DSST

UA Little Rock is not a testing center for DSST.
University Credit-by-Policy 503.5

What is DSST?

DSST 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 official score report/transcript required

UA Little Rock requires the submission of an official score report/transcript that is sent directly from DSST. We cannot accept a fax, photocopy, student report, or other form.

Before you purchase and request a score report:

  1. check the table below to see if the test you took is accepted for credit at UA Little Rock, and
  2. if you achieved the required score.
This table refers to DSST tests ONLY. If you took a CLEP test through DANTES, refer to the CLEP Information section.

One must wait 90 days before retaking the same exam.

DSST Test Title
by UA Little Rock department
Required Score
(prior to 2008)
Required Score
(2008 to present)
Credit Awarded
Accounting
Principles of Financial Accounting n/a n/a N0t accepted for credit
Anthropology
General Anthropology n/a n/a NOT accepted for credit
Art
Art of the Western World n/a n/a NOT accepted for credit
Astronomy
Astronomy 48 400 ASTR 1301, Introduction to Astronomy
Biology/Environmental Health Sciences
Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet 53 434 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 n/a NOT accepted for credit
Educational Leadership
Foundations of Education n/a n/a NOT accepted for credit
Economics and Finance
Business Mathematics n/a n/a NOT accepted for credit
Money and Banking 48 400 ECON 2323, Principles of Macroeconomics
Personal Finance 46 400 FINC 2300, Personal Finance
Principles of Finance n/a 400 FINC 3310, Business Finance
Geology/Earth Science
Physical Geology n/a n/a January 1, 2015, DSST ceased offering this test.
Health Sciences
Substance Abuse
(Prior to 2008, Drug and Alcohol Abuse)
49 400 HSCI 3377, Drug Education
Here’s to Your Health 48 400 HSCI 1370, Personal Health
History
Civil War and Reconstruction n/a 434 HIST 3355, Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848-1876
History of the Soviet Union n/a 434 HIST 3326, The Soviet Union and Russia Since 1917
History of the Vietnam War n/a 434 HIST 4390, Special Topics: Vietnam War
Human/Cultural Geography 48 434 GEOG 2312, Cultural Geography
Introduction to the Modern Middle East n/a n/a Not accepted for credit
Western Europe Since 1945 n/a n/a Not accepted for credit
Management
Human Resource Management n/a n/a Not accepted for credit
Introduction to Business 46 400 MGMT 1300, Introduction to Business
Introduction to Computing n/a n/a Not accepted for credit
Management Information Systems n/a n/a Not accepted for credit
Organizational Behavior n/a n/a Not accepted for credit
Principles of Supervision 46 400 MGMT 2300, Supervisory Management
Marketing
Business Law II NOTE: A final decision has not yet been made on this test.
Mathematics
Fundamentals of College Algebra
(May repeat once every 90 days)
47 400 MATH 1302, College Algebra
Principles of Statistics 48 400 STAT 2350, Introduction to Statistical Methods
Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies
Business Ethics and Society
(May not be repeated)
400 PHIL 3340, Business Ethics
Ethics in America 46 400 PHIL 2320, Ethics and Society
Introduction to World Religions 48 400 RELS 2305, World Religions
Physics and Astronomy
Astronomy
(May repeat once every 90 days)
n/a 400 ASTR 1301, Intro to Astronomy
Principles of Physical Science I 47 400 PHYS 1310, Physical Concepts
Psychology
Fundamentals of Counseling n/a n/a NOT accepted for credit
Lifespan Developmental Psychology n/a n/a NOT accepted for credit
Rhetoric and Writing
Technical Writing 46 and pass essay 400 and pass essay RHET 3316, Writing for the Workplace or RHET 3326, Technical Writing. *Essay requirements below
Speech Communication
Principles of Public Speaking 47 400 SPCH 1300, Speech Communication

*DSST Technical Writing Exam Essay Requirements for RHET 3316/3326 Credit

  1. Any student wishing to place out of 3316/3326 must submit proof of a passing score on the DANTES/DSST Technical Writing exam.
  2. After proof of a passing score is received, the department will require that the student provide a minimum of five pages from one or more technical documents to which the student contributed in a significant way. There is no maximum page limit, since a student may wish to provide extensive documentation as context for evaluation. However, the student should identify specific sections of the document(s) for evaluation, limited to no more than ten pages.
    • Ideally, this submitted writing should include evidence of the student’s skills in:

      • Document design
      • Identifying and targeting a specific audience
      • Creating a clear sense of purpose for the document
      • Organizing complex technical information
  3. Along with the writing sample, the student will submit a 250-500 word description of the audience, purpose, and any other general context for the document. This description might also include some discussion of the student’s role in producing the document. Although this second piece of writing need not cover all of the following questions, they may be useful as guides to the student:
    • Why was this document produced?
    • What role did you play in producing it?
    • Was it produced collaboratively? If so, describe the collaboration.
    • Provide a brief audience analysis: what did you think your client wanted and needed in the document?
    • Did your thoughts change as you revised the document?
    • How did your final draft of the document meet the needs of the client?
    • What did you learn from writing this document?
    • Does this document reflect your growth as a writer? If so, how?