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DSST Get College Credit Exams


Testing for DSST Get College Credit exams (formerly known as DANTES Subject Standardized Test) is offered at SDSU Testing Services to the greater San Diego community, including active military and their dependents.

The exams afford participants an opportunity to obtain college credit, satisfy course prerequisites, and/or meet general education requirements by exam. Each college or university separately determines which exams it will accept, what credit will be granted, and what scores will be required. While similar to CLEP exams, the DSST includes a broader array of topics, especially related to substance abuse, ethics, history, business administration, and criminal justice.

DSST exams are internet or paper-based, multiple choice formats. Test takers are given two hours to take the 100 question exam. Silent, non-programmable calculators are permitted for some exam titles. Additional information about the DSST exams, including exam costs, can be found at


Test Administration Information

Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. as available. (Office hours may be affected by campus holidays and closures.) Appointments must be requested via telephone, at (619) 594-5216, or via email ( only; walk-in appointments are not accepted.

Location: Student Services West (SSW), room 2549. Click here for campus directions and parking instructions.

Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment to allow time for payment and check-in. If you are more than 15 minutes late, your appointment may be cancelled. Please notify us at least 24 business hours in advance if you need to change or cancel your appointment.



- The current examination fee starts at $85.00 (paid online only, by credit card, at the beginning of the exam) and does not include SDSU Testing Services's proctoring fee.

- The proctoring fee is $20.00 for each test taken (subject to change without notice).

- Monday through Friday testing: Report to Testing Services first so we can provide a payment code to use at SDSU Student Account Services to pay for the proctoring fee. Cash, check or money order, and debit and credit card payments are accepted.

- Saturday testing: You may only pay the proctoring fee with the exact cash amount, or check or money order made payable to "San Diego State University". No debit or credit card payments are accepted on Saturday.


Exam day

You must present a current, valid government-issued photo ID. Click here for campus directions and parking instructions.

Small lockers are provided in which you will be required to place all belongings, including watches, wallets, electronic devices, keys, etc. Food, beverages and gum are not allowed in the testing center. SDSU is a completely non-smoking campus.

Test information and fees are subject to change without notice.