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DSST Examinations

NDSU recognizes the DSST (formerly known as Dantes) examination, which was originally designed for the military as a way to provide individuals an opportunity to obtain college level credit for what they have learned in nontraditional ways. Now available for civilian use, the DSST Test Control Officer (TCO) administers the exams on more than 560 military installations and official DSST test centers. The main users of the exams include adult education programs, U.S. Department of Defense, and two- and four-year colleges and universities.

In accordance with North Dakota University System policy, students must receive a minimum score on the examinations to qualify for possible awarding of credit and advanced placement, which is determined by the appropriate academic department on campus. If NDSU does not have an equivalent course, free elective credit may be awarded. Credit earned through DSST may not be used to satisfy residence-credit requirements for graduation.

ExaminationScoreEquivalent NDSU CourseCreditsGen Ed Category
A History of the Vietnam War44Free Elective3
Art of the Western World48ART 1113A
Astronomy48PHYS 1103S
Business Law44Free Elective3
Business Mathematics400Free Elective3
Civil War and Reconstruction47Free Elective3
Contemporary Western Europe45HIST 1023A
Criminal Justice400CJ 2013
Environment & Humanities46Free Elective3
Ethics in America400PHIL 2103
Foundations of Education46Free Elective3
Fundamentals of College Algebra400MATH 1033
Fundamentals of Counseling45Free Elective3
General Anthropology47ANTH 1113B/D
Here's to Your Health400 HNES 2173W
Human Resource Management46Free Elective3
Human/Cultural Geography47GEOG 1513B/G
Intro to the Modern Middle East47Free Elective3
Introduction to Business400Free Elective3
Introduction to Computing400Free Elective3
Introduction to Law Enforcement45Free Elective3
Introduction to World Religions400Free Elective3
Lifespan Developmental Psychology46PSYC 2503B
Management Information Systems400Free Elective3
Money and Banking48Free Elective3
Organizational Behavior48Free Elective3
Personal Finance400Free Elective3
Physical Geology46GEOL 1053S/G
Principles of Finance400Free Elective3
Principles of Financial Accounting49ACCT 2003
Principles of Statistics48/400Free Elective3
Principles of Supervision400Free Elective3
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union45Free Elective3
Substance Abuse400PSYC 2123B
General Education Categories:
A - Humanities and Fine Arts
B - Social and Behavioral Science
C - Communication
D - Cultural Diversity
F - First Year Experience
G - Global Perspectives
L - Laboratory Experience
R - Quantitative Reasoning
S - Science and Technology
W - Wellness

See General Education Requirements for more information on core NDSU courses.

Additional Information:
For more information on DSST exams and to locate a test center, go to

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Last Updated: Monday, June 15, 2015 9:53:56 AM