DSST stand for DANTES Subject Standardized Tests. These exams are a credit-by-exams that are an effective method of completed college-level coursework. There are over 38 courses in the areas of Social Science, Business, Mathematics, Applied Technology, Humanities, and Physical Science available at a competitive fee.

Taking DSST exams can help accelerate the path to a degree completion. Such exams could also save the time it takes to sit through a course as well as the additional dollars spent on tuition. Adult learners, homeschooled students, and military veterans are also eligible to earn college credits through DSST.

The SSU site code: 8264

-SSU is a certified testing site for the DANTES Subject Standardized Test .
-Exams can earn the same credits equal to have taken and passed a college course.
-Amount of credits earned on from a DSST exam varies with each college/university.
-DSST scores range from 20 to 80, with the passing score set between 44 and 49.
-Some colleges/universities may require a higher score.
-Other agencies may place a limit on the total amount of credits earned through DSST.
-Some exams are advertised as Upper Division units but may depend on campus.
-For SSU, all the coureses are Lower Division units and only as Electives.

Monday - Friday only
Proctoring Hours: 9am - 11am or 1pm - 3pm

-The DSST exams at SSU are scheduled on an 'on-demand' set-up basis.
-Meaning examinees can schedule a proctoring session when ready to take exam.
-Provided there are open scheduling times during the work week.

Registration Procedures
-The registration for the DSST can be done beforehand.
-The payment and selection of exam is procured the day of the exam.
-DSST exams are $85.

  1. Create an preliminary profile account at DSST Get College Credit.Com.
  2. Order and pay for the exam(s) online using Credit/Debit Card at Testing Center.
  3. Bring a form of ID, Driver’s License or Passport/Government issued ID, etc.
  4. school/college/university recipient code where the scores will be sent to is also be requested if known.

Proctoring Fee
-Sonoma State Proctoring Fee is $25.
-The SSU Testing Fee is separate than the actual cost of the DSST exam.
-The SSU fee of $25 can be paid by credit card or debit card.
-Military Active Duty will have the SSU Proctoring Fee waived.

  1. Create an online Payment Profile with User Name and Password.
  2. Pay online with Credit/Debit Card for each session ahead of time or day of exam
  3. Bring receipt printout or show that on your smart phone the day of exam.
  4. Online Payment Setup

Proctoring Procedures
Step 1:

-After ordering DSST exam, fill-out SSU Proctoring Session Request Form.
-Or contact Lu Vega directly to set up a date/time for taking the DSST exam(s).
-Requests a date/time at least 3 days in advance.

Step 2:
-The day of the exam, report to the SSU International Hall 205.
-See Location link for campus map and directions to Testing Center.
-A $5/day Parking Permit is required during weekends.
-Purchase/print-out Permits beforehand: https://pmb.csustan.edu/dailypermits/#/permits
-Make sure you have a valid government issued ID with picture.

Step 3:
-Request special accommodations at least 2 weeks prior.
-Such notice will help to ensure availability.
-Proof of disability will be required.

SSU Course Articulation
-The following are courses listed specifically for Sonoma State University articulation.
-Consult with a Department/Major Advisor for the appropriate DSST exam(s).

For more information on the specific DSST exams at DSST Get College Credit.Com.

NOTE: For Sonoma State, all the DSST exams are Elective Credits and 3 Lower Division units only.

All online listing of the DSST 38 Course Subjects.


  • Business Ethics and Society
  • Business Mathematics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Money and Banking
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Personal Finance
  • Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Supervision


  • Ethics in America
  • History of the Soviet Union
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Math for Liberal Arts
  • Principles of Advanced English Composition
  • Principles of Public Speaking


  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Fundamentals of College Algebra
  • Math for Liberal Arts
  • Principles of Statistics

Physical Science

  • Astronomy
  • Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet
  • Health and Human Development
  • Principles of Physical Science 1

Social Sciences

  • A History of the Vietnam War
  • Art of the Western World
  • Criminal Justice
  • Foundations of Education
  • Fundamentals of Counseling
  • General Anthropology
  • History of the Soviet Union
  • Human/Cultural Geography
  • Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Substance Abuse
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction


  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
  • Technical Writing

For more information please visit the DSST website.