· Troy State University,
· University of Maryland University College, and
· Vincennes University.
Contact a Navy College Office or the Navy College
Center about the degree programs available from the
partnership schools at the Navy College web site.
Q15. SOC consists of a national group of
approximately how many colleges?
Q16. What type of degree can a member earn under
the SOCNAV-2 program?
Q17. What type of degree can a member earn under
the SOCNAV-4 program?
Various DANTES examinations and testing
services are available to service members. Most of the
tests are free to Navy members. Consult with the Navy
College Office, which maintains the DANTES
Examination Program Handbook (DEPH), for full
details on each test.
Navy College Office staff
members are trained to act as DANTES test control
The examinations provided by DANTES are
available to all active-duty military personnel,
midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy, and
Funded DANTES examinations are not
authorized for persons who have been separated from
active military service or are not members of a Reserve
DANTES sponsors a wide range of examination
programs throughout the world at various education
centers (administered primarily by Navy College
Offices) and aboard ships (administered by ESOs).
For additional information on the DANTES
Examination Programs, visit their web site at
contact your local Navy College Office. The primary
testing programs available through DANTES are
described in the following paragraphs.
GED Testing Program
The General Education Development (GED)
Testing Program is designed for adults who have not
finished their formal high school education. Through
the GED they can earn a high school equivalency
College Admission Examinations
College admission examinations determine the
qualification of personnel for college admission and
for some officer accession programs. Qualification is
based on the applicants scores on American College
Testing Assessment (ACT) or Scholastic Assessment
The Graduate Record Examination
(GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test
(GMAT), and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
are also available through this program. GRE, GME,
and LSAT scores are used to determine a persons
eligibility for admission to various graduate schools.
College Level Examination Program
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
examinations are nationally recognized and widely
accepted as a means by which people can earn credit by
examination. CLEP general examinations consist of a
battery of five tests that measure college-level
achievement in basic areas usually covered in the first 2
years of college. About 70 percent of Navy examinees
successfully pass the CLEP tests. This is a strong
motivator for career personnel. Personnel who already
possess credit for service schools and work experience
may earn an associate degree more quickly by
successfully completing CLEP tests. CLEP subject
examinations are also available. They measure
knowledge of basic concepts, principles, relationships,
and applications involved in college courses with the
DANTES Subject Standardized Tests
DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs)
include a series of examinations in academic subject
matter areas not usually covered under CLEP. The
DSST program includes approximately 36
undergraduate-level college subjects. Similar to final
examinations, DSSTs demand a comprehensive
knowledge of the subject.
The examinations are
multiple-choice and, unlike other examinations, are
not timed. Personnel may earn 3 semester hours of
credit for each DSST, as recommended by the
American Council on Education (ACE). DSSTs are
just another source from which Navy personnel can
earn college credit.
Excelsior College Examination Program
Excelsior College Examinations, formerly the
American College Testing Proficiency Examination