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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 No credit awarded
Astronomy 400 3 PHYS 1040  (BPS) (3)
Business Ethics and Society  –  – No credit awarded
Business Law II  – No credit awarded
Business Mathematics 400  3 3 lower-division general elective credits
Civil War and Reconstruction 400  3 HIST 3750  (3)
Criminal Justice  –  – No credit awarded
Environment and Humanity  400  3 NR 1010  (BSS) (3)
Ethics in America  400  3 PHIL 1000  (BHU) (3)
Foundations of Education  –  – No credit awarded
Fundamentals of College Algebra  400  3 3 lower-division general elective credits
Fundamentals of Counseling  –  – No credit awarded
General Anthropology  400  – 3 lower-division general elective credits
Here’s to Your Health  400  2 HEP 2500  (2)
History of the Vietnam War  400  3 3 lower-division general elective credits
Human Resource Management  –  – No credit awarded
Human/Cultural Geography  400  3 GEOG 1400  (BSS) (3)
Introduction to Business  434  3 MGT 1350  (3)
Introduction to Computing  360  3 CS 1030  (BPS) (3)
Introduction to Law Enforcement  –  – No credit awarded
Introduction to the Modern Middle East  400  3 HIST 3410  (3)
Introduction to World Religions  400  3 RELS 1010  (BHU)(3)
Lifespan Development Psychology  400  3 PSY 1100  (3)
Management Information Systems  -  - No credit awarded
Money and Banking  –  – No credit awarded
Organizational Behavior  –  – No credit awarded
Personal Finance  434  3 FCHD 3350  (DSS) (3)
Physical Geology  –  – No credit awarded
Principles of Finance  –  – No credit awarded
Principles of Financial Accounting  –  – No credit awarded
Principles of Physical Science I  400  3 PHYS 1100  (BPS) (3) OR
   400  4 PHYS 1200  (BPS) (4)
Principles of Public Speaking  400  3 CMST 1020  (BHU) (3)
Principles of Statistics  400  3 3 lower-division general elective credits
Principles of Supervision No credit awarded
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union 400 3 HIST 3330  (3)
Substance Abuse 400 3 HEP 3000  (3)
Technical Writing 400 3 3 lower-division general elective credits
Western Europe Since 1945 400 3 3 lower-division general elective credits