Testing Services

DSST iBT (Internet Based Testing)

The dsstTM ("DSST") Program (formerly DANTES Program) is a credit-by-examination testing program.

University of Houston Students please review the Credit by Exam Brochure and consult with your academic advisor if you are attempting to earn test credit through this program.

Colleges, universities, and corporations use DSSTs to measure knowledge in a particular subject area.  Based on the achievement of a passing examination score, candidates can receive college credit or continuing education credit. Each establishment determines its passing scores for each DSST.

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.

Most DSSTs are multiple choice; a few, however, require an essay or a recorded speech.


The fee for DSST iBT is $85.00 (as of November 1, 2008), which must be paid by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) made payable to DSST Program.

The University Testing Service proctoring fee is $30.00 per test must be paid at the time of registration by check or money order made payable to the University of Houston, or by credit card when you register online.
Currently enrolled University of Houston students will be billed for the $30.00 proctoring fee, but must pay the test fee of $85.00 on day of test.

The table below will help determine the separate fees:

(as of November 1, 2008)

$30.00 Proctoring fee/test

Payable by credit card (Visa, Master Card) to DSST
on the day of the test

Payable by Check, or Money Order to University of Houston
at time of registration
Currently enrolled UH student will be billed.

DSST iBT is offered Monday through Friday several times a day as the University of Houston schedule permits. You can register online at least 48 prior to test time and date.

For information on the DSST, please visit http://www.getcollegecredit.com.

DSST Test Titles are:

  • Fundamentals of College Algebra
  • Principles of Statistics
  • Art of the Western World
  • Western Europe Since 1945
  • Introduction to the Modern Middle East
  • Human/Cultural Geography
  • Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
  • History of the Vietnam War
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Foundations of Education
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • General Anthropology
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice
  • Fundamentals of Counseling
  • Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Principles of Supervision
  • Business Law II
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Introduction to Business
  • Money and Banking
  • Personal Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Business Mathematics
  • Astronomy
  • Here`s to Your Health
  • Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet
  • Principles of Physical Science I
  • Physical Geology
  • Technical Writing
  • Ethics in America
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Principles of Public Speaking (available through Paper based testing only)

The test registration fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Examinees wishing to change the test date must do so before 48 hours prior to the test date and time and pay a $5.00 transfer fee.

Examinees wishing to pay with a MasterCard, Visa, or American Express credit card must fill out the DSST Credit Card Form for test fees only.
The proctoring fee of $30.00 must be paid by check or money order payable to the University of Houston, or by credit card when register online, and is NON-REFUNDABLE.

The University of Houston test center code is 9799.

Retake Policy:

Effective July 8, 2011, test takers who have not achieved a satisfactory score on any DSST exam and would like to retake the same exam title will be able to do so after a 90-day waiting period.

Test takers who choose to retake the exam will be presented with different, new questions within the same subject area.

How can test takers review their DSST exam history? If test takers want to verify information about a DSST exam they took, they can:

  • Online exams: Test takers can easily check on their exam history by logging into the Prometric IBT testing site at https://ibt.prometric.com/dsst and clicking on “Review Scores” to see a complete history of every DSST test they have taken.
  • Paper exams: Test takers can call or email the DSST customer service team to request information about their DSST examination.

If you have any questions about DSST, please contact DSST’s customer service team at:

Email: getcollegecredit@prometric.com

Toll Free: (877) 471-9860

Local or international calls: +1 (651) 603-3012

You may sign up online @ https://testing.las.uh.edu