Enrolled Students and Adult Learners
Follow These Steps to Accelerate Your Degree
- Choose which exams are relevant to the degree you are pursuing or the experience you’ve had.
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.
- Download the Test Taker Information Bulletin which contains an outline of all DSST exams available and recommended study material available.
Find a test center near you and schedule your exam with them. There are more than 1,200 test centers nationwide. Exams are $80 and the test center may have an additional sitting fee to administer the exam.
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!
- Ready to take a DSST exam? Find an institution that accepts and/or administers DSST exams »
Credit by Examination Will Help You:
- Earn credits for previously learned knowledge
- Reach career goals through furthering your education without taking time off from work to be a full-time student
- Gain confidence performing at a college level
- Improve your chances for college admission by having DSST exam transcripts in your admissions portfolio
- Maximize tuition assistance to enroll in more advanced-level courses
- Make up for missed courses
- Graduate in a shorter period of time
Active Duty Military Members
DSSTs: 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.
Join the ranks of the thousands of military personnel who’ve experienced the power of the DSST exams—and check out the exam list today!
Through the on-base and on-campus facilities of the National Testing Centers, and at more than 500 military installations, increased access to the DSST exams makes it easier than ever for service members to gain valuable educational credentials while on active duty, regardless of post-military plans.
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.
Get Credit for Existing Knowledge
DSST exams help you leverage your past experience and training, avoid having to enroll in unnecessary classes, and save you time and tuition-assistance dollars by awarding you college credits for the education you’ve obtained during your time serving our country.
Did You Know?
Veterans eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill can be reimbursed for DSST exams. DSST is an approved VA National Testing Program. The VA will reimburse the DSST exam fee ($80) 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. If you do not have a receipt, there are two ways to get the DSST exam receipt, depending on how you took the test:
Call DSST's toll free customer service line at: 877-471-9860 (toll: 651-603-3012); or
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, test date, test title, and phone number to contact you.
Log in to the DSST exam portal, click on "Review Scores" and follow the option to print your receipt. Go to the DSST exam portal now >>
To obtain a receipt for the testing center administrative fee, contact the testing center directly. Search our database to find your testing center's contact information.
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 38 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!
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. Twenty-six of the 38 DSST titles fall under the lower-baccalaureate category.