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DSST (DANTES [Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support] Subject Standardized Test)

DSST

DSST exams are available in 38 unique subjects. Disciplines include Business, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Science, and more. You may obtain a candidate bulletin at: http://getcollegecredit.com/assets/pdf/DSST-Tri-fold-ONLINE.pdf. [PDF, 1.45MB]. For a list of exams offered by DSST please see dsst-exam-list-ace-press_062618.pdf.

Equivalency

Students who have taken a DSST (DANTES [Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support] Subject Standardized Test) may receive university credit. Credit is awarded for score results at or above the American Council on Education’s recommended score if the subject examination is applicable to a program of study at ASU or may be assigned elective credit. To receive credit, a transcript showing the DSST results must be received by ASU directly from the DSST Prometric.

A list of available DSST examinations and the ASU course equivalents can be found in the ASU General Catalog. A link to archived catalogs can also be found on this page.

Restrictions

DSST credit is not given at ASU when any of the following situations apply:

  • It duplicates credit previously earned by the student at the university or accepted by the university for work done elsewhere.
  • It is more elementary than a course in the same field in which the student has already received credit.
  • An ASU student has already earned more than 60 semester hours of comprehensive credit (proficiency exams).

Cost

DSST fees total $120 and must be paid in two separate payments: a $35 non-refundable and non-transferrable registration fee in the form of a credit/debit card or e-check and an exam fee of $85 payable to DSST - Prometric by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, or JCB) on exam day. Cash or check payments cannot be accepted.

As a fully funded test center, active military members (includes Reserve Components and Coast Guard Personnel), spouses and civilian employees of: Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and Coast Guard (Active and Reserve) and DoD acquisition workforce personnel will have both the DSST fee and administrative waived. NOTE: DoD Acquisition Workforce Personnel are only eligible for the following DSST exams: Principles of Statistics, Principles of Finance, Principles of Financial Accounting, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, and Business Law II. To schedule your exam in our office, please call us at 480-965-7146. Do not register online as this process will not waive your administrative fee.

Retirees, Civil Service Employees, Spouses and Family Members of other Military Personnel (other than eligible civilian personnel listed above) are responsible for both the $35 registration fee payable to Arizona State University AND the DSST test fee payable directly to DSST.

Time

A DSST exam can be completed in 90 minutes or less, but examinees should allow 2 hours for their appointment time. DSST testing sessions are available on average twice a week, all year long - including summer and winter break!

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Please note: All registration fees are non-refundable.

Reschedule

In order to reschedule your test, you must re-register for another available date. Also you must pay a new $35 registration fee to Arizona State University as required in the Cost section above. This registration fee is not refundable or transferable.

 

Reschedule

You may reschedule your exam appointment to another test date under the following conditions:

  1. Space is available on the requested test date.
  2. Your DSST exam registration is valid on the transfer date of your transfer appointment. It is your responsibility to ensure your registration is valid. If it expires, you will need to purchase a new exam. To check the expiration date, contact DSST. The testing center cannot verify expiration dates as it does not have access to view information.     
  3. All transfers must be made ON or BEFORE your originally scheduled appointment.  After the originally scheduled appointment date, a full administrative fee will be required.
  4. To transfer the test date, call 480-965-7146 or come in to the Testing Services office to pay a $15.00 transfer fee with a credit card. 

Retake

As of February 1, 2018 the DSST Retake policy has been reduced from 90 to 30 days. You must wait 30 days before retaking the same DSST test.

Admission

Examinees must preregister at least 1 day prior to their desired test date.  Walk-ins on the day of the exam are not permitted. YOU MUST CHECK IN AT LEAST 15 MINUTES BEFORE TEST TIME TO BE ADMITTED. Test entrance requires payment to DSST and a non-expired government-issued ID (e.g.,driver's license, state-issued identification card, passport, or military identification card) with a current photo and your signature. 

Military examinees must present a current military photo identification card AND a second form of non-expired government issued photo ID with name and signature. The military ID (Common Access Card) must indicate that you are a member of the “Armed Forces of the United States.”

Eligible Civil Service personnel must present a current Armed Forces of the United States Card, AND one(1) other state or government picture ID with signature (typically a state driver’s license) , or valid passport; OR a Federal Civil Service Identification containing a picture and signature; OR Federal Civil Service Identification (without picture and signature), AND one (1) other state or government picture identification with signature (typically a state driver’s license, or valid passport.

DoD Acquisition Personnel must present a current Armed Forces of the United States Common Access Card, AND one(1) other state or government picture identification with signature (typically a state driver’s license), or valid passport.

Eligible Spouses must present a current United States Uniformed Services ID card.

NOTE: BECAUSE THE CURRENTLY USED COMMON ACCESS CARD DOES NOT CONTAIN A SIGNATURE, YOU MUST PRESENT A SECOND FORM OF IDENTIFICATION THAT INCLUDES A PHOTO AND SIGNATURE (TYPICALLY A STATE DRIVER’S LICENSE)

Scores

Immediately after completion of your exam, you will have the ability to print your score report. Official results are mailed from DSST Prometric directly to the institution you indicated at the time of the test. There is a $30 fee for each additional transcript. A Transcript Request Form can be downloaded at www.getcollegecredit.com.

Parking

Lot 55 - University Center [UCNTRB] parking fees are $2/hr or $10/day.  Please pre-pay for your parking before coming to the Testing & Scanning Services Office.  The parking machine, operated by Parking and Transit Services, accepts credit or debit cards. You can also pay by using the Park Mobile app. Cash is not accepted. Please remember your license plate number, as it will be required to make your payment. The Park Mobile parking zone is #60112.  When considering your parking payment for your exam please consider your check in and check out time for the exam, as well as the length of the exam.  When considering your payment,  all DSST exams are 2 hours in length, including check-in and check out.

 

DSST Practice Exams

DSST provides free practice tests for each DSST exam they offer. Practice exams can be found at https://getcollegecredit.com/dsst_practice_exam.