DSST Examination Program

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

Call the General Studies office at (574) 520-4260 or email us at intouch@iusb.edu for more information or to schedule an exam at least two weeks prior to the anticipated test date.  These exams are considered transfer credit. 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.  No more than 15 credits toward the AAGS and no more than 30 credits toward the BGS may be awarded for the successful completion of external exams such as CLEP and DSST. Credits earned through DSST are only applicable to General Studies degrees.

General Studies Degree students may take DSST exams in the General Studies Test Center (DW 3205). The cost for most exams is $105.00, which includes:

  • $85.00 exam 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

Exam Fact Sheets outlining the topics covered, sample tests, and a bibliography for each test are available at:

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 in order to receive credit
  • Failure to enter 9556 as the Institutional Score Report will result in having to order and pay for an official transcript from Prometric in order 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 adhere to the following 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