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5 Questions You Should Ask When Calling Your DSST Test Site

Updated: Jan 10


Top 10 Questions You Should Ask When Calling Your DSST Test Site

Most testing sites are found on college and university campuses, and each has its examination dates throughout the year.

Knowing the answers to these questions should help you have a well-organized testing experience.

Top five questions:

1) What are the testing dates and hours of operation?

2) Is there a proctor fee?

3) What methods of payment are accepted?

4) What is the cancellation policy?

5) Will they print a copy of your exam results (if needed)?

Military

Active duty military personnel can take their first exam at no cost. There is typically a proctor fee due, as well; however, it's at the discretion of the testing facility to waive it for military members.

Pro Tip: DANTES-funded eligible military test takers must provide a valid Common Access Card (CAC).

Please reach out to your test center before arrival for details.

Prometric administers Internet-based versions of DANTES exams under contract with the Department of Defense. Military members can schedule their exams remotely with Prometric.

Civilians

If you're lucky enough to already be an enrolled student in any of the 1,200 colleges with a test center that offers DSST exams, everything should go smoothly for you.

Please contact the test site directly and schedule your examination.

Make sure to have the appropriate identification.

Have your score recipient code ready.

And make sure to show up on the day of the exam a little early (about 10-15 minutes).

Why?

You must register for your DSST exam at the test center.

At this time, DANTES does not allow you to register before you arrive.

If your college doesn't have an onsite test center, you'll need to research and find a site you're comfortable with.

Find a test center at the official DSST website:

https://getcollegecredit.com/search/

You must select your state and filter by "Locations that deliver DSST exams."


You must register for your DSST exam at the test center.

Test Center Procedures

Students must show valid photo identification upon arrival.


Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • State-Issued Driver’s license or Identification Card

  • Passport

  • Student Identification Card

The appropriate testing fee must be paid using a credit or debit card if you take a computer test.

Cell phones, other electronics, or study materials are not permitted during the exam.

DSST Exam Fees

Civilians are required to pay a computer-based exam fee. The fee to take a DSST test is $100.


DSST testing centers and fees vary from one location to the next.

Be sure you know what is expected of you and how much it will cost before arriving at your exam site.

Contacting a representative ahead of time for more information helps ensure no surprises.

It allows you to plan accordingly to take care of any last-minute details, such as registering online or paying an administrative fee.

Registration & Scheduling

Please reach out to your testing center to ask about scheduling.


Find your nearest test location on the DSST website by visiting www.getcollegecredit.com.

In conclusion, it's essential to do your research before selecting a DSST test site.

Be sure to ask about testing dates, hours of operation, registration requirements, and fees.

Knowing this information will help you have a well-organized testing experience.

Conclusion


In conclusion, it's essential to do your research before selecting a DSST test site.


Be sure to ask about testing dates, hours of operation, registration requirements, and fees.


To allow DSST test takers with verified disabilities to participate in the exams, Prometric and testing centers will offer reasonable testing accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Please call 1-800-967-1139 if you have a disability and need customized arrangements.


Knowing this information will help you have a well-organized testing experience.


Best of luck and happy testing!

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