Active Military Stay the Course Through DSST
Recent sequester budget cuts for tuition assistance threaten to delay or derail active duty military from earning their undergraduate college degrees. DSST exams remain funded, which means that active duty military can complete exams for credit in up to 38 subject areas. For over 30 years, DANTES has offered and supported voluntary educational programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense. DANTES authorizes up-front funding of exam fees for eligible military and their spouses at all test centers where the Internet-based exams are administered.
The DSST program is nationally recognized in subjects such as Social Sciences, Math, Applied Technology, Business, Physical Sciences and Humanities. Prometric, through a network of more than 1,200 test centers in the U.S., delivered 39,000 exams to active duty military in 2012.
The DSST program is designed to help active duty military and civilian students reach educational and career goals faster and at less cost. More than 1,900 institutions in the U.S. recognize DSST and award college credit toward a degree for students who successfully pass exams.
Among all DSST candidates, military and civilian, students using DSST to earn college credit save an average of $670 on tuition. Exams cost $80, compared to $750 on average in tuition per three-credit undergraduate class. Time saved by taking a single DSST exam is 10 to 16 weeks, the length of class semesters.
The top nationally-recognized DSST exams delivered in 2012 include:
Principles of Supervision, Business
Principles of Public Speaking, Humanities
Here’s to Your Health, Physical Science
Introduction to Computing, Business
Ethics in America, Humanities
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit) has evaluated and recommended college credit for all 38 DSST exams. ACE Credit connects workplace learning with colleges and universities for formal courses and examinations taken in the workplace or other settings outside traditional higher education.