National Testing Program Q & A
What tests are approved?
Currently the only approved tests are:
- SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)
- LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
- GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
- GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
- AP (Advanced Placement Exam)
- CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)
- ACT (American College Testing Program)
- DAT (Dental Admissions Test)
- MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
- MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)
- OAT (Optometry Admissions Testing)
- PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
- DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
- ECE (Excelsior College Examinations)
What test fees does VA reimburse?
While VA will reimburse a person for required test fees, VA has no authority to reimburse a person for any optional costs related to the testing process.
Test fees that VA will reimburse include
- registration fees
- fees for specialized tests
- administrative fees.
Fees VA will not reimburse include:
- fees to take pre-tests (such as Kaplan tests)
- fees to receive scores quickly
- other costs or fees for optional items that are not required to take an approved test.
Does every applicant for a national test need to have filed an original claim for benefits?
Yes. Every applicant for reimbursement for a national test must have filed an original application for chapter 30, 32 (or sec. 903), or 35 at some point and have been found eligible.
Is there a particular form that I must submit to receive reimbursement for a national test?
No. The best way to claim the benefit to submit the following:
- a copy of your test results and
- a signed note or a signed VA Form 21-4138, Statement in Support of Claim, stating that you are requesting reimbursement for the cost of a national test.
The following information is required:
- Name of the Test
- Name of the organization offering the test
- Date the person took the test
- Cost of taking the test
- A signed statement authorizing release of your test information to the VA
General Rule Regarding Receipts: You do not normally have to submit a receipt or proof of payment for the cost. However, in certain instances, it is necessary to submit this evidence. These situations are the following
- DSST Tests (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
- Certain situations regarding the CLEP, MAT, and PCAT tests
NOTE: if you cannot provide a copy of the test results, request duplicate test results from the testing organization.
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