Dantes Subject Standardized Test (DSST)

What is DSST?

DSST/DANTES exams are college level exams where students can receive college credit for passing exams. It is an American Council on Education evaluated, cost effective, time saving strategy to earn college credits while working, taking a gap year, or other commitments. See the DANTES site for the most recent content exam guides and more information on their programs. Choose from over 30 exams for credit.

Who should take these exams?

  • Military members and their families – it’s free for this group!
  • Homeschooled students – prove what you know and get college credits.
  • Students interested in jump starting their educational journey by passing some of their general education requirements.
  • High school students who want to use their summer to breeze through some of the content that as learned in the school year to receive college credit at a fraction of the time and cost.
  • Students interested in a gap year that do not want to fall behind their peers in education.
  • Adults returning to school.
  • Students trying to minimize student loan debt and save time by shortening their path to a degree.
  • Motivated self-learners of any kind.

Who accepts DSST courses for credit?

Almost 2,000 higher level learning institutions recognize the DSST program and award credit. However, schools vary on the amount of credit they will accept and course types. It is best to check with your school before studying for this or any college level exam test.

How do I start?

  1. Choose which exam you would like to take that is relevant to your degree (remember many of them are general education and can be applicable to many disciplines).
  2. Ensure your higher-level institution will accept the exam for credit.
  3. Explore our site for study tips and tricks for each test and check out the study options – study guides, flashcards, practice test questions, and more.
  4. Take the DSST practice test.
  5. Locate a test center and schedule your exam.

Available exams


Business Ethics and Society

Business Mathematics

Human Resource Management

Introduction to Business

Computing and Information Technology

Management Information Systems

Money and Banking

Organizational Behavior

Personal Finance

Principles of Finance

Principles of Supervision


Principles of Advanced English Composition

Ethics in America

Introduction to World Religions

Principles of Public Speaking


Fundamentals of College Algebra

Math for Liberal Arts

Principles of Statistics

Physical Science


Health and Human Development

Environmental Science

Introduction to Geology

Social Sciences

A History of the Vietnam War

Art of the Western World

The Civil War and Reconstruction

Criminal Justice

Foundations of Education

Fundamentals of Counseling

General Anthropology

Human/Cultural Geography

Introduction to Law Enforcement

Lifespan Developmental Psychology

History of the Soviet Union

Substance Abuse


Ethics in Technology

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

Technical Writing