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
Anatomy and Physiology
Ethics: Theory and Practice
Foundations of Gerontology
History of Nazi Germany
Life Span Development Psychology
Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
Religions of the World
Research Methods in Psychology
Human Resource Management
Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School
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)
Nursing Concepts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Nursing Concepts: Foundations of Professional Practice
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