Education office provides mass CLEP for Airmen


The Tyndall Education office is slated to host a free testing event for military members at the Force Development Center July 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gulf Coast State College will proctor the tests, and snacks and refreshments will be provided by Troy University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The testing event will allow Airmen to take the College Level Examination Program test and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support Subject Standardized Tests.

Additionally, the Education office will be extending this opportunity to civilians. They will be able to participate in the event for a fee of $80 per test.

“CLEP and DSST tests help Airmen to further their education faster, especially when it concerns their Community College of the Air Force degree,” said Dawn Matera, 325th Force Support Squadron Force Development Center education services specialist. “Many Airmen only need to complete their general education requirements, these credits can be acquired quickly by completing CLEP and DSST tests.”

It takes 64 credits to earn a CCAF degree, four of those credits are earned after the completion of Basic Military Training. Half of the remaining 60 credits can be earned by passing CLEP and DSST tests, Matera added.

DANTES, similar to CLEP, is a program that allows students to take examinations that resemble final exams for college courses at the undergraduate level.

By earning a passing exam score, Airmen can earn college credits toward their individual degrees at an expedited rate since they will receive the same amount of credits as if they attended a semester of college.

“It not only helps Airmen with their future careers, but it also helps them to be a better Air Force member, because the more they are able to learn, the more they can apply to their every day jobs,” Matera said.

To be able to attend the event, prior to the test date follow these instructions:

There are many study guides and resources for Tyndall residents to use in order to prepare for the CLEP and DSST tests.

On-line study guides include:

For streaming lessons visit; the password for that site is AF01010914. Additional study material can be found at the base library, at no cost.

For more information about educational opportunities offered on base, contact the Tyndall Force Development Center at (850) 283-4285.