Before You Prepare for the Exam

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DSST Online Practice Exams

Practice exams in most DSST subjects are available and will enable you to see whether you possess the level of knowledge necessary to pass a specific DSST exam prior to actually taking it.

Although the DSST online practice exam questions do not indicate the full range of difficulty you would find in an actual DSST exam, they will help you assess your knowledge level. They also help you get familiar with the online testing tool as they are built in the same environment as the actual DSST exams.

You can purchase DSST online practice exams at ibt.prometric.com/dsst (You must select "DSST Practice Exams" as the Test Provider or Program).

DSST Exams

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The history of the roots of the Vietnam War.

19th century European impact, twentieth-century Western influences, World Wars I & II, new nations, social and cultural changes (1900-1960) and the Middle East through the 20th century.

Deals with the history of art during various periods, e.g. Renaissance, Baroque and Realism.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

 

Astronomy

3 Baccalaureate

Factsheet

Celestial mechanics, celestial systems, astronomical instruments, the solar system, nature & evolution, the galaxy, the universe, determining astronomical distances, and life in the universe.

Moral philosophies and business ethics, social responsibilities of a business, regulation of business, employer-employee relations, ethics of information, ethics in international business, corporations and stakeholders, ecology and global business, business and government.

Online practice exam available for this title.

 

Business Law II

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Factsheet

Sales of goods, debtor & creditor relations, business organizations, property, commercial paper.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Integers, fractions, decimals, round numbers, ratios, averages, business graphs, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, net pay & deductions, discounts and markups, depreciation & net worth, corporate securities, distribution of ownership, stock and asset turnover.

 

Criminal Justice

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Factsheet

Criminal behavior, police, the court system, sentencing issues, adult prison systems and juvenile correction alternatives.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Ecological concepts (ecosystems, global ecology, food chains and webs), environmental impacts, environmental management & conservation, and political processes & the future.

New! online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.
 

 

Ethics in America

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Factsheet

Ethical traditions & analysis in various relationships, embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia, affirmative action and capital punishment.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Contemporary issues in education, past and current influences on education (philosophies, democratic ideals, social/economic influences), and the interrelationships between contemporary issues and influences.

Solving quadratic inequalities, operations of functions, rational functions and exponential & logarithmic functions.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Historical development, counselor roles & functions, the counseling relationship and theoretical approaches to counseling.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

This examination includes content related to major topics in cybersecurity including application and systems security, implementing authentication and authorization technologies, compliance, security pertaining to networks and physical environments, and vulnerability management.

New! Online practice exam available for this title.

Theoretical perspectives, physical anthropology, archaeology, social organization, economic organization, political organization, religion, and modernization & application of anthropology.

Human development and relationships, fitness & nutrition, disease & prevention, consumer awareness, psychological disorders & addictive behaviors, intentional injuries & violence.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Training & development, performance appraisals, compensation issues, security issues, personnel legislation & regulation, labor relations and current issues.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Earth and basic facts (maps, physiography, atmosphere, soils and vegetation, water), culture and environment, settlement patterns, political geography and regional geography.

Online practice exam available for this title.

Economic issues, international business, government & business, business ownership, small business, entrepreneurship, franchise, management process, HR management, production & operations, marketing management, financial management, risk management & insurance, management and  information systems.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Hardware, software licensing & development tools, development life cycles, data management, connectivity, privacy concerns, intellectual property, telecommunications law, network etiquette, artificial intelligence and globalization.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Overview of the U.S. criminal justice system, police systems in the U.S., police organization, management & issues; and U.S. law and precedents.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Dimensions & approaches to religion, primal religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Shintoism, Hellenic & Roman Traditions, Scientology.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Ethical issues, biological development, perception, learning & memory, cognition & language; social, emotional, and personality development, social behaviors, family life cycle, adjustment to life stresses, bereavement and loss.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Telecommunications, network security, systems analysis and design, business decision making, knowledge management, data warehousing and data mining.

