Top DSST FAQs

  • What is the DSST?
    The DSST is a collection of standardized tests that measures your knowledge of certain subjects. Students can earn college credit at thousands of colleges and universities by earning a satisfactory score on a DSST exam.
  • What’s on the DSST?
    The DSST consists of 37 tests that fall under six subject categories: Physical Science, Technology, Humanities, Business, Math, and Social Science.
  • How are DSST tests scored?
    A scaled score is calculated from multiple choice questions and essay scores. Scores range from 200 to 500. A score of 400 is considered a passing score, with 434 considered a B-equivalent. As individual institutions may require specific scores to award credit, it is always advisable to check with your college or university about their policy.
  • Who takes the DSST?
    Anyone seeking college credit can take DSST exams. Military personal, home-schoolers, and adult learners are typical DSST test takers, but exams are also open to college and high school students. The DSST exam is helpful for students seeking higher education outside of the traditional classroom.
  • Why take the DSST?
    By taking the DSST you can apply prior or current knowledge to get a head start on your higher education pathway, enhance your degree, and save time and money on courses. Students can take a variety of exams on entry-level collegiate topics in order to bypass these courses in college or university. Does this sound familiar? That may be because many students take DSST tests in conjunction with CLEP tests. While both offer college credit, CLEP tests offer testing in mainstream subjects while DSST test subjects are more specialized and can be used for both lower level and upper level credits.
  • Should I prep for the DSST? And how much?
    DSST exams test you on the equivalent of an entire college semester’s worth of curriculum in approximately 2 hours. While the idea is to test you on material with which you have prior learning, reviewing the content and test format is in order as a satisfactory score earns you the college credit you’re after. While everyone is different, Peterson’s recommends at least 6 weeks of preparation for test day.
  • How do I register for the DSST exam?
    Students can only register and pay for a DSST exam at an authorized DSST testing center. The GetCollegeCredit website is a great resource to find information on locating testing centers as well as institutions that award credit for the DSST.