DSST Testing

DSST tests help you earn credit for the kinds of things people might learn in nontraditional ways, such as on the job or through a hobby. DSST tests cover more than 30 subject areas.
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Online exams offered by appointment only at Northwestern University of Northwestern's division of College of Graduate, Online & Adult Learning (C-GOAL) offers DSST tests to earn college credit. The DSST credit-by-examination program has tests in more than 30 subject areas, including science, math, business, social sciences and the humanities. The subject matter reflects the kinds of things people might learn in nontraditional ways, such as on the job or through a hobby.

  • General Test Information
  • Fees
  • Registration
  • Tests Offered
  • Study Resources

General test information

A fact sheet/study guide can be found at www.getcollegecredit.com. These give useful information regarding topics that will be covered, sample questions, books for review, the number of questions on the test, and the score recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) for credit. Credit cannot be awarded for tests that overlap what is currently on your transcript(s).

A maximum of two tests may be taken during a session, Tests are administered by appointment only in the C-GOAL office located on the first floor of Nazareth Hall. Test taker information and test information can be found on the DSST website. If you have further questions, please contact the C-GOAL office at 651-628-3400 or AGS@unwsp.edu.

Fees

Registration fee:  $40 per test

  • Registration fees are collected during online registration and are nonrefundable. Payment must be made using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express). Exam cancellations are nonrefundable.

Test fee:  $80 - $90 per test

  • Test fees are collected on the test day. Payment must be made using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). No personal checks or cash will be accepted.

Late registration fee:  $10 per test

  • A late registration fee will be assessed if you are registering less than two days prior to your test date. It is collected during online registration and is nonrefundable. Payment must be made using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express). Exam cancellations are nonrefundable.

Registration

You will receive a confirmation e-mail immediately after you register. An informational e-mail including test date, location, and a map of the campus will be e-mailed to you at a later date.


Study resources

You may want to visit the following websites:

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