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DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)

What is the DSST?

The DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) is a range of tests that makes it possible to earn college credit by achieving qualifying scores on one or more exams.  The DSST Credit-by-Exam Program gives students the opportunity to get college credit for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom. For a complete list of the DSST available, go to

For list of DSST exams accepted by Angelo State University and credit by examination policy guidelines, visit Credit By Examination.


Registration and payment for a DSST is completed on-line at the Testing Center within the testing platform on the day of the exam. 

The wait time before repeating a DSST of the same title is 30 days.  Scores of exams repeated earlier than 30 days will not be accepted (and test fees will be forfeited).

ASU students need to also have a Dean’s Approval Form for DSST Examinations signed by the dean of their major academic college.  The Dean’s Approval Form will be submitted to the Testing Center during check-in on your scheduled exam date/time.


The cost for each DSST is $85 and is paid online by credit card at the time of testing.  In addition, there is a $30 Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable proctor fee which is paid online at the time of scheduling. You are not officially scheduled for an exam until payment is made and a confirmation email is received.


DSST testing is scheduled to begin January 2021. Exam dates will be posted at that time.

The health and wellness of Angelo State University’s students, faculty and staff are top priority. In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the health and well-being of our campus community, the ASU Testing Center is taking all necessary measures recommended by local and state officials and the Center for Disease Control.

Per a policy set by the Texas Tech University System, face coverings are required to be worn by the entire campus community while on campus or in university facilities. This includes students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.

A wellness screening is required of everyone prior to being admitted for testing. ASU students, complete the COVID-19 Wellness Screening in RamPort. Visitors will complete the COVID-19 Visitor Wellness Screening. Be prepared to show wellness screening completion badge and valid picture identification when checking in for testing.

DSST examinations are given on specific dates throughout the academic year.  Exams are proctored on the hour (10am, 11am, 12pm, etc.) during the window of time for testing on that day.  Exams are 120 minutes (two hours) in length.  When scheduling, keep this in mind, allowing plenty of time to complete the exam. 

We will follow social distancing protocols set forth by the CDC when testing. Seating is limited. Once filled, the date will be removed from the schedule.

The Testing Center is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  A scheduling form submitted after 5:00 pm will not be processed until the next business day. Complete the scheduling form and submit payment at least 48 hours prior to the date and time you are requesting.

You are not officially scheduled to take an exam until payment is made and a confirmation email is received.

For More Information

Contact the Testing Center at 325-942-2624 or The Testing Center is located in Room 291 of the Vincent Building, 2333 Vanderventer Ave. Testing Center hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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