National Testing Program
Advancing your education often requires you to take costly national tests. If you have been awarded VA educational benefits, you may also be eligible for national test reimbursement from the VA.
Type of Assistance
The following tests are approved for reimbursement:
- ACT (American College Testing Program)
- AP (Advanced Placement Exam)
- CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)
- DAT (Dental Admissions Test)
- DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
- ECE (Excelsior College Examinations)
- GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
- GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
- LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
- MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
- MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)
- OAT (Optometry Admissions Testing)
- PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)
- PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) testing through Learningcounts.org
- SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
For a complete list, please refer to the VA’s WEAMS National Exam Search.
Although VA will reimburse a Veteran for required test fees, some fees connected to the testing process are not covered.
The following test fees may be covered by VA:
- Registration fees
- Fees for specialized tests
- Administrative fees
The following fees are not covered by VA:
- Fees to take pre-tests (such as Kaplan tests)
- Fees to receive scores quickly
- Other costs or fees for optional items which are not required to take an approved test
- Complete a VA Form 22-0810 (Application for Reimbursement of National Exam Fee).
- You do not normally have to submit a receipt or proof of payment for the test. However, in certain situations, proof of payment is necessary.
How Is Your Entitlement Charged?
You may receive the VA-approved cost of the test up to $2,000 per test.
There is no limit to the number of tests you can take. The VA will reduce your remaining months of entitlement based on the cost of the test that they reimburse.
You may be reimbursed for retaking a test that you didn’t pass. You can also retake tests you passed if the test is required for re-certification or to retain a license you already have.
For the Post-9/11 GI Bill
The amount of entitlement reduced is proportionate to the cost of the test compared to a monthly entitlement charge rate. Your entitlement charged is rounded to the nearest non-zero whole month; this means even low-cost tests are charged one month of entitlement per test. To see the current monthly entitlement charge rate click here.
For all other GI Bill programs
The amount of entitlement reduced is proportionate for the cost of the test compared to your full-time monthly rate. To see the current full-time monthly rates for all other GI Bill programs click here.