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Dantes Standardized Subject Tests (DSST)

The University Testing Center administers DSST exams, an extensive series of 37 exams in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course exams in undergraduate courses. The American Council on Education recommends three semester hours of credit per test. The proctoring fee for DSST exams is $25.00, payable to the University Testing Center prior to testing. A student ID, driver's license, passport, or military ID is necessary to test and process payment. If you are military or considered a military-approved candidate, fee exemptions may apply.

For assistance or to schedule an exam, call the University Testing Office at 812-237-7666. Students must obtain an academic advisor's approval prior to scheduling an exam. Students are responsible for designating their scores be reported to ISU.

Guidelines for Credit

  • Students must obtain their academic advisor's approval prior to registering for any examination to ensure departmental standards are satisfied.
  • Credit earned through the Credit by Exam Program may apply toward graduation or degree requirements or elective hours within individual programs.
  • Students do not receive a grade for credit earned through the examinations.
  • No credit is awarded in a general examination area if the student has completed two or more college-level courses in that general examination area.
  • No credit is awarded in a subject examination if the student has already earned college-level credit in that subject area.
  • Students cannot receive duplicate credit. Therefore, it is important for students to plan their academic schedule with an academic advisor.

Last updated: September 10, 2014