DSST (Known as DANTES)


DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
DSST exams are a credit-by-exams that are an effective method of completed college-level coursework. There are over 38 courses in the areas of Social Science, Business, Mathematics, Applied Technology, Humanities, and Physical Science available at a competitive fee.

These standardized exams complement other credit-by-exam programs such as CLEP although not all campuses accept DSST exams for GE college credit. Taking DSST exams can help accelerate the path to a degree completion. Such exams could also save the time it takes to sit through a course as well as the additional dollars spent on tuition.

While the exams were initially funded for active-duty military and their spouses, DSST tests are not just for those in the military. It was known as the DANTES. This stood for the United States Department of Defense's Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support program.

Adult learners, homeschooled students, and military veterans are also eligible to earn college credits through DSST. Before a test candidate take a DSST, please consult with one's academic and/or program advisor to be sure the test fits one's curriculum and academic plan.

FEES

DSST Exams are $80.
Sonoma State proctoring fee is $25.

Examinees may set up their DSST Account Profile online however the payment and selection of the exam is completed at the testing site the day of the exam scheduled. The DSST test fee must be paid by credit card online the day of the exam. The SSU proctoring fee portion can be paid by credit card, cash or personal check to our Customer Service office called Seawolf Services. Instructions for the SSU proctoring fee will be given on the day of the exam, as this will be done first before paying for the DSST exam itself.

SCHEDULING
(Monday - Friday, starting at 4pm) Proctoring is available during most of the summer.
The DSST at SSU is an 'on-demand' test meaning examinees can schedule a testing session when one is ready to take the exam; provided there are open scheduling times during the work week, M-F starting at 4pm. The Testing Center is located in Salazar Hall 1060 or 1070 which is preferred.

It is the responsibility of the Examinee to know what DSST exam(s) they are to take. The SSU Testing Center does not provide advising or recommendations as such.

PROCEDURES
Step 1
: A testing candidate can create a DSST Account Profile with Username and Password in advance by logging on at www.getcollegecredit.com. The SSU site code is 8264 and the school/college/university recipient code where the scores will be sent to is also be requested if known. One's Social Security number will also be required as well.

Step 2: Contact Lu Vega directly to set up a date/time for taking the DSST exam(s). Requests a date/time at least 3 days in advance at 707-664-3437 or email Luis.Vega@sonoma.edu. Be aware of the SSU campus parking fee and directions to the Testing Office. A Parking Permit will be required during the work-week and weekends. See Location link for map to campus. See Location link for map to campus here.

Step 3: The day of the exam, report to the SSU Testing Center office at Salazar Hall 1060 or 1070. The office front desk staff he will direct you to the next steps in the process which will involve the SSU proctoring fee payment. A credit card will be required to pay for the DSST test at the testing center. A valid US issued ID with picture will also be required for identification. If a testing candidate has not set up their DSST Account Profile with User Name and Password, that opportunity will be done at the testing site.

For more information on the specific DSST exams, go to: www.getcollegecredit.com.

The following are the certain courses listed for SSU specific articulation. For those wanting scores and credit to be sent to Sonoma State, at this point, all the DSST exams are for Elective Credits Only. If a testing candidate believes a DSST exam could or should be considered for GE credit at SSU, please consult with your Department Advisor for the appropriate protocol if the exam is to be petitioned and/or supported as such. The entire List of Exams DSST offers follows the SSU Listing.

All online listing of the DSST 38 Course Subjects are at: http://getcollegecredit.com/testprep
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FOR SONOMA STATE

Please consult with one's Academic Advisor, Department Chair to see if a specific DSST exam may or could be petitioned for GE Substitution.


DSST EXAM
SCORE MIN
TOTAL UNITS
SSU COURSE EQUIVALENT
GE AREA & COMMENTS
Art of the Western World
48 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Astronomy
400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Business Mathematics
48 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Criminal Justice
46 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet
46 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Foundations of Education
46 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Fundamentals of College Algebra
50 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Fundamentals of Counseling
45 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Here’s to Your Health
48 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Human/Cultural Geography
48 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Introduction to Business
46 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Introduction to Computing
45 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Lifespan Development Psychology
46 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Management Information Systems
400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Organizational Behavior
48 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Personal Finance
46 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Personnel/Human Resource Management
46 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Principles of Physical Science I
400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Principles of Public Speaking
47 or 400 with pass on oral exam
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Principles of Statistics
50 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Principles of Supervision
46 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit
Technical Writing
46 or 400
3
N/A
Elective Credit

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Following is the entire DSST exam listing:

A History of the Vietnam War

3 Baccalaureate

An Introduction to the Modern Middle East

3 Baccalaureate

Art of the Western World

3 Baccalaureate

Astronomy

3 Baccalaureate

Business Ethics and Society

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Business Law II

Business Mathematics

3 Baccalaureate

Criminal Justice

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet

3 Baccalaureate

Ethics in America

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Foundations of Education

3 Baccalaureate

Fundamentals of College Algebra

3 Baccalaureate

Fundamentals of Counseling

3 Baccalaureate

General Anthropology

3 Baccalaureate

Here’s to Your Health

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Human Resource Management

3 Baccalaureate

Human/Cultural Geography

3 Baccalaureate

Introduction to Business

3 Baccalaureate

Introduction to Computing

3 Baccalaureate.

Introduction to Law Enforcement

3 Baccalaureate

Introduction to World Religions

3 Upper Baccalaureate.

Lifespan Developmental Psychology

3 Baccalaureate

Management Information Systems

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Money and Banking

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Organizational Behavior

3 Baccalaureate

Personal Finance

3 Baccalaureate

Physical Geology

3 Baccalaureate

Principles of Finance

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Principles of Financial Accounting

3 Baccalaureate

Principles of Physical Science I

3 Baccalaureate

Principles of Public Speaking

3 Baccalaureate

Principles of Statistics

3 Baccalaureate

Principles of Supervision

3 Baccalaureate

Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Substance Abuse (formerly Drug and Alcohol Abuse)

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Technical Writing

3 Baccalaureate

The Civil War and Reconstruction

3 Upper Baccalaureate

Western Europe Since 1945

3 Baccalaureate