are taught by highly qualified college professors and are designed to help you do well on CLEP exams. You don’t have to take a course to take an exam, but it could help you boost your score.

You’ll find other free and affordable CLEP study resources, including official sample questions and the 2018 CLEP Official Study Guide, on the College Board website.

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Find a CLEP Test Center

You can take CLEP exams at over 2,000 colleges across the country and at on-base testing centers worldwide. The U.S. government’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program will cover your exam fees regardless of where you take the test. If you test at a fully funded test center, DANTES will also cover the administration fees.

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How to Register for CLEP Exams

To take a CLEP exam, you need to register online; you can’t register at a test center. After you register, contact your preferred test center to schedule your test date.

Register for CLEP Exams


Taking the SAT is an important step on the road to college. As a service member, you can take the SAT for free at DANTES test sites on over 100 military bases around the world. DANTES will also reimburse the SAT registration fee for eligible service members if you take the test at any off-base test center.

To take advantage of these DANTES benefits, talk to your education counselor. You'll need to register for the test on papernot online.

Find an SAT Test Site

Free Online Practice for the SAT

Get ready to succeed on the SAT with Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®. It’s the only SAT study plan directly connected to the College Board—the maker of the SAT.

  • It’s free.
  • It’s accessible anywhere there’s an internet connection.
  • It provides personalized SAT study plans based on previous test scores or online quizzes.
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College Planning for Veterans

Take advantage of these money-saving benefits and college planning resources for veterans who want to continue their education.

Make the Most of Your Education Benefits

Did you know that your GI Bill can reduce your college-related costs? Benefits you may qualify for include:

  • CLEP registration fee reimbursement
  • SAT registration fee reimbursement
  • Tuition and fee assistance
Learn About Your Benefits

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Online Resources

The BigFuture website has lots of information for veterans planning to go to college. Topics include:

  • Scholarships
  • Paying for college
  • Veteran FAQs

You’ll also find tips and resources that make it easier for anyone to plan for college.

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For Military Families

Visit our College Planning for Military Families website for information to help spouses and children of service members plan for college.