Before You Prepare for the Exam

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DSST Exam Preparation Resources

Study Guides

Peterson's is the exclusive provider of DSST test preparation materials and offers two study guides covering 16 exam titles. Each guide includes diagnostic and post-tests, with detailed answer explanations for each of the featured DSST exams. The guides also include complete review of each subject area to help you score high and tips and strategies that help prepare you for the actual DSST exam.

Study Guides for College Students

Study Guides for Military Members

Petersons Test Prep is available at no cost to eligible military personnel and their families.

Official Guide to Mastering DSST Exams (Part I): includes Ethics in America, Introduction to Computing, Principles of Supervision, Substance Abuse, Business Math, Principles of Public Speaking, Fundamentals of College Algebra, and Technical Writing

Official Guide to Mastering DSST Exams (Part II): includes Here's to Your Health, Introduction to World Religions, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Environment and Humanity, Personal Finance, Introduction to Business, and Civil War and Reconstruction.

Online Practice Exams

Peterson's offers online practice exams for 21 DSST exam titles. Each exam title features three full-length (100 question) practice tests and one printable practice test.

Peterson's Practice Tests for College Students

Peterson's Practice Tests for Military Members

Peterson's Test Prep is available at no cost to eligible military personnel and their families.

Prometric offers online practice exams for most exam titles. Prometric practice exams are offered on the internet-based platform in which the actual exam is administered.

Prometric Practice Tests

Prometric practice exams are designed to give students a “test drive” of the testing experience so that they know what to expect on test day. They do not contain current exam content and should not be viewed as a predictor of test outcome. Practice exams are approximately 50 questions each and available for each of the 30 + DSST exams.

How Do Students Take a Practice Exam?

  1. 1. Click on the Prometric Practice Tests button.
  2. 2. Choose your Practice exam title.
  3. 3. Create an account in the Practice Exam Portal.
  4. 4. Confirm or change your test selection.
  5. 5. Launch your test.

Prometric does not endorse any third-party test preparation material outside of what's described on this page, nor is responsible for the test outcome.

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 >>