Tests During Service Build College Credits

Members of the armed forces can earn college credit for knowledge gained in high school, during military training or though independent study by taking a standardized test to prove proficiency in a particular subject.

The credit gained through these exams can expedite a service member’s path to a degree, experts say, and help them maximize their GI Bill benefits by knocking out general education requirements or other college courses.

Joey Scott, a veteran and recent college graduate, took enough of these tests during his seven years in the Army to be able to transfer 21 credit hours to the University of Memphis, where he enrolled after leaving the service. Scott says the tests are “the best kept secret in the Army.”

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