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DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)


Test given at Triton College Testing Center

Room A-126 (Learning Resource Center)

The DSST program, formerly known as the DANTES program is a credit by examination testing program. Colleges, universities, and corporations use the DSST program to measure knowledge in a particular subject area. Based on the achieving of a passing examination scores, candidates can received college credits to speed themselves to competency and life changing credentials.

The DSST program offers 38 titles in a wide range of college-level academic, technical, and business subjects. Some of the test areas are in subjects that people may have been introduced to through a hobby or special interest, while other tests cover material that individuals have learned on the job, such as financial accounting, banking, personnel supervision, and law enforcement.

Triton College currently accepts and awards credit for a passing score for the following DSST examinations:
(Bold = Revised Exams)

Social Science   Passing Score Equivalent Course Credits Award
A History of the Vietnam War N/A No Course N/A
Art of the Western World 48 ART 111 3
Civil War and Reconstruction 47 HIS 210 3
Criminal Justice 49/400 CJA 111 or CJA 121 3
Foundations of Education 46 EDU 207 3
Fundamentals of Counseling N/A No Course N/A
General Anthropology 47 ANT 103 3
Human/Cultural Geography 48 GEO 104 3
Intro to Law Enforcement 45 CJA 111 3
Intro to Modern Middle East N/A No Course N/A
Life Span Development Psychology 46 EDU 206 3
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union N/A No Course N/A
Substance Abuse N/A No Course N/A
Western Europe since 1945 N/A No Course N/A
Business   Passing Score Equivalent Course Credits Award
Business Ethics & Society 400 HUM 126 1
Business Law II 44 BUS 162 3
Business Math 48/400 BUS 146 3
Human Resource Management 46 BUS 200 3
Introduction to Business 46/400 BUS 141 3
Introduction to Computing 45/400 CIS 101 3
Organizational Behavior 48 PSY 201 or PSY 245 3
Personal Finance 46/400 BUS 113 3
Principles of Finance 46/400 BUS 112 3
Principles of Financial Accounting 47 ACC 101 3
Principles of Supervision 46/400 BUS 150 3
Management Information Systems 46/400 CIS 220 3
Money and Banking 48 ECO 150 3
Physical Science   Passing Score Equivalent Course Credits Award
Astronomy 48 AST 101 4
Environment & Humanity 46 BIS 105 4
Here’s to Your Health 48/400 HTH 104 2
Physical Geology 46 GOL 101 4
Principles of Physical Science 47 PHY 100 4
Technology   Passing Score Equivalent Course Credits Award
Technical Writing 46 BUS 188 3
Humanities   Passing Score Equivalent Course Credits Award
Ethics in America 46/400 PHL 103 or PHL 106 3
Intro to World Religion 48/400 PHL 105 3
Principles of Public Speaking 47 SPE 101 3
Mathematics   Passing Score Equivalent Course Credits Award
Fundamentals of College Algebra 47/400 MAT 110 5
Principles of Statistics 48/400 MAT 170 3


Students must submit two fees required at the time of test:
$80.00 per test payable to DSST with credit card
$15.00 per test, Service Fee, payable to Triton College with cash, credit card, check or money order

Student Identification
All test takers must present current and valid picture identification such as a driver’s license, passport, or picture student identification card. Expired identification is not acceptable.

Retest Policy
Test-takers must wait three (3) months (90 calendar days) from their last test date to retest on the same DSST title(s). Any attempts to retest on the same title in less than the specified time will automatically generate an "Invalid" Score Report. This will cause the test-taker to wait an additional 90 calendar days.


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