7 Reasons Why You Should Test Out of Your Next Class With a DSST Exam

As tuition prices continue to rise at colleges and universities across the nation, some students are opting for more cost-saving, non-traditional paths to higher education. One way that you can save hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars on college tuition is by taking an exam to earn college credit in place of a traditional three-credit course. Many American universities and colleges will actually allow you to test out of certain courses with a DSST exam, granting you the opportunity to take more classes that can prepare you for your future career. In fact, here are seven reasons why you should consider credit by exam:

1. Save Time: DSST exams can help reduce the number of hours and classes you may need for a degree program. You have the flexibility to schedule the test on your own time and to create a study plan that lasts as long as you need it to.

2. Save Money: A DSST test costs only $80! On average one college credit is worth $250 — add up 3 credits and that’s $750! DSST exams are also funded for active duty military members (and their spouses).

3.  Credit = Credit: Over 1,900 institutions grant credits for DSST exams. Whether you are sitting through a lecture of 400 students taking notes or passing a DSST exam, the credits are worth the same!

4.  Wide Range of Educational Experience: DSST offers a vast list of 38 exams (and growing!). In comparison, CLEP offers only 33 exams. There is no limit when it comes to DSST. Pick and choose exams that fit your program needs and desires.

5.  Abundance of Resources: With the help of DSST online practice exams, the DSST Offical Test Prep Books, and several third-party resources, you can ensure that you will be guided on your path to success.

6.  Immediate Results: About 100 questions later, click “finish” and viola! The test results are reported directly on the computer screen at the completion of each test. The only exception to this is the Public Speaking DSST Exam. These results are mailed to the student and their institution five weeks after the test.

7. Get Ahead: If you look through the list of available test subjects, you’ll probably find that there is a DSST subject you already know well! Take advantage of the practices tests to see how much knowledge you already know. Then test out of courses that you’re already an expert in.


If you have taken a DSST exam, please share with us how it’s helped you!