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Establish a National Test Center (NTC)
National Test Centers (NTCs) are a convenient option for service members looking to take a CLEP or DSST exam through the Credit-by-Exam program. 
NTCs are local or on-base colleges or universities that offer academic testing for DANTES-funded service members. DANTES funds the exam and sitting fees for tests taken at all on-base NTCs, as well as those local NTCs identified as Fully-Funded.

Military education centers interested in establishing an on-base NTC should coordinate with a college/university, the base Commanding Officer, and DANTES. European Region NTCs and all other Overseas NTCs may contact DANTES for more information about the program via email 

Government National Test Center
DANTES has been working to expand access to the Credit-by-Examination program (CLEP/DSST) to service members who do not have a National Test Center (NTC) located on or near their military installation.  DANTES, College Board, and Prometric, have coordinated efforts to allow active-duty service members and/or General Schedule (GS) employees to operate a test center on military installations.  If you are interested in more information regarding opening an on-base test center, contact the Credit by Examination Program Manager, via email 
dodhra.dantes-cpl@mail.mil for more information on starting a National Test Center. 
Helpful information about test center requirements to determine your level of interest:
  • Identifying a Primary Test Control Administrator (PTCA).  The PTCA will be overall in charge of the test center and will need to complete required training to operate the test center.  
  • Identify Test Control Administrators (TCA) to run the day-to-day operations.  TCAs will also need to complete required training to operate the test center. You may have multiple TCAs.  
  • Provide a space for administration of examinations to service members.  The size, location, etc. is up to you. 
  • Provide Internet access and non-government computers for testing.
  • Complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between your test center and DANTES.
  • For information on CLEP test centers: https://clep.collegeboard.org/for-high-schools/open-a-test-center/how-to-open-a-test-center
  • For information on DSST test centers: https://getcollegecredit.com/institutions/become-a-test-center/