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College Admission Exams Counselor Tools In this issue: College Admission 2 Exams (ACT/SAT) College Admission Exams (GRE/GMAT)


College Admission Exams Fact Sheet


Hot News


Troops to Teachers


Contact Information


DANTES Information Bulletin

Support for College Admission Exams Program Erin Roberts, Voluntary Education Enteprise Support, DANTES


oluntary education professionals understand that the higher education environment is continually changing. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that military students have the right tools available to help them make informed decisions as they begin a college degree or continue on to a graduate or Master’s degree. To help service members take the next step towards entering college, DANTES offers four different College Admission Exams for undergraduate and graduate degrees: SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT.

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Some of the tools a military education counselor can use to help provide service members with quality information on college admission exams include, but are not limited to: • DANTES Website • DANTES Fact Sheets • Examination Websites • Other Federal Education Tools • This month’s issue provides VolEd professionals with information and resources that are available to help service members take advantage of college admission exams.

College Admission Exams Counselor Support Tools

DANTES Website: Undergraduate Admission Exams (ACT/SAT) With the help of a professional military education counselor, eligible service members can learn the benefits of taking an undergraduate college admission exam. The ACT and SAT: • Meet college admission requirements • Strengthen candidate qualifications for enlisted-to-officer programs • May be funded upfront if taken at an on base DANTES test site • May be reimbursed for up to two tests at off base test centers The DANTES website ( includes a detailed page for each education program. The “Undergraduate Admission Exams (ACT & SAT)” page is located under “Enter College” and contains the following information:

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• Program Overview: provides a brief description of both the ACT and SAT exam programs offered to help service members meet admission requirements for a college or univerisity, a military-sponsored academy, and/or officer accession program. • Student Benefits: highlights how college admission exams can help service members with their education and career goals. • Program Eligibility: explains who is eligible to take college admission exams and have them funded and/or reimbursed by DANTES. • Cost & Reimbursement of Test Fees: explains who is eligible for funding or reimbursement, and provides guidance on the test fee reimbursement process.


College & Career Planning Counselor Tools & Support

Undergraduate Admission Exams Funding for Test Fees ACT Funding at DANTES Test Sites:

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One funded ACT is provided per lifetime of service for eligible service members. Funding is provided by a contract agreement between DANTES and ACT at the time of testing. No money is exchanged. The ACT Writing exam is not available at DANTES Test Sites. ACT retests at DANTES Test Sites are not funded. Military members are responsible for paying the test fee for retesting.

SAT Funding at DANTES Test Sites: •

Visit products-and-services/the-act/scores. html for information about receiving and sending scores.

Scores for all ACT exams taken by Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard members at DANTES test sites are automatically reported to their Joint Services Transcript (JST). Scores for Air Force members are also made available to the Air Force Automated Education Management System (AFAEMS).

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One SAT with Essay is funded per lifetime of service for eligible service members. The SAT with Essay is available and required at DANTES Test Sites. Funding is provided by a contract agreement between DANTES and the College Board. SAT retests at DANTES Test Sites are not funded. Military members are responsible for paying the test fee for retesting.

All exam reimbursement requests must be submitted via the Electronic Reimbursement Request. Contact the Exams Program via email at exams@navy. mil if you have questions regarding the electronic reimbursement submission process. Check out http://www.dantes.doded.

mil/EducationPrograms/enter-college/ undergradexams.html for more information on

National Test site reimbursement information.

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College Admission Exams Counselor Support Tools

DANTES Website: Graduate Admission Exams (GRE/GMAT) Other service members may be seeking assistance from a military education counselor on the benefits of pursuing a graduate degree. For those who may need to take a graduate entrance exam, the GRE or GMAT: • Supports meeting graduate admission and military-specific program requirements • Saves money by having test fees reimbursed through DANTES The “Graduate Admission Exams (GRE & GMAT)” page at EducationPrograms/enter-college/graduateexams.html is located under “Enter College” and contains the following information: • Locate a Test Center: provides information necessary to help service members DANTES Information Bulletin

find and schedule an exam • Test Preparation: encourages service members to take advantage of test preparation resources at no-cost and/or for a fee. • Transcript Requests: offers information on how to access and send exam transcripts to a service member’s school and/or location of their choice. • Testing Wizard: features practical, easy to follow steps to help service members determine where to test and what needs to be done before and after testing. • Video Tutorials: discusses reimbursement eligibility and how to submit for an exam reimbursement.


College Admission Exams Counselor Support Tools

Graduate Admission Exams DANTES provides reimbursement for: •

The GRE General and GRE Subject Tests to help service members meet entrance requirements for graduate school and/or military-specific programs.


The GMAT to help service members meet entrance requirements for graduate school and/or military-specific programs.

Reimbursement Admission Exams Fact Sheet/Eligbility

DANTES Information Bulletin


College Admission Exams Counselor Support Tools

Other Admission Exams Websites: ACT page: - offers everything the service member needs to know about taking the ACT ACT for Service Members Stationed Overseas: - Although, the ACT test is the same everywhere, instructions for registration, test day, and score access vary by country. Service members living outside of the United States should review this page. ACT Social Media: act/en/social-media-resources.html – offers quick and easy access to ACT information ACT Facebook: - provides timely tips and helpful information for students preparing for college SAT page: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard. org/sat - offers everything service member needs to know about taking the SAT SAT for the Military: https://pages.collegeboard.

org/college-planning-military?excmpid=vt-00254 – provides information specifically for military students

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SAT page for Military-connected Education Counselors: college-planning-military-counselors - provides information to help counselors get students ready for the SAT and more SAT page for Education Counselors: - provides information specifically for education counselors GRE page: - offers everything service member needs to know about taking the GRE GRE page for Education Counselors: https://www. - offers a variety of services to assist advisors and educators who advise prospective students GMAT page: - offers everything service member needs to know about taking the GMAT GMAT Exam Prep: - prepare for the GMAT exam using the FREE GMAT™ Official Starter Kit


College Admission Exams Counselor Support Tools Downloadable fact sheets that summarize each program are available on the DANTES website, under the ‘Counselor & School Reps’ tab and within the ‘Program Materials’ section. Information includes a program overview, student benefits, counselor resources, and more. You can view, download, and print each fact sheet to use as easily accessible counseling tools.

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Hot News

Social Media Messaging for College Admission Exams

Share social media messaging this month highlighting College Admission Exams on your education center and base social media sites. Eligible military students can be reimbursed for the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GMAT college admission exams at www. They can also get answers to questions and download the 2018 CLEP Official Study Guide on the College Board website at

Undergraduate or Graduate school? Whichever ~ #DANTES pays for service members #college admission exam (if eligible). Find out and get started today! #military #VolEd index.html‌

#DANTES offers no-cost #education programs to help #military members complete their education and career goals. #VolEd

Troops to Teachers NEW Video Section


hows military members what it’s like to be a participant in the Troops to Teachers (TTT) program. Check out the TTT website for the NEW Video section, The lead video highlights retired Army Captain Heatherann Bozeman using her military skills to teach video production in her high school classroom. With the help of the TTT program, she was able to transition smoothly from one career into the other.

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Troops To Teachers

Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Al Jackson transitioned from the skies to the science classrooms of the Wilbur Watts Intermediate School almost 20 years ago with the help of the Troops to Teachers program. By: Lisa Ryan Burlington County Times BURLINGTON CITY — A teacher certification program helped ensure a smooth landing as retired Air Force Master Sgt. Al Jackson transitioned from the skies to the classrooms of the Wilbur Watts Intermediate School. The program assists retiring service members who aspire to teach kindergarten to 12th grade achieve certification to work in public schools. It offers such assistance as financial aid for eligible individuals, counseling during the career transition, and placement with schools. In the fall, Troops to Teachers returned to New Jersey after a two-year hiatus during which its grant program was restructured, according to The New Jersey Department of Education. Now, the department will receive almost $1 million toward program functions and promotion over the next five years as the program reestablishes a New Jersey presence. Representatives of the program DANTES Information Bulletin

will visit Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in March to discuss job opportunities, state certification requirements and program details, officials said. Jackson is one of about 1,800 New Jersey veterans the program helped between when it was started in 1993 through 2016. Shappell said Jackson and other teachers who are veterans help kids connect with military history or current events on a more personal level, they can also share perspective and life experiences, according to Shappell. “Not only is he very knowledgeable in his content, but he also understands the importance of being a good role model for kids,” Shappell said of Jackson. The teacher said that’s exactly why he was inspired to teach sixth-graders; he wants to offer support and perspective to kids during a confusing part of adolescence, and to be a positive role model for young men in particular.


Troops To Teachers Jackson first began teaching as a substitute near McGuire Air Force Base, now joint base, when he realized through his school-aged son’s experience how few men were teaching at elementary and middle-grade levels. Jackson was still about a year and a half away from retirement when representatives from the national Troops to Teachers program visited the base to discuss how they could help veterans move into the classroom. Jackson quickly joined the program, which he said helped him branch out to substitute in Burlington City and Burlington Township schools, and to balance the demands of military retirement with those of teacher certification. He was certified to teach by the time he retired from service in June 2000, and shortly thereafter, he accepted a job teaching fourth- through sixth-grade science in Burlington City. Troops to Teachers training helped him apply his military experience, including the transient living, to the classroom.

Jackson said. He added, “I can go beyond that and expand to my military travels (as well).” Living and working internationally has also helped Jackson empathize with English language learners. He said he knows from experience that what looks like disrespect in one culture can be a sign of high regard in another. When Jackson left the base for Burlington Township, he wanted to teach close to home so that he and his students shared community spaces beyond the classroom. Although students are normally surprised to see their teacher outside of school, Jackson said it sends an important message. “I think it just makes a better connection with the students, that I’m available,” he said. “I think it gives them a different perspective, for them to see me in blue jeans. It breaks down that barrier, they see ‘He’s just a regular guy.’”

Jackson said each year he sees many students move in and out of Burlington City, and he always asks on the first day how many students understand the experience of frequent moves.

Jackson said he is always excited to hear from students after they’ve left his classroom; during his year with them, they’re often just beginning to figure out who they are and what they want to do with their lives.

“I can connect with them because I had that same experience growing up, my family moved a lot,”

“I really love what I do, and I try to make an impact and difference in their lives,” Jackson said.

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