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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost per each exam attempt is about $105, which includes:
- $85 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).