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 schedule an appointment to take a DSST exam at the LEC, use our online scheduling system.

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 Writing 400 3 Elective, not GE
Business
Business Ethics and Society 400 3 Elective, not GE
Business Mathematics 400 3 Elective, not GE
Human Resource Management 400 3 Elective, not GE
Introduction to Business 400 3 Elective, not GE
Management Information Systems 400 3 BUSI 240 Introduction to Information Systems
Money and Banking 400 3 Elective, not GE
Organizational Behavior 400 3 Elective, not GE
Personal Finance 400 3 Elective, not GE or Business Major
Principles of Finance 400 3 Elective, not GE
Principles of Supervision 400 3 Elective, not GE
Humanities
Ethics in America 400 3 Elective, not GE or Philosophy Major
Introduction to World Religions 400 3 Elective, not GE or Philosophy Major
Mathematics
Fundamentals of College Algebra1 400 ---1 MATH 95 Intermediate Algebra1
Principles of Statistics 400 3 MATH 130 Introduction to Statistics
Physical Science
Astronomy 400 3 Elective, not GE
Health and Human Development 400 2 PE 240 Health Education
Principles of Physical Science I 400 2 PHYC 100 Conceptual Physics
Social Science
Art of the Western World 400 3 ART 150 Introduction to Art
Civil War and Reconstruction 400 3 HIST 380 Civil War and Reconstruction
Criminal Justice 400 3 CJ 110: Introduction to Criminal Justice
Foundations of Education 400 3 Elective, not GE
Fundamentals of Counseling 400 3 Elective, not GE
General Anthropology 400 3 GLBL 201 Anthropology for Everyday Life
History of the Soviet Union 400 3 HIST 484 Historical Themes: Soviet Union
A History of the Vietnam War 400 3 HIST 484 Historical Themes: Vietnam War
Human/Cultural Geography 400 3 Elective, not GE
Introduction to Law Enforcement 400 3 CJ 220: Police and Society
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 400 3 PSYC 290 Human Growth and Development
Substance Abuse 400 3 Elective, not GE

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

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