DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

DSST exams are recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). APU has an extensive list of subject-level exams (see below) that are offered in diverse disciplines and cover upper- and lower-level baccalaureate credit courses. These exams help students save time and money while accelerating graduation completion. To register for a DSST exam, contact the Learning Enrichment Center at (626) 815-3849.

On the day of the exam, students must:

  • Provide one form of government-issued identification that clearly shows the student’s legal name, birth date, photo, and signature.
  • Pay an $80 fee per exam to DSST. This fee is payable by credit or debit card only.
  • Pay a $20 nonrefundable proctoring fee per exam to APU. This fee is payable by cash or check.

APU Credit for DANTES Subject Standardized Tests

Subject Score Units Course Equivalent
Applied Technology
Technical Writing4003Elective, not GE
Business Ethics and Society4003Elective, not GE
Business Mathematics4003Elective, not GE
Human Resource Management4003Elective, not GE
Introduction to Business4003Elective, not GE
Management Information Systems4003BUSI 240 Introduction to Information Systems
Money and Banking4003Elective, not GE
Organizational Behavior4003Elective, not GE
Personal Finance4003Elective, not GE or Business Major
Principles of Finance4003Elective, not GE
Principles of Supervision4003Elective, not GE
Ethics in America4003Elective, not GE or Philosophy Major
Introduction to World Religions4003Elective, not GE or Philosophy Major
Fundamentals of College Algebra1400---1MATH 95 Intermediate Algebra1
Principles of Statistics4003MATH 130 Introduction to Statistics
Physical Science
Astronomy4003Elective, not GE
Health and Human Development4002PE 240 Health Education
Principles of Physical Science I4002PHYC 100 Conceptual Physics
Social Science
Art of the Western World4003ART 150 Introduction to Art
Civil War and Reconstruction4003HIST 380 Civil War and Reconstruction
Criminal Justice4003Elective, not GE
Foundations of Education4003Elective, not GE
Fundamentals of Counseling4003Elective, not GE
General Anthropology4003GLBL 201 Anthropology for Everyday Life
History of the Soviet Union4003HIST 484 Historical Themes: Soviet Union
A History of the Vietnam War4003HIST 484 Historical Themes: Vietnam War
Human/Cultural Geography4003Elective, not GE
Introduction to Law Enforcement4003Elective, not GE
Lifespan Developmental Psychology4003PSYC 290 Human Growth and Development
Substance Abuse4003Elective, not GE

This test is acceptable as a remedial-level course, applicable as a prerequisite, and it does not count toward total units needed for the bachelor’s degree. The units will not appear on the student transcript. 

NOTE: Students may NOT receive dual credit for DSST exams and courses that are the same subject.

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