DSST Examination Program

For students completing the A.A.G.S. or B.G.S. degrees

DSST exam credit is considered transfer credit and can only be applied toward the Bachelor of General Studies degree (and AAGS). A maximum of 30 external exam credits, such as DSST and CLEP, can be applied toward the BGS (no more than 15 credits toward the AAGS). The grade of S (Satisfactory) is recorded on your transcript; failures are not recorded. You must wait 30 days from the last test date to retake a failed exam. Exams do not count toward financial aid enrollment status. See your General Studies advisor to discuss how you could apply these credits toward your degree.

Taking your test in the General Studies Test Center: contact the General Studies office at least two weeks prior to your anticipated test date to schedule your exam: 574-520-4260 or intouch@iusb.edu.

The cost per each exam attempt is about $105, which includes:

  • $100 fee for most exams, payable to Prometric by credit card at the time of your exam (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express)
  • $20.00 administration fee, which will be billed to your IU South Bend student account

Selecting and preparing for exams: Review the chart below of approved exams with your BGS advisor. To make your final selection, visit www.getcollegecredit.com (DSST Exams tab > DSST ExamsOverview) to review the topics covered, a sample test, and a bibliography for each test. You will study on your own for the exam. You can study by using books from the bibliography or library books covering the listed topics, or by purchasing exam study materials and practice exams (offered by a variety of companies).

Official Score Reports

  • IU South Bend must receive an official score report or an official transcript from Prometric to award credit for the successful completion of a DSST exam.
  • Upon registration, you must enter code 9556 as the Institutional Score Report to have the official score report sent to IU South Bend to receive credit (regardless of testing site).
  • Failure to enter 9556 as the Institutional Score Report will result in having to order and pay for an official transcript from Prometric to receive credit.
  • Receipt of official score reports and posting credit to the IU South Bend transcript can take up to six weeks. If you are taking DSST exams in your final semester, please follow these deadlines:
    • May graduates: complete exams no later than March 31
    • August graduates: complete exams no later than July 15
    • December graduates: complete exams no later than October 31