About the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests
The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) were originally designed for military personnel pursuing college degrees, but DSST tests are now available to anyone who wants to save time and money on their education by earning credit-by-examination.
DANTES, a U.S. Department of Defense agency that supports educational initiatives for the military, continues to cover the $80 DSST exam cost and, in some cases, any test center administration fees for active duty service members. Veterans also may be reimbursed for DSST fees through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
Taking the Exam
DSST tests are administered at approximately 1,200 testing centers, which are usually located on college campuses. Students can find testing centers on the DSST website (getcollegecredit.com), but must contact their selected location directly to schedule an exam.
Tests are delivered in a paper- or computer-based format and typically take two hours to complete. Most exams feature multiple-choice questions, but some also include optional essay components. The minimum passing score for each test is 400 points; test scores can range from 200-500 points.
Resources for DSST Test-Takers
Exam fact sheets with sample questions and outlines of test content are available online and can help test takers understand what they'll be asked on their exam.
Official practice tests for each exam are also available on the DSST website. These tests can familiarize examinees with the testing experience and help them identify areas in which they may need more preparation. Each test costs approximately $5.
DSST study and prep courses help students brush up on their knowledge of a particular subject. Study.com's online DSST study courses include short video lessons that cover all facets of each test as well as quizzes to help students assess their knowledge. Course topics include: