Time is everyone's most valuable -- and scarcest -- commodity. By reducing the number of courses needed to complete a college degree, the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) can make it easier for students of all ages to complete their degree more quickly. Prior to registering for a DSST exam, we recommend that you meet with an academic advisor/counselor at your college to determine if DSST tests might be an appropriate option for you. The college can also provide information on the scores required for granting credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the courses that can be bypassed with satisfactory scores. While the tests are very difficult, it might be beneficial for you to take DSST exams in areas where you have gained expertise through your previous studies or work experience.
DSST Exam Titles
Where and when can I take DSST exams?
Generally, only one (1) exam can be taken per sitting unless prior arrangements are made. DSST exams are offered for the general public at the Niceville campus only. Active duty military and other military-funded candidates may test at Hurlburt Field.
DSST exams at the Niceville campus are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am and 1:00pm.
How do I register for a DSST exam?
First, you should check with an academic advisor at the school you attend to be sure that your credits will be accepted.
Students will create an account, register and pay for an exam at the testing center when they arrive to take their exam. DSST exams are offered for the general public at the Niceville campus only. Active Duty military members may test at Hurlburt Field at no charge for the first attempt. Active duty military or military-funded members may choose to test at the Niceville campus and will be required to pay a $20 administrative fee.
Test candidates testing at the Niceville location will need to register on RegisterBlast to schedule their exam.
Is there a cost for the DSST exams?
DSST exams fees are $80, which must be paid by credit card at the testing center on the day of the exam. There is an additional $20 administrative fee that is to be paid on RegisterBlast when making your testing appointment. Accepted methods of payment are Master Card, VISA, Discover, and American Express.
Active duty military testing at the Hurlburt Field location will be tested free of charge. Re-test fees for military-funded candidates are $80.00. If military-funded testing is completed at the Niceville campus, there is an additional $20.00 administrative fee.
What do I need to bring to the DSST test?
If testing at the Niceville location, candidates must present two forms of identification. The primary form of identification must be government issued containing the candidate's name, signature and recognizable photograph. The secondary form of identification can be a student ID card, a military CAC card, or any previously unused primary identification.
Active duty military candidates testing at the Hurlburt Field location may present a military CAC card.
All others qualifying for DANTES-funded exams will produce the primary and secondary forms of identification as explained above.
All testing supplies will be provided. Please avoid bringing personal items, such as purses, paper/pencils, books, book bags, etc. Cell phones, food, and drinks are NOT allowed in the testing room.
How can I prepare for a DSST exam?
Study guides for DSST exams are available at http://getcollegecredit.com/ you can purchase study guides at most retail bookstores, such as Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, etc.
Can I re-take a DSST exam?
A student may not repeat a DSST exam of the same title within 90 days of the original testing date. Scores on tests repeated earlier than 90 days will be cancelled and the test scores forfeited.
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