DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)

DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program. The program is an extensive series of examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate college courses. These tests are frequently used in conjunction with CLEP (College Level Examination Program) tests by students pursuing college degrees in non-traditional formats. Whereas CLEP tests are almost exclusively used for lower level credit at regionally accredited institutions, DSST’s are available for both upper and lower level credit.

Prometric administers Internet-based versions of DSSTs under contract with the Defense Department (for military personnel) or on a fee basis (for civilians).

DSST Transcript Order Forms and phone number

UALR requires the submission of an official score report/transcript that is sent directly from the testing company; we cannot accept a fax or a photocopy.

DSST Exam Fact Sheets

DSST’s are typically taken by persons in the military, but they are available to non-military persons also.

Note that UALR does not administer DSST’s, but we do give credit for the some exams listed in the table below.

Some students take CLEP tests at a DANTES center. Such scores are evaluated in the same way as any other CLEP score. See CLEP for details.

If you have taken a DSST, before you pay for and request a score report:

  1. check the table below to see if the test you took is accepted for credit at UALR, and
  2. if you achieved the required score
IMPORTANT: This list refers to DSST tests ONLY. If you took a CLEP test through DANTES, refer to the CLEP Information section. *Scores and score ranges have changed considerably over the years. If you tested several years ago, the required score may vary from the scores listed below.  In addition, there may be different scales for the same exam.  Please contact our office if you cannot determine the appropriate scale for your exam, and for assistance evaluating scores.

DSST Test Title

(by department)

Required Score*

Credits Awarded

Principles of Financial Accounting n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
General Anthropology 47 ANTH 1300, Introduction to Anthropology
Art of the Western World n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Astronomy 48 ASTR 1301, Introduction to Astronomy
Biology/Environmental Health Sciences
Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet 53 ENHS 2320, Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice 58/428 CRJU 2300, Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Law Enforcement n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Educational Leadership
Foundations of Education n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Economics and Finance
Money and Banking 48 ECON 2323, Principles of Macroeconomics
Personal Finance 46/400 FINC 2300, Personal Finance
Principles of Finance n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Human/Cultural Geography 48 GEOG 2312, Cultural Geography
Geology/Earth Science
Physical Geology See note NOTE: Starting January 1, 2015, DSST will no longer offer this test.
Health Sciences
Substance Abuse (formerly Drug and Alcohol Abuse) 49 HSCI 3377, Drug Education
Here’s to Your Health 48 HSCI 1370, Personal Health
Civil War and Reconstruction n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
History of the Vietnam War n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Introduction to the Modern Middle East n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Western Europe Since 1945 n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Human Resource Management n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Introduction to Business 400 MGMT 1300, Introduction to Business
Introduction to Computing n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Management Information Systems n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Organizational Behavior n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Principles of Supervision 400 MGMT 2300, Supervisory Management
Business Law II See note NOTE: A final decision has not yet been made on this test.
Business Mathematics n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Fundamentals of College Algebra 47/400 MATH 1302, College Algebra
Principles of Statistics 400 STAT 2350, Introduction to Statistical Methods
Philosophy and Liberal Studies
Ethics in America 46/400 PHIL 2320, Ethics and Society
Introduction to World Religions 48/400 RELS 2305, World Religions
Principles of Physical Science I 47 PHYS 1310, Physical Concepts
Fundamentals of Counseling n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Lifespan Developmental Psychology n/a NOT accepted for credit at UALR
Rhetoric and Writing
Technical Writing 46 RHET 3316 or RHET 3326.  There is an additional essay requirement for this exam.  Please contact Testing Services for additional information.
Speech Communication
Principles of Public Speaking 47/400 SPCH 1300, Speech Communication