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DANTES Standardized Subject Tests (DSST)

DANTES Standardized Subject Tests (DSST)

DSSTs provide an opportunity for people to obtain college credit for what they have learned in nontraditional ways.

Designed originally for the military, DSSTs are available to civilian students and adult learners as well. The DSST program is used by colleges and universities to award college credit to those who demonstrate that they have knowledge comparable to someone who completed a classroom course in the subject.

Credits may be acquired through the DSST examinations. These credits may be used to fill General Education requirements, and may also be accepted as equivalent to specific courses.

Individual departments and/or colleges may specify the exact courses required to fill their requirements and may require more than the minimum General Education requirements. Some departments and colleges require specific coursework for General Education, which the DSST exams may not satisfy.

If, prior to (or after) taking a DSST examination, a student receives credit (including AP credit) for any coursework equivalent to the subject matter of a DSST examination, the number of credits earned for the course will be deducted from the credits awarded for the examination.

USU will accept a maximum of 30 total credits from CLEP, DSST, and cooperative education/internship credit combined.

Other institutions have policies differing from those of USU regarding DSST scores and credits granted for those scores. For transfer students with less than an associate degree, DSST credit posted to another institution’s transcript is reevaluated based on USU’s standard.

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) Credit Allocation

DSST Test Min. Score Credits USU Credit Awarded
Art of the Western World 400 3 ART 1010  (BCA) (3)
Astronomy 400 3 PHYS 1040  (BPS) (3)
Business Ethics and Society - - No credit awarded
Business Mathematics 400 3 3 elective credits
The Civil War and Reconstruction 400 3 3 elective credits
Computing and Information Technology - - No credit awarded
Criminal Justice 400 3 3 elective credits
Environmental Science - - No credit awarded
Ethics in America  - - No credit awarded
Ethics in Technology - - No credit awarded
Foundations of Education - - No credit awarded
Fundamentals of College Algebra 420 4 4 elective credits
Fundamentals of Counseling - - No credit awarded
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity - - No credit awarded 
General Anthropology 400 3 ANTH 1010  (BSS) (3)
Health and Human Development 400 3 3 elective credits
History of the Soviet Union 400 3 3 elective credits
A History of the Vietnam War 400 3 3 elective credits
Human Resource Management - - No credit awarded
Introduction to Business - - No credit awarded
Introduction to Geography 400 3 GEOG 1300  (BSS) (3)
Introduction to Geology 400 3 GEO 1010  (BPS) (3)
Introduction to Law Enforcement 400 3 3 elective credits
Introduction to World Religions - - No credit awarded
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 400 3 PSY 1100  (3)
Management Information Systems - - No credit awarded
Math for Liberal Arts 420 3 MATH 1030  (QL) (3)
Money and Banking - - No credit awarded
Organizational Behavior - - No credit awarded
Personal Finance - - No credit awarded
Principles of Advanced English Composition - - No credit awarded
Principles of Finance - - No credit awarded
Principles of Public Speaking - - No credit awarded
Principles of Statistics 420 3 STAT 1040  (QL) (3)
Principles of Supervision - - No credit awarded
Substance Abuse 400 3 3 elective credits
Technical Writing - - No credit awarded