DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) information sheet

Effective 6/12/2013: Until further notice, we are no longer administering the DSST Principles of Public Speaking exam.

Please note: Although the UW Testing Center administers the DSST test as a service to the community, the University of Washington does not award credit for these exams

OVERVIEW: The DSST is a Prometric testing program delivered by colleges and universities throughout the United States that offers exams in the areas of Social Science, Business, Mathematics, Technology, Humanities, and Physical Science.
FORMAT: All DSST exams are computer-based.
LENGTH: Examinees have a maximum of 2 hours to complete the exam.
FEE: There are two fees for the DSST test, one is paid directly to the DSST testing company and one is paid to the University of Washington. Both fees are paid on the day of the exam.
  1. DSST test fee is $80.00*, paid by credit card only at the time of testing
  2. University of Washington test administration fee is $45.00, payable by cash or check only.

*Most DSST tests cost $80.  However, some tests may cost $90.

REGISTRATION: PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by calling (206) 543-1171 or in person in Schmitz Hall, Room 440. Test format will be computer-based. Space is limited.
SCORES: Your DSST exam scores are reported only to you, unless you request that they be sent elsewhere. If you want your scores sent to your college, you must provide the correct DSST code number of the school on your answer sheet at the time you take the exam.

Prior to taking your exam, go to www.getcollegecredit.com/search.html to find the DSST code number for the school where you would like your score report sent. If your institution is not listed, contact Prometric at getcollegecredit@prometric.com with the full name and address of the institution so a code number can be established.

If no code is entered at the time of testing, Prometric will charge a $30 transcript fee to send scores to your college.

Candidates testing online can receive immediate test results by viewing their unofficial score report at the end of the testing session. Test results can also be viewed at www.ibt.prometric.com/dsst by entering the username and password created when the test was taken.

STUDY: Please visit the DSST test preparation website for more information.
ON THE DAY OF THE TEST: The examinee must bring both test fees (see above) and valid government-issued picture identification that includes photo and signature that exactly matches the name used to register for the test.

If you arrive after the scheduled check-in time, or if you arrive without proper identification, you will not be admitted to the test.

Below is a list of auxiliary testing materials that are permitted, not not permitted with DSST examinations.

No reference materials, papers or study materials are allowed at the testing center. If you are found with these or any other aids, you will not be allowed to continue the exam and your answers will not be scored.

Scratch Paper
The Examiner will provide scratch paper for all DSST tests. All scratch paper is considered secure test material and must be collected by the Test Examiner to be confidentially destroyed or returned along with used test materials.

Electronic Devices
Electronic equipment is not permitted in the testing room. This includes cell phones, PDAs, pagers, beepers, cameras, alarm wrist watches, tape recorders, etc. Pocket items - keys, wallet, etc. - must remain in your pocket during testing. Other personal items - digital watches, outerwear that is not being worn while testing (sweater, jacket, etc.), briefcases, purses, etc. - are not permitted in the testing room.

Non-programmable calculators are automatically provided on screen for the tests listed below. Calculators are not permitted for any other DSST test.

Exam Title Calculator Allowed:
424 Fundamentals of College Algebra
450 Principles of Statistics >br> 524 Principles of Finance
525 Principles of Financial Accounting
536 Introduction to Computing
550 Personal Finance
812 Business Mathematics

RETESTS: Test-takers must wait 90 days from their last test date to retest on the same DSST title(s). Taking alternate forms of a test title does not change this policy. Any attempts to retest on the same title in less than the specified time will automatically generate an "Invalid" Score Report. This will result in the test-taker waiting an additional 180 calendar days.
QUESTIONS: For questions regarding other testing locations, score reports, candidate information, bulletin, etc., visit DSST - GetCollegeCredit.com at (877) 471-9860.

Test Schedule and Location

Tests are scheduled by individual appointment, Monday - Thursday, during regular office hours. Test location is 440 Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, WA 98195. Please call (206) 543-1171 to schedule your appointment.


To request disability accommodation for testing, please contact the OEA Testing Center at (206) 543-1171 or via email at oeatests@u.washington.edu before registering for the test.