DSST Testing

The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) program gives students the opportunity to receive proficiency credit for learning acquired outside the traditional college classroom. This is a Prometric program delivered by colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Registration and preparation

Please contact the LLCC Testing Center to schedule your appointment.

There are several study tools available to prep for an examination. Exam descriptions and sample questions are available on the DSST website. Online DSST practice exams and comprehensive study courses can also be purchased. View the official DSST test preparation guide


The total cost to test is $115.

  • $100 is payable to DSST by credit card on the day of the exam.
  • A $15 administration fee is due to LLCC. This can be paid by cash or money order.

  • There are 37 DSST exams in the areas of Social Science, Business, Mathematics, Applied Technology, Humanities and Physical Science.
  • Most DSST exams feature computer-based delivery (principles of Public Speaking is the exception).
  • Examinees have a maximum of two hours to complete the test.
  • You must wait six months before retaking any exam.
  • You will be asked to provide the correct DSST school code at the time you test. View a directory of colleges and universities
  • There is a $20 fee to have a transcript sent to your college/university.
  • LLCC does not accept DSST scores for proficiency credit.