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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 
dodhra.dantes-cpl@mail.mil

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/