DSST Test Accommodations

Test Accommodations for the DSST

Individuals who are taking DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) may be eligible to receive a modified test or have adjustments made to their testing process. Individuals who feel they may qualify for these accommodations are required to submit an application form and be approved before their exam day.

Who Qualifies for Accommodations

Individuals who have diagnosed learning and physical disabilities may be eligible for testing adjustments. Each application for accommodations is considered individually. This means there is no guarantee that two test-takers who have the same condition will qualify for the same test accommodations. Approvals are based, in part, on the recommendations of the professionals who complete a test-taker's evaluation form.

Types of Accommodations Individuals Can Receive

There are a number of ways that a DSST test can be modified or the test conditions can be changed to accommodate individuals' needs. Examples of common adjustments include:

  • Having access to a sign language interpreter
  • Having a person assigned to write a test-taker's answers
  • Having an assigned reader to read test questions to a test-taker
  • Receiving extra testing time

How to Apply for Accommodations

The application process for accommodations will vary slightly depending on whether someone takes the test at a college or university campus or a Prometric test center. Keep in mind that Prometric test centers only offer certain DSST exams, and test-takers must be military members or their spouses.

Step 1: Contact the Institution Administering the Test

Individuals testing at a school should contact its testing services office to verify the application process for accommodations. Those who intend on testing at a Prometric center can call 1-800-967-1139 to get instructions for requesting accommodations and registering to test.

The FAQs page on the DSST website also provides information on test accommodations in addition to a link to an application form that individuals can use if they believe they may qualify for testing adjustments.

Step 2: Have a Qualified Professional Fill Out an Evaluation Form

Each person applying for accommodations must complete an application form and submit supporting documentation. Supporting documentation must be from a medical doctor, specialist or qualified mental health professional. This professional must complete an evaluation form in support of the application for test accommodations.

Or, an applicant can opt to provide documentation that a professional completed for prior approval for accommodations. All documentation must be less than one year old.

Step 3: Gather Additional Documentation

In some cases, individuals who want to submit documentation about a prior approval for accommodations must submit additional information in support of their application.

Step 4: Submit the Application

Individuals testing at a school must submit their documentation to the school's testing administrator, who will then forward it to Prometric.

Individuals testing at a Prometric testing center should follow the instructions they received from Prometric.

Since an application has to be processed and, if approved, arrangements have to be made for the accommodation, individuals should apply for accommodations as soon as possible to ensure that the accommodations can be in place when they plan to take their test.

Items Individuals Can Bring on Test Day

There are some items that are allowed in Prometric test centers when students are testing. These things include:

  • Access to food or medicine during breaks
  • Earplugs

Noise-canceling headphones are also available for test-takers at some Prometric centers.

DSST Study Materials

Individuals who are getting ready to take a DSST test can take advantage of study courses that include dozens of lessons constructed to cover all the material on a particular DSST exam. There are no scheduled study sessions or lesson times with these courses, so individuals can fit in review of the material when it suits their schedule. All of these DSST Study Courses are available online. Course options include:

Study CourseNumber of Lessons
DSST Technical Writing: Study Guide & Test Prep Course 139
DSST Business Ethics and Society: Study Guide & Test Prep Course 146
DSST Business Mathematics: Study Guide & Test Prep Course 82
DSST Personal Finance: Study Guide & Test Prep Course 100
DSST Money & Banking: Study Guide & Test Prep Course 127
DSST Math for Liberal Arts: Study Guide & Test Prep Course 120
DSST Criminal Justice: Study Guide & Test Prep Course 124
DSST Ethics in America: Study Guide & Test Prep Course 125
DSST Substance Abuse: Study Guide & Test Prep Course 164
DSST General Anthropology: Study Guide & Test Prep Course 108
DSST History of the Soviet Union: Study Guide & Test Prep Course 104
DSST A History of the Vietnam War: Study Guide & Test Prep Course 54
Continue reading: DSST Test Retake Policy

DSST tests are available at official testing centers on various dates. Read on to learn how to find convenient DSST test dates, where you may take tests, what to expect on your test day, and how to prepare for your DSST exams.

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