DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

PVAMU Credit By Exam –  DSST Policy

The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) enables students the opportunity to take exams in order to obtain college level credit. DSST offers more than 35 exams in multiple subject areas. The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends that test takers receive a passing score of 50 in order to be awarded credit, however qualifying scores vary by department and college.

Prairie View A&M University accepts scores from certain DSST tests for credit in selected courses. Interested students should contact PVAMU Testing Services for information on registration and test sites. All DSST exams may be taken at PVAMU but only DSST exams listed on the “PVAMU DSST Examination Course Equivalency Table” will be accepted for credit at PVAMU. Students should contact an academic adviser to determine which courses apply to their perspective degree program.

PVAMU DSST Examination Course Equivalency Table

Before The Exam

  1. Click on “DSST Appointment Form” button to schedule your DSST appointment with PVAMU Testing Services and pay the administration fee
    • $25 – Administration Fee for PVAMU students
    • $40 – Administration Fee for Non PVAMU students
  2. You will receive a DSST Appointment Approval email confirming your appointment date and time. If you do not receive this email within 48 hours after completing the DSST Appointment Form, please contact PVAMU Testing Services at (936) 261-3627
  3. ON TEST DAY
    • Test takers should report to the Testing Lab at least 15 minutes PRIOR to their scheduled testing time
    • Test takers should bring a credit card with them to pay for exam fee for the DSST exam
      • $80 – Exam fee paid upon arrival for testing.
DSST Appointment Form
Pay For Exams

Retake Policy

  • 30 day waiting period from the date of an exam to retake a DSST exam.
  • Test Taker responsible for knowing and adhering to retake policy.
  • Registration, administration, and test fee apply.

After the Exam

  • If you pass the DSST exam, you will need to wait until DSST sends the official transcript to PVAMU Testing Services. This could take from 2 to 6 weeks. Once the transcript is received, a letter will be sent to the registrar’s office informing them to grant the student credit for the DSST exam that was taken.
  • All student requesting DSST Credit be added to their transcripts MUST be TSI complete.

Additional Score Transcripts

If you did not indicate a score recipient institution at the time of your exam, and you want to request your DSST scores, you can do so by ordering a transcript: