How to Study for the DSST

Select a DSST Test

To pass a DSST test and earn college credit, a test taker must have the same subject area knowledge as a student who has taken an equivalent college course. Test takers, therefore, should carefully review available tests to determine if they have sufficient understanding of the subject matter before registering for an exam.

Test takers will also want to check and make sure their school awards credit for passing scores on the tests they've selected.

Familiarize Yourself with Exam Content

DSST offers two important resources to help students study for their tests. Fact sheets are available online for each of the tests being offered (getcollegecredit.com). These documents outline the percentage of exam questions dedicated to specific subjects and offer sample questions that can get students acquainted with test content.

Practice exams for each DSST test are also available online for a small fee. Practice tests help examinees understand the structure and formatting of a test. Plus, test results are available immediately, allowing students to identify any subject areas for which they need additional study.

Complete a DSST Prep Course

Once students are aware of which test subjects could benefit from some extra study time, they might consider completing DSST prep courses to zero in on the skills and knowledge they'll need to pass their tests. Study.com offers more than 20 self-paced online courses that allow students to select which topics they'd like to study. Each course features multiple video lessons, along with self-assessment quizzes, that can be viewed as many times as needed.

DSST tests are available in business, math, humanities, technology, physical science and social sciences categories. Courses in each DSST subject category include:

DSST Category Course Title
Business DSST Human Resource Management: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Business Ethics and Society: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Introduction to Business: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Organizational Behavior: Study Guide & Test Prep
MathDSST Principles of Statistics: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Business Mathematics: Study Guide & Test Prep
HumanitiesDSST Principles of Public Speaking: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Introduction to World Religions: Study Guide & Test Prep
Technology DSST Technical Writing: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Introduction to Computing: Study Guide & Test Prep
Physical Science DSST Astronomy: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Here's To Your Health: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Environment & Humanity: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Physical Geology: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Principles of Physical Science: Study Guide & Test Prep
Social Sciences DSST A History of the Vietnam War: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Human Cultural Geography: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Criminal Justice: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST The Civil War & Reconstruction: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Fundamentals of Counseling: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Western Europe Since 1945: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST General Anthropology: Study Guide & Test Prep
DSST Foundations of Education: Study Guide & Test Prep

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