Topeka campus to serve as national testing center for the military
Topeka, Kan. — Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies has announced it will administer the College-Level Examination Program and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support Subject Standardized Tests computer-based exams to service members starting Feb. 3, 2010, at its Topeka campus, 2641 S.W. Wanamaker Road, Suite 102.
Baker University, through a partnership with the United States Coast Guard, is a military-base sponsored national testing center for all branches of the service, providing free exams to military service members — both active duty and reserve. Spouses and civilian employees of the military are eligible for funded exams. CLEP and DSST testing is also available to nonmilitary members, who must pay an exam administration fee.
The College-Level Examination Program ® and Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support Subject Standardized Tests are nationally recognized testing programs providing service members the opportunity to earn college credit by earning qualifying scores on exams. Service members and civilians take the CLEP and DSST for a variety of reasons, including shortening the time it takes to earn a degree, thereby saving money on tuition and fees. Others take the tests to move on to more advanced courses sooner, complete basic requirements in order to take more electives, advance their career, satisfy college requirements for commissioning programs or to open new career possibilities.
Baker University accepts up to 60 hours in CLEP and DSST tests, military credits and evaluated experiential learning in its undergraduate programs. This allows students to gain credits in a variety of ways and move toward their bachelor’s degree at an accelerated pace. Baker University also has reduced tuition rates for active military and 25 percent off the regular tuition rates for military spouses, and is a member of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.
CLEP and DSST exams also offer a low-cost method for earning college credit. With a $72 fee for CLEP and an $80 fee for DSST, each exam is a fraction of the tuition required for similar college courses. Students can also demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of subjects generally taught in the first two years of college. The 90-minute, computer-based exams are offered in more than 34 subjects for CLEP and more than 38 subjects for DSST, ranging from U.S. history, Spanish, college algebra and many other electives. Students receive their scores immediately upon completion of the exam except for English composition for the CLEP and Principles of Public Speaking for the DSST.