Army Skillport Tips, Tricks & Cheats

The Army Skillport system is one of the easiest and fastest ways to get Army promotion points. I, personally, sat and watched TV for an entire weekend and maxed out my promotion points. At first glance, the system can be a little overwhelming. There are so many courses to choose from and so many different topics.

The Army has, yet again, created a route to promotion points that can be cheated. Shh… don’t tell anyone. If you took as long as the Army Skillport courses were supposed to take you; you would spend all your time as a lower enlisted in front of your computer.

Army Skillport Promotion Points


Army Skillport

Promotion points for Army Skillport courses fall into the category of Computer Based Training. Due to so many soldiers maxing out their Military Education promotion points without ever attending an NCO school; the Army placed a maximum on the Computer Based Training. This maximum is currently at 78 promotion points for SGT and 84 for SSG.

Army Skillport Maximum Hours

Every 5 hours completed in the Army Skillport system is worth 1 promotion point. For a soldier recommended for SGT, you need 390 hours of Army Skillport to max out your Computer Based Training promotion points. This number for SSG is 420 hours.

Structured Self Development 1

SSD1 is a computer based course that is now required for promotion to SGT (E-5). This course is done in the ALMS system not the Army Skillport website. However, it needs to be discussed because it affects how many Army Skillport hours you actually need to complete to max out your Computer Based Training promotion points.

For those recommended to SGT, SSD1 is worth 80 hours (16 promotion points). For those recommended to SSG, it is not worth anything and there is no equivalent until you are recommended for SFC. This means that those recommended to SGT have 80 hours less to do to max out their computer based training points. Since SSD is a requirement for promotion, this just helps out the SPC(P). You can now max out your computer course hours with 310 Army Skillport hours (62 promotion points).

[Correction: SSD1 is no longer worth promotion points. It is still a requirement to go to WLC though.]

Easiest Army Skillport Courses

If you have been around the block a few times, you have been told by everyone and their mother to do the Microsoft courses on Skillport. Am I right? It is true that these are the easiest courses to do, but only if someone has shown you the cheats to get through them faster. If you don’t use my cheat tips, these courses are just as bad as all the others if you don’t know anything about Microsoft.

Where to Find the Army Skillport Microsoft Courses

If you have already registered for Army Skillport E-learning, go ahead and log in now. If you haven’t, follow my Army Skillport Login & Registration Guide.

Army Skillport

This should be the screen you see when you log on to Army Skillport and click “Catalog”. The Microsoft courses are located in the “Desktop Certifications” folder. Once you click on that folder, you will have to keep clicking on folders until you reach the actual courses. Each individual course has a little computer screen next to it on the left and a little green dot to the right once it is completed.

Army Skillport

Army Skillport Cheating

Army Skillport cheating is not possible like it used to be in the Army correspondence courses. There is no website available with all of the answers and I can’t give them to you either. Skillport is designed so that there is no specific set of questions for all soldiers. So, my method isn’t really cheating. It is just a loophole in the system.

1. Click on your first course. You will then see all the information about the course; including the course hours. Most of the Microsoft courses are listed in minutes; but we all know that 60 minutes is equal to an hour. The hours/minutes that the course is worth is listed under “Expected Duration”. You may want to write down the hours or minutes before you start each course because it doesn’t tell you the course length where your completed courses are listed. The only way to see where you stand for hours is to wait for them to show up on your ERB and PPW. But, if you’re doing all your courses at once, you will want to know an accurate number.

Army Skillport Microsoft

This is what you will see when you click on your first Army Skillport course.

2. After you have written down the hours, click on the blue triangle, that looks like a “play” button, to launch the course. (Picture above.)

3. Inside of the launched course, you will see a listing of all the sub-courses. These are the courses that must be done before you can get credit for the whole course. Instead of clicking “Begin Course” at the bottom, click “Take Course Test”. This is where the tricks comes in. (The screen shot below shows my course as complete-please ignore). You can also choose to take each individual course test, but I prefer the whole course test.

Army Skillport Test

4. On the next screen, you will see your score for the course and for each sub-course. Once again, yours will not have scores like mine because mine is complete. You must get a 70% overall but also a 70% in each sub-course. When you are ready to start, click “Take Test”.

Army Skillport Test

5. At this point you can decide what works best for you. There are a few different methods you can try.

  • Click, Click, Click. Just click a random answer and click “done” for every question on the test and then “next” to get to the next question. I like “C” for the multiple choice and checking all of the boxes for the ones that have more than one correct answer. Now, you can either just keep clicking through until you are done, or note the correct answers. I like to just click through. After you are done, you have the option to “Retake Incomplete/Failed Parts”. Usually, it ends up making me retake about 3/4 the test. You can either repeat what you have already done and choose a different letter to click every time, or if you took notes, click the right answers.
  • Pictures/Notes. Once you have clicked “done” on each question, the correct answer is marked even if you don’t choose an answer. Once the answer pops up, take a picture of the screen or write down the correct answer. Click “next” to get to the next question. After you have went through the whole test, you can choose to retake the test. Just look at the pictures/notes you took and get the answers right this time.
Army Skillport Answers

The Army Skillport system gives you the answers.


Using these methods, I have noticed an average of about 3-5 minutes to every hour. This means that if a course has an estimated duration of 60 minutes, it takes me 3-5 minutes. So, in theory I could finish all 390 hours for SGT in 20 to 30 hours. Not bad for 78 promotion points right?


Comments, Questions, Concerns?

  1. I compleated all those computer training but i dont see any point on my coresponders course hours, what should I do or who do i need to talk to update the course hours on my promotion sheet.

  2. hello Megan,
    I was wondering did you complete the entire Microsoft Series or did you stop once you reached your goal?

