Colleges and universities use DSST tests to measure a student’s knowledge in a particular subject area and may choose to award college credit to a student based on the achievement of a passing examination score. Each institution determines its passing scores for each DSST it offers.
The DSST Program offers 37 test titles in a wide range of college-level academic, technical, and business subjects. Some of the test areas are subjects that people may have been introduced to through a hobby or special interest, e.g., astronomy, anthropology, and art. Some of the tests cover material people have learned on the job, e.g., financial accounting, banking, personnel supervision, and law enforcement. Non-traditional returning adult students and corporate trainees, in addition to military members, now use DSST tests on a regular basis.