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Interested in college? Free admissions testing available for service members
by Ens. Shereka Riley,
Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Your local Navy College Office (NCO) offers paper-based American College Testing (ACT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) college admissions testing at base education centers to active duty service members free of charge.
According to Mareba Mack, educational specialist at the Naval Air Station Pensacola Navy College Office, when a current score is required for service or education programs, all eligible military members, including the Coast Guard, are authorized to take one free college admissions exam administered at their local base education center.
"A few of the service programs that require a current SAT or ACT score are the Naval Academy and the Naval Academy Preparatory School Programs, Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program and the Seaman to Admiral-21 program," said Mack. "Service members with hopes of pursuing a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution are eligible for a free test whether or not they are using military education program benefits such as Tuition Assistance (TA) and/or the GI Bill."
Both the ACT and SAT are administered monthly by the educational center staff.
In order to help prepare for the SAT and ACT, the NCO offers free materials to assist service members in achieving the scores they need. Mack suggests members visit their local NCO to receive official test guide booklets that offer information about each exam, including practice tests.
Additional information on the ACT and SAT is available at and

Education centers also offer other tools that can be used to improve basic English and math skills including the Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) and the College Placement Skills Training Course (CPST).
For more information on the OASC and CPST, visit
Educational services specialists are available at your local NCO.
For more information on the many services offered, including education plans, visit your local education center.
To learn about testing and prep materials offered through the NCO, visit

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