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
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: