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Florida Gulf Coast University Students: Save $36,017.85 in Tuition with DSST Exams


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Earn College Credit With DSST Exams


If you have been considering attending Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) or are currently enrolled as a student, did you know you can earn up to 45 undergraduate semester units towards your degree with DSST exams?    


DSST exams (formerly DANTES [Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support] Subject Standardized Test) represent a national standardized testing approach that allows students to demonstrate their comprehension of specific subjects by successfully passing a single comprehensive exam. 


Florida Gulf Coast University recognizes various pathways to learning and encourages students to leverage DSST exams for cost-effective tuition management to expedite their progress toward graduation.


This comprehensive guide will enlighten prospective and existing students on how to utilize DSST exams as an option to test out of general education courses and earn college credits.



 
DSST exams allow students to test out of courses and accelerate their studies to acquire college credit.  
 


FGCU: Degree Acceleration Program


Florida Gulf Coast University DSST Degree Acceleration Program

DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)


DSST exams offer credit-by-examination to evaluate students' understanding of college-level topics acquired through conventional and non-traditional learning environments. 


Rather than attending a semester-long class, DSST exams empower students to demonstrate mastery of a particular subject by successfully passing a final examination. 


This adaptable approach enables students to showcase proficiency in specific general education subjects without the obligation of traditional classroom attendance, offering an opportunity to save both time and money.


By leveraging DSST exams, busy students and working professionals can independently study and select an exam date when they feel adequately prepared. 



 
FGCU students can strategically use DSST exams to test out of up to 15 undergraduate general education elective courses (45 units) and accelerate the transition into upper-division coursework.
 


DSST Exam Opportunities at Florida Gulf Coast University


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FGCU: Cost of Attendance


Florida Gulf Coast University recognizes the substantial financial investment of pursuing a college education and embraces DSST exams as a valuable method for students to earn credits and shorten the time required to complete a baccalaureate degree.


The total expenses associated with attending Florida Gulf Coast University encompass various factors, including residency, administrative fees, course materials, living expenses, travel, and additional student-related costs.



 


Florida Gulf Coast University Tuition Versus DSST Exam Fees 


Florida Gulf Coast University Tuition Rates


 


Most undergraduate general education classes are structured as three (3) semester-hour units. 


Let’s compare the approximate cost of a three-semester-hour course at Florida Gulf Coast University to that of taking an equivalent three-semester-hour unit DSST exam.



 


3 Semester Units Vs. DSST Exam Fees


Scroll through the table below.

Description

Unit Type

Cost per Units

Number of Units

Total Cost

Total Savings

Florida Gulf Coast University Tuition:






Undergraduate General Elective Class

Semester-hour

$203.94 (1 unit)*

3

$611.82


DSST Exam Fees:






DSST Exam

Semester-hour

$100.00 (3 units)

3

$100.00


Total Savings with DSST Exams





$511.82


*Non-Florida resident's tuition is $838.73 per credit hour. The fee schedule is subject to change within the guidelines approved by the Florida Legislature.


 


3 Units - DSST Exam Savings


One Resident Undergraduate General Elective Class at Florida Gulf Coast University:


  • $203.94 (semester-hour) x 3 semester-hour units = $611.82


One Non-Resident Undergraduate General Elective Class at Florida Atlantic University:


  • $833.73 (semester-hour) x 3 semester-hour units = $2,501.19


Passing one DSST exam awards credit for three (3) semester-hour units:


  • Regardless of residency status, a non-refundable $100.00 test fee is required to take the exam.



 
Resident students at Florida Gulf Coast University can save $511.82 in tuition costs for one 3-semester-hour unit course by testing out with DSST exams.
Non-resident students can save $2,401.19 in tuition fees.
 


15 Semester Units Vs. DSST Exam Fees


Scroll through the table below.

Institution

Semester-Units

Cost Per Unit

Number of Classes

Tuition

DSST Exam Fees

Total Cost

Total Savings

Florida Gulf Coast University

15

$203.94

5

$3,059.10

-

$3,059.10


DSST Exams

15

$100.00

5

-

$500.00

$500.00


Total Savings with DSST Exams







$2,559.10


 


15 Units - DSST Exam Savings


 
A full-time course schedule for undergraduate students typically comprises 15 units (5 classes) per semester. Resident students at FGCU can save $2,559.10 in tuition costs.
Non-resident students can save $12,505.95 in tution fees.
 


45 Semester Units Vs. DSST Exam Fees


Scroll through the table below.

Institution

Semester - Units

Cost Per Unit

# of Classes

Tuition

DSST Exam Fees

Total Cost

Total Savings

Florida Gulf Coast University

45

$203.94

15

$9,177.30

-

$9,177.30


DSST Exams

45

$100.00

15

-

$1,500.00

$1,500.00


Total Savings with DSST Exams







$7,677.30


 

45 Units - DSST Exam Savings


Passing DSST exams can earn students up to 45 college credits (equivalent to 15 classes) towards their baccalaureate degree at Florida Atlantic University.


 
Resident students can save $7,677.30 in tuition costs and graduate faster.
Non-resident students can save $36,017.85 in tuition fees.
 


Which Courses Can I Test Out Of?


Florida Gulf Coast University DSST Credit By Exam Equivalencies


 
Students can earn college credits by completing an equivalent DSST subject exam, as outlined in the table below. 
 


FGCU: DSST Exam Articulation Guidelines


DSST Course Exam

FGCU Course Equivalent Course

DSST Course Credit

AMH 1XXX

3 units

ARH 2000

3 units

AST 2002C

3 units

TBD

3 units

Business Mathematics

TBD

3 units

TBD

3 units

CCJ 1020

3 units

EVR 1XXX

3 units

PHI 1XXX

3 units

EDF 2005

3 units

Fundamentals of College Algebra

MAC 1105

3 units

TBD

3 units

TBD

3 units

ANT 2000

3 units

HSC 2106

3 units

EUH 1XXX

3 units

MAN 3301

3 units

GEB 1011

3 units

GEO 1XXX

3 units

GYL 1000

3 units

CJE 1000

3 units

REL 2306

3 units

DEP 2004

3 units

ISM 1XXX

3 units

Math for Liberal Arts

MGF 1106

3 units

TBD

3 units

INP 1XXX

3 units

FIN 2100

3 units

ENC 1101

3 units

FIN X000

3 units

SPC 2023

3 units

Principles of Statistics

STA 1XXX

3 units

GEE 1XXX

3 units

HSC 4150

3 units

ENC 1XXX

3 units

AMH 1XXX

3 units



 
Pro Tip: College credits earned by passing DSST exams at FGCU cannot exceed 45 units (15 courses) for a baccalaureate degree.
 


Streamline Your General Education with DSST Exams


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Navigating general education requirements can be daunting, but DSST exams offer a streamlined solution.


Before diving in, it's crucial to consult with your academic advisor. 


They can ensure you avoid duplicating coursework and clarify how DSST exams align with your specific degree requirements.


When you're ready to study, you can explore our diverse selection of online DSST preparation courses.


These courses provide a structured approach to kickstart your studies and equip you with the knowledge necessary to excel on the exams.


To gauge your readiness, consider taking a complimentary practice test.


This invaluable resource allows you to familiarize yourself with the exam content and format, boosting your confidence and increasing your chances of success.


By leveraging DSST exams, you can efficiently fulfill general education requirements, freeing up time and resources to focus on your major coursework and other academic pursuits.


Embrace this opportunity to simplify your educational journey and accelerate your progress toward earning your degree.



 
Before taking any DSST exam, it's crucial to contact your academic advisor to confirm and the course credits apply to your degree program.
 


Maintain Your Grade Point Average (GPA)


Florida Gulf Coast University Student studying for her DSST exams.

Protect Your GPA with DSST Exams


At Florida Gulf Coast University, DSST exams with passing scores of 400 points or higher are awarded college credit.


The best part?


The credit is denoted as a "P" (Pass) grade, ensuring that unsuccessful attempts do not impact your GPA.


If you don't achieve a passing score on your first try, don't worry!


You have the opportunity to retest every 30 days until you succeed.


DSST exams are designed to evaluate your proficiency in college-level subject matter acquired through self-study or practical experience outside traditional classroom settings.


Exam Format and Scoring


DSST exams consist of 100 multiple-choice questions with four answer choices, scoring 200 to 500 points.


To achieve a passing score of 400 points or higher, you must accurately answer approximately 58% to 62% of the exam questions.


This lenient scoring criterion makes DSST exams appealing for students comfortable with standardized testing.



 
DSST exams offer a low-risk, high-reward opportunity and don't affect your GPA.
 


Where Can I Take My DSST Exam?


Florida Gulf Coast University DSST test center proctor assisting a student.

Three Testing Options


You have three choices for where to take your DSST exam:


  1. At FGCU's test center.

  2. At a Prometric test center.

  3. Remotely online with Prometric.



 
Let's discuss all three testing options and learn how FGCU will receive your DSST exam results.
 


FGCU: Campus Test Centers And Registration Process


Florida Gulf Coast University Campus Test Centers

DSST Registration and Exam Fees


Florida Gulf Coast University provides testing services at the Emergent Technologies Institute Building, which is committed to providing quality testing services to university students, faculty, and community members. 


The total cost of DSST exams is $135.00, divided into a non-refundable and non-transferrable $35.00 test center administration fee (credit or debit card) payable to Florida Gulf Coast University and a $100 exam voucher (credit or debit card) payable to Prometric on exam day. 


If you wish to take your DSST exam at the Emergent Technologies Institute, you must first create an account on the DSST Prometric website (see below).


 

DSST Prometric Website


Prometric DSST test registration screen
FGCU Test Center: DSST Prometric Registration

 


FGCU Exam Results: Institutional Score Report Recipient Code


Prometric DSST Score Report Code Tutorial Showing where to input the school code.
Enter FGCU's Institutional Score Report Recipient code (9713).

Score Report Recipient


When registering with Prometric, you must enter FGCU's 4-digit Institutional Score Recipient Code (9713) to ensure that FGCU receives your exam results.


Failure to enter the correct Institutional Score Report Code for your school will delay the transmittal of your exam results and may result in an additional cost for a transcript.


*Make sure to use the code 9713 for both the testing location and the recipient school.


Failure to enter the correct 4-digit Institutional Score Report Code will delay the transmittal of an official score report and may result in an additional cost for a transcript.


 In the case of a retake, there is a mandatory waiting period of 30 calendar days, starting from the day after the initial test date. 







 
When registering with Prometric, you must enter FGCU's 4-digit Institutional Score Recipient Code (9713), which ensures that FGCU receives your exam results.
 


Then, you must preregister and pay the $35.00 test administration fee to schedule your testing appointment for the DSST exam date using Registerblast (see below).


Walk-ins are not permitted.



 


FGCU: Administration Fee

Florida Gulf Coast University Tuition and Fees


Pro Tip: You must bring the preregistration email receipt sent by Registerblast with you on the day of your exam.





 


FGCU Test Center Details


FGCU Test Center Details


 

Test Day


On exam day, all test takers must check in at least 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment test time and bring the email receipt sent by Registerblast during the pre-registration process.  


Late arrivals will not be admitted. 


Emergent Technologies Institute Building


16301 Innovation Lane - Room 118

Fort Myers, FL 33913


Office Hours:


Monday - Friday | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tel: (239) 590-7955


Participants must present a non-expired government-issued ID containing a current photo and signature (driver's license, state-issued identification card, passport, or military/tribal identification card) that matches the name used during registration. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Test takers must pay Prometric the $100 exam fee, which is payable only by credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express).


DSST exams last 90 minutes. However, examinees should allocate at least 2 hours and 15 minutes (check-in process) for the entire appointment. 


Please be advised that the following items are prohibited in the testing lab:


  • No electronic devices (mobile phones, smart watches/glasses, tablets, laptops, tablets)

  • No hats, sunglasses, loose jewelry, hoodies, sweaters, jackets, coats, or outerwear 

  • No snacks or drinks

  • No bags or other personal effects of any kind



 


Prometric Test Centers: Registration Process


Image of Prometric's Test Center Registration Process
Registration Page: Registering for your exam at Prometric test center.

Prometric DSST Test Centers


As mentioned earlier, you can take your DSST exam at FGCU or at a Prometric test center.


When enrolling for a DSST exam, you can choose between two options:


1. Attend the exam at a physical Prometric brick-and-mortar test center.


2. Opt for a remote exam through Prometric.


Each option has its own advantages, and you can easily schedule your exam online for added convenience.


Prometric test centers are conveniently located across the United States, offering flexibility in scheduling and taking your DSST exam.


Pro Tip:


If you take your exam at a Prometric test center (or online remotely), you'll only pay the $100.00 DSST exam fee.


Most Prometric test centers don't charge an additional registration fee.



 


Prometric Test Centers: Take Your DSST Exam in Person


A proctor and student at a Prometric Test center.

In-Person Assistance


To schedule and register for your DSST exam in person, you must first locate a nearby testing center and reserve your appointment online.


Arrive Early


On the day of your exam, to ensure a smooth check-in process, it is highly recommended that you arrive at the testing center 30 minutes early with proper forms of required identification.


 

 
For a list of Prometric test centers, click here.
 


Prometric Remote Proctoring: Take Your DSST Exam Online


A student taking his DSST exam online remotely.

Take Your Exam Online


Experience the convenience of taking your DSST exam remotely from your personal computer.


A live proctor will monitor you throughout your exam, ensuring a secure testing environment.


Schedule your reservation, sign up for your DSST exam from the comfort of your home, and pick the subject you'd like to test in.


You can choose a suitable test date and pay the exam fee online. This straightforward process puts you in control of your testing experience.


Refer to our post below for detailed instructions on scheduling and taking your exam remotely.



 
 


Prometric Test Centers: How Will FGCU Receive My DSST Exam Results?


A DSST Transcript of Our Student's Passing Results: DSST A History of the Vietnam War
Our Student's Passing Results: DSST A History of the Vietnam War

You Must Follow Up with Prometric


Whether you opt for an online or in-person DSST exam, knowing your college or university's 4-digit school code and representing the Institutional Score Recipient Code is essential.


As discussed earlier, FGCU will receive a complimentary copy of your exam scores from Prometric using their designated institution's 4-digit score recipient code.


Prometric will send your score report directly to FGCU for free.


The processing time for FGCU to receive the score report ranges from 3 to 6 weeks.


Once FGCU receives your score report, they will apply your units toward your degree program.


 
Remember, the 4-digit Institutional Score Report Recipient Code for FGCU is 9713.
 


Contact Prometric


Currently, Prometric doesn't allow you to input your Institutional Score Recipient Code during registration.


Until this feature is available, you must contact them directly for assistance.


Be sure to contact Prometric within two days after taking your exam and provide them with your four-digit institutional score recipient code. 


 

 

Contact Prometric at:


Toll Free: 1-877-471-9860


 

 
Pro Tip: To expedite the processing of your college credits, contact Prometric two days after your exam, providing them with FGCU's Institutional Score Recipient Code (9713).
Each time you take a DSST exam, ensure to provide your 4-digit code to Prometric if you wish for your institution to receive your exam results.
 


How Do I Get Started with DSST Exams?


Student studying for his DSST exams with DSST TEST PREP's online preparation courses..

Getting Started with DSST Exams


Consult your Florida Gulf Coast University academic advisor to confirm which DSST exams are eligible for your degree requirements.


Study for your DSST exam.


Schedule your final exam with Prometric.


Successfully pass your DSST exam, save money on tuition, and graduate sooner.



 


Conclusion


Florida Gulf Coast University Graduation

Florida Gulf Coast University provides a forward-thinking, progressive option where students may shorten the time required to complete a baccalaureate degree with DSST credit by examination.


DSST exams offer an innovative and cost-effective solution for students who wish to expedite their degree requirements, minimize tuition expenses, and maintain a high GPA.


The flexibility provided by DSST exams allows students to efficiently navigate through general education courses, streamlining their academic path without sitting through an entire semester-long class. 


The financial advantages and the convenience of self-paced study and testing make DSST exams enticing for students seeking a strategically effective and economically affordable pathway to graduation.


With Florida Gulf Coast University fully embracing this credit-earning opportunity, students are encouraged to confidently utilize DSST exams for an accelerated and enhanced collegiate experience.


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