    • I finished the whole Microsoft series, but you don’t have to to get the points. Each little “folder” is one whole course. As long as you finish those, you get the points for each of those.

  3. how do i know if they updated or not? my erb and ppw say i have 156hrs but i dont know what they were before i started some classes

  4. You might want to put out to at least the Army National Guard soldiers there is a Army Regulation states that the ARNG will NOT accept any online course unless it Army correspondence Courses through AIPD. I just submit over 180 hours of Skillport and guess what!! NO retirement points.

  5. Question about this.. on my skillport there is no way to go back and fix your answers, has this recently changed or am i just not seeing it?

    • The proficiency mode is almost equivalent to CLEP out of a course. You take the course tests without having to sit through the course or even play the “next, next, next” game.

  6. So just by taking the course test, it covers for the rest of the course, or do I still have to do the sub-courses as well to get the full credit?

    • There is a course test for each of the “sub-courses”. As long as you are getting the “complete” message at the top right after the test, it is going to count for promotion points.

  7. Does anyone know of any courses that still can do this? The only one I have found is Adobe Reader 6.0.

    • Most of the Microsoft courses that say 2003 or 2007 still do. An easy way to know if this system will work for the class is just click on the class title. It will pull up a page that tells you about the course. If it tells the course time in minutes (ex: 280 min) then you can use this cheat system. If it is stated in hours those are the updated cheat-free classes.

  8. So if i shotgunned a ton of these classes in one go, and I go to print out my ATTRS certificate and show S-1 all that I have completed, and about 40 hours at a time is completed in space of one day, will they look at me funny? Personal experience with S-1’s attention to detail on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    • I have never seen them pay that much attention to detail. Most of the time it is a lower enlisted person putting the information in. They don’t care. Also, for the Skillport courses, you typically don’t have to do anything with S-1. The hours automatically populate on your ERB and then a day or so later they show up on your PPW.

  9. I am having a problem with the hours populating on my ERB. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  10. Are there certain correspondence courses that are worth points? I was told that specific courses weren’t worth any points but I’m not sure how true that is.

  11. I’m still confused. If I take the tests of all the sub categories with the blue screen next to them, pass the tests and get a green bullet, do I have to take the test prep at the end that doesn’t have a blue screen next to it in order to get the points? Or just do the ones with the blue screen to the left of the name, and not worry about the test prep at the end of each category?

  12. I have recently got back into my skillport and was wondering do I have to go thru each sub course or can I just take a test and move on to the next

  13. does all of these courses help me with promotion points to SSG or just ones related to my MOS 19D20 requirements. I don’t want to waste my time doing something that I will not get credit for. I am pretty new at the whole skillport thing.

    • You can do any of the courses in Skillport. They count towards your military education in the computer based section. There are points available for these classes if you are working on SSG too.

  14. There are a lot of classes you aren’t able to take for promotion point on skill port. Once you get to the skill port site, look to the left and you will see courses to be remove. Be sure to look up the course first before attempting to take the lesson. Is the 1 hour courseware only worth 1 point as well?

  15. Megan,

    I have completed about 200 hours of Microsoft 2003 courses. Are there any courses that are not eligible for promotion points? I do not want to complete these courses and not have any for promotion points. Thank you!

    SPC Promotable

  16. If my promotion cutoff for sept is 600 and I didnt make 600 until the 8th of sept would I still get picked up for e5 or would I have to wait for Oct cuttoff to be release before know if I would get promoted or not

    thank you
    SPC promotable

  17. sorry, back in march I had about 430 hours I haven’t looked at my PPW since hen I just noticed those hours went down to 233 can anyone shed some light as to why this has happened please.

  18. I am doing these Microsoft classes and they are not updating on my erb. Should I continue to do them and hope they appear? Also if the correspondence course is one hour is that worth one promotion point or how does it work?

    • Most of the Microsoft courses have been removed from being promotion point eligible. There was a post a while back about what courses were being removed.

  19. i started doing courses a few months ago then stopped now that they changed the way they count the hours so in order for me to max on my hours should i keep doing the microsoft or where should i move to ???

  20. After reading your blog, I went ahead and called the POC for skillport. According to her, so long as the Microsoft Courses are done before 30 SEP (which according to the skillport portal, is when they will be removed), they should still count for promotion points. I asked her specifically for the Microsoft Office 2003 variants. I went ahead and did about 20 hours of them last night, and will be checking my ERB all this week to see if it updates. If so, it will indicate a “last chance” window to cram them all down.

  21. With skillport, do we have the option to print a certificate at all . Just in case they do not transfer over to the ERB system automatically. I have a hard time trusting it will automatically appear.

    • Yes, you can print each module certificate. On the home page, click on progress. You will see all the courses you are working on in one tab and all the ones you have completed in another.

  22. the courses that are listed in MIN and not hrs have a caption next the the course saying RETIRED. i have been working on these bc i am able to use the trick you stated. are they counting still until the 30 of sep or am i wasting my time?

  23. “”””You might want to put out to at least the Army National Guard soldiers there is a Army Regulation states that the ARNG will NOT accept any online course unless it Army correspondence Courses through AIPD. I just submit over 180 hours of Skillport and guess what!! NO retirement points”””””

    Does the above mean that ARNG cannot receive promotion points from these skillport courses? or just retirement points

  24. so do you have to the do sub courses for it to count or can you just take the main test and pass for it to count?

    • No. If you read her instructions it’s listed very clearly. She even has screen shots for fuck sake. This is why our NCO ranks are so shitty… People like Nelson who can’t even follow simple instructions… *smh*

  25. you cant do the trick where you click done get all the answers and re enter then without actually doing the courses anymore is there a way to get around this with the classes they still offer?