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How To Study For Your DSST Exam: Study Guide And Instructions

Updated: Feb 16

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Study With Confidence

We're here to help you navigate the path to success on your DSST exam in just three straightforward steps.

By leveraging our comprehensive study resources, you'll be well-prepared to pass your exam, save on tuition costs, and expedite your graduation date.


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Step 1: Get Familiar With Your Student Dashboard

Student Dashboard

Please familiarize yourself with our innovative preparation course platform, designed to suit your unique learning style.

Explore Your Course Modules, Quizzes, Final Exams, And Practice Tests:

  • Our platform offers diverse modules and practice exams for each subject.

  • Browse through the materials to get an overview of what to expect.

Optimize Your Study Sessions:

  • The modules are designed for manageable study sessions, accommodating micro and overnight cram sessions.

  • Tailor your study sessions to suit your preferences and schedule.


Step 2: Focus Your Energy On Your Course Modules And Practice Exams

Course Modules And Practice Exams

DSST Exam Structure:

  • Your final DSST exam will have approximately 100 questions.

  • The average number of questions you'll need to answer correctly on your final exam is between 58% and 62%.

  • To earn college credit, you must meet or exceed the minimum passing score of 400.

Channel your energy into mastering our Course Modules and Practice Exams for ultimate success.

DSST Practice Exams

DSST Practice Exams

Scoring System Advantage:

  • DSST exams follow a "Criterion-Referenced" scoring system, where your knowledge is evaluated independently of others' performance.

  • This scoring method works in your favor, empowering you to excel in the exam.

Upon completion of the preparation course, you will have mastered at least 200 relevant questions, significantly increasing your chances of passing.

Step 3: Plan Your Study Schedule

Study guides for DSST exams.

Study Schedule

To set the foundation for success, begin with a well-structured study schedule.

Allocate Study Days:

  • Decide how many days per week and specific times you can dedicate to studying.

  • Consistency is vital for adequate preparation.

Leverage Our Study Guides:

  • Download our three Study Guide Sheets and use them as your roadmap to passing the DSST exam.

  • These guides list all the essential goals you must achieve before taking your final DSST exam.


Monthly Calendar

Student holding Monthly Overview Calendar DSST Study guide.

Monthly Overview

Our Monthly Overview Calendar will help you plan your study schedule.

It outlines tasks to be completed, helping you stay on track with your preparation.

Additionally, it provides reminders to find your test center and ensures a smooth score report delivery process.


Course Modules

Student holdig DSST Course Modules study guide.

Your Journal

The Course Modules guide is your journal to log completed courses and assess your content comprehension.

Using this guide, you'll build confidence in tackling every subject efficiently.


Practice Exams Log

Student holdnng DSST Practice Exams Study Guide.

Practice Exam Attempts

Your Practice Exam log is a great test preparation tool.

Log your exam attempts and scores.

Strive for a passing grade of at least 90% on all practice exams.

In case you fall short, don't worry.

Pro Tip: 

Your Practice Exams Module offers additional study questions designed to familiarize you with the format of exam-style questions, enhancing your confidence and readiness for the DSST exam.

Retake the exam as many times as needed until you achieve a score of 90% or higher.

Why Choose Our Practice Exams?

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DSST Practice Exams

Realistic Exam Experience:

  • Our practice exams mirror the format and subject matter of the actual DSST exams, giving you an authentic test-taking experience.

Boost Confidence:

  • Nothing boosts confidence like knowing you're well-prepared.

  • Our practice exams help boost your self-assurance so you can walk into the DSST exam room with your head high.

Get Performance Feedback:

  • You get detailed feedback on your performance instantly, along with your score.

  • It is essential to take the test consistently to improve your score.

  • Repetition and consistency will help you achieve success.

To maximize your results, take your final exam immediately after completing your prep course.


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Personal Investment

Plan, review, and practice consistently with our study resources and tools.

For more study suggestions, review our Top 5 Test Tips For Preparing For Your DSST Exams article, and you'll be well on your way to success.

Please download your study guides below.

For any questions or support, email us at, and we'll gladly assist you.

Thank you for your time, and happy testing!

Invest in yourself. Reduce tuition costs and accelerate your graduation.

DSST Study Guide Sheets

DSST Study Guide - Monthly Overview
Download PDF • 52KB

DSST Study Guide - Course Modules
Download PDF • 42KB

DSST Study Guide - Practice Exams
Download PDF • 293KB


Student Resources

DSST Practice Exams on a desktop and tablet.

Be Prepared!

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