Testing in the Guard

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Whether you’re beginning, completing or returning to an educational program, you’ll encounter several types of academic testing. Tests can help you earn a diploma, complete an educational credential, gain college entrance, earn credit in a specific area of study without taking the course, and finish certification requirements.

The National Guard can help by paying for many of the tests you’ll need to further your education. The Guard will fund the following types of tests:

  • High School Equivalency: If you haven’t completed high school in a traditional setting, you can take the General Educational Development (GED) test to earn a secondary school credential.
  • Undergraduate Entrance: A college entrance exam such as an SAT or ACT is a required part of most college applications. If you’re planning to pursue college, you’ll probably need to take the SAT or ACT.
  • Credit-by-Examination: These exams allow Soldiers to use the knowledge gained through their education, military or professional experiences to gain credit toward their degree by taking subject-based tests. You can earn 3 - 12 credits in specific areas of study by taking the CLEP or Dantes examinations.
  • Graduate Entrance: If you plan to attend graduate school, you will most likely be required to take a GRE or GMAT exam. Your score will help admissions officers determine if you’re the right fit for the program.
  • Teacher Certification: As part of your teacher certification program, most states will require you to take the Praxis Series of tests. You’ll earn your teaching license with a qualifying score.


The ACT Assessment test is an admissions requirement at some colleges. The SAT scores are used as a college admission requirement and student placement instrument. 

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GRE test scores provide graduate and business schools around the world with an objective and common measure for evaluating and comparing the qualifications of applicants with differing educational and cultural backgrounds. 

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The GMAT measures general verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing skills and abilities developed over a long period of time that are associated with success in the first year of study in a graduate school of management. 

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The LSAT is designed to assist law schools in assessing the academic promise of their applicants. The LSAT measures skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the ability to process this information to reach conclusions.

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The ASVAB was originally designed to predict future academic and occupational success in military occupations.  Since its introduction in 1968, the ASVAB has been the subject of extensive research.

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