DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) are recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). DSST exams are available to anyone who is seeking college credit outside the classroom, including college students, adult learners, high school students, and military personnel. Learn more on the DSST website.
You will not need to purchase the exam prior to scheduling your exam; you will purchase the exam on the day of your testing appointment.
On the Day of the Exam
Bring a government-issued ID and a credit/debit card to purchase the exam ($85). You will be instructed to put away all of your belongings (including cell phones, calculators, wallets, hats, etc.) in a locker. You will also be recorded while in the testing room.
You will receive an unofficial score at the end of the exam. The score will be sent to your institution 3-4 weeks after your exam date.
If you are an APU student, refer to the current university catalog to view exams available for credit.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the DSST take?
There is a 2-hour time limit.
How much does the DSST cost?
$85 for the exam, plus a $30 proctor fee per exam taken.
How do I see my results?
Exam results are available to the test taker immediately after internet-based exams are taken. Test takers may log in to the testing platform at any time to review and reprint their score report. For students who take paper-based exams, scores will be mailed.
How long does it take for my school to get the official results?
I didn’t pass the test; can I retake it?
Yes, after 30 days.