Principles of Public Speaking

The American Council of Education (ACE) recommends three lower level baccalaureate credits. However, before investing your time, effort, and money in any study guide or content review – ensure your school accepts this test for credit. The test contains two parts and should be taken in order. If a student does not complete both parts within six months they will need to retest. The first part of the test will contain 100 questions with a time limit of two hours and the second part of the test requires a recorded impromptu persuasive speech. The speech will be scored by human raters and therefore results will not be immediately available for review.

Preparing for the test:

  1. Ensure your higher-level institution will accept the exam for credit. Do this before anything else.
  2. For a compact review of the test with content, a robust glossary of terms, and a practice test consider this study guide. This study guide will remove the fluff from a traditional textbook to the core of the test content. By boiling down the content you’ll save hours of review and needless memorization.
  3. Test and retest yourself based on your content studying from Step 2 by using free flashcards.
  4. Learn how to prepare and control test taking panic.
  5. Take some of the guesswork out of multiple-choice questions.
  6. Take the DSST practice test.
  7. Locate a test center and schedule your exam.