Enrolled Students and Adult Learners

Follow These Steps to Accelerate Your Degree

  1. Choose which exams are relevant to the degree you are pursuing or the experience you’ve had.
  2. Contact your college or university to learn about their credit awarding policy. The exams are likely delivered at your learning institution or one close by.

  3. Download the Test Taker Information Bulletin which contains an outline of all DSST exams available and recommended study material available.
  4. Locate a test center near you and schedule your exam. There are more than 1,200 test centers nationwide. DSST exams are $85; test centers may charge a nominal fee to administer the exam.

  5. Earn credits for a passing score and spend your time and tuition dollars on courses you really need to take. Now that’s what we call accelerating your degree!

  6. Ready to take a DSST exam? Find an institution that accepts and/or administers DSST exams »

Active Duty & Veteran Military Members

Funded and Here to Support You!

DSST exams allow military personnel to further their educational goals while in the service – whether they are deployed or located on a military base.

For over 30 years, DANTES has offered and supported voluntary educational programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense. In 2006, DANTES authorized up-front funding of DSST exam fees for eligible military members at authorized National Test Centers that administer the Internet-based DSST exams.

Available Everywhere

DANTES retesting policy: Please be advised that as of 11 December 2010, DANTES no longer funds retesting on a previously funded DSST exam title. However, service members may personally fund a retest of the same title if they do not receive a passing score. Please note that this is not a DSST or Prometric policy, this is a DANTES policy.

If you have questions about this policy, please contact your Base Education Office.

A Reliable Head Start to the Post-Military

Though you may not realize it, you probably have already taken some DSST exams while you were in the service. You may also have tuition assistance benefits that expire at a future date. Statistics show that 30% of active-duty service members never use their veteran’s education benefits.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides tuition assistance for eligible military service members and veterans for up to 36 months. If you don’t use your benefits within the required time, you’ll lose them.

Did You Know?

Veterans eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill can be reimbursed for DSST exams. The DSST Credit-by-Exam Program is an approved VA National Testing Program. The VA will reimburse the DSST exam fee ($85) and the testing center administrative fee (amount varies per location). For more information on DSST fee reimbursement, visit the Post 9/11 GI Bill Website. Note: In order to get reimbursement for DSST exams, you must submit a receipt or proof of payment to the VA.

Homeschooled Students

Continue the Path into Higher Education

The DSST Credit by Exam Program gives homeschooled students the ability to obtain college credit for subjects they already know or may choose to learn on their own. Recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE), DSST exams are a great way to build your portfolio as you prepare to start college. Each of the 30+ titles available includes an exam content outline and a list of book references that students can use to study and prepare for each examination.

Need additional study material? Check out our Test Preparation page for official test preparation material, partner sites and study guides.

Already in college? Discuss credit by examination with your advisor and select the DSST exams that best match your college curriculum. Then, use your self-studying skills to knock a class (or more) out of the way. DSST Credit by Exam Program is the perfect fit!

Widely Accepted

Over 1,900 Institutions across the United States accept DSSTs for credit. Check our database to look for the schools you are interested in and see if they accept DSST for college credit. Can't find your school of choice? Call the school's admissions department or the college advisor's office and request they accept DSST Credit by Exam Program for college credit. Schools can contact us directly and we'll be happy to get them in the program!

Homeschooled students are using DSST exams to complement their admissions portfolio. Many of the DSST titles fall under the lower-baccalaureate category.

Testing Accommodations

Prometric makes every effort to provide reasonable testing accommodations that enable all test takers to take examinations on a level playing field. For DSST exams, testing locations that Prometric partners with to deliver DSST exams, such as colleges and universities, play an active and significant role in determining whether and how requests for testing accommodations for students with special requirements are approved. Prometric works in partnership with these locations to ensure that test takers with unique needs have full access to the programs and services available to their nondisabled peers.

We take pride in the amount of support we are able to provide to test takers.  While requests for testing accommodations must be reasonable, approved (based upon appropriate documentation) and scheduled prior to a test taker appearing for an examination, we are committed to making sure you receive the appropriate accommodations to which you are entitled.

Please note that accommodations may vary by location. Prometric may also be required to work in conjunction with your testing location to provide approved accommodations.  To request a testing accommodation for your exam, please call 1-800-967-1139. Click here to review and complete the ADA packet >>