Online practice exam available for this title.

 

Money and Banking

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Factsheet

Role & kinds of money, commercial banks & other financial intermediaries, central banking, Federal Reserve System, money & macroeconomics, U.S. monetary policy, the international monetary system.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Scientific approaches, research designs, data collection methods, individual processes & characteristics, interpersonal & group processes, organizational processes, change & development processes.

New! online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.
 

Credit & debt, major purchases, taxes, insurance, investments and others.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, weathering, groundwater, glaciers, oceanic systems, deserts, winds, hydrologic cycle, internal Earth processes, mineral & energy resources, environmental geology.

 

Principles of Finance

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Factsheet

Financial statements & planning, time value of money, working capital management, valuation and characteristics, capital budgeting, cost of capital, risk and return.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Accounting cycle and classification, transaction analysis, accruals and deferrals, cash & internal control, current accounts, long- & short-term liabilities, capital stock and financial statements.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy & momentum, thermodynamics, wave and optics, electricity and magnetism, chemistry, properties of matter, atomic theory & structure, chemical reactions.

Principles of Public Speaking, audience analysis, purposes of speeches, structure/organization, content/supporting materials, research, language & style, delivery, communication apprehension, listening & feedback, criticism & evaluation. Record an impromptu persuasive speech that will be scored.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Principles and concepts underlying higher-order statistics, continuous & discrete distributions, use of predictive statistics using the linear model and confidence intervals.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Management functions, planning, organization & staffing, directing at the supervisory level, legal issues, stress management, union environments, quality concerns.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Russia under the old regime,  the Revolutionary Period, New Economic Policy, Pre-war Stalinism, Second World War, Post-war Stalinism, Krushchev Years, Brezhnev Era, and reform and collapse.

Formerly “Drug and Alcohol Abuse.” Substances such as anabolic steroids, over the counter medications, dependency/addiction, societal effects, screening, diagnosis and neurological factors.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Theory & practice of technical writing, purpose, content, organizational patterns of common types of technical documents, elements of various technical reports, technical editing.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

The Civil War from pre-secession (1861) through Reconstruction.

New! online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Knowledge of basic facts related to the aftermath of the World War II and rebuilding of Europe, national political systems, issues and policies in Western European societies.

Business

Moral philosophies and business ethics, social responsibilities of a business, regulation of business, employer-employee relations, ethics of information, ethics in international business, corporations and stakeholders, ecology and global business, business and government.

Online practice exam available for this title.

Business Law II

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Factsheet

Sales of goods, debtor & creditor relations, business organizations, property, commercial paper.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Integers, fractions, decimals, round numbers, ratios, averages, business graphs, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, net pay & deductions, discounts and markups, depreciation & net worth, corporate securities, distribution of ownership, stock and asset turnover.

Training & development, performance appraisals, compensation issues, security issues, personnel legislation & regulation, labor relations and current issues.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Economic issues, international business, government & business, business ownership, small business, entrepreneurship, franchise, management process, HR management, production & operations, marketing management, financial management, risk management & insurance, management and  information systems.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Hardware, software licensing & development tools, development life cycles, data management, connectivity, privacy concerns, intellectual property, telecommunications law, network etiquette, artificial intelligence and globalization.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Telecommunications, network security, systems analysis and design, business decision making, knowledge management, data warehousing and data mining.

Online practice exam available for this title.

Money and Banking

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Factsheet

Role & kinds of money, commercial banks & other financial intermediaries, central banking, Federal Reserve System, money & macroeconomics, U.S. monetary policy, the international monetary system.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Scientific approaches, research designs, data collection methods, individual processes & characteristics, interpersonal & group processes, organizational processes, change & development processes.

New! online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.
 

