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DSST Exam Pass Rates

Updated: Dec 26, 2022


DSST exam passage rates.

Are you interested in determining which DSST tests have the highest and lowest passage rates?


Well, we've got great news for you!


You can do that right here.


We've gathered the military passage rates for each course you'll need and those you might want to look at.


It is possible that the DSST Military Passage rates "may" be a good predictor of how complex or straightforward an exam will be.


And if you're anything like most students, you probably want to know which exams are the easiest and have the highest passage rates.


This information can help your studies go smoother when it comes time to take your test.


Generally, a lower passage rate indicates a more challenging test, and a higher passage rate indicates a more straightforward exam. However, this is not always the case, so use them as rough guidelines.


Exam passage rates "might" be an excellent predictor of how difficult or simple a test will be.

And remember, the smarter you study, the higher your probability of success will be, no matter how difficult the exam.


Military DSST Exam Pass Rates

DSST Exam Title

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

A History of the Vietnam War

61%

43%

47%

​49%

Art of the Western World

19%

4%

16%

​10%

Astronomy

52%

30%

24%

33%

Business Ethics and Society

54%

​51%

55%

​61%

Business Mathematics

55%

43%

86%

57%

Computing and Information Technology

78%

79%

66%

​65%

Criminal Justice

72%

69%

73%

​71%

Environmental Science

51%

52%

60%

63%

Ethics in America

54%

51%

53%

55%

Ethics in Technology

n/a

81%

90%

​66%


DSST Exam Title

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Foundations of Education

64%

23%

29%

​47%

Fundamentals of College Algebra

10%

13%

17%

​18%

Fundamentals of Counseling

24%

5%

6%

18%

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

76%

76%

73%

73%

General Anthropology

63%

44%

49%

36%

Health and Human Development

75%

70%

74%

77%

History of the Soviet Union

52%

70%

73%

​51%

Human Cultural Geography

37%

n/a

n/a

​n/a

Human Resource Management

58%

57%

61%

​60%

Introduction to Business

81%

84%

66%

70%


DSST Exam Title

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Introduction to Geography

n/a

34%

29%

41%

Introduction to Geology

n/a

6%

8%

​14%

Introduction to Law Enforcement

63%

72%

72%

​77%

Introduction to World Religions

61%

55%

62%

45%

Lifespan Developmental Psychology

48%

48%

53%

​58%

Management Information Systems

66%

73%

62%

57%

Math for Liberal Arts

5%

5%

5%

​19%

Money and Banking

54%

49%

62%

​67%

Organizational Behavior

39%

39%

43%

47%

Personal Finance

75%

71%

70%

71%


DSST Exam Title

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

Principles of Advanced English Composition

43%

45%

47%

​52%

Principles of Finance

25%

24%

22%

14%

Principles of Public Speaking

65%

56%

73%

59%

Principles of Statistics

27%

25%

37%

​34%

Principles of Supervision

87%

88%

59%

​62%

Substance Abuse

60%

51%

72%

​65%

Technical Writing

81%

79%

84%

88%

The Civil War and Reconstruction

44%

32%

33%

​25%


Don't be discouraged if your exam has a low passing percentage.

The first thing to understand is that passage rates vary each year.


For example:


The DSST Principles of Supervision exam has held the top spot for many years, with a success rate of 87% in 2018 and 88% in 2019.


You'd think this is an excellent exam to attempt with figures like these.


However, in 2021, the passage rate fell to 62%.


The test is challenging, but with a little focus and extra study time, you can still succeed.


A lot of factors affect whether or not you'll pass an exam, such as:

  • The quality of the study materials you use

  • The amount of time you spend studying

  • Whether or not you have real-world experience in the subject

  • The test's difficulty level

  • And more!


So, while passage rates can give you a good idea of how other students have fared on an exam, keep them from being the sole factor in your decision to take a DSST.


Use these DSST military passage rates as one of many factors in your decision-making process.


DSST exams allow students to demonstrate competency in areas they already know.


DSST exams are offered for a wide range of topics.


It's the student's responsibility to determine eligibility and ensure that their institution receives their DSST transcripts.


If you find yourself in a bit of a bind during your studies or need to know what study materials are right for you, take a free practice test and see what subjects you're most comfortable with.


With a little studying, you'll be able to ace your DSST test and get the scores you need for college credit.


We found that the average DSST pass rate with our assistance was around 68% - 87% (depending on the exam).


If you're considering taking DSST tests, our free sample questions may help determine if they're the best option.


And remember - always speak with your academic counselor before taking any DSST exam.


When you have a chance, please ask about the DSST examinations required for your degree and the steps involved in scheduling a test date.


Happy Testing!



References:


DSST FY 2021 Military Pass Rates
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DSST FY 2020 Military Pass Rates
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DSST FY 2019 Military Pass Rates
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DSST FY 2018 Military Pass Rates
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