DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)
The DSST Program offers over 35 examinations in a wide range of college-level academic, technical, and business subjects. Some are subjects that people may have studied as a hobby or special interest, e.g., astronomy, anthropology, and art; others are tests that cover material people may have learned on the job, e.g., financial accounting, personnel supervision, and law enforcement. www.getcollegecredit.com
Preparing for DSST
For each of the DSSTs there is a fact sheet/Study Guide which outlines the topics covered by each test. The Fact Sheet/Study Guide is available at www.getcollegecredit.com.
The DSST Examinations
- All DSST examinations are timed, and most are 90 minutes long.
- Most exams include multiple-choice questions.
- For some exams, such as the English Composition exams, there may be a writing component.
- All exams are administered on the computer.
CCA’s DSST Policy
CCA grants full course credit for many of the examinations with an acceptable score. For a complete list of DSST exam equivalencies inquire at the CCA Admissions office, or go to the Credit for Prior Learning page.
How to Register
Exams are offered by appointment only. You may set up your appointment by calling 303-360-4948, emailing Testing@CCAurora.edu, or stopping by the Testing Center. Please fill out the CLEP/DSST Registration Form and hand it to the proctor when you arrive for your test.
Buckley AFB Personnel
Spouses/Dependents, and DOD/Civilians can register online here for DSST test. This form is for Buckley testing only. Qualifying non-funded dependents and DOD/Civilians pay a $25 registration fee + the exam fee on the testing date. The DoD MWR Libraries have online practice tests available.
To take the DSST, TWO forms of identification are required. One ID must be a valid, current, government issued picture ID such as driver's license, state ID, or passport.
The fee for each test is $105, and must be paid separately as follows:
· $80 for the retest to DSST (credit card only)
· $25 for the proctoring to Community College of Aurora (credit card, check, or cash)
*Active-duty military members test for free on Buckley AFB.
*Certain examinations have an optional essay for an additional $10 fee.
You will immediately know your test scores after completing the exam and will receive an official score report before you leave. Approximately one week after you take an exam, your scores to be sent to your designated college (English Composition with Essay cannot be scored the same day and takes approximately one month). You may receive a notice of credit awarded and equivalencies from the designated college within four to six weeks after the exam date. If you do not receive your scores after four weeks, please contact DSST. The CCA Testing center does NOT get a copy of your scores.