Credit & debt, major purchases, taxes, insurance, investments and others.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Principles of Finance

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Factsheet

Financial statements & planning, time value of money, working capital management, valuation and characteristics, capital budgeting, cost of capital, risk and return.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Accounting cycle and classification, transaction analysis, accruals and deferrals, cash & internal control, current accounts, long- & short-term liabilities, capital stock and financial statements.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Management functions, planning, organization & staffing, directing at the supervisory level, legal issues, stress management, union environments, quality concerns.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Humanities

Ethics in America

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Factsheet

Ethical traditions & analysis in various relationships, embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia, affirmative action and capital punishment.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Dimensions & approaches to religion, primal religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Shintoism, Hellenic & Roman Traditions, Scientology.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Principles of Public Speaking, audience analysis, purposes of speeches, structure/organization, content/supporting materials, research, language & style, delivery, communication apprehension, listening & feedback, criticism & evaluation. Record an impromptu persuasive speech that will be scored.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Math

Solving quadratic inequalities, operations of functions, rational functions and exponential & logarithmic functions.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Principles and concepts underlying higher-order statistics, continuous & discrete distributions, use of predictive statistics using the linear model and confidence intervals.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Physical Science

Astronomy

3 Baccalaureate

Factsheet

Celestial mechanics, celestial systems, astronomical instruments, the solar system, nature & evolution, the galaxy, the universe, determining astronomical distances, and life in the universe.

Ecological concepts (ecosystems, global ecology, food chains and webs), environmental impacts, environmental management & conservation, and political processes & the future.

New! online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.
 

Human development and relationships, fitness & nutrition, disease & prevention, consumer awareness, psychological disorders & addictive behaviors, intentional injuries & violence.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, weathering, groundwater, glaciers, oceanic systems, deserts, winds, hydrologic cycle, internal Earth processes, mineral & energy resources, environmental geology.

Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy & momentum, thermodynamics, wave and optics, electricity and magnetism, chemistry, properties of matter, atomic theory & structure, chemical reactions.

Social Sciences

The history of the roots of the Vietnam War.

19th century European impact, twentieth-century Western influences, World Wars I & II, new nations, social and cultural changes (1900-1960) and the Middle East through the 20th century.

Deals with the history of art during various periods, e.g. Renaissance, Baroque and Realism.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Criminal Justice

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Factsheet

Criminal behavior, police, the court system, sentencing issues, adult prison systems and juvenile correction alternatives.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Contemporary issues in education, past and current influences on education (philosophies, democratic ideals, social/economic influences), and the interrelationships between contemporary issues and influences.

Historical development, counselor roles & functions, the counseling relationship and theoretical approaches to counseling.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Theoretical perspectives, physical anthropology, archaeology, social organization, economic organization, political organization, religion, and modernization & application of anthropology.

Earth and basic facts (maps, physiography, atmosphere, soils and vegetation, water), culture and environment, settlement patterns, political geography and regional geography.

Online practice exam available for this title.

Overview of the U.S. criminal justice system, police systems in the U.S., police organization, management & issues; and U.S. law and precedents.

iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Ethical issues, biological development, perception, learning & memory, cognition & language; social, emotional, and personality development, social behaviors, family life cycle, adjustment to life stresses, bereavement and loss.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Russia under the old regime,  the Revolutionary Period, New Economic Policy, Pre-war Stalinism, Second World War, Post-war Stalinism, Krushchev Years, Brezhnev Era, and reform and collapse.

Formerly “Drug and Alcohol Abuse.” Substances such as anabolic steroids, over the counter medications, dependency/addiction, societal effects, screening, diagnosis and neurological factors.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

The Civil War from pre-secession (1861) through Reconstruction.

New! online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.

Knowledge of basic facts related to the aftermath of the World War II and rebuilding of Europe, national political systems, issues and policies in Western European societies.

Technology

This examination includes content related to major topics in cybersecurity including application and systems security, implementing authentication and authorization technologies, compliance, security pertaining to networks and physical environments, and vulnerability management.

New! Online practice exam available for this title.

Theory & practice of technical writing, purpose, content, organizational patterns of common types of technical documents, elements of various technical reports, technical editing.

Online practice exam available for this title.
iStudySmart study course available for this title.