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Excelsior College Exams (ECE)

Posted : Thursday January 1, 1970
Created by: MSG Randall High, U.S. Army (ret)

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ECE Quick Facts
What is it?
Excelsior College Exams
Who qualifies?
Anyone, but DANTES covers full cost for active soldiers
Credit toward?
Courses, Degrees
Nursing Certification
Teacher Certification
Free to Soldiers
Subjects (Broad)
Art & Science
Hundreds of schools nationally

Earn College Credit for Your Military Training

Want to start earning credit toward a college degree for free, without enrolling in classes? DANTES offers a number of credit-by-exam programs designed to help soldiers advance their educations while they serve. The Excelsior College Exams (ECE) Program-formerly the ACT Proficiency Exam Program-is fully supported by DANTES. These tests allow you to earn college credit or certification through testing rather than traditional classes. Like the CLEP and DSST exams, ECE tests will help you earn your degree faster, and often at no costs to you.

How ECE Exams Work

ECE tests are designed to replace full-fledged undergraduate college classes, so participating schools will likely accept a passing score on the Statistics exam, for example, in lieu of an introductory Statistics courses. Though the ECE exams are created and administered by Excelsior College, hundreds of schools and universities accept ECE exam scores, including a number of online schools.

Most ECE tests are multiple-choice, though some are in essay form. While many testing centers offer computer-based exams, paper-and-pencil forms of the ECE exams are available to military personnel through DANTES Test Centers. The score you receive and the number of college units an exam is worth is determined annually by the American Council on Education (ACE), which provides a number of military-friendly educational services.

Earn Your Teacher or Nursing Certification While You Serve

Like the CLEP and the DSST tests, ECE exams cover an array of subjects, many of which complement popular soldier MOSs. Unlike the other exams, however, ECE exams also provide soldiers with the opportunity to apply credit toward popular certifications, such as nursing or teacher certifications. This makes the ECE exams particularly popular among those with health care-related MOSs.

ECE Exams Pay Off for Military Service Members

In an effort to make it easier for soldiers to advance their careers and educations while they serve, DANTES covers the full costs of ECE exams and provides a number of study resources. In fact, ECE exams are free to all active duty military, National Guard, and Reserve Component personnel. According to Excelsior College, soldiers earn more than 50 thousand credits for their military training each year through programs like the ECE tests.

Complete List of DANTES-Supported ECE Exams
Arts and Sciences
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • American Dream
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Bioethics
  • Cultural Diversity
  • English Composition
  • Ethics: Theory and Practice
  • Foundations of Gerontology
  • History of Nazi Germany
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Life Span Development Psychology
  • Microbiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
  • Religions of the World
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics
  • World Population
  • Human Resource Management
  • Labor Relations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School
  • Adult Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Health Support, Area B
  • Management and Leadership in Nursing
  • Management in Nursing
  • Maternal and Child Nursing, (Associate Level)
  • Maternal and Child Nursing, (Baccalaureate Level)
  • Maternity Nursing
  • Nursing Concepts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Nursing Concepts: Foundations of Professional Practice
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • Research in Nursing

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