DSST Examinations

If experience is the world's greatest teacher, then your experiences may well qualify you for college credit. The nationally recognized DSST Program allows you to receive college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom perhaps from reading, on-the-job training, or independent study. DSSTs offer students a cost effective, time saving way to use their knowledge acquired outside of the classroom to accomplish their educational goals.

Currently, there are almost 2,000 colleges and universities that recognize the DSST program and award college credit for passing scores. Colleges, universities and corporations throughout the United States and in some other countries administer tests year-round.

The test fee to take a DSST is $80. Administering institutions may charge a test administration fee according to their school policy.

Before you take a DSST,

How to Get Started:

  • Find out if your college accepts DSST and consult with your Success Coach to be sure the DSST exam fits your curriculum.
  • There are over 38 test titles in the areas of Social Science, Business, Mathematics, Applied Technology, Humanities, and Physical Science.
  • Contact Anne-Marie Pierce or 703-414-4026 for more information and to schedule a DSST examination.

DSST Test Preparation Materials

At Prometric, we believe in giving each student the best chance at success, so we offer a wide variety of study materials to help you adequately prepare for your DSST exam. We offer free exam fact sheets that give content outlines of subject areas covered on each test, as well as sample questions, credit recommendations and suggestions for other reference materials.

Prometric has also partnered with iStudySmart to provide practice tests and courses in subject areas that correspond with DSST exams. Practice exams in most subject are available and will enable learners to see whether they possess the level of knowledge necessary to pass a specific DSST exam prior to actually taking it. As each DSST exam is revised, so is the corresponding fact sheet and practice exam.

Using all or any of the provided preparation materials outlined below will put you in the best position possible to pass your exam and earn college credit. Good luck, and happy studying!

Exam Readiness Materials

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets outline the topics covered by each test and includes a list of sample questions, a list of recommended references of books that would be useful for review, and the number of credits awarded for a passing score as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE®). Please note that some schools require scores that are higher than the minimum ACE-recommended passing score. It is suggested that you check with your college or university to determine what score they require in order to earn credit.

Trouble Finding Textbooks?

Appropriate textbooks for study are not limited to those listed on the fact sheets. If you wish to obtain study resources to prepare for the examination, you may reference either the current edition of the titles mentioned or textbooks used at a local college or university for the same class title. It is recommended that you reference more than one textbook.

More Exam Readiness Resources Below
Test Preparation Page
Take a Practice Exam
iStudySmart.com (test preparation)

Official DSST Test Preparation Guide (test preparation